Earth Day Art Contest! Spread the Word!

earth-day-logoReflections Chairs and artistic K-12 students: Have you heard about the Earth Day art contest?

Would you like to see your own (or your students’) artwork on posters, t-shirts, advertisements, and other promotional material?

Alexandria Earth Day 2017 has put out a call for entries in a competition to choose artwork for publicizing the event.

The theme: Clean Water Starts with YOU!

The City of Alexandria’s Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
The Earth Day Planning Committee is excited to utilize the talents of all students in Alexandria, grades K-12, to design artwork to help publicize the event. The selected artwork will be printed on Earth Day t-shirts, posters, fliers, and advertising to donors, and will be posted on the Earth Day website: for all to see!

Deadline for Submission is noon on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Students should create artistic desigsn from their own understanding of the role that each individual has in keeping our world’s most precious resource clean. Be creative! The field is wide-open to students’ imagination. There should not be any text in the artwork, but instead, an artistic representation of “Clean Water Starts with YOU!”

How do “YOU” help keep our waterways clean? Cleaning up waterways, picking up after your dog, not littering, managing storm water, and spreading  awareness that items entering your waterways via storm drains and toilets? These are all environmental choices that you can make to help keep Alexandria’s waterways clean and safe.

The artist should also include a short paragraph with the artwork describing the relationship between the design and the theme. The Earth Day Planning Committee will select the winning artwork based upon creativity, content, composition, and relationship to the message, combined with the artist’s explanation of his or her design.


  • The artwork can be created either by hand or with a computer.
  • Although there are no color limitations or restrictions, please keep in mind that a simple, bold graphic design is best; complicated designs do not transfer well onto the silk-screens used for t-shirt production.
  • The artwork should not include any text whatsoever.
  • The artwork must be original in concept and not violate U.S. Copyright Law.
  • The student’s full name, grade, and school should be printed legibly on the back of the artwork.
  • There are no size requirements; the artwork will be resized as necessary depending on its usage.
  • Media:

The artwork that is selected may be reproduced in both color and black & white for various advertising purposes. The Earth Day Planning Committee reserves the right to make slight modifications, if necessary, to accommodate the addition of City logos, text about the event, etc.

The artist will be recognized in the Earth Day program. A collection of submitted artwork will be on display at the Earth Day celebration, and in Alexandria’s City Hall the week prior to the celebration. Artwork will be returned to the schools during the month of May.

Submission Information:

Artwork must be received by Lee Ann Tardieu no later than noon on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Submissions may either be scanned and emailed to or kept at the front office of each school for collection.

If you have any questions, please contact Lee Ann Tardieu at:

Reflections Chairs: Please spread the word to your schools!


2016-17 Alexandria Reflections Winners


Chapters in Kitstory, by Kit V., MVCS

We have a winners’ list! But first, a description of our award designations:

  • 1st Place = Outstanding Interpretation of Theme
  • 2nd Place = Award of Excellence
  • 3rd Place = Award of Merit
  • HM = Honorable Mention
  • Dir = Director’s Award (awarded at the discretion of the contest director to recognize deserving work that was not singled out by the judges.

The 1st Place entries have been advanced to the Northern Virginia District contest and are now being evaluated by the District judges, alongside entries from Fairfax and Arlington. Expect District results in early February.

And now, here are the 2016-17 PTA Reflections results for Alexandria, by arts category. These entries and all others that were advanced to the city contest are currently on display in the Alexandria Reflections Art Show at the Durant Center, through mid-May.

This list also includes information about Alexandria’s NoVa District and Virginia State winners. Congratulations to all of our talented students!

Dance IconDANCE CHOREOGRAPHY (Click here to view the 1st-Place winning dances!)
1st  Sophia Marcy (K) MacArthur – “Hall of Fame” (Honorable Mention in the NoVa District contest)
2nd  Gabriel Pacini (K) Maury – “Samba”
3rd  Mahri Jahi (K) Mt Vernon – “The Flower”

1st  Ava Marcy (4th grade) MacArthur – “The Story of My Life” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd  Michael Jantson (3rd grade) Mt Vernon – “Funky Life”

Middle School
1st  Janae Holster (8th grade) GWMS – “Fragile” (1st Place in both the NoVa District and the Virginia State contest!)

Film IconFILM PRODUCTION  (Click here to watch the 1st-Place winning film entries)
1st  Wesley Anderson (2nd grade) Maury – “Picture of Me” (2nd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd  Atanas (Taso) Janevski (1st grade) Mt Vernon – “Adventure at School”
3rd  Laila Gaines (1st grade) MacArthur – “Summertime Story”

1st  Eliza Gwin (5th grade) Maury – “My Story” (1st Place in the NoVa District contest; 3rd Place in the Virginia State contest)
2nd  Kit Misha Vontz (3rd grade) Mt Vernon – “Just Like Us”
3rd  Gabriella Sofia Tiapula Tuson (3rd grade) Charles Barrett – “The Story of My Tree”

Literature IconLITERATURE
1st   Charlie Lorenz (2nd grade) MacArthur “So What Is It?” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd(tie)   Lucy Hunnicutt (2nd grade) John Adams “What I Like Is My Story”
2nd(tie)   Saha Irwin (1st grade) Jefferson-Houston “My Story”
3rd   Anna Snyder (2nd grade) Mt Vernon “The Fairy Who Didn’t Know How to Fly”
HM   Wesley Anderson (2nd grade) Maury “Poum”
HM   Zoe Lee (K) James Polk “My Family”

My World

My World, by Skye Witmer, 4th grade, Jefferson-Houston School

1st   Rena Cooper (3rd grade) MacArthur – “My Happy New Mommy” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd(tie)   Nina Wolf (3rd grade) Mt Vernon – “I Am”
2nd(tie)   Julia Malleck (5th grade) Maury – “Not Shell Guy”
3rd   Skye Witmer (4th grade) Jefferson-Houston – “My World”
Dir   Bethany Panza (3rd grade) George Mason – “Me”
Dir   Sydney Payne (5th grade) Charles Barrett – “No Matter What”
Dir   Naima Shabazz (4th grade) James Polk – “Sunrise”

Middle School
1st   Madeleine Quill (8th grade) Jeff-Houston – “What It’s Like To Be Different” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd   Leah Beth Devendorf (6th grade) GWMS – “Unfocused”

High School
1st   Hannah Miller (10th grade) TC Williams – “The Black Minivan” (1st Place in the NoVa District contest; 2nd Place in the Virginia State contest)

Music IconMUSIC COMPOSITION (click here to listen to the 1st-Place winning compositions)
1st   Nora Beekman (2nd grade) Mt Vernon – “In the Sky”

1st   Eliza Gwin (5th grade) Maury – “You Were” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd   Kit Misha Vontz (3rd grade) Mt Vernon – “A Song for Thalia”
3rd   Patrick Ostermann-Healey (4th grade) MacArthur – “Patrick’s Day in Music”
HM   Eliana Rougle (4th grade) James Polk – “Truly Me”
Dir   Gabriella Tuson (3rd grade) Charles Barrett – “A Busy Day”

Middle School
1st   Alexander T. Tiapula Tuson (6th grade) GWMS – “My Story” (Honorable Mention in the NoVa District contest)

High School
1st   Jonathan Morgan Petrini (9th grade) TC Williams – “The Plot Thickens” (1st Place in the Northern Virginia District contest)

1st   Liam Jovovic Doussard (1st grade) Mt Vernon – “Paris” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd   Gavin Zuiselsberger (1st grade) Charles Barrett – “All About Me”
3rd   Isabelle Flint (1st grade) George Mason – “A Reading Soccer Star”



The Camera & Me, by Noah Sternberg, MacArthur

1st   Noah Sternberg (4th grade) MacArthur – “The Camera and Me” (Honorable Mention in the Northern Virginia District contest)
2nd   Victoria Patrick (4th grade) Charles Barrett – “Art”
3rd(tie)   Genevieve Watkins (4th grade) Maury – “What’s Down the Tracks”
3rd(tie)   Alice Ward (3rd grade) Mt Vernon – “Sand”
HM   Lucien Andrews (3rd grade) Jefferson-Houston – “Nature Me”
HM   Adelaide Flint (3rd grade) George Mason – “My Own Little World”
HM   Charles Sokolove (5th grade) James Polk – “Story of Me!”

Middle School
1st   Sarah Devendorf (8th grade) GWMS – “Incomplete” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)

High School
1st   Fatima Chavez (12th grade) TC Williams – “El Viaje Hacia Alegria” (2nd Place in the NoVa District contest)

Visual Arts IconVISUAL ARTS
1st   Georgia Crutchfield (2nd grade) Mt Vernon – “My Life in Clay!!!” (Honorable Mention in the NoVa District contest)
2nd   Saha Irwin (1st grade) Jefferson-Houston – “Family Building”
3rd   Brooke Hunnicutt (2nd grade) John Adams – “I Love Nature”
Dir   Christopher Ramirez (2nd grade) Cora Kelly – “The City”

I Love Nature

I Love Nature, by Brooke Hunnicutt, 2nd grade, John Adams ES

1st   Kit Misha Vontz (3rd grade) Mt Vernon – “Chapters in Kitstory” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd(tie)   Emily Brennan (5th grade) James Polk – “My Growing Story”
2nd(tie)   Giselle Hughes (4th grade) Charles Barrett – “A Map of My Story”
3rd   Maya Hayes (4th grade) MacArthur – “Animals All Around Me”
HM   Chloe Adams (3rd grade) George Mason – “My Cultures”
Dir   Isabella Phillips (4th grade) Jefferson-Houston – “Great Grandpa”

Middle School
1st   Julianne Joven (8th grade) GWMS – “A Reification of Life” (3rd Place in the NoVa District contest)
2nd   Morgan Drake (7th grade) Jefferson-Houston – “Different”

High School
1st   Ava Benbow (10th grade) TC Williams – “Self Portrait” (Honorable Mention in the NoVa District contest)

Self Portrait

Self Portrait, by Ava B., 10th grade, T.C. Williams HS