Programs + Events

High School: Grades 9-12

Congratulations to the California 2019 Reflections Art Program Award of Excellence recipients!

dance choreography

“Feel Again” by Grace O’Brien

  • Grade: 10
  • Newport Harbor High School
  • Fourth District PTA

“In my piece, ‘Feel Again’, my hero is a close friend of mine. She’s always there for me through everything. She’s my ray of sunshine & always my biggest supporter. I chose this song because she helped me get back to being myself, to ‘Feel Again’. In Freshman year, my best friend left me, & my hero was there. She remained with me when I felt alone. I showed a transition from the first position – head down, shoulders up – to the past position – head up, hands open – to demonstrate the transformation he brought to myself.”

film production

“Life on the Line” by Brandon Hill

  • Grade: 11
  • Tesoro High School
  • Fourth District PTA

“This documentary explores the experiences of five firefighters from the LAFD. In light of the recent fires in Southern California, they are without a doubt heroes around me who deserves admiration, appreciation, and reverence from the community in which they serve.”

LITERATURE

“Intemperate Times” by Cindy Chen

  • California Outstanding Interpretation Winner
  • Grade: 11
  • Carlmont High School
  • Seventeenth District PTA

“When my mom passed away, I felt like my world was shattered. But my family was able to pull through thanks to my amazing dad. Things haven’t been easy, but he always makes sure that my sister and I are living the best life that we can possibly have. I love to write poetry, and through my poem, I want to honor him and thank him for being my hero.”

Read Cindy’s literature here.

MUSIC COMPOSITION

“At My Worst” by Milo Sposato

  • Grade: 12
  • Malibu High School
  • Thirty-Third District PTA

““This piece is a tribute to 9/11, when America was “At its worst.” Not only is it a memoriam for those who were lost but it’s also a celebration of the heroes who fought to save lives and help America rise from its turmoil.”

Listen to Milo’s music here.

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Aperture Apparition” by Ben Sherman

  • Grade: 11
  • Santa Barbara High School
  • Fifteenth District PTA

“This photo was inspired by one of my personal heroes and legendary photographer Ansel Adams. His work was revolutionary from a technical standpoint while simultaneously legitimizing photography as an art form and supporting our national parks and resources. I am lucky to be inspired by heroes around me every day and hope to make an impact in conservation and eco-awareness with my work.””

VISUAL ARTS

“A Figure of Speech” by Patrick Zhu

  • Grade: 10
  • Cupertino High School
  • Sixth District PTA

“My piece A Figure of Speech shows an anonymous figure voicing their opinions in what appears to be a lecture. I chose the subject of a speaker for this year’s PTA reflections in order to represent the everyday heroism of voicing your thoughts and viewpoints to share and influence.”