PTA Reflections Program Finalists & Honorable Mention Winner at State!

Summary: Reflections Program Information.

Ballard HS Students in PTA Reflections Program

Honorable Mention Winner Lake N. at State!

We are thrilled to share Lake Neil received an Honorable Mention for his visual arts piece, “Save Our Planet,” in this year’s state level Reflections program.  We thank everyone for their participation in the 2023 Reflections Program and look forward to next year’s entries and participation. 

There will be a Virtual Reflections Student Celebration on April 27, 2023 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Feel free to invite family, friends, PTA members, community members, etc. to celebrate award winning students’ artwork. Visit the WAPTA Student Recognition Celebration site to register for a link for the virtual event.   

Lake N. “Save Our Planet

Save Our Planet Visual Arts State Winner with People at Protest with Megaphone

This work shows people sharing their voices about the ongoing climate crisis, in the form of holding a peaceful protest. The climate crisis is currently effecting us and only worsening. Hence why I chose to represent it. And I’ve realized in my envisioned mental health studies, just how strongly this impacts ecosystems and the whole world, and how people need to listen and try to help preserve our only planet. ~ Lake N.

SCPTSA Galleries

SCPTSA is hosting an online exhibition on the SCPTSA website. This features all 101 entries. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, they were unable to secure a venue for an in-person exhibition this year. They do have ribbons for all students whose work was submitted to the SCPTSA.

Six Ballard High School Student Submissions

Congratulations to the following students for their amazing entries to the Ballard PTSA Reflections Program, inspired by this year’s theme, “Show Your Voice

Student Art work collage Drawings and Painting. Titles listed on webpage.
  • Lake N. “Save Our Planet”, visual arts | Advanced to State | Honorable Mention Winner at State!
  • Anneke L. “[This Is] My Voice”, literature | Advanced to State
  • Elsie N. “Courage”, visual arts (Visual Arts/Photography Entries are featured in the grouping above, top to bottom, left to right) | Honorable Mention
  • Maya B. “Judgement and Pride”, visual arts | Advanced to State
  • Lorelei T. “Scream Your Heart Out”, visual arts | Honorable Mention
  • Amber C. “Parrot”, photography | Advanced to State

Reflections is a National PTA arts competition that provides an opportunity for students to create original pieces related to the theme in the areas of visual art, photography, literature, music composition, film and dance choreography. Please reach out to BHS PTSA Reflections Chair Anna with any questions.

PTA Reflections Program

Face with Mega with text Show Your Voice. Text 22-22 Call for Entries and PTA Reflections Logo

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition, providing students an opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

The theme for the 2022-2023 school year is “Show Your Voice”

Students submited their completed works of art (by 10/28/22) in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.There was also a Special Artist Division option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Program Details

Six Artistic Categories

  • Literature — works of fiction and nonfiction in: poetry, prose, drama, short stories, essay, screen play, play script, narrative, and lyrics.
  • Music Composition — original musical composition, with or without words. Student may also be the performer, or one of the performers.
  • Photography — color or black/white single print (no collages) image in: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts — drawing, painting in various mediums, computer-generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling, architectural drawing, ceramics, fashion drawing or clothing, fiber work, mixed media, and sculpture.
  • Film/Video — original works, with or without sound, in: animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or media.
  • Choreography/Dance — originally choreographed solo and ensemble works al all dance styles. Student may also be the performer, or one of the performers.
  • Please submit your artwork, along with the entry form, in the Reflections box at the BHS front desk.
  • Be sure to include the student’s name, art category and title in the e-mail subject line.
  • Please submit entries in the Reflections box at the BHS front desk in an accepted file format in a resealable manila envelope.
  • Please e-mail a scanned copy of the completed and signed form to
  • Be sure to include the student/s name, art category and title in the e-mail subject line.
  • Please e-mail a digital file of your artwork, along with the entry form, to
  • Be sure to include the student’s name, art category and title in the e-mail subject line.


Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. 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.

Visit the PTA Reflections website for more details.

For more information and specific details related to Ballard High School please email, BHS PTSA Reflections Chair Anna

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