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Rules and Guidelines

Hoover PTA Reflection Program

The National PTA Reflections Program is an art recognition and achievement program for students. It provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education. The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in the program. The program's longevity and participation figures attest to its strength. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for children, parents, schools and communities is unmatched.

Reflections Artistic Contest

Let Your Imagination Fly

Student entries included a title and an artist statement, which communicated the artist’s inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme "Let Your Imagination Fly"

  • 20 points for Interpretation of Theme: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement
  • 10 points for Artistic Merit/ Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation 
  • 10 points for Mastery of Medium: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area 

Dance Winner


Original Dance Performance

to Demi Lovato's Stone Cold

By Ashley Peterson


From my head to my toes, my imagination flys when I dance.

Literature Winner

“Inspiration: Letting Your Imagination Fly”

Literature essay by Cherish Washington-Logan

My work relate to the theme because it's telling the reader they should be excited to imagine because you never know what ideas you're gonna get.


Runner Ups

Jersey artwork


by Marian de Vera, 8th Grade
When I let my imagination fly, it creates frightful looking creatures, but to me they aren't frightful at all. I imagine that they are understanding teachers.

At the Amusement Park

“At the Amusement Park”

by Connor Stamper

This awesome park is one that only exists in my imagination. I came up with more and more things as I went on drawing it.


Visual Arts Winner

Buckley the Horse artwork

“Buckley the Horse”

by Makayla Cracium, 8th Grade
This horse is in a arena looking around. The horse name is Buckley. The patterns are very detailed, creative, and different. I used my imagination and it is awesome!

2nd Place Visual Arts

Imagina-osphere artwork


by Kelly Melvin, 6th Grade

My pink balloons are full of my imagination, ideas and creative power. These inspired-filled balloons are floating up into a whole new level in the Atmosphere of Creativity. You will never know what limits you can break until you "Let Your Imagination Fly!"

Runner Ups

Boring drawing to Amazing Artwork

“Boring Drawing to Amazing Artwork”

by Nataly Hernandez, 7th Grade
Shoes are just material. What I did was draw a picture of an ordinary, boring shoe and turned into a piece of art; stain glass window style. That's how I let my imagination fly.

This is Me artwork

“This is Me”

by Courtney Justine Shellman
My artwork relates to the theme "Let Your Imagination Fly" because when I made my letter "C" I out fur on my letter to make it look fuzzy.

Guidelines & Category Rules

Enter as many times as you want

Enter in as many categories as you want

Dance Choreography. Accepted styles include solo/ensemble: Ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. The choreographer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Video recording must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v). Include 2 DVDs/flash drives. 

Film Production. Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (powerpoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all story boarding and editing. Video recording must not exceed 5 minutes and must be less than 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size. Accepted file formats include: AVI, Quicktime (.mov), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg, .mp4), Windows Media (.wmv), and Flash Video (.flv, .f4v). Include 2 DVDs/flash drives. 

Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story. Entry must not exceed 2,000 words and must be handwritten or typed; one side only. Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own language. An interpretive translation in English must accompany the entry. Accepted formats include: Single-sided print on 8 ½ x 11 paper, or PDF (.pdf) file format. Include 1 original copy and 2 copies. Single-sided print on 8 ½ x 11 paper. 

Music Composition. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Notation, score or tabulator is required for middle and high school division. Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes. Accepted file formats include: MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC formats. Music videos are not accepted. Include 2 CDs/flash drives. 

Photography. Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one seamless print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. Must be mounted or matted on cardboard mat, poster board, or other sturdy material. Accepted formats include: Matted print, or digital image (.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp). Must not exceed 11x14 including mounting or matting. 

Visual Arts. Accepted forms include: Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. Framed entries not accepted. Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material must not exceed 24x30 including mounting or matting and 3D works must include packaging materials and 3 photos of the entry for judging and ID purposes. Submit Student Entry Form and Art   


Special Artist (English) (PDF)

Special Artist (Spanish) (PDF)


Art Form Identification for Photography and Visual Arts (English) (PPT)


General Rules (English) (PDF)

Abridged Summary of Rules (English) (PDF)