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Yvonne Ballentine Scholarship

High School Senior

Reflections' Participant



Theme Search Competition

2024-25 Theme Search

This entry period has ended.

Look for information on the 2025-2026 competition.

All students can participate in the annual

Reflections Theme Search Contest.


Entries need to be emailed to no later than Nov 1, 2022 to be judged by Alabama PTA.

Alabama PTA may submit up to 5 entries to National PTA.

Entry Form (Spanish)

Check out the winning themes from the past 50+ years here.

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                                     See here for Official Rules

In addition to the Official Rules please follow these guidelines.

1. All Local Units participating must register with
      National PTA.

2a. If your unit is within an active council, please  contact the         council for further 

2b. If your unit is not part of a council, please submit directly           to Alabama PTA as noted below by January 13.

3. Alabama PTA will announce winners late March/early April.
      1st place winners will be forwarded to National PTA.


2023-2024 Theme Search Winner


Alice Meko,
Hampton Elementary PTA, Huntsville City Schools

Alice Meko is the winner of the PTA Reflections Annual Theme Search Contest. Her submission, "I Am Hopeful Because…", will be the 2023-2024 theme that thousands of student artwork will be inspired by.
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For questions or additional information, please contact

Paula Lyman, Reflections Chair, at


Started in 1969 by the Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Any PTA in good standing is eligible to sponsor Reflections on their campus.



The Reflections program recognizes students at the Local, Council/Region, State and National PTA levels. At each level, all entries are judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and artistic merit.  Eligible students must attend a school with a PTA in good standing with Alabama PTA.


Students may enter  any or all of the six art categories. Multiple entries within a single arts category is permitted.  Each entry must be the original work of one student and created specifically for the Reflections program based on the national theme. Each entry must also conform to the guidelines developed by the National PTA.

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