Reflections Art & WA State PTA Essay Contest

Reflections Art Competition

Reflections is a creative arts competition through the Washington State PTA and National PTA to encourage students to express their creative talents through their own original works. Each year, Reflections challenges students to align their art to support a specific theme.

2023-24 Theme: I am Hopeful Because…

Students will learn more about this program during their September library rotations. The entry due date will be announced soon. There will be a box in the school library starting early October.

Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade Cedar Wood students can submit entries in any of the six arts areas:

Literature | Music Composition | Photography | Visual Arts | Video or Film Production | Dance Choreography

2023-2024 Reflections theme

Stay tuned for more information. We are also in search of a volunteer to chair this program. Questions? Please contact the Cedar Wood PTA Reflections committee at

Entries are judged on creativity, technique, and interpretation of the theme.

Winners will be announced in November. Watch for more details. If entries are recognized at the next levels such as District, State, or National competitions then those students will be informed by representatives at those levels. Best of luck to all our students!

Washington State PTA Essay Contest

Applications deadline is March 1st of each year Click Here for more information and submission details.

01/2022: Congratulations to the following students for moving up the the State PTSA level of competition!

  • Film Production:
    • (Intermediate) Thaddeus B – “I Will Change the World By…”
  • Music Composition:
    • (Intermediate) Stella TP – “We Can Change”
  • Visual Arts:
    • (Primary) Aanya G – “We Belong Together”
    • (Primary) Lilian K – “Keep Our Oceans Plastic Free”
    • (Intermediate) Siya G – “A Writer’s Dream”

11/2021: Congratulations to the following Students for moving up to the Regional PTSA level of competition!

Visual Arts – Primary K-2
Keep Our Oceans Plastic Free, Lilian K, Environment – Ocean, 2nd place
We Belong Together, Aanya G, Animals, 1st place

Visual Arts – Intermediate 3-5
A Writer’s Dream, Siya G, People – Creativity, 2nd place
I will Change The World By Not Polluting the Planet, Arudhra D, Environment Pollution, 1st place

Photography – Intermediate 3-5
Twilight Branches, Samara L, Plants, 2nd place
Save the World, Nihalee P, People, 1st place

Literature – Intermediate 3-5
The First Step, Samara L, People, 2nd place
I can change the World by helping Animals, Aiden W, Animals, 1st place

Filmography – Intermediate 3-5
I Will Change The World By…, Thaddeus B, People, 1st place

Dance Choreography – Intermediate 3-5
Going back to our mistakes, Nihalee P, Environment, 2nd place
The Difference I can Make, Samantha S, 3rd place
I Can Help Change the World, Izzi S, People – Creativity, 1st place

Music Composition – Intermediate 3-5
We Can Change, Stella T, People, 1st place
Metal Heart, Xianglin (Lin) L, People, 2nd place

3/2021: Cedar Wood PTA would like to CONGRATULATE Emilie J, 5th Grade, on her work of literature, The Last Tree! It received, “Outstanding Interpretation” at the WSPTA Reflections competition! Read Emilie’s full work below. CLICK HERE to see a full list of Everett School District and WSPTA Reflections Finalists.

Artist Statement, “This is a dystopian society I created, there isn’t a right or wrong anymore, there’s just your view and person next to you’s view. I molded Mary after my love for the environment. Having her face the difficult obstacles that we are facing in modern times. I wanted to create this because of the lake of awareness of climate change. I matter because I know what’s going on, and I’m not ignoring it. I’m speaking up.

Click Here to read in full

Thank you to all of the students who submitted wonderful, creative, and heart felt projects to this year’s PTA Reflections competition! Cedar Wood PTA received 40 submissions! Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition. They will be moving up to the regional level competition!

CLICK HERE to watch the Regional 2020 winner’s video!

Congratulations to the winners moving up to the state level from Cedar Wood Elementary!
Aanika G., Visual Arts (2D) – Primary (PreK – 2nd grade)
Ryker W., Visual Arts (2D) – Primary (PreK – 2nd grade)
Siya G., Visual Arts (2D) – Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
Willem W., Visual Arts (2D) – Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
Xiang L., Music composition – Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
Anukriti M., Literature – Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
Emilie J., Literature – Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)

CLICK HERE to watch the Cedar Wood 2020 winner’s video!

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