Reflections Program Overview & Background

The Reflections' Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition.

The theme for the 2018-19 school year is Heroes Around Me. Students can use their creative talents to express themselves through original art work on this theme. 

Twelve Grand Ridge Elementary finalists will be chosen to advance to the Issaquah District level.

Entry Deadline: Friday, October 26. Drop off submission at the GR office. See the downstairs bulletin board for samples and information on how to prepare submission.

Exhibition & Reception: Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.



On November 14, the PTSA hosted an exhibition and reception to celebrate the art work submitted to the 2018-19 Reflection Art Program by 32 Grand Ridge students. Students created original works of art based on the theme “Heroes Around Me” in this national art contest.

The following students were selected to move on to the District Competition in January:

Elias Lopez (Grade 1/Ms. de Haan) - Visual Arts
Saahil Jain (Grade 1/Ms. Doherty) - Visual Arts
Shikha Shitikond (Grade 1/Mrs. Fulghum) - Visual Arts
Nivedita Saju Menon (Grade 3/Ms. Frost) - Visual Arts
Tanvi Bhandari (Grade 3/Ms. Chang) - Visual Arts
Sebastian Castro-Ayala (Grade 3/Mrs. Chapman) - Photography
Angelina Lopez (Grade 4/Ms. Yost) - Visual Arts
Medha Rao (Grade 4/Mrs. Wright) - Visual Arts
Virginia Lee (Grade 4/Mrs. Pathak) - Literature
Kaitlyn Su (Grade 5/Ms. Herman) - Visual Arts
Akshadha Seshamani (Grade 5/Mr. Kalmus) - Literature & Music Composition

On January 15, the Issaquah School District held the District competition and exhibition. We are excited to announce that two Grand Ridge students were selected as finalists to go to the State competition. Congratulations to Sebastian Castro-Ayala and Akshadha Seshamani. In addition, Medha Rao received an Honorable Mention award. 


 Program Details

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit up to two entries in one category and submit entries for all six categories if they are feeling that creative! Only original works of art are accepted. Please follow the specific guidelines for each art area. The six art areas are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
    • Photography -- prints have a maximum finished size of 18 x 24 inches in color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.
    • Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling. A maximum finished size of 18x24 inches.
    • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
    • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition

Official Entry Form

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. Please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. 
Download Student Entry Form here


Rules & Guidelines

To ensure your entry can move on to the higher levels please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. Click here to find out more information or the links below:
Literature Rules
Music Composition Rules
Photography Rules
Visual Arts Rules 2D
Visual Arts Rules 3D
Film Production Rules
Dance Choreography Rules

Special Artists

The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students entering this division create their own artwork but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one Special Artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation Award. Up to five additional Special Artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. Find out more info here.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact PTSA Reflections chair Farha Ajir-LaHue (