Reflections Contest Brings Seven Blair Winners at Pasadena Level

L-R: Entries by Sophia Hu, Maggie Higginbotham and Melanie Cabrera.

Blair students did a great job displaying all kinds of talent in this year’s Reflections competition. The Reflections competition encourages artistic creativity and is held each year by the national PTA. Blair winners were announced at the most recent Blair PTSA* meeting. The Pasadena PTA Council, which represents all the PTAs in PUSD, has selected a winner in each category to now compete in the PTA First District (regional district). Of the nine winners for middle school and high school, seven are from Blair!

*Blair has a PTSA, because Blair’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) includes Students—the S in PTSA

Reflections 2016-17 offered six categories for students to choose from. Blair students competed in all except Dance Choreography. This year’s entries explored the theme, “What Is Your Story?” A total of 246 Blair entries were reviewed by judges!!

Advancing to competition in PTA’s First District (which extends from Burbank to Pomona) are these Blair student entries:

Ethan Okamoto, HS Film Production, for The Evolution of my Content
Eli Rosenkim, MS Music Composition for Together
Coleman Bryant, HS Music Composition for WAY (Where You AT)
Melanie Cabrera, MS Visual Arts for The Perfect Mess
Sophia Hu, HS Visual Arts for Memory
Maggie Higginbotham, MS Photography for Only A Plane Ride Away
Rhea Calva-Despard, MS Literature for her poem, Hurricane

Other winners at the Blair level were Alondra Gallegos, HS Photography and Andres Mendez, HS Literature.

Blair winners will be receiving a small award of recognition from PTSA.

Thank you to the Blair teachers who encouraged students to participate, and to Blair PTSA’s hardworking Reflections Coordinator, Blair parent Xochitl Martinez, for all her efforts.

Blair High School, 1135 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, (626) 396-5820 or visit




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