PSTA hosts 2014 Reflections contest

Senior Gabrielle Jordan from Bakersfield High School won the Visual Arts Award for this piece, "Oh, Inverted World"

Senior Gabrielle Jordan from Bakersfield High School won the Visual Arts Award for this piece, “Oh, Inverted World”

By Chang Lee

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will hold its annual reflections contest, from October 1 until November 4. This year’s theme is: “The world would be a better place if…”

The PSTA first started the reflections program in 1969 as a way to make sure that the arts were part of education and to allow students to express themselves. Since 1969, over 10 million students have participated in the competition nationwide.

There are be six arts categories to choose from: literature, musical composition, photography, film/video production, dance choreography, visual arts, and a special artist division, with the choice of submitting one or more entries to any category.

The reflection contest is divided into two rounds. The first round consists of creating an original work of art, based on the year’s theme, and submitting it to one or more arts categories.

The top four winners from each category will move on to district level judging, then onto state and finally the national level. Each piece of artwork will be judged by professionals from the art world, who will focus heavily on the interpretation of the current theme.

All participants from the school will receive a pizza party and an awards luncheon to commemorate their win, and drawings for gift cards will be held. State level winners will be recognized with a California State “PTSA Award of Excellence” for their artwork, receive a $100 savings bond, an all expense paid trip to the California State PTSA convention in Sacramento, and the opportunity to display their artwork at the convention. National level winners will receive a certificate, medallion, and $800.

The second stage includes a theme search contest, in which students submit themes that may be used in the 2016-2017 reflection contest. The winner will receive $100 and his or her theme will be presented at the annual National PTSA Convention & Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina in June 2015. Last years winners encourage students to participate in the event.

“I have participated since second grade. I really enjoy creating art and flexing my creative muscles. Last year I wrote about competing in Poetry Out Loud for my art entry. This year I will also participate and hope to do as well as I did last year,” last year’s winner, senior Jake Mattinson said.

To participate, pick up information in the Activities Office or visit the PTSA website at http://www.capta.org and search reflections.

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