We’re in the Gazette-Packet!

I’m sitting here at the Snackbar on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, and a courier just walked in and slapped onto the counter a stack of the hot-off-the-presses Alexandria Gazette-Packet. And there, on page 22, is an entire page on our ACPS Reflections winners!

Eight student artworks are reproduced on the page. Unfortunately, the entire winners’ list was not included. But we’re happy for whatever publicity we can get for our talented students. Share the news!

Alex Reflections Winners, in Gazette-Packet 22 jpg


See the online version here:



-Catherine Petrini

Reflections Chair for Alexandria and Northern Virginia


Have You Ordered Your School Awards Yet?


Amara E., T.C. Williams HS, with her Northern Virginia District Reflections award for Literature.

Hey, Reflections Chairs,

Have you ordered your school awards yet? Heads up: Hodges Badge Company has a sale going on. Everything is 10% off if you order by Feb. 15.

Use promo code W12170218E (you don’t have to copy that; it’s on the site).

A Hodges website tip: You don’t have to pay extra to upload a Reflections design to use on your awards; there are several already on the site to choose from. But the list of available logos is very long; it can be hard to locate what you’re looking for amidst logos for swim meets and equestrian events. The list is alphabetical, but you won’t find the Reflections logos under R for “Reflections”; they’re under S for “School – Reflections.”

Hodges is not the only company that has awards specifically for Reflections. Here is an information sheet that includes several companies that are popular places for Reflections ribbons and other awards. Of course, you don’t have to use one of these; this is not an endorsement of any particular company. Feel free to go wherever you want. And let us know if you find a place you love.

The two companies I have used personally — Hodges, and Kustom Imprints (it’s the one you link to if you go through ShopPTA) — are both good at getting awards to you very quickly. So don’t hesitate to try, even if you’re afraid you waited too long to order.

As always, email me if you have any questions.


Catherine Petrini, Reflections Chair

Alexandria PTA Council 
& Northern Virginia PTA District

ShopPTA Awards


More Publicity for Our Kids!

Another local newspaper has picked up the Reflections winners list, and ACPS is also helping to publicize our talented kids.

Today’s edition of the Alexandria Times has a piece on the contest winners, with two pieces of art and the winners list.

Alexandria Times Reflections Coverage, Jan11, 2018

Here is a link to the online version. That link brings you to the front page. You’ll have to scroll through to see the Reflections announcement. The article is on page 14, with the winners list on page 25.

Two of the 1st-Place winning artworks are included, Lillian Morton’s winning photograph, “Learning To Walk in Heels” (Photography, High School) and Claudia Martino’s painting, “Las Patronas” (Visual Arts, Middle School). The two attend T.C. Williams High School and George Washington Middle School, respectively.

And here is a link to the Alexandria City Public School’s Reflections announcement:


Thank you to everyone who is helping to spread the word about our Reflections participants.


We Have a Winners’ List!

Exploding the Future

Exploding the Future, by Saha I., 2nd grade, Jefferson-Houston

Fifty-five Alexandria students at 13 different ACPS schools have won awards in the 2017-18 city Reflections arts competition! Several students had winning entries in more than one category, so there are a total of 60 winning entries. Of those, 22 entries (by 19 students) are 1st Place winners and have been advanced to compete in the Northern Virginia PTA District Reflections contest.

See the winners’ list here.

Four ACPS students won multiple city awards:

  • Saha Irwin, a Jefferson-Houston 2nd-grader, won 1st Place city awards in THREE categories (Literature, Photography, and Visual Arts).
  • Eliza Gwin, a George Washington Middle School 6th-grader, won 1st Place awards in TWO categories (Film and Literature).
  • Lucy Hunnicutt, a John Adams 3rd-grader, won a 1st Place in Literature and an Honorable Mention in Photography.
  • Jack Sibbald, a MacArthur 5th-grader, won 2nd Place in Photography and 3rd Place in Literature.

Mt Vernon Community School had the most entries that won city awards (9). Next were MacArthur (8) and Jefferson-Houston (7).

The New Tech

The New Tech, by Jack S., 5th grader, MacArthur ES


Alexandria Winners In the News

Zebra FB imageLook, ma! We’re famous!

The Zebra has picked up our Alexandria Reflections winners press release and reproduced some of the student photographs and visual arts pieces in its online edition. Expect to see it in the February print edition as well! Link to Zebra article here


The featured photograph the Zebra’s editors chose to lead off with is Adelaide Flint’s powerful shot, Stronger, which won 1st Place in the Intermediate Division and is now competing in the Northern Virginia District PTA competition against winners from Arlington and Fairfax.




Thank a Teacher Contest

MVCS Refl Art Show at Barnes & Noble - 2011-12

Mount Vernon Community School artists at the Reflections Art Show at Barnes & Noble

Reflections Chairs, you can encourage students to get creative with the Virginia Lottery’s inaugural Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

Each year, students, parents and the general public send thank-you notes to Virginia’s deserving public school teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. In its first two years, Virginians distributed more than 70,000 thank-you notes as part of the Thank a Teacher campaign.

This year, three student artists will have their artwork featured on thousands of thank-you notes distributed across the state as part of the inaugural Thank a Teacher Art Contest. The contest is open to K-12 public school students, and one top prize winner will be selected from each level: elementary school, middle school and high school. The three winners will not only get to see their artwork featured on the 2018 thank-you notes, but they’ll also receive individual cash prizes and win money for their school’s art department.

For details, see http://www.thankateacherva.com/

Thank a Teacher Contest Banner