PTA Reflections Celebrates Student Creativity

By Jacob Hardman—Reporter

SFJH Students!  It’s Reflections time again!This year's PTA Reflection’s theme is “Diversity Means...”   The deadline to enter was October 13.  Hopefully, lots of SFJH students entered.,  The judging is based on the artistic merit, creativity, and interpretation of the theme. The winners get a lot of prizes to like; an expense-paid trip for themselves and one adult to the National PTA Convention,  a cash award from National PTA, a gold-plated Reflections medal, a certificate and letter signed by the National PTA President, and finally, recognition in the annual PTA Reflections online gallery.

In the program, there are several areas students: dance choreography, musical composition, film production, photography, literature, and visual arts.  Students can only enter their own work; plagiarism is against the law.

The only student in the Nebo School District to win The Reflections Program was Samantha Sorensen, a 5 grade student in the 2008-2009 Reflections contest. The theme that year was WOW! With a spectacular photo, Samantha Sorensen came away with the win. When asked how she came up with the idea for her picture she said, "I went to the park to try to figure out what to do.  My sister was sitting on the swing and the sun was above her head. I asked her to put her hands over her head to try to form a heart; she kept squishing the heart and ended up looking like she was holding the sun."

Reflections have been around for over 40 years. The program was started by the Colorado PTA president, Mary Lou Anderson. The Reflections program was developed so that students can express themselves and receive positive feedback. The students who enter the program are encouraged to be very artistic.  Good luck to all of this year entrants.