Spotlight: PTA Reflections Winners

Esther’s Entry for the Photography Category

Nikita Kheni, News Editor

National PTA Reflections program has helped support student success and has served as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in our school community.


PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts annually, where thousands of students reflect on a common theme and create original pieces of art in the categories of dance choreography, literature, film production, music composition, visual arts, and photography.

The theme for the 2015-2016 school year was Let Your Imagination Fly and many YLHS students were chosen to move up to the Council Level.

Here are the students whose entries advanced to the Council Level:


1st – Claire Zuro (11)

2nd – Esther Kim

3rd – Kathryn Shepherd (12)



1st – Sara Jackson (10) (Balloons)

2nd – Sara Jackson (10) (Not Just Imagination)

3rd – Heather Gammon (12)

Visual Arts

1st – Seung-Hee Yoo(12)

2nd – Jae-Hee (Robin) Yoo (11)

3rd – Alexandra Paradzick (10)


1st – Sidney Tran (11)

2nd –  Kyra Stevens (12)

3rd – Lilah Haye (10)

“Both of my pieces were poems [and] the one that won first place was about how even the smallest idea can spark your imagination. The other was about making your dreams into a reality.  I was extremely happy winning both first and second place especially since it was my tenth year in doing so.

I have participated every year since 1st grade and have won some place in the competition for every single year. This is my tenth year in a row winning a place in the Reflections competition and multiple years I have won more than once.   Having my work displayed gave me a sense of honor, and although I did not quite make it to state, I was proud to once again be part of the competition.”

— Sara Jackson

I also think it is a rewarding competition and everyone should support the PTA in order for kids in schools everywhere to be able to express themselves through the arts,” stated Sara Jackson(10).

Sidney Tran, Sara Jackson, and Claire Zuro also advanced to the District Level and their work was displayed at the Fourth District Gallery and Reception on January 30th. Congratulations to all of our students for their amazing work and participation!