PTA Reflections 

 Reflections Contest Rules  



The Reflections program helps students with both art appreciation and helps boost their confidence in their own artistic abilities. Each year over 300,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade create original works of art based on a given theme. This 50+ year old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and life.


This year's theme is "I Am Hopeful Because..."


Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Exact details on how to submit completed works will be shared as soon as it is available from the Fairfax County PTA. 


Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome).  Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.  
Please contact Wendy Rosner at with any questions or for more information.  Start creating!

How to submit your entries


To submit your child's work you must first fill out the contest form.

Please label the file with your child's name, category and division - e.g., JaneSmith.VisualArts.Intermediate.Entry.


Please also submit an entry form with a similar naming convention: JaneSmith.VisualArts.Intermediate.Form. 


Detailed rules and more information are available on the entry form itself. Please contact or with any questions or for more information!


Once you have your child's entry form and digital entry, please upload both to dropbox by using this link. Please be sure to complete a separate form for each category your child wishes to enter.


Wolftrap students may submit art work for any of the following categories in the stated file format.    

Dance Choreography:  Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles are accepted.  Entrant must be the choreographer and may also be the performer or one of the performers.  If background music is used, cite it on the entry form.  Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in size.  Acceptable formats:  AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, and MP4.  


Film Production:  Accepted short film styles include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation.  Use of PowerPoint is prohibited.  Entrant must be screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer.  If background music is used, cite it on the entry form.  Video file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in size.  Acceptable formats:  AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, and MP4.  


Literature:  Accepted forms of fiction and non-fiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screenplay and play script, narrative and short story.  Entrant may write in their primary language as long as an interpretative English translation is also attached.  Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.  Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed.  Acceptable formats:  Single-sided print on 8 1/2" x 11" paper or PDF. 


Music Composition:  All music styles and combination of instrumentation are accepted.  Entrant must be the composer and may also be the performer or one of the performers.  Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.  Audio file must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1 GB in size.  Acceptable formats:  MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC.  Notation (score/tablature) in PDF format is only required for middle and high school divisions.


Photography:  Photo must be a single print or digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including, but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3" x 5" and no larger than 8" x 10". Acceptable print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11" x 14".


Visual Arts:  Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including, but not limited to:  architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture.  Use of copyrighted materials is prohibited.  2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24" x 30" with matting. Framed entries are not accepted.  Include one digital image of artwork with your submission.  3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles.  Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes.   



CONGRATULATIONS!  We would like to recognize the following Wolftrap Elementary School students who participated in this year's National PTA Reflections Art Contest. This year’s theme was “Show Your Voice!” and our amazing Wolftrap students did just that!


Fourteen students won first place awards at Wolftrap and their work moved up to the Fairfax County PTA level for judging. At the Fairfax County PTA level, eight students won awards and two of these students placed first and their work will move on to compete at the Virginia State PTA level!

First Place -- Outstanding Interpretation Award - moving on to Virginia State PTA level!

Cole Ballagh, Film Production, Primary

Naomi Rosner, Literature, Intermediate


Second Place - Award of Excellence

Juliet Rosner, Dance Choreography, Primary

Hadley Smith, Music Composition, Primary

Simon Smith, Visual Arts, Special Artist

Carter Tanenbaum, Photography, Special Artist


Third Place - Award of Merit

Daphne Rosner, Dance Choreography, Intermediate

Juliet Rosner, Literature, Primary

Olivia Smith, Music Composition, Middle School


These students were also First Place Winners at Wolftrap:


Juliet Rosner, Visual Arts 

Charlotte Salnoske, Photography 



Reese Ballagh, Film Production

William Geer, Photography 

Daphne Rosner, Visual Arts

Naomi Rosner, Music Composition 


Middle School

Megan Dean, Literature

Eve Dudley, Visual Arts 

Lyla Scalise, Film Production 


These students won Second Place at Wolftrap:


Olivia Lee, Photography

Emily Reiter, Music Composition

Grace Reiter, Visual Arts

Hadley Smith, Dance Choreography



Finn Ballagh, Film Production

Maddie Fraser, Literature

Alice Uhl, Photography

Evelyn Uhl, Visual Arts


Middle School

Sahana Gowrishankar, Visual Arts

Olivia Smith, Literature

Special Artist

Lillian Ferguson, Visual Arts


These students won Third Place at Wolftrap:


Audrey Law, Dance Choreography

Charlotte Salnoske, Visual Art



Ineya Gowrishankar, Visual Arts

Middle School

Ryan Button, Visual Arts

Samir Sultan, Literature


Additionally, these students were awarded honorable mention:


Maddie Tran, Visual Arts


Addison Jones, Visual Arts

Cambria Lunghi, Visual Arts

Julia Lunghi, Visual Arts

Micah Tran, Visual Arts

Naomi Weinig, Visual Arts

Middle School

James Kamel, Literature


At the Fairfax County Council PTA level, Daphne Rosner, Juliet Rosner and Evelyn Uhl each won an Award of Excellence, and Julia Drolet, Naomi Rosner and Savannah Weise each won Merit Awards.  Congratulations!


Our other first place winners at Wolftrap were:

Harrison Abraham (Visual Arts, Primary)

Julia Drolet (Music Composition, Middle School)

Daphne Rosner (Literature, Primary)

Naomi Rosner (Visual Arts, Intermediate)

Sophia Shad (Visual Arts, Middle School)

Olivia Smith (Music Composition, Intermediate)

Olivia Zhao (Photography, Intermediate)


Congratulations also to our second place winners -- 

Cole Ballagh (Film Production), Reese Ballagh (Visual Arts), Enzo Sacco (Visual Arts), Nora Schulenberg (Photography), Ashley Sinclair (Visual Arts), Alice Uhl (Photography) and Evelyn Uhl (Dance Choreography) -- as well as our third place winners -- Megan Dean (Photography), Madeline Fraser (Visual Arts), and Olivia Zhao (Music Composition).


Honorable mentions were also awarded to Finn Ballagh, William Geer, Sahana Gowrishankar, Julia Lallemand, Audrey Law and Adam Qazi!


Thank you so much and congratulations to all winners and participants!