2017-02-10 / Schools

Contest recognizes creativity

Six Simi Valley students awarded
By Stephanie Bertholdo


EXCELLENCE—Cecilia Bellissimo, a ninth grade student at Agoura High, captured the highest honor for her musical composition in the Reflections contest. Her piece has advanced to the state competition. EXCELLENCE—Cecilia Bellissimo, a ninth grade student at Agoura High, captured the highest honor for her musical composition in the Reflections contest. Her piece has advanced to the state competition. The spotlight is shining again this year on student creativity, especially at the local level.

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program that encourages outside-of-the-box thinking in many forms. Each PTA council nationwide promotes the program in elementary, middle and high schools.

In the 12th District PTA— which includes schools in Ventura County, including Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark and Camarillo—hundreds of entries were received this year and scores of students were honored last month for their work created under the theme “What Is Your Story?”

Students expressed their creativity through visual arts, literature, dance, film, photography, and musical composition in elementary, middle and high school divisions.

Wyatt Jackson, a ninth-grader at Agoura High, claimed an Award of Excellence for his acrylic on cardboard painting “The Colors of My Mind.”

“I have been painting since I was a year old,” Wyatt said on his artist statement, “I love to use acrylic paint on recycled cartons to make my art.”

Next year’s theme is “Within Reach.”

The following high school students were recognized for their work Jan. 9 at the Ventura County Office of Education. All Award of Excellence winners will advance to the state competition.

Simi Valley High

Jessica Anderson, 10th grade, Honorable Mention, Dance

Isabelle Handberg, 12th grade, Merit, Photography

Royal High

Siena Fletcher, 11th grade, Honorable Mention, Musical Composition

Santa Susana High

Samantha Longtin, 12th grade, Honorable Mention, Dance

Aissa Carnet, 12th grade, Merit, Film

Alexandra Nicholas, 12th grade, Merit, Musical Composition

Agoura High

Cecilia Bellissimo, ninth grade, Award of Excellence, Musical Composition

Maxwell Diamond, 10th grade, Excellence, Special Artist/ Literature

Grant Klass, 11th grade, Excellence, Special Artist/Photography

Wyatt Jackson, ninth grade, Excellence, Special Artist/Visual Arts

Goldie Kline, 10th grade, Award of Merit, Dance

Amadeo Trevino Angelone, 11th grade, Merit, Visual Arts

Jenna Siteman, 11th grade, Merit, Visual Arts

Westlake High

Juliet Balkian, 11th grade, Honorable Mention, Literature

Lily Ross, ninth grade, Honorable Mention, Musical Composition

Taylor Bolger, 10th grade, Merit, Dance

Ruby Liu, 12th grade, Merit, Visual Arts

Alyssa Bai, 11th grade, Honorable Mention, Film

Thousand Oaks High

Erin Haar, 12th grade, Excellence, Photography

Avalon Nathan, ninth grade, Excellence, Special Artist/Film

Shanti Cuizon Burden, 12th grade, Merit, Photography

Blake Saari, 11th grade, Merit, Film

Moorpark High

Jesse Lam, 12th grade, Excellence, Literature

Liliana Martinez, 12th grade, Honorable Mention, Photography

Carolyn Flitsch, 11th grade, Honorable Mention, Photography

Adolfo Camarillo High

Dokyung Lim, 11th grade, Honorable Mention, Visual Arts

Mattea Pulido, 12th grade, Honorable Mention, Literature

Rancho Campana High

Asha Nahas, 11th grade, Excellence, Film

Audrey Meador, ninth grade, Excellence, Visual Arts

Taryn Lui, 10th grade, Honorable Mention, Film

Karlyn Hartman, 10th grade, Merit, Musical Composition

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