Alexandria Reflections 2017-18 has a new award!
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:
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.)
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 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.
Adelaide 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!
Mount Vernon Community School, which usually has the largest Reflections contest in the city, held its awards program this week at the Casa Chirilagua, a great example of a partnership with a community group. Part of the program was this terrific video of some of the work entered in the contest by the creative and talented students of MVCS.
If you’re a Reflections chair looking for a way to show off your student entries, you might find the video presentation inspirational.
Congratulations to Lee Raynes, Laurie Rossbach, and Clese Erikson, who worked so hard to put on a great Reflections program, and to all of Mount Vernon’s Reflections participants.
If you’re a teen who likes to write — or a teacher or Reflections chair at a school with talented teenaged writers — you should know about this new short-story contest for teens, the Amy Wahl Short Story Prize, with divisions for age 13-15 and for age 16-19. The contest is administered by Double Dessert Press.
Stories should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
Find more information here:
Two ACPS student entries have won 1st Place in the Northern Virginia PTA District Reflections competition and are moving on to the Virginia state contest:
We are proud of all of our winners, and especially excited for Adelaide and Peyton! Take a look at the work of these two talented students….