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Outstanding Interpretation Awards

Congratulations to the California 2019 Reflections Art Program Outstanding Interpretation recipients!


“Awesome Autism Superheroes” by Zarrar Zubair

  • Special Artist Division
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Fourth District PTA

“Superheroes around me help me overcome my Autism. Fly. Everyday Heroes. People who help us are the best Heroes. My Dad. My Teachers. Ms. Meyer. Ms. Ms. Kelli. Ms. Adria. My Grandma and Grandpa love me. Sahnaj helps my Grandmother eat, and do everything. Harbajan, friend. Their hands make me strong. Make me grow. I love my heroes. They are Awesome Autism Superheroes.”


“Strong Enough” by Aubrie Stoehr

  • Grade: 8
  • Margarita Middle School
  • Twenty-Third District PTA

“Heroes aren’t always obvious. They don’t always wear a badge or teach a classroom of students. We don’t always recognize the impact they make. In my eyes, heroes are willing to do whatever they can to help their fellow man. In the last few years, many of our family’s friends have opened their arms to fostering and adopting children. They have opened their homes and hearts to those who need love the most. These friends are the ones that are “strong enough” and they have inspired my choreography. These are the Heroes Around Me.”


“Raising Money for Children” by Kara Nguyen

  • Grade: 2
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Fourth District PTA

“There are many heroes that walk in this thing call Choc Walk. Over 300,000 heroes raised money for the Children’s hospital. It made a big difference because the hospital can continue to save kids lives because they are our future.”


“Intemperate Times” by Cindy Chen

  • Grade: 11
  • Carlmont High School
  • Seventeenth District PTA

“When my mom passed away, I felt like my world was shattered. But my family was able to pull through thanks to my amazing dad. Things haven’t been easy, but he always makes sure that my sister and I are living the best life that we can possibly have. I love to write poetry, and through my poem, I want to honor him and thank him for being my hero.”

Read Cindy’s literature here.


“The Calling” by Laili Aissi

  • Grade: 7
  • Las Flores Middle School
  • Fourth District PTA

“It was the usual sunny California morning when suddenly the wildfires invaded our serene neighborhood. A gigantic mushroom cloud appeared in the sky while beneath it, the blazing fires swiftly devoured everything. People were overwhelmed with fear. The firemen’s quick intervention gave hope to people that things will be OK. Working beyond exhaustion, they unselfishly saved people’s home and lives, while risking their own . These are the heroes I honor, which starts by depicting a regular day before the fires struck and as the music accelerates, the firemen rushed to extinguish them, leading to the music winding down.”

Listen to Laili’s music here.


“Heroes Live On” by Joshua Cortez

  • Grade: 8
  • Las Palmas Middle School
  • First District PTA


“The work relates to the theme because my grandpa (the man in the picture) is really a hero around me. My grandpa served many years in the Marine Corp and fought for our country. He is part of my life everyday and walks among us every day. My grandpa encourages me to try my best. He helps me get through hard times and can make a bad day, a good one. I look up to him and see him, not just a hero to the United States, but a hero to me. A hero around me.”


“A Figure of Speech” by Patrick Zhu

  • Grade: 10
  • Cupertino High School
  • Sixth District PTA

“My piece A Figure of Speech shows an anonymous figure voicing their opinions in what appears to be a lecture. I chose the subject of a speaker for this year’s PTA reflections in order to represent the everyday heroism of voicing your thoughts and viewpoints to share and influence.”