Programs + Events

High School: Grades 9-12

Congratulations to the California 2018 Reflections Art Program Award of Excellence recipients in the High School division.

Literature

“Thank You, Belly” by Skyler Wu

“Losing weight had always been my goal and I believed that goal was within reach. However, something far more important was within my reach all along. “

Dance Choreography

“Praying” by Kara Newman

  • Grade: 12
  • Chaparral High School
  • Twenty-Third District PTA

Kara Newmanca.dance.high.newman.kara from California State PTA on Vimeo.

“This song/dance is about domestic violence and finding yourself to overcome it. However, we all have strength to overcome it all.”

Music Composition

“Une Vie a Paris – A Life in Paris” by Alexander Behura

  • Grade: 12
  • Valencia High School
  • Fourth District PTA

“After persevering through the grueling IB Program, my graduation is almost here! Inspired by the cinematic portrayal of Paris. I plan to spend time there through a study abroad program when I attend college, and even live in France after my career. My composition, “A Life in Paris” features an accordion at the beginning and end to evoke a French motif, paralleling my French aspirations. The middle features jazz piano, an American creation, symbolizing my time here – where I aspire to spend my career as a cardiologist. As I plan to start college, my dreams finally seem within reach…”

Visual Arts

“One day…” by Anna Lim

  • Grade: 10
  • Northwood High School
  • Fourth District PTA

 

“My painting depicts a story about a girl who will never stop chasing her dreams of adventure. To her, societal standards of success are meaningless, and trophies, medals, and certificates are simply false symbols at things she doesn’t truly want in life. This painting is to inspire those who are still chasing illusions of success to disregard external pressures and do what they want to do in life, for one day, their dreams will be ‘within reach.”

Film Production

“Drawing Conclusions” by Iseult Lyons

  • Grade: 12
  • Santa Monica High School
  • Thirty-Third District PTA

Iseult Lyonsca.film.high.lyons.iseult from California State PTA on Vimeo.

“Drawing Conclusions displays a teengae girl’s conflict of deciding whether to follow a career in Biology or Illustration, both of which are within her reach.”

Photography

“From a Place of Darkness” by Dillyn Gold

  • Grade: 12
  • Agoura High School
  • Twelfth District PTA

“My photo, titled “From a Place of Darkness,” shows a person reaching for orbs of light from the darkness. The photo symbolizes someone who is in a bad place, and trying to get out of it by reaching for their goals, the “light.” No matter where one is at, the ability to achieve is always within reach.”