2017-18 National PTA Reflections Contest

Within Reach

PTA Reflections LogoNational PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. Entries are eligible for school, district, state and even national recognition.

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Within Reach, submitted by national theme search contest winner Ben Berselli of Shady Grove PTA, VA. Heroes Around Me has been selected as the theme for 2018-2019, and the search is on for the 2019-2020 theme, which will be chosen on February 1, 2018. The winner will receive $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention. 

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Visit the National PTA Reflections page for more info.

2017-18 Reflections Theme Poster

See the 2016-17 school level winners here:

The 15th District PTA Reflections ceremony was held on December 14, 2016 at the Durrett Auditorium. Fifteen Manual students received awards. The students listed below were recognized at the state level by the Kentucky PTA for their submissions. Alexandria Kinard’s entry was selected to advance to the national level. Click here to view the national winners from the 2016-17 school year.

Akwelle Quaye Youth’s Snapshots High School Literature
Alexandria Kinard Life Behind a Number High School Dance
Jamia Croft My Story is His Story High School Dance
India Smith Recipe for my Story High School Film
Gabrial Smith My life:  An Interview Special Artist Film
Ryan Kline The Rubik Perspective High School Photography
Alyssa Brand Missing Pieces Special Artist Photography
Morgan Betsill Scraps High School Visual Arts

Flashback to the 2015-16 Program:

VA junior Mackenzie Smith earned our school national recognition by winning the 2015-16 Outstanding Interpretation award in the Visual Arts category for her When an Artist Imagines submission.

When an Artist Imagines







Also receiving 2016 National PTA Reflections Awards:

Alexandria Kinard, Award of Merit – Dance Choreography

Luke Dow Pearson, Award of Merit – Music Composition

Clay Devlin, Award of Merit – Photography

2015-16 local PTSA winners

2015-16 15th District winners

2015-16 Kentucky PTA winners

For more information, contest rules and entry forms, contact

Manual alum Hannah Nelms had the following to say about the program:

“The Reflections is a great program that gives students an opportunity to expand upon their artistic horizons through artistic exploration and the setting of goals. Not only is Reflections an artistry aggrandizer, but also a wonderful resume builder. I began participating in the Reflections program my freshman year at Manual, in hopes to just get experience as a choreographer, and possibly be able to enhance my resume for college; however my Reflections experience  was far more monumental than just adding a few words onto a resume. Reflections has given me not only a further understanding of goal setting and my artistic vision, but the illustrious opportunity to inspire other young artists. By entering Reflections, you become part of a large artistic community starting in kindergarten all the way through high school. All applicants for Reflections are further invited to an awards ceremony where you are granted the opportunity to view the work of other young artists. Freshman through Junior year I have been auspiciously chosen for first place within the “Dance Choreography” category at Manual, and I will be entering again this year in hopes to inspire more young artists.”