Judging & Awards Available

Student Reflections’ art entries at a school are first recognized, judged and celebrated by the local PTA unit as an important part of the National PTA program.

Selecting an impartial and qualified judging panel is a key aspect of maintaining the integrity and success of the Reflections Program at your school.



Provide your judging panel with a rubric to assess student artwork along with the rules for each art category. When preparing student artwork for your judging panel, remember to check that student entries:

  • Meet the Reflections Program criteria in each art area as outlined in the Reflections Program rules including:
    • Size and mounting of artwork for visual arts or photography entries
    • Length and format of entry for musical, dance, film/ video or literature pieces
  • Allow for blind judging with no student names displayed

Local Due Dates – Award winning Local Unit entries are due to Nevada PTA on January 9th, 2015.

Winning Entries – Each Local Unit may submit three (3) Award of Excellence winners per six (6) categories, plus 3 (three) Award of Excellence Special Artist winners per category.

  • This is a total of 54 (fifty-four) possible submissions per Elementary School (Two age divisions & Special Artist)
  1. 18 for Primary (preschool – 2nd grade)
  2. 18 for Intermediate (3rd – 5th grade)
  3. 18 for Special Artist
  • 36: 18 for per Middle/Junior High School (Intermediate Division) & 18 Special Artist in Middle/Junior High School
  • 36: 18 for High School (Senior Division) & 18  Special Artist in High School

Nevada PTA may then submit 24 (twenty-four) Award of Excellence winners based on age divisions and 6 (six) Award of Excellence winners in the Special Artist Division to National PTA for the final round of judging in 2014-2015, “The world would be a better place if…” Reflections Program.

Nevada PTA will honor our State Winners this year with the following awards:

  • Up to Four Award of Excellence Winners in each category, in each age division
  • Up to Four Award of Merit Winners in each category, in each age division
  • Overall Outstanding Achievement Award in each category – awarded to a student that best interprets the theme, “The world would be a better place if…” in their chosen medium.


For recruiting judges, consider tapping into the talented pool of local artists, performers, and teachers in your community. To get started, compile a list and contact a variety of people involved in the local art scene including:

Linden Pohland, "Serenity"

Linden Pohland, “Serenity”

  • Artists, artisans, and art docents
  • Teachers from other schools participating in the Reflections Program
  • Art, literature, dance, film, drama, journalism, photography, and music professors at local colleges/universities
  • Community Art Leagues and Art association directors and board members
  • Professional photographers and local portrait studios
  • Art museum directors, curators, and historians
  • Musicians, music teachers, and choral directors
  • Dance studios, ballet schools, and dance instructors
  • Actors, performers, drama teachers and theater managers
  • Writers, poets, playwrights, and dramatists
  • Symphony orchestra directors, conductors, and composers
  • Multimedia/video production company managers, editors and directors
  • Newspaper reporters, journalists, editors, publishers, and photographers
  • Television and radio stations, production crews, and station managers
  • Arts advocacy organizations’ presidents, directors, and board members

For your judging panel, selecting individuals with different artistic interests will be useful for assessing students’ artwork in each category. In this way, your judging panel will also represent your local arts community.


Katelyn Smith "What a good book can do"

Katelyn Smith “What a good book can do”

The Reflections Program is designed to celebrate students’ creativity, grow their imagination and encourage their exploration of the arts.

That’s why all student participants should be recognized for their artistic efforts and achievements.

Consider showcasing student participants with the presentation of special items such as certificates, ribbons, medals, buttons or trophies as part of the Reflections Awards event at your school.

For more information and ideas, contact Nevada PTA or your Reflections Chairperson, Kimberly Smith: ksmith@nevadapta.org (702)491-7867.

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