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PTA Reflections State Qualifiers Announced

January 28, 2021

The creative work of many Dripping Springs ISD students entered in the 2020-21 PTA Reflections program have been evaluated based on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme. Sixteen students received an Overall Award of Excellence and will move on to the 2021 Texas PTA “Reflections” State Contest, while several others were chosen to receive district-level honors.


The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National, Texas PTA and Dripping Springs local PTAs urge students at all grade levels to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice, reflecting on a specific theme. This year’s theme was “I Matter Because.” Pieces were selected to represent DSISD from various grade divisions (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and Senior) and categories (Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Film Production).

Students who have earned Overall Awards of Excellence and qualified for the state contest, along with the title of their entry, grade level and school, are listed below.

Dance Choreography:

Intermediate - Eyan Sebastian, “I Got A Magical Feeling” (RSES, 3rd grade)

Middle School - Stephanie Gearing, “All That Matters” (SSMS, 7th grade)


Film Productions:

Primary - Wyatt Badger, “Teammates” (DSES, Kindergarten)

Intermediate - Darby Engels, “The Glass Ceiling Brakes” (RSES, 4th grade)

Middle School - Rivers Reid, “I MATTER” (SSMS, 7th grade)



Primary - Amelia Grace Callas, “I am Unique because I am me” (RSES, 2nd grade)

Intermediate - Hayden Mayfield, “Edison Brings Light to the World” (RSES, 4th grade)

Middle School - Eben Sebastian, “The World Matters” (SSMS, 8th grade)


Music Composition:

Primary - Bryce Magee, "BE IT! I Matter” (RSES, 2nd Grade)

Intermediate - Odin Magee, “Awesome.” (RSES, 4th grade)

Middle School - Juliana Lamb, “Love is Forever” (SSMS, 7th grade)

Special Artist - Finley McKeag, “I Matter Because” (RSES, 3rd Grade)

 Gearing photo


Intermediate - Eleanor Engels, “Vote For My Future” (RSES, 5th grade)

Middle School - Michael Gearing, “The Rocky Path to a Better Future” (SSMS, 8th grade)


Visual Arts:

Primary - Lily McClay, “Taking Care of My Kitties” (RSES, 2nd grade)Shook drawing

Intermediate - Karsyn Shook, “Ser uno Mismo” (WSES, 5th grade)

Additional district awards were presented as well. At the primary level, two were honored in Visual Arts: Amelia Grace Callas (RSE) with the Award of Excellence and Brooklyn Barnett (WSE) receiving honorable mention. At the intermediate level, seven students were recognized. Janelle Goodwin (DSE) won in Award of Excellence in Visual Arts. Earning Awards of Merit were: Kylar Boyd (DSE, Music Composition), Liza Engles (RSE, Photography and Visual Arts), Maisy Lindsey (RSE, Music Composition), Eyan Sebastian (RSE, Visual Arts), and Annie Sutherland (WSE, Visual Arts). Victoria Lee (DSE) received honorable mention in Literature. Four middle school entries received district Awards of Excellence: Alana Sayger (SSMS, Music Composition), Eben Sebastian (SSMS, Photography), Izzy Verhulst (SSMS, Music Compsition), and Addison Waller (SSMS, Music Composition). 

The DSISD Council of PTAs is still determining how to best present and share the various entries with the public.