Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Reflections Art Program Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients!
“Freedom” by Islelamia Bruner
Middle School Division, Grade 6
Mountainview Elementary School
Thirty-Fourth District PTA
“I Matter Because this year has been a struggle for my culture. The Hate that we are given, has torn me apart. I just want this dance to let people know that we won’t go silent until our voices are heard. Let this dance give a message of where we have come from and we have always stood for Freedom. All lives do matter, but we are not added to that equation all the time. We won’t go silent.”
“Meant to Be” by Gabriela Korszyk
Special Artist Division, Grade 11
Covina High School
First District PTA
“I matter because I am worth it. God doesn’t make mistakes. I am handicapped but I’m surrounded by loving people and I’m grateful for it. I’m meant to be.”
“Cafés, Fleeting Smiles, and Why I Matter” by Victoria Lehman
High School Division, Grade 9
Carlmont High School
Seventeenth District PTA
“‘I Matter Because…’ Three words that had me analyzing what I have done to make myself matter to others. After lots of pondering and pacing, I concluded that I hadn’t done anything to almost everyone and everything in the world. My actions in life, good or bad, have only affected the people around me, so it is doubtful that my actions have impacted you directly.
Everyone has done a random act of kindness in their lives, even if it was just smiling at the young woman in front of you while you waited for your coffee in the morning. Sure, the young woman was probably grateful. She probably smiled back at you before picking up her drink, but your smile, as friendly as it was for her, will not affect anybody else. Fifteen minutes later, the young woman may not even remember that you smiled at her that morning; work filled her head with more pressing matters as soon as she walked into the office. But neither of those reasons discourage us from smiling at the crossing guard as you leave the coffee shop and the other people you made eye contact with while walking down the street.”
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“I Matter Because…” by Aren Zakarian
Special Artist Division, Grade 5
Valley View Elementary School
First District PTA
“Through my poem I wanted to let people know about things that matter to me as someone with autism, like being part of a community that respects and accepts us.”
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“Legacy of Sound” by Andrew Lee
High School Division, Grade 12
American High School
Peralta District PTA
“This composition is my journal. It is a reflection of my personal thoughts and emotions, my interactions with the world, my intermixed cultures, and my growth as a human being. For me, the purpose of life is to influence others. When I see my work touch an audience, it means that I was able to reach them, that my very existence was able to leave an impact on someone else. Therefore, this piece is my attempt to impact others through my self-reflection. My value lies within my legacy, and my legacy lies within my music.”
Listen to Andrew’s music here.
“Perspective” by Aaron McKeeman
High School Division, Grade 11
Carlsbad High School
Ninth District PTA
“I have a different perspective than a lot of people. That doesn’t make me matter any less. My unique perspective is something I can contribute. I know where I want to go in life, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to get there. I hope everyone can get where they want to go in life because we all have dreams and goals that matter. I matter because of exactly who I am.”
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“I Make a Difference” by Jacob Medina
Intermediate Division, Grade 5
Antelope Hills Elementary School
Twenty-Third District PTA
“To describe my work, I put little pictures together and move it to where I think it looks good. This art has 5 layers and different dimensions that I put together to make into one piece of art. My art was made to show how big the universe is. Even if you find something new that is bad or scary you can still make a difference to the world. I matter to every layer of life from the grass all the way to the universe.”
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