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Award of Excellence – Middle School: Grades 6-8

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Reflections Art Program Award of Excellence Middle School Division recipients!


“Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” by Jasmine Lee

Laguna Road Elementary School, Grade 6
Fourth District PTA

“For pre-teens/teens like me, there are so many pressures on beauty and how you look. Looking through magazines and social media can be overwhelming. You just have to be confident, fearless, and look within and find the beauty within yourself.”


“Look Within” by Ellen Elkins

Travis Ranch School, Grade 7
Fourth District PTA

“I made a video called LOOK WITHIN of my song “Look Inside”, that takes the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” literally. A book that’s in bad shape and battered is rejected by the other books on the shelf and asks that they look inside its covers to see where its true beauty lies, within.”


“Within Me” by Joana Thomas

Santiago Middle School, Grade 8
Fourth District PTA

“My work is a poem written to my emotions. When a person looks within, many think of self reflection & growth, and I think to grow, we need to assess our emotions.”

To view a larger version of this poem, click here.


“Look Within Yourself” by Illasell Tan

Canyon Lake Middle School, Grade 7
Twenty-Third District PTA

“My composition consists of me singing with the accompaniment of the piano played by myself. The song shows how you should accept who and what you are and that nobody’s perfect. It relates to the theme by explaining how you should look within yourself to find that you are worth more than you believe you are. Whenever in doubt, reflect and realize that you matter.”

Listen to Illasell’s music here.


“Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover: by Huraman Orujou

La Entrada Middle School, Grade 7
Seventeenth District PTA

“My photo represents the theme ‘look within’ because it shows that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. That means that it’s the pages and story are more important than how pretty the cover is. The light is the person looking within the book. I believe that my photo fits this theme very well.”

To see a larger version of this photograph, click here.


“What do You Want?” by Akbar Beg

Bowditch Middle School, Grade 7
Seventeenth District PTA

“A lot of kids are told to try hard in school, get into a good college, get a good job and then make a lot of money. When you look within you will find what you truly want. Therefore you can find the real meaning of life.”

To see a larger version of this piece, click here.