The 2020-2021 theme is “I Matter Because…” Relevant dates will be updated here in coming weeks. Find additional information on 2020-2021 Reflections at National PTA.


Dear students and families,

In accordance with recommendations from the State and updated actions from Colorado school districts, to protect public health we are postponing the Reflections Awards ceremony to an undetermined future date.  We are proud of our student artists and congratulate them on their amazing accomplishments.  The Gold Award winners were advanced to National judging.  Those results will be released on May 1st.

During this time, please continue to follow recommendations from the CDC about how to avoid the spread of illness and work to protect each other.  Thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Nora Brown
Colorado PTA President

Colorado PTA is pleased to announce this year’s Reflections Cultural Arts Program student winners! One Gold Award and two Silver Awards are presented in each age division for each category.  Gold Award artwork advances to national judging.  Students will receive an invitation to a special ceremony on March 15th at the DoubleTree Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, CO. Families, friends, teachers, principals, and PTA officers are welcome to join other special guests to honor our amazing students!


                                                             DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY FINALISTS

Primary (PK – 2nd grade)
GOLD      Avery Swartzlander         “My Fight Song”                        Dennison Elementary PTA          Jefferson Council

SILVER   Josie Ellingson                  “Voila! C’est Moi!”                   Coal Creek Canyon K-8 PTSA     Jefferson Council
(Here I Am!  This is Me!)

SILVER     Clementine Nitschke      “Dancer’s Palace”                    Red Rocks Elementary PTA        Jefferson Council

Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
GOLD       Harlee Marshall                “Dancing in the Dark”            Wilmot Elementary PTA             Jefferson Council

SILVER    Levi Feiveson                     “Breaking Within Me”           Devinny Elementary PTA            Jefferson Council

SILVER    Mady Mack                         “Devil Eyes”                             Red Rocks Elementary PTA        Jefferson Council

Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
GOLD       Olivia Bell                            “What They See”                     Russell Middle School PTA          El Paso Council

SILVER    Kristin Craven                    “True Colors”                           Russell Middle School PTA          El Paso Council

SILVER    Cassidy Love                       “Trust Yourself”                      Mandalay Middle School PTSA   Jefferson Council


Primary (PK – 2nd grade)
GOLD      Stella Heischman                 “Flower Surprise”                      Explorer Elementary PTA           El Paso Council

SILVER   Fiona Conrad                        “Uniqueness”                              Shaffer Elementary PTA             Jefferson Council

SILVER   Evander Winkler                 “Evander’s Train of Thought”  Hulstrom Options K-8 PTA        Region 3

Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
GOLD      Landen Bruno                      “Joy from Sadness”                     Little Elementary PTSA              Jefferson Council

SILVER   Adelaide Buseck                   “The Trash Tree”                         Westridge Elementary PTA       Jefferson Council

SILVER   Nabhanya Sasikumar          “Look Within the Dark Side     Chipeta Elementary PTA            El Paso Council
of Technology”

Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
GOLD      Myra High                              “Mouth Shut, Mind Open”      Mandalay Middle School PTSA  Jefferson Council

SILVER   Margaux Dempsey                “In a Blink of an Eye”               The Manning School PTA            Jefferson Council

SILVER   Rayne Wilson                         “All of Me”                                  Colorado Stem Academy PTA      Region 3

High School (9th – 12th grade)
GOLD      Megan Ekholm                    “These Past Years”                     Thomas B Doherty PTSA              El Paso Council

SILVER   Annabel Lee                         “Underwater Gaze”                    Arvada West High School PTSA  Jefferson Council

SILVER   Sheea Sau                              “We Shall Overcome”              Golden High School PTSA             Jefferson Council

Special Artist
GOLD     Kaiya Haag                            “Rings of a Tree”                       King-Murphy Elementary PTA    Region 2

SILVER  Kevin Nieves-Brailsford     “Gentle”                                       Jeffco Special Needs PTA             Jefferson Council

SILVER  Miles Shearer                        “Turkey Jump”                          Ponderosa Elementary PTA        Thompson Council

                                                                        PHOTOGRAPHY STATE FINALISTS

Primary (PK – 2nd grade)
GOLD      Rocco Durner                     “Leaning Rocks”                       Chipeta Elementary PTA               El Paso Council

SILVER   Fisher Jabin                        “Look in my Shadow”              Coronado Elementary PTA           Jefferson Council

SILVER   Hannah McCullough         “Mountains in my Heart”       Explorer Elementary PTA             El Paso Council

Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
GOLD      Rylin Cross                           “Look Within Your Heart”     Coronado Elementary PTA           Jefferson Council

SILVER   Briella Kiefer                        “Colors Within”                        West Woods Elementary PTSA   Jefferson Council

SILVER   Ginger Wyatt                        “Break Through”                      Marshdale Elementary PTA        Jefferson Council

Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
GOLD     Suzanna Kelley                      “Beautiful Hardships”            Falcon Middle School PTSA        El Paso Council

SILVER   Clara Halloran                      “Hope & Love”                         Meadowlark PTSA                         Region 2

SILVER   Ella Yancey                            “My Cello”                                Manning Middle School PTA       Jefferson Council

High School (9th – 12th grade)
GOLD     Brianna Bilyeu              “Memory in an Old Car”         Thomas B Doherty HS PTSA            El Paso Council

SILVER  Julia Primak                  “Sibling Reflections”               Green Mountain High School PTA   Jefferson Council

SILVER  Jordyn Timmens          “Window to the Soul”             Arvada West High School PTSA        Jefferson Council

Special Artist
GOLD     Mitchell Spain                “Home through My Eyes”                  Meridian Ranch Elem PTA       El Paso Council

SILVER  Yandel Amaya Ortiz      “RED”                                                     South Lakewood Elem PTA      Jefferson Council

SILVER   Noah Taylor                   “Choice between Dark and Light”    Thomas B Doherty HS PTSA     El Paso Council


Primary (PK – 2nd grade)
GOLD       Kinley McDonald         “Look Within My Heart”              West Woods Elementary PTSA   Jefferson Council

SILVER     Eian Link                      “Looking Within/Triple                Coal Creek Canyon K-8 PTSA     Jefferson Council
Scary Halloween”

SILVER     Matthew Lunin            “I’m Running Up and Down”        Parmalee Elementary PTA        Jefferson Council

Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
GOLD       Madhvi Chittoor           “Look Within – Atman Inquiry”  Hackberry Hill Elementary PTA  Jefferson Council

SILVER     Ruthie Formby            “More”                                                Warder Elementary PTA               Jefferson Council

SILVER     Corwin McMullen       “The Great Drum”                            Coal Creek Canyon K-8 PTA        Jefferson Council


Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
GOLD     Claire Davis                    “Just Go For It!”                       Chinook Trails Middle School PTA   El Paso Council

SILVER     Savannah Primak      “Apricity”                                    Dunstan Middle School PTA              Jefferson Council

High School (9th – 12th grade)
GOLD       Colin Lockridge          “Justice from Within”               Ralston Valley High School PTSA    Jefferson Council

SILVER     Abigail Salamera       “Eminent Spark”                        Standley Lake High School PTSA    Jefferson Council



Primary (PK – 2nd grade)

GOLD      Kiera Bennetts               “Look Within People”             Little Elementary PTSA                   Jefferson Council

 SILVER  Emma Dorobek             “The Time I Looked Within   Kyffin Elementary PTA                    Jefferson Council
My Mom”

SILVER     Cason Perigo                “When I Go to Sleep”               Mountain View Elementary PTA   El Paso Council


Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
GOLD       Elise Mehmen               “Walk a Mile in Someone              Bergen Elementary PTA                Jefferson Council
Else’s Shoes”

SILVER    Alice Harada                 “Look within the Miles of You”     Kyffin Elementary PTA                 Jefferson Council

SILVER    Dorean Lancaster         “Look Within”                                  Meadowlark PTSA                         Region 2


Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
GOLD       Val Heidarsson              “Tattered Covers”                         Evergreen Middle School PTA       Jefferson Council

SILVER     Lilagrace Huffer           “Breakaway”                                  Hulstrom Options K-8 PTA             Region 3

SILVER     Emily Soesilo                “Beneath the Skin”                       Hulstrom Options K-8 PTA             Region 3

High School (9th – 12th grade)
GOLD       Grace Drew                               “The World Within”      Ralston Valley High School PTSA      Jefferson Council

SILVER    Vance Graham-Kennemer     “Wake Up”                      Thomas B Doherty High School PTA El Paso Council

SILVER     Sophia Witczak                        “Beyond the Shore”      Thomas B Doherty High School PTA  El Paso Council

Special Artist
GOLD       Penny Linn                              “The Story about Pippa”  Ponderosa Elementary PTA            Thompson Council



Primary (PK – 2nd grade)
GOLD       Chloe Howard               “What’s Your Inner Super Power?”   Explorer Elementary PTA       El Paso Council

SILVER     Tref Knoshaug             “Hiking Within our Hearts”                 Mitchell Elementary PTA       Jefferson Council

SILVER     Sebastian Myers          “Sebastian is …”                                      Shaffer Elementary PTA         Jefferson Council


Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
GOLD       Gabriel Giaquinto         “Mr. Bad Guy”                                         Devinny Elementary PTA     Jefferson Council

SILVER     Morgan Fee                  “Inside & Out”                                         Red Rocks Elementary PTA Jefferson Council

SILVER     Charlee Hood               “Spreading Kindness”                           Bergen Elementary PTA       Jefferson Council


Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
GOLD       Caden May                     “The Magic within Zion                     Bradford K-8 PTA                       Jefferson Council
National Park”

SILVER    Addison Riley                 “Look Within”                                     Evergreen Middle School PTA Jefferson Council

SILVER     Maggie Smith                “Look within and Find your Hero” Dennison Elementary PTA       Jefferson Council


High School (9th – 12th grade)
GOLD      Lisca de Jager                 “Cracking Hearts”                               Jefferson Council Cameo PTA  Jefferson Council


The goal of the PTA Arts in Education programming is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools to provide opportunities for all students to explore and be involved in the arts.

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program —support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. When PTAs and schools work together to support arts education, they:

  • Encourage all students—despite individual challenges—to explore ideas, express their individuality and support their peers in a positive way;
  • Provide all students with an academic advantage by increasing student engagement and teacher effectiveness, which leads to increased school attendance rates and social connectedness among students; and
  • Enhance family engagement by connecting families and schools to one another and to their communities.

The 2019-2020 theme is “Look Within”   To start a program, review the resources below, then contact your Council or Region Director to register your PTA and get answers for any questions or assistance.


If you are a school in Denver County, please send an email to Ashlee Lane, ashlee.m.lane@gmail.com

If you are a school in El Paso County, please send an email to Nora Brown, nora_brown@yahoo.com

If you are a school in Jefferson County, please visit http://www.jcpta.org/programs/reflections/ for deadlines and requirements.

If you are a  school in Thompson Valley School District, please send an email to Tracie Jenkins, traciejenkins@comcast.net

December 13— Regional Reflections (local units not part of councils) database due. Only needs to include those entries moving on from the school level.

December 13 – Regional Reflections (local units not part of councils) entries due. Photo/Visual arts entries must be physically received in the PTA office by this date. Music/Dance/Film and Literature entries may be submitted electronically. (This is optional, if you wish to use this option, email a request to reflections@copta.org and we will send you a link to where you can upload your entries).

January 17 – Council Reflections program database due.

January 24 – Council Reflections music/dance/film entries due via electronic upload (mandatory). Literature can be submitted electronically or along with visual arts and photo entries.

January 24 – Council Reflections visual arts/photo/literature (if not submitted electronically) must be physically received in the PTA office by this date.

January 29 (tentative) – Regional Reflections winners announced officially.

March 2State Reflections winners announced officially.

March 15State Reflections winners awards ceremony.

PTA Reflections Program Steps to Success!

Step 1: Start the ArtsTake the Reflections Leader e-learning course to walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections while learning about resources and tools provided by your State PTA and National PTA.

1) National PTA Reflections Rules
2) Contact your state PTA for a Local Leader’s Guide, state-specific dates, forms and additional information.
3) Kick-off your program with National Arts in Education Week.
4) Consider the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to ensure your Reflections program meets its intended potential.
Step 2: Organize and Plan Your ProgramRecruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also, recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

1) Customize your PTA Leader Checklist to organize tasks and schedule deadlines.
2) Build your PTA Arts Committee with this Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.
3) Recruit community arts professionals to serve as judges.
Step 3: Promoting ReflectionsAnnounce your call for entries using PTA, school, and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location as well as submission instructions.

1) Announce your Call for Entries using this themed flier.
2) Distribute the Student Entry Form, rules and instructions provided by your State PTA. For reference, see National PTA Official Rules.
3) Consider these Tips for Program Promotion.
4) Create your own promotions: Customize this Themed Poster (En Español) or have fun creating your own using these image files below.
*Reflections logo (JPEGEPSPNG)
*Category Images: Dance Choreography; Film Production; Literature; Music Composition; PhotographyVisual ArtsSpecial Artist
*Themed Images: Hand (PNG, EPS); Within Reach (PNG, EPS); Within Reach En español (PNG, EPS)
Step 4: Organize Artwork for Judging1) Collect submissions and organize by Arts Category and Grade Division. Qualify submissions according to program rules and address student ineligibility, as needed.
2) Prepare submissions for Judges' review and provide Judging Guidelines and a Score Card to each judge. Judges will review artwork and judging information provided on the student's entry form.
3) Collect judges scores and rank entries. Assign awards by grade division and arts category. Award levels may include Award of Excellence; Award of Merit; Honorable Mention; Participant.
Step 5: Celebrate and Recognize Your Participants1) Use the Reflections celebration guide to help plan your event.
2) Promote your event and celebrate students in local media using this media advisory and press release.
3) Present the Certificate of Recognition and other awards available at the PTA Store.
4) Learn about state and national awards for students and PTAs.
Step 6: Wrap Up1) Thank school staff, community partners, judges and parent volunteers using this Thank-you Letter for Volunteers.
2) Organize feedback using this Program Evaluation.
3) Submit student participation totals (Sept. 1 through Mar. 1, 2017).

Contact The Colorado Reflections Team!

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