Reflections

Reflections is a National PTA arts program that gives students the opportunity to express themselves in any of the following areas:

  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, metal etching, etc.)
  • Photography
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Dance Choreography
  • Video Production

This year is the 50th anniversary of this wonderful program! Fun Fact: Did you know that the PTA Reflections program started here in Colorado? Colorado PTA first developed the program which was adopted by National PTA and has been celebrating our young artists for 50 years!


Students are able to create new a piece of artwork inspired by this year’s theme. One entry may be submitted per student, per category. Every submission needs to be the original work of only one student, and must follow PTA Reflections rules. The entries will be judged on interpretation of the theme, originality, and creativity. Up to three pieces in each category will be selected by the judges to be a part of the Jefferson County PTA display at Red Rocks Community College; pieces selected there may go on to state or national judging.

The West Jefferson Middle School PTA wants to give our students the opportunity to express themselves and their talents in as many ways as possible! We’re excited to see what our talented students create for this program.

Please refer to the following documents as students prepare their submissions:

  • 2018 Reflections information handout
  • National Reflections rules
  • 2018 Reflections entry form (a completed form must be turned in with each entry)

All pieces need to be submitted no later than October 3rd, 2018. Any additional questions may be directed to Jennifer Burtis at jenniferburtis@yahoo.com.

A Note for Families: This program is age-based,and should be age-appropriate. A student’s best work may include crooked lines or misspelled words. You may give them feedback—for example, showing them how to brainstorm ideas or suggesting that they proofread their pieces, but please be sure that their final effort is truly their own work of art.

2017-2018: Within Reach

The following students were recognized for their entries based on the 2017-2018 theme, "Within Reach":

Literature

Award of Excellence: Sage Swegle

Music Composition

Award of Excellence: Blake and Shane Wickham

Photography

Award of Excellence: Sage Swegle

Award of Merit: Brody Harpin

Honorable Mention: Joseph Burtis

Visual Arts

Award of Excellence: (tie) Blake Wickham, Shane Wickham, Sage Swegle

Award of Merit: (tie) Ella Johnson, Yzzy Bellotti

At the district (Jefferson County) level of judging in November 2017, the following students were recognized:

Photography

Award of Excellence: Brody Harpin

Literature

Award of Excellence: Sage Swegle

Music Composition

Award of Excellence: Blake Wickham, Shane Wickham

At the state level of judging in February 2018, the following students were recognized:

Photography

Silver Medal: Brody Harpin

Music Compostion

Silver Medal: Shane Wickham

2016-2017: What is Your Story?

The following students were recognized for their entries based on the 2016-2017 theme, "What Is Your Story?":

Film Production

Award of Excellence: Blake and Shane Wickham

Literature

Award of Excellence: Allie Page

Photography

Award of Excellence: Sage Swegle

Award of Merit: Blake Wickham

Honorable Mention: Taylor Brown

Visual Arts

Award of Excellence: Julie Halstrom

Award of Merit: Sage Swegle

Honorable Mention: Blake Wickham

At the district (Jefferson County) level of judging in November 2016, the following students were recognized:

Film Production

Award of Excellence: Blake Wickham

Award of Merit: Shane Wickham

Photography

Award of Excellence: Blake Wickham

At the state level of judging in February 2017, the following students and their projects were recognized:

Film Production

Gold Medal: Shane Wickham, I Can Become What I Read!

Photography

Silver Medal: Blake Wickham, Stand Tall and Proud

The Gold Medal entry went on to the National PTA Reflections Competition.