Reflections Contest 2022-23

  • This year’s theme is “SHOW YOUR VOICE!!”
  • Categories- Visual Arts (2d and 3d), Photography, Literature, Music, Dance Choreography, Film
  • All Reflections entries will be submitted digitally via the entry form. Please ensure that all digital files uploaded are within the size limit and named correctly, as stated in the rules for each category and entry form .
  • Entry form for all categories-
  • Reflections due date- November 6th, by 11.59pm
  • Top tips! 
    • The artist statement is as important as your actual Reflections creation when it comes to judging! Put some thought into your artist’s statement to describe your work and how it relates to the theme.
    • Make sure your work is original! Check each category’s rules for further details


Visual Arts








Please contact if you have any questions!





Calling all Artists!

The National PTA Reflections contest wants you to create and explain how YOU will change the world!

Just turn in your artwork and entry form, which includes your artist statement, by  OCTOBER 24, 2021 

Submit your work by uploading everything through our google form HERE

We know that not all students are on the same schedule and we encourage students to turn their work in early.

All entries must be done by individual students and cannot be replications.

Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement.

The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words. The artist statement is worth 40 out of 100 points and is just as important as the artwork.

Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.

Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work and help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed.

Rules and regulations:







Welcome to Reflections
Chair:  Michaela Tosh
Look for more info to come SOON!

Virtual Celebrations Planned



Did you know that there are 7 different categories that make up the Reflections Art contest? They are

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
  • Special Artists

We invite you to join our NCPTA State Reflections Celebration on Saturday, April 24th at 10am to see the amazing work from these categories. Please spread the word to your local units, parents, friends, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, so that all can share in the wonderful work these artists did this year!

Click here to register.




The Wake County PTA Reflections Celebration will be virtual and held on April 17th via Facebook. The Wake County winners for AFHS will be able to pick up their awards at the AFHS front office.


Registration is now open for the NCPTA Virtual Reflections State Celebration that will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:000 a.m. until noon. A Zoom link will be provided when you register.

This information has been emailed to all State winners as well as a note to let the winners know their award to recognize their achievement has been shipped directly to their home.

We can’t wait to showcase the great talent of our North Carolina students and hope that you will join us on April 24th.

Please click here to register.

AFHS PTSA Virtual Reflections Art Program


Congratulations to our AFHS students who are Wake County PTA Reflection Winners!

The first place and second place entries listed below will be moving to the next round to be considered at the state level and announced by March 2021!

We are so proud of you all!

Music Composition

1st Place – Zachary Chase Bonin – Symbiosis

2D Visual Arts

1st Place – Lila (Ellis) Harshbarger  – We are Human 

3D Visual Arts

1st Place – Jeraldine McGhee – Lapis Lazuli Moon 

2nd Place- Madison Stovall  – Stand In Your Love

3rd Place – Stephanie Morgan – I’ll Support You

Dance Choreography

Honorable Mention – Maximiliano Fernandez Escalona – Golden

We are excited to announce the school level results of the 2020/2021 AFHS PTSA Virtual Reflections Program! Thank you to all participating students for their submissions that showcased this year’s theme – I Matter Because.  A special thank you to the judges and teachers whose support is so pivotal to the program’s success at our school!  
All entries listed below were also forwarded to the Wake County level for further consideration.  Congratulations to our students!
Submissions were judged by the following volunteer judges:
Karen Campbell –
Claudia Finelle – On Facebook and Instagram
Music Composition
1st Place: Zachary Chase Bonin
1st Place (Tied) Genevieve Matlovsky
1st Place (Tied): Zion Abebe
1st Place:  Maximiliano Fernandez Escalona
1st Place:  Devin Sehgal
Visual Arts 
1st Place:  Kailyn Becker
2nd Place:  Jeraldine McGhee 
3rd Place: Madison Stovall
Honorable Mention:  Stephanie Morgan
Honorable Mention: Lila Harsbburger
Honorable Mention:  Amishi Goel
Honorable Mention:  Aurea Michael 
Honorable Mention: Meredith Purdy

All entries due November 1, 2020


The PTSA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for Pre-K- 12th grade students. It offers students opportunities to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. Students can participate in Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts-both 2D and 3D. Selected artwork at the school level will move on to the Wake County PTA level.

Rules:   All entries must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines, size requirements and instructions provided by NCPTA link below. Please review the instructions and guidelines carefully and contact if you have any questions.

Please go to the link below for the student packet with guidelines and required submission form.

The Special Artists Division of the Reflections Arts Program offers modified rules and guidelines for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504.  Learn more below on the link for the Special Artists category below:
All art submissions and forms are due by 11 p.m. November 1, 2020.
Please send your google drive link to


2019-20 Theme:

2019-2020 Reflections Winners!

We are so proud to announce the 2019 AFHS PTSA Reflections winners!  We are amazed at the creativity and mastery the students showed this year. Thank you to all participating students for their outstanding work that truly showcased this year’s theme – Look Within!  Special thanks to the judges, teachers and parents whose support is pivotal to this program’s success. Let’s celebrate the local winners!  Stay tuned to see if any of our AFHS students win at the state level.  The state level winners will be announced in late March 2020.

All submissions were judged by the following volunteer judges:

Jacquie Howarth, Studio 123 –

Cynthia Mollenkopf, Cocoon Gallery –

Jane Wolfgang, Jane Wolfgang Studio –

Wake County Award Winners

Please see below for the 2019-2020 Wake County PTA Council Reflections Program Winners from AFHS!

*All 1st Place Winners will be moving on to the State level for judging.  State winners will be announced in late March 2020.

2D Visual Arts (Wake County)

3rd Place – Amishi Goel, Perspectives of Life – 10th Grade

3D Visual Arts (Wake County)

1st Place – Jaden Slattery, Internal Beat – 12th Grade*

2nd Place – Sydney Nguyen, Persona – 12th Grade

Honorable Mention – Olivia Rudd, A Beautiful Mind – 10th Grade

Music (Wake County)

1st Place – Zachary Chase Bonin – Sonder*

Apex Friendship High School Award Winners

Please see below for the 2019-2020 local AFHS PTA Council Reflections Program Winners!

Literature (AFHS)

1st Place:  Michele Jennings, Soul of Shards – 12th Grade

2nd Place:  Serkute Abebe, We the People – 11th Grade

3rd Place:  Jackson Haycraft, Within the Mind – 9th Grade

Music Composition (AFHS)

1st Place: Zachary Chase Bonin, Sonder – 11th Grade

Photography (AFHS)

1st Place:  Devin Sehgal, The backyard we should all have – 10th Grade

2nd Place:  Cole Swain, Realization of a Dragonfly – 11th Grade

Visual Arts 2D (AFHS)

1st Place:  Olivia Allen, One Man’s Trash – 12th Grade

2nd Place:  Amishi Goel, Perspectives of Life – 10th Grade

3rd Place:  Aurea Michael, I See With a Heart – 9th Grade

Honorable Mention: Apprecia Lassiter, the emotions inside – 10th Grade

Honorable Mention:  Kailyn Becker, You Know My Name, Not My Story – 9th Grade

Visual Arts 3D (AFHS)

1st Place:  Jaden Slattery, Internal Beat – 12th Grade

2nd Place:  Emma Markusen, Judgment – 10th Grade

3rd Place:  Olivia Rudd, A Beautiful Mind – 10th Grade

Honorable Mention:  Anna Durnin, Open-Minded – 12th Grade

Honorable Mention:  Sydney Nguyen, Persona – 12th Grade

Thank you,

AFHS Reflections Team