On February 27th about sixty PMA students gathered at Old Town to receive both a special shoulder patch and a beautiful academic certificate to reflect their good standing in school. Students were able to earn the reward by turning in a copy of a good report or other sources of community service. About 100 parents and friends were on hand to support and applaud the students. In the PMA conduct code it says that outside achievement reflects on the whole dojo and the scholarship day of awards is our way of reinforcing that concept. We let the students know that we appreciate their striving and efforts at succeeding. The awards were presented by three Sensei black belts, Michael Brown who currently is a math professor at Mesa College, Rebecca Black who recently retired from teaching at Coronado High, and Rosado Sensei who was an original karate founder and also algebra student in Master Devine’s math class way back then!
Following the tournament day and the awards ceremony, parents created a sumptuous pot luck luncheon with some very tasty food and an abundance of desserts.