Reflections, A National Art Contest

Reflections is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students, preschool through high school. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTSA program.

This year, Reflections is back again at DPHS and is better than ever!

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students can submit entries in one of six areas:

  • Dance Choreography

  • Film Production

  • Literature

  • Music Composition

  • Photography 

  • Visual Arts

There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities.

All finalists will receive a $100 cash prize and advance to represent DPHS within the Santa Barbara Unified School District!

Entry Guidelines

Please review the specific entry guidelines by category online at: Participants are welcome to submit different entries to multiple categories with a maximum of one entry per category.  

Submission Form and Deadline

To enter, just complete the linked form and include your art entry as an attachment:

All entries are due by Friday October 29, 2021.

Review Process

Artworks are submitted first to the DPHS PTSA, where they are first recognized, celebrated, and judged by experts in our community. There will be a separate non-judged category for the Special Artist Division to celebrate student artists with special needs. 

Each entry will be scored as follows:

  • Artist Statement (40 points! In 10 to 100 words, describe the work and how it relates to the theme)

  • Creativity (30 Points) 

  • Technique (30 Points)

DPHS will then choose a selection of entries to be reviewed districtwide. The final artworks submitted to California State PTA by districts are then considered for Outstanding Interpretation, Awards of Excellence, or Awards of Merit. Outstanding Interpretation and Award of Excellence entries then go on to represent California in the final National PTA judging round.

Last year, seven students advanced to compete at the District level. Zeyn Schweyk, represented DPHS at State in Music Composition and Sarah Dent competed in Literature. Sarah then went on to win second place as an Award of Merit winner out of 25,000 entrants!

More Information

If you have any questions, please contact the DPHS PTSA Reflections Chair, Lynne Schabert, at We are excited to celebrate your creativity and insights!