2017 DHHS Reflections Winners

This year’s PTA National Reflections Art Contest set a new participation record at DHHS with 110 student entries total in all 7 categories.  On October 24th, the awards were announced at a lunch-time event in the Porthole Theater.  Creative students were presented with Awards of Excellence, Merit and Honorable Mention in major categories and also by subcategories for photography, visual art and special artist.

DHHS Top Winners By Category

The 7 first place winners advancing to the Capistrano District competition are:

  • Ishmael Watson-Muhammad – Special Artist
  • Sarah LeGrande   – Photography
  • Madison Mitchell– Visual Arts
  • Ashley Evans – Literature
  • Neolani Bacon – Dance Choreography
  • Alexander Canzoneri – Music Composition
  • Julianne Wilde – Film Production

Seven Winners by Art Category, advancing to next level.

Student Awards – Full List and Photos

In addition to the seven category winners, 62 additional students were recognized with award ribbons for their category or sub-category and received gift cards.  We expanded the number of awards based on the higher than expected number of entries so that Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Honorable Mention ribbons were presented in each subcategory, with number depending on total entries in that area.  Many of our 15 professional artist judges commented on the outstanding quality of the student creativity and technical skills.   This reflects both the quality of our DHHS arts programs and student dedication.

Please click to see a full list of the student award winners: Reflections Awards List 2017

Enjoy seeing some top student award winners by category/ subcategory in the photos below (from 10/24 Awards Event).


(See Reflections Award LIst 2017 for names)

Performing Arts: Dance, Film, Music Award Winners

Photography – Digital Composite Award Winners


Visual Art – Non-digital Award Winners


Visual Art – Digital Award Winners


Literature Award Winners

Special Artist Award Winners

What’s Next?

The public is invited to view the winning entries from all area schools at the Capistrano Distric Reflections Gallery Night, on Monday, 11/13, at the CUSD Office, 33122 Valle Rd, San Juan Capistrano. The Capo District level award winners will be announced and will advance to the PTA Fourth District level competition.

Gratitude for Support:

We are very appreciative of all the support we received this year!

Special thanks to:

Local business Sponsors: Thrive Juice Bar, Coffee Importers, Z Pizza, Board and Brew, Pete’s Coffee

DHHS Teachers:  Krista Rodriguez, Chau Tran, Joel Tapper

DHHS Staff:  Kelly Hart, Sharon Gibby  Kevin Knoot and Erin Peterson

Artists/ Judges:  15 Local Professional Artists – remaining annonimous

Parent Volunteers: Annemarie Hall, Robin Mullin, Andrea Lex, Kathy Bannister, Beena Oruganti Regina Hilburn

And the DHHS PTSA for increased financial support!


Students may pick up their entries/ awards in school office until 11/17.

If anyone has questions, please contact Robin Mullin at 808-936-7070.

PTSA Reflections Team

PTSA Reflections Committee (left to right):  Regina Hilburn, Annemarie Hall, Robin Mullin, Andrea Lex, Kathy Bannister, Beena Oruganti.