Reflections 2018-2019: Heroes Around Me


Deadline for Submission

​November 16, 2018

​No late entries will be accepted, no exceptions

Student Entry Form

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What is Reflections?

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts program developed in 1969 to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Each year, students in grades pre-K through 12 create original artwork reflecting a theme. Entries that win at the school level may progress to the county, state, or even national level.

Who May Participate?

All LFE students!

​What Are the Categories?

Students may enter one or more original works in the following six categories (students may enter multiple categories, but may not enter the same category more than once): 

Dance Choreography

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Click Here for Complete Literature Rules

Film Production

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Music Composition

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Click here for Complete Photography Rules

Visual Arts

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​What Are the Grade Divisions?

Primary: PreK - 2nd Grade
​Intermediate: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Special Artists: All Grades

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How Do I Enter?

​Submit your artwork with a Student Entry Form to your teacher by November 16, 2018. Your teacher will submit it to the PTA.

​No late entries will be accepted, no exceptions.

​Every entry needs its own Student Entry Form, even if it is from the same student.

What Are the Rules?
  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current theme may be submitted.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student.
  • An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division.
  • Each entry must have a completed Student Entry Form.
  • The form must contain a title and an artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least one sentence, but may not exceed 100 words.
  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited, except for recorded music in dance choreography and film production entries when title, composer, and performer are cited in the submission.
  • PowerPoint presentations are prohibited.​

How Are the Entries Judged?

​Entries are judged blindly (students' names are not visible) by a panel of judges made up of teachers and staff members at LFE. Parents of LFE students are not eligible to be judges. Typically the panel has included the Art and Music teachers, Mr. Nielson, and other available teachers/staff.

Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity.

Under no conditions may parents or students contact the judges to dispute their decisions.

​When are the Winners Announced?

Winners will be announced at school and posted here and on the Lucy Franklin Elementary PTA Facebook Page by November 30, 2018.

What Happens If I Win?

​Winners will recieve a prize (to be determined) and a letter of congratulations. Their artwork will also be displayed at the Blue Springs District Showcase on December 5, 2018. Winners' artwork will also be submitted for further competition (county, then state, then nationals.)


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Congratulations to Our 2017-2018 Winners!

Primary Literature
​1. Brant Varnum - The ISS Dream
2. Salome Cummins - What I Will Want to Be
3. Logan Ruehter - My Goal

Primary Visual Arts
1. Eliana Edmondson - Gymnastics on the Bar
​2. Eila Fuller - Mo-Eila: Queen of the Waves
3. Brennan Yonker - Gwonicle Swimming Pool

Intermediate Music Composition
​1. Arianna Yonker - Fly Like the Wind

Intermediate Photography
1. Marie Herndon - Nature Within Reach
2. Ava Dawson - Climb Upwards
​3. Maya Sahrawat - Beauty is Within Reach in Unexpected Places

Intermediate Literature
1. Maya Sahrawat - Feeling Good About Yourself is Within Reach
​2. Ava Howell - The Beast Without Beauty
3. Annie Goebel - Reach the Sky

Intermediate Visual Arts
1. Keileen Burt - Reach Out
2. Olivia Crews - My Goals
​3. Tristyn Zinkiewicz - Gerald the Giraffe