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Boy wins arts contest at state level


Posted: July 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Augie Altes, a Valencia resident and second-grader at Emblem Academy, won first place in California for the National PTA Reflections competition.

What makes his achievement even more remarkable is this is the second year in a row Augie has taken home the top prize in the state.

This year his entry was in the video category; last year he won for photography for the primary grade level (K-2).

The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.

Since then, the Reflections program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.

Each year, students in grades pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing a theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

This year's theme was "Believe, Dream, Inspire." Augie's entry, titled "Never Say Impossible," was a humorous video featuring Augie scheming to prove his dad wrong about something.

Per contest rules, Augie wrote, shot and edited the video himself.

Augie was informed of his win at the national level while attending the state of California's Reflection awards program in Los Angeles on May 9. He received a medal and a cash prize of $100 for his win.

"The money's nice, but I mostly just love creating things," Augie said.


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