Students Look Within


The PTSA, the parent teacher student association, welcomed multimedia arts created by students on Tuesday Oct. 15. This year’s theme was “look within.” 

The National PTA Reflections program emcompasses dance choreography, film production, literature music composition, photography and visual arts. The entries submitted into the contest have the opportunity to win and gain recognition at district, regional, council, state and national competitions. 

Chase Cosgrove, a junior, said “[Reflections] are just a good way to show off my art.” 

Cosgrove submitted three pieces into the contest, two photography entries and a video entry. The video entry, based on a week of Cosgrove’s life over the summer, will be moving on to the district level. 

All students who submitted their work received recognition at the Reflections Gallery and Awards Night, where all of the entries are displayed. Many students used symbols such as eyes and different views in interpreting the “look within” theme.

Melack Samson, a junior, said “I want to pursue a career in writing or screenwriting for television shows or movies and I just wanted to get a start on that actually doing it for competitions.” 

Samson entered a piece titled “Getaway Car” into the literature category of reflections. Her piece will also be moving on to the district level for a second round of judging. 

Amy Roemer, TOHS Reflections Chair and parent of a freshman, said “[Reflections is] really important because the students have so few opportunities to not only show artwork in the community but also to get recognized for it.” 

The Reflections program allows all students’ an opportunity to present their interpretations of the theme each year and explore the many categories within the Reflections program. All students are welcomed to apply and many classes even encourage participation.