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Kylie Marcisz (left) and Grant Foster, both students at United Studios of Self Defense dojo in San Clemente, were honored by the Capistrano Unified Council of PTSA as part of a national PTA program. Photo: Courtesy
Kylie Marcisz (left) and Grant Foster, both students at United Studios of Self Defense dojo in San Clemente, were honored by the Capistrano Unified Council of PTSA as part of a national PTA program. Photo: Courtesy

Grant Foster, a student at Vista del Mar Middle School, and Kylie Marcisz, a student at Concordia Elementary School, have been honored by Capistrano Unified Council of PTSAs for achievement in the 2014 National PTA Reflections arts in education program. Foster’s artwork, titled, “The world would be a better place if every animal had a home,” has been recognized with an Award of Excellence in the film production category of the middle/junior division. Marcisz’s artwork, titled “The world would be a better place if Beanie Boos save the world,” has been recognized with an Award of Excellence in the literature category of the primary division. The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “The world would be a better place if…”

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Fourth District PTA, Capistrano Unified Council PTSA, Vista del Mar PTA, Concordia Elementary PTA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual art—reflecting a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity in bringing the theme to life in a personal and meaningful way.

Foster and Marcisz presented their work during an awards ceremony for those who advanced to the Fourth District PTA on Feb. 14, at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa.  This was after they received the Award of Excellence in their school and then the Capistrano Unified School District.

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