Middle-School Students: Win $100 for a Poem or Essay!

VisA-INT-2nd Place, Alex 2017-18

Harmony, by Josephine B., MacArthur ES

The Alexandria Public Library system is offering a $100 prize to the winner of an essay and poetry contest for Alexandria middle-school students.

Rising 7th-, 8th-, and 9th-graders are invited to write a poem or essay that answers the question: “You’re Eighteen, And Your Friends Say They Don’t Want To Vote. What Do You Say?”

Entries in the For Love of Country writing contest are due September 8, 2018.

Click here for details, and write on!


And click here for information on more non-Reflections student contests in the arts!


Addy’s Magic Mirror

VociesExpress4 - May 21 2018 - Addy Flint feature in VoicesACPS featured Reflections photography winner Adelaide Flint in its “Voices” feature for May 21, 2018.

The link in the ACPS Express reads as follows:

Addy’s Magic Mirror

While undergoing treatment for recurrent cancer, fourth-grade student Adelaide Flint entered her moving self-portrait “Stronger” into the PTA Reflections contest. Her mom, Stacey Flint, says Addy has taken a challenging situation and made something awesome.

Here’s a link to the interview, conducted by Addy’s mom, and available here as a video and in transcript form.



What Goes Up Must Come Down…

Alexandria Art Show, 2018, Durant Center

A Visual Arts display from the 2017-18 Alexandria PTAC Reflections Art Show at the Durant Arts Center

5/11 UPDATE: Hardly anyone could make it tonight, so we’ll try again in a few days. I’ll let you know when we have a date.

Two months ago, we hung the Reflections art show at the Durant Center. Since then, members of the public have been able to enjoy our students’ work. But all good things must come to an end, and now, it’s time to take down the art. If you are free Friday evening, May 11, we could really use your help.

I’ll be starting at about 6:00 pm. Pulling the art down is a lot faster than putting it up, and the more people we have, the quicker we’ll be done. Can you help? Even a half-hour of your time will make a difference.

When we take down the art for your school, we can pull it from the frames on the spot so those of you who are school Reflections chairs can take it with you to return to the students.

You are welcome to bring kids along.

Alexandria’s National Winner!


Stronger, by Adelaide F., George Mason ES

George Mason fourth-grader Adelaide Flint has another honor to her name. She has been named a national winner in the Reflections Intermediate Photography category, with an Award of Merit (equal to a 3rd Place award) in the national contest! UPDATE: Click here for an interview with Addy.

Adelaide is one of  ten Northern Virginia students to win national awards_this year, and is the only national winner from Alexandria.

After earning 1st Place wins in the contests at George Mason Elementary, the City of Alexandria, Northern Virginia, and the state of Virginia, her photograph advanced to the national competition, where it was judged against the top winners from the other states. At each level, only the 1st Place winner advances to the next competition.

Adelaide’s entry also won the Alexandria City PTA Council’s Best in Show award.

Her photograph will soon gain a nationwide audience. It will be included in a traveling exhibit, “Within Reach,” that will begin its tour in January 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she and other winners will be celebrated. The tour concludes in June 2019 in Columbus, Ohio, at the 2019 National PTA Convention and Expo.

See the entire National Reflections Winners List here.

And Congratulations, Addy! We couldn’t be prouder.

The Best of the Best

Alexandria Reflections 2017-18 has a new award!

Best in Show Award

Three judges, all of them experts in several of the arts categories, independently reviewed the 1st Place winners from all categories and age groups to select five top choices, ranked in order. Those choices were compiled to determine the Best In Show winner and two runners-up. The Best In Show awards were announced at the 2018 Alexandria Reflections Awards Program.

Hear Jonathan’s Music Composition entry here.

See Alex’s Film Production entry here.


Northern Virginia Awards Gala!

2015 NoVa Reflections Awards artwork 30%The Northern Virginia PTA District Student Awards Program is next week!

Join us at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology at 7 pm on Friday, April 20. We’ll honor all students who participated in the NoVa District Reflections contest, as well as the winners of the Scholarship Contest, the Citizenship Essay Competition, and the Power Plates Contest.

Thomas Jefferson HS is in Fairfax County at 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312.

The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that our student honorees and their families RSVP, so we know who to expect. Here is a link to the event information and online registration:



More Chances To Shine

Celebration, Not War

“Celebration, Not War,” by Jonathan P., GWMS

We love the PTA Reflections contest, but it’s not the only show in town.

From time to time, we here at Reflections Alexandria hear about other opportunities for student recognition in the arts. We’ll start keeping track of them on this page, with links below.

(Because we’re not always notified of new contests, we plan to leave the old links up on this page, so you can check for updates yourself.)

Writing Contest for K-3 Students!

Kids Writing Contest

Would your students like another creative writing opportunity in between Reflections contests?

One of our local PBS television stations, WETA Kids, urges children in grades K-3 throughout the Washington area to write an original story, poem or piece of non-fiction using the following prompt:

“I walked out into my neighborhood and…”

Students will have the opportunity to win prizes! Spread the word. The local class, after-school or child care center that submits the most entries to WETA Kids will win children’s books and a visit from a famous PBS character!

The deadline is April 18. For complete rules, see https://weta.org/kids/write.


This Website Is A Winner!

1st-place-rosetteThis time, it’s the Alexandria PTA Reflections Contest that’s the winner! This website, ReflectionsAlexandria, has won 1st Place in a statewide communications contest. Yay, us!

Results are in for the 2018 contest of the Virginia Professional Communicators, and ReflectionsAlexandria has been chosen as the top winner in the category for nonprofit or educational websites! As a 1st Place winner, the entry has been advanced to the national contest of the National Federation of Press Women.

The state awards ceremony is May 5 in Richmond.

Va Professional Communicators logo

George Mason 4th Grader Advances to National Contest!

Photo IconAdelaide Flint, a George Mason Elementary School 4th-grader, has won 1st Place in the Virginia state contest and now moves on to the national competition.

Adelaide’s entry in Intermediate Photography, “Stronger,” is a photograph of herself looking in the mirror. “It is about Me looking at my future and hoping that it is without cancer and struggles,” she wrote in her artist’s statement. “This is me, strong, caring. Brave and artistic.” Adelaide says her favorite part of the photo is the teddy bear she is holding.

Adelaide is the only Alexandria student to win a state award this year. At the state and national level, the 1st Place award is called the Award for Outstanding Interpretation of Theme. Her photograph is currently being judged with other National entries, with results expected May 1.

Congratulations to Adelaide!


Stronger, by A. Flint, George Mason ES