YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of America on Yongsan showcased its artistic talents at the 2012 BGCA Fine Art Exhibition award ceremony here, Dec. 18.

Paul Stuart, deputy to the garrison commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, presided over the event to recognize the young artists and encouraged them to continue reach further in their future.

"It is truly a pleasure for me to be here," Stuart said. "The Boys and Girls Clubs of America have some of the most dedicated children here. I'm especially impressed with their creativity that they have demonstrated."

Little artists, aged between kindergarten and 12th grade, competed in ten different categories and in four age groups. First and second place of each category were awarded with a medal, certificate and a prize.

Casandra Curtinas, 8th grader at Seoul American Middle School, had her name called the most, winning in four different categories. She appreciated the garrison for organizing an award ceremony and shared her happiness with her fellow artists and her parents.

"I really, really enjoyed tonight," Curtinas said. "I do appreciate how they recognized my drawings and all the other people's drawings. I am looking forward to participate on the regional competition. I can't wait to see the result and other people's drawings."

Giving out chances to participate in the competition are important, but Joseph Jacks, director of the Middle School and Teen Service Center of Child, Youth and School Services for USAG Yongsan, expressed his thoughts on the importance of having award ceremonies, and recognizing the participants, especially when they are children.

"I think award ceremonies are very important for kids because they get to show their art pieces and it allows them to express themselves on how they see the world," Jacks said.

Awardees' work advance to the regional competition and will be judged either in Japan or Hawaii.

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