Reflections Contest

Expression Through the Arts


Dance Choreography
Outstanding Interpretation: Charlotte Murphy

Outstanding Interpretation: Reva Shukla Gorcys

Film Production
Outstanding Interpretation: Arianna Potter

Outstanding Interpretation: Charlie Whiteman
Award of Excellence: Stella Fredricks
Award of Merit: Jefferson Menjivar
Honorable Mention: Claire Villella

Outstanding Interpretation: Clara Fredricks

Outstanding Interpretation: Alexander Murphy
Award of Excellence: Noah Cochran
Award of Merit: Lillian Brunk, Jordan Leff, Alexander Murphy
Honorable Mention: Ella Zelenak, Juliana Wyss, Eleanor Goehring

Music Composition
Outstanding Interpretation: Lillian Brunk

Visual Arts
Outstanding Interpretation: Theo Whiteman
Award of Excellence: Hope Colomy
Award of Merit: Devesh Shukla Gorcys, Thomas Wyss
Honorable Mention: Charlotte Murphy, Quinnley Moss

Outstanding Interpretation: Celia Kilpatrick
Award of Excellence: Spencer Hatch
Award of Merit: Savannah Potter, Eleanor Goehring
Honorable Mention: Eleanor Sheldon, Nina Poris, Lila Shukla Gorcys,
Abigail Paige



We invite Cardinal students from all grades to join in participating in this national arts focused contest. Students are asked to create an original work of art in response to a theme. Categories include, dance choreography, music composition, film production, literature, photography, and visual arts. You may enter in multiple categories. Students with disabilities or who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504, may choose to enter in the special artist division or their grade level division.

The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is I will change the world by…
Entries are due October 28th in the library.

Questions? Contact Amanda Whiteman ( if you have any questions about this year’s program.

Contest Details

This National Arts contest invites you to show your love for the arts in the categories of dance choreography, music composition, photography, visual arts, literature and filmmaking. Winners will be selected in each arts category in 3 divisions, if applicable: Pre-K-2, 3-5, and special artist.

Students will be celebrated at a school-wide assembly, and first place winners will move on to county and possibly state or national levels.

Important Dates

  • Thursday, October 28: Reflections Submissions Due in Library
  • (TBD) Thursday, January XX: Cardinal Reflections Assembly
  • (TBD) Tuesday, January XX, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Arlington County Reflections Awards Assembly, Washington-Liberty High School


Student Entry Packet (English)

Student Entry Packet (Spanish)

Print an entry form or pick up a form from the PTA board in the hallway. Please leave the PTA portion at the top blank. It will be filled out by the Reflections Chair for first place winners before they are passed onto the county level.


For detailed instructions on each category, please visit the following links (downloadable pdf documents):


Take special care with your entry form. Your work, title and artist statement should all closely relate to the theme, I can change the world by.... Entries will be judged based on the work and the artist statement in three categories: Interpretation of Theme  (40 points), Creativity (30 points) and Technique (30 points). Your artist statement and title are crucial to your Interpretation of Theme score.

You may enter as many categories as you like and you may enter the same category more than once.  A separate form must be filled out for each entry.

Please turn in your entries to the Reflections box in the library.

See the Virginia District PTA website for additional details.

How You Can Help

Help promote contest participation, collect student entries, facilitate judging, and organize the school awards ceremony.

Contact the program chair(s) if you wish to help.

2021/22 Program Chair(s)

Amanda Whiteman (

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