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Special Artist: All Grades

Congratulations to the California 2018 Reflections Art Program Award of Excellence recipients in the Special Artist division.


“Moonlight” by Christopher Fratz

“I wrote a poem expressing how it feels to be lonely and how my personal goal of making friends is within reach. Friends make you feel welcome, not feel alone, and that you have someone to talk to and share things with. My connection to this theme is that I am within reach of my goal to make friends too. I have autism, which makes it hard for me to make friends as I have difficulty with reading emotions and social skills. Just like the fish in my poem, I am working hard to reach my objective of making friends.”


“Hunter” by Brandyn Harmon

  • Grade: 11
  • Redlands High School
  • Fifth District PTA

Brandyn Harmon from California State PTA on Vimeo.

“This song is sort of like me vs. the world and I’m going to win. When I listen to it and dance it makes me feel calm.”


“Within Reach” by Abbey Worsdell

  • Grade: 8
  • Vineyard Junior High School
  • Fifth District PTA

“My song, “Within Reach”, is about being Within Reach of someone’s love. It relates to the theme because being within reach mean to be close to. In the song, it talks about somebodys love being close to anothers.  My work is completely written and copyrighted by me.”

Visual Arts

“The Light of Hope and Beauty is Within Reach” by Carissa Paccerelli

  • Grade: 12
  • Pasadena High School
  • First District PTA


“The inspiration of this piece is my mom.  She has two kids, my brother and I, both with autism.  She was in the dark and seems hopeless when we were first diagnosed.  It was not easy for her, but she chose not to wallow in despair.  She studied autism, interventions and resources for me and my brother.  With the help of my dad, she is now hopeful.  When life seems dark and hopeless, don’t despair.  Keep moving forward and you will see that the light of hope and beauty is within reach.”


 “Sky’s the Limit” by Zarrar Zubair

  • Grade: 3
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Fourth District PTA

Zarrar Zubair from California State PTA on Vimeo.

“‘Go Droney Go!’ Zarrar’s few words define his can do spirit. Mostly nonverbal, fighting autism, Zarrar reaches for his ‘be able’ goals everyday. Visually gifted, since he was two he has spent thousands of hours first doodling then taking selfies. He loves applying filters to images, and now to his videos, Through his videos and pictures, he can take  us deep within his visions. ‘I am Zarrar. Autism is not ME!'”


“Reflection of a Friend” by Ethan Wilson

  • Grade: 3
  • Bonsall Primary PTA
  • Ninth District PTA


“My name is Ethan, I am a 9-year-old with Autism, I was crying and sad as I told my mom I wanted to make friends that are like me. I want someone who can share my experience and I don’t want to think I am the only one like me. My mom introduced me to Joseph, a 24 -year-old Mechanical Engineer who grew up just like me. Seeing Joseph hold a picture of himself at my age gives me hope that growing up, having a family, finding friends that like me, and living a happy life is all Within Reach.”