Reflections Art Contest

Students Dream of What is "Within Reach"

The 2017-18 National PTA Reflections contest recognizes original student art work inspired by the overall theme – “Within Reach”. Student submissions are evaluated by community artists and professionals.

For each art form, the work chosen as the Outstanding Interpretation from TJ students will move forward for further judging at the Fairfax County Council PTA level, competing with entries submitted from other Fairfax County high school students. Best wishes to these TJ students as their entries are further considered for advancement to District, State, and National competitions.

The Award of Excellence goes to runners-up in each art form. In categories where there were three or more entries, the Award of Merit was given to the third place entry. These students will receive recognition from TJ after the completion of the National competition later in the school year.

Here are the 2017-2018 TJ (school-level) Reflections results. To view the entries receiving Outstanding Interpretation and moving forward in the competition, click on the links below.


Outstanding Interpretation: Bella Chung for the short story “So Close & Yet So Far

Award of Excellence:  Anjali Nair, “I Have Hope”

Award of Merit: Evans Chun, “Reaching for Color, One Note at a Time”

Visual Art

Outstanding Interpretation: Gabrielle Heller for the water color & colored pencil painting “Discoveries Within Reach

Award of Excellence: Kavya Parekh, “Glimmer of Hope”

Music Composition

Outstanding Interpretation: Kyle Gatesman for the piano composition “My Father’s Words

Award of Excellence: Kevin Davis, “Within My Reach”

Award of Merit: Subhiksha Balaji, “A Part of Me”


Outstanding Interpretation: Pari Parajuli for the photo “Happiness in Our Hands

Award of Excellence:  Sreenidhi Sankararaman, “Through My Eyes”

Film Production

Outstanding Interpretation: Ravi Dughagra for the film production “To Reach the Sky

Thank you to all students who participated in the Reflections contest, congratulations to the students receiving recognition and good luck to those advancing to the Fairfax County competition!