8th grader Harshil S. for his first place award in Literature and -advancing to the state competition!!

Harshil S. Artist Statement

"The Bird of Hope'' is a poem written by me, for the theme of "I am Hopeful because...". I start out with a simile, likening the abstract idea of hope to something more easily identifiable and tangible, hence the bird. I then spoke about all the things in our world that invoke feelings of hopelessness or misery. Then I switch over to talking about those in the world, who give hope and make the world a better place, whom I have given the title of "heralds".

8th grader Emilie J- for her first place award in Literature and advancing to the state competition!!

Emilie J. Artist Statement

It is hard to find reasons to be happy when you are so invested in hating what you are doing. Looking forward to the end of your day, every day is exhausting, so it is important not to overlook the simple things that people around you do. I am hopeful because I think the simplest things are the most poetic. Prosaic things are only prosaic because we do not see the beauty in them.


6th grader Sophia H. - for her first place award in Music composition and advancing to the state competition!!

Sophia H.

Like the title, since about three years ago, I've been hoping for change. Hoping for a way out of my anxieties and failures. I am only twelve years old, but from my song of change , I hope to make a difference in the real world of anxieties, heart brakes, and depression. To make an impact in people that could open their eyes, to know that someone is there...always.



8th grader Olivia L. for her honorable mention in Visual Arts at the Everett school district level!!!

Olivia L. Artist Statement

My artwork displays a character in darkness reaching towards light, but is also covered by shadows. This symbolizes hope and bad feelings. Hope is represented by light, which gives my character color and loosely loops around their fingers. While plentiful, hope is easy to lose. The light contains colors, hearts, and music as they al give me hope. From the bottom, there are shadows coming up onto the character. This symbolizes bad feelings that can grow, spread, and be choking. There is a lot of light, but the background is black, showing a lot of bad feelings are around us.




Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school but in life.

Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2023-2024 program will be “I am Hopeful Because…”

Students submit their completed works of art in one or more of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA, then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round.

The deadline for entries is: November 3rd, 2023

Entry Form:

Entries can be submitted online at: or turned into the office with their entry submission form during the week of October 30th-November 3rd.

For more information about program details and student entry rules visit:

For Questions about the Heatherwood's PTA Reflections Program contact Charleen Van Horn at:

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