We are thrilled to announce that Amy Hu has been awarded Outstanding Interpretation from the WA State PTA, and will be advancing to National level. Congratulations Amy!



We are glad to announce that below Reflections entries have been advanced to the council level. These are awarded based on overall scores as well as the interpretation of the theme "I am Hopeful about..." from judges. Thank you for understanding that judges' scores and comments remain confidential, per Reflections contest policy. Any entries that receive recognition at Council level would be moved on to State, and then National level. Please refer to the key dates sessions for more information.


Visual Arts 

Amy Hu (Grade 5), "Blossoming Hope"


I am sowing the seeds of optimism in a challenging world, which will yield lush trees, blossoms, fragrances, and the tranquility of a peaceful village, ultimately covering the once bleak battlefield and nuclear-polluted land with renewal and vitality.



Melody Wang (Grade 4),  "Be Whoever I Want"


Why have a fixed choice of who to be? Why be aligned to only one path? I'm hopeful because I can be whoever I want. I might chose to be a mangaka, or perhaps a scientist. Maybe not a builder, but that route is still available.



Max Hu (Grade 2), "Seasons of Hope and Growth"

Across four seasons, I tirelessly practices under the tree, very dedicated and keep making progress. I am hopefule because I believe the power of hard work and perseverance.



Peyton Fischer (Grade 5), "Hope: Optimistic State of Mind"


In this project I was inspired by different types of art and animals. The bird in my art is a dove. A dove symbolizes peace, which is part of being hopeful. For example, you can be hopeful that violence will come to an end. Ending conflict can be challenging, but being hopeful is what helps you keep a positive mind set when times are difficult.



Angela Ouyang (Grade 5), "I Am Hopeful Because With Help, We Can Save Our Ocean"


This art signifies individual impact on the environment. A whale embodies our ocean's ecosystem, joined by a child nurturing it—a reminder that all ages aid in planet care. Surrounding the whale, sewage represents global water pollution. The child wields a system transforming polluted water into a cleaner resource. My hope: people innovate to maintain daily ocean cleanliness.



Lilian Zhao (Grade 4), "Saved"


I put a picture of an injured cheetah being released because whenever im sad, I look out the window to see one animal or another, and it gives me hop, like hope for healing from an injury.



Music Composition


Melody Wang (Grade 4), "Why Not be Hopeful?"


I am hopeful because...? Well, is there any reason not to be hopeful? With no hope, all listed things in the song would happen. Why not be hopeful? If not, doubt and others will come to you. This song tells you that being hopeful will benefit you, and make you avoid these unfortunate things.




Why Not be Hopeful?


I wait across the side of the road, without my hope my bus won’t go

It will never reach my stop, I couldn’t climb a mountain and reach the top.

Without my hope my day is done the moment I see everyone

My self-esteem is going down low, and no hope won’t try to let me go.

Why not be hopeful? It brings me back!

Why not be hoping that you’d get back on track

If hope is gone your day is done

If hope is gone life is a bust

I dance all day, I dance all night, within the sky there is a light.

I will never make my day, I wouldn’t try to ever play

A place that’s quite boring and overdone, I feel so small in front of everyone

I don’t even know what I’m supposed to do, and this big crowd won’t let me through

Why not be hopeful? It brings me back!

Why not be hoping that you’d get back on track

If hope is gone your day is done

If hope is gone life is a bust

Film Production:


Melody Wang (Grade 4), "Why Not be Hopeful?"





Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.


Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme that changes each year. The theme for the 2023-2024 program year is I am Hopeful because...


Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.



The six art areas are:


Choreography/Dance - originally choreographed dance composition.


 Film/Video - original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.


 Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.


 Music Composition – original musical composition, with or without words.


 Photography - color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative 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.



Special Artist Elementary Division - The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).



Key Dates

  • Monday, November 6, 2023 (Before 10 pm) — Due to submit your entries.
  • Friday, December 1 to Friday, December 15, 2023 — LWSD Council judging process
  • Friday, January 5, 2024 — Target date to announce LWSD Council winners
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 (Noon) — LWSD Council entries due to WSPTA (LWPTSA Council Reflections chair will upload all advancing entries.)
  • Friday, January 19, 2024 – Open house (finalist celebration)
  • March 2024 — Results of WSPTA Reflections competition announced
  • May 2024 — Results of National PTA Reflections competition announced



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