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Emily L.

The DCIS PTSO Expressions Art Contest Ceremony to celebrate all of the artists!

DCIS Expressions Art Contest

March 16, 2023

The DCIS PTSO Expressions Art Contest is an annual art contest that is open to all staff and students on campus. This is a judged show that includes categories of visual arts, music composition, literature, dance choreography, photography, and film production.

Expressions Art Contest


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Mrs. Ramos shows off the artwork that she has in her office.

Imagine being able to participate in an art contest with numerous forms of creativity. The Expressions Art contest is exactly that. This year’s competition will include visual art, music composition, literature, choreography, photography, and film production.

Yet this competition is unique since it allows staff to participate and showcase their talents aside from their jobs on campus. Mrs. Ramos, the Day Creek secretary, joined the contest with her art.

“I like the opportunity that I can paint and share it for everyone to see. I did visual art, so I painted on a canvas. I like that it’s not competitive in a sense where I’m competing with international artists and it’s very local. I like that other students participate, and I like getting their feedback.”

Ramos began to grow in her visual arts experience at a young age, doing drawings with characters from Star Wars. 

“I went to a studio one time, and just liked the atmosphere of listening to music and not having to feel rushed. I decided to do it as a hobby,” said Mrs. Ramos.

She has entered previous competitions in art before deciding to compete in the Expressions Art Contest.

“I have submitted a couple of my paintings to some museums. The point of my work is to have it presented and displayed, and I like to get feedback from [other] artists,” Mrs Ramos said.

Though art is a hobby for Mrs. Ramos, it can also be challenging.

“First of all, I have to do a lot of time management and it depends on what the message is that I’m trying to get across. The hardest part is narrowing it down to what I really want to paint. It can take me a couple of hours or a couple of days. I really want to focus and make sure that I’m happy with what I’m painting,” Mrs. Ramos said.

Mrs. Ramos said that the drive behind her submissions is to show her artwork and what it represents. She likes to win contests when she can.

“I’m always on the lookout to see what museums are accepting artwork and if it’s something that interests me. If it’s a contest, I’m submitting it for the purpose of getting an award, but mainly just to be able to say, ‘Hey that’s my painting, and it’s out in display somewhere,’” said Mrs. Ramos.

The Champions of the Arts


Emily L.

The DCIS PTSO Expression’s Contest, 6th grade visual arts winners!

After the recent Expressions Art Contest, a ceremony was hosted to celebrate the winners of the competition. Out of all the categories, 9 participants managed to come out on top.

Out of the category Film production; the 6th grade champion was Tathiana U. and Ruiee S. was the 7th grade winner.

Art is a type of outlook for me, and writing has really helped me convey my feelings into words.

— Ruiee S.

Some artists, like Ruiee S., join these competitions to express themselves in a way they don’t usually in school. “Art is a type of outlook for me, and writing has really helped me convey my feelings into words,” said Ruiee S.

From the genre Visual Arts; 6th grader David K., 7th grader Molin W., 8th grader Alexandra A., and school secretary, Mrs. Ramos reigned victorious.

“It feels nice to have that recognition, I’d only do it to win an award but I do it to also for the feedback” said Mrs. Ramos

Out of the category Literature; 6th grader Asia C. and 7th grader River Y. took first place in their separate sections.

Out of the category Music Composition; 6th grader Natalya W. was the victor of her division. 

She thinks the key to winning is to maintain self-confidence while also enjoying the experience. “I was really happy because I knew I [could] do it, but when you feel like you’re getting picked to do something, but you actually get to do it, it feels really exciting,” said Natalya W.

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