Programs + Events

High School: Grades 9-12

Congratulations to the California 2017 Reflections Art Program Award of Excellence recipients in the High School division.

Literature

“Love Her Still” by Sabrina Keeter

“This is not my story, but it is the story of many others. It is a story about a young girl coming into her own and struggling to gain acceptance.”

Dance

“You Matter in This World” by Kayla Gildore

  • Grade: 10
  • John W. North High PTSA
  • Twenty-Third District PTA

“Every day many teens are bullied and are labeled with hurtful words. My story is that I have been bullied and labeled before. I have learned that we just need to forget about those hurtful words and to not let anyone take advantage of you. We all matter in this world and we shouldn’t let anyone label who we are. We were all put in this world for a reason and we can’t let others tear us down.”

Music

“Something Better” by Jane Fishman

  • Grade: 12
  • Mira Costa High School PTSA
  • Thirty-Third District PTA

“This song is about not being afraid of moving and not hindering your development as an individual due to fear or uncertainty. You never feel fully prepared for anything in life but it’s more important to just try rather than wait until you feel you have achieved perfection, which is unattainable. The same thought process is what allowed me to move past my anxiety and share my original music. Though it isn’t perfect, and progress is all you can hope for.”

Visual Arts

“From Broken Ends Come Tranquility” by Audrey Yuen

  • Grade: 12
  • Irvine High PTSA
  • Fourth District PTA

“The piece reflects my story of my parents’ divorce. Contrary to popular belief of bitterness of divorce, I found solace in the friendly relationship that they still keep, and I feel blessed by the love and support of my step-relatives.”

Film

“Being Human” by Nico Chilla

  • Grade: 11
  • Cupertino High PTSA
  • Sixth District PTA

“A modest film inspired by the transcendentalist ideas I gathered in school; I ask my future self about ‘my story’ and criticize the way students live their lives.”

Photography

“Boathouse on the Pond” by Sean Kennedy

  • Grade: 10
  • Mira Costa High School PTSA
  • Thirty-Third District PTA

“My photograph Boathouse of the Pond captures the union of nature and manmade structures in Long pond, a kettle pond in Plymouth, Massachusetts that I have visited every summer since I was born. The intricate stone masonry of a bygone era and the weathered wood blend perfectly complements the trees that seem to engulf it. the boathouse preserves a delicate balance with nature, blending in and becoming part of the pond, instead of sticking out and looking out of place. The boathouse seems to be at peace with the pond, allowing me to better experience the pond’s tranquility.”