FWES Reflections 2023-24

WINNERS and Runners Up for 2023-2024 Reflections!

Thank you FWES families and teachers for supporting your student's participation in the 2023-2024 PTA Reflections Contest! 

This year, 21 students from FWES participated in the school level PTA Reflections contest. We are proud of each student who submitted their art!  

Congratulations to the five students noted below who placed in this year's contest!  They will be moving on to the county level.  Wake PTA will announce winners in early January.  Students who win at the county level will then move on to the National PTA Reflections Contest, winners announced in May.

Thank you all again for your time and dedication to supporting your student and this contest.  There will be a celebratory breakfast this Spring for all participants

Well done all!!

Music Intermediate-Winner  (INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3-5))

Niamh Romero (Crow)

Title:  Falls 

Artist Statement: Falls is a keyboard song. I named it Falls because I kind of fall into my own melody and I want others to feel like they are not alone.


Wake County Visual Arts Winner!

Visual Arts Intermediate Winner

INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3 - 5)

Nayeli Percy (Herrema)

Title:  Breaking Free

Artist Statement:   “Breaking Free” symbolizes my hope for the future because I believe that nature is resilient. The environment is often treated like a chained servant, taken for granted and abused with pesticides and pollution. After a big storm, I found a piece of wood, spray painted the outside to make it look burnt and glued moss and flowers to the inside to show that it is thriving, alive and beautiful. My piece shows that nature is adaptable and strong, you can burn it down but a sapling will grow. Nature will persevere and because of that, I am hopeful.

Visual Arts Primary Winner

PRIMARY (Pre-K - Grade 2)

Tejas Manchikalapudi (Bulla)

Title:  Highs cannot exist without the lows!

Artist Statement:  The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like they're falling in love with the ground. Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. The leaves will fall, and new ones will return in a few months, but now is the time to admire its natural descent. This consciousness may make us all more inclined to make the most of our time. So welcome slow speeds, practice gratitude, and light a sensory candle. Choose to live in the present. I hope autumn brings a sense of calm, creativity and good ideas!

Visual Arts Primary Runners Up

PRIMARY (Pre-K - Grade 2)

Faith Thomason (Siouville)

Title:  Anything is Possible

Artist Statement: I am hopeful because of magic. This is a magical forest. This is where anything is possible. Even a puppy can dream of being a magical fox, even a girl can make a difference. Magic is important, there should be some magic because our world is being hurt by pollution and magic can stop that and make the world happy again. 

Visual Arts Intermediate Winner

INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3 - 5)

Holden Nelson (Packer)

Title:  The Friendship Hand

Artist Statement:  I am hopeful for everyone to be friends.  

Deadline for submission entries entries will be October 18th, 2023

What is Reflections?

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for PreK-12th grade students. It offers students an opportunity 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.  

Official rules can be found here.


If you need a device like camera, or an iPad in order to work on your entry plesae contact reflections@fwespta.org

The contest begins at the school level. FWES students enter in the appropriate division: Primary (PreK-2nd), Intermediate (3rd -5th) or Special Artist (ECS). First Place winners will move up to County level competition, then potentially to State and Nationals!

The 2023–2024 Reflections Contest theme is I AM HOPEFUL BECAUSE   Students are invited to reflect on this theme and create work(s) of art in one or more of the available categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and/or Visual Arts.  

Each entry must have a title and be accompanied by an artist statement (between 10-100 words). The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The artist's statement carries a lot of weight in the judging process, so write carefully!


Enter as many pieces in as many categories as you want! Click each category below to view the rules specific to each one. Be sure you read the rules for any category you want to enter before you create your piece and follow all the rules to avoid disqualification. Please click on any category to get a category specific rules document. Official rules can be found here.

Visual artsArchitecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiberwork, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. 
LiteratureProse, Poetry, Drama, Reflective essay, Narrative, Shortstory.
Dance ChoreographyBallet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Folk Dance, Religious Dance, Dance Ensembles (color guard/indoor guard), Ice Skating/Dancing and Gymnastics-floor Routine.
Film ProductionAnimation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation. Entrant must be the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and producer.
Music CompositionA Cappella, Blues, Choral, Country, Electronic, Hip hop, Jazz, Latin, Musical, Orchestral, Pop, R&B, Religious, Rock, Symphonic/Concert Band and Traditional.


A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted
Special Artist

Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division.

The Special Artist Division welcomes students from all grades and abilities and offers non-artistic accommodations for students to participate fully in PTA Reflections. Awards are announced as part of the Special Artist Division.

Contact PTA Reflections chair at reflections@fwespta.org for more questions.