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  • 2021 YoungArts Winners
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    2021 YoungArts Winners
    The following students were recognized as 2021 YoungArts Winners by the National YoungArts Foundation for their artistic achievements. YoungArts award winners at all levels receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000, and winners at the Finalist level are invited to participate in National YoungArts Week + in January, which features virtual classes, workshops, mentorship opportunities from leading artists in their fields, virtual performances, and an exhibition for the public.

    Finalists:
    Courtney Chiu (CCD, '23) – Dance (Modern/Contemporary)
    Michele Lu (PM, '21) – Voice (Popular Voice)
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, '21) – Jazz (Violin)

    Honorable Mentions:
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, '21) – Dance (World Dance/Irish Step)
    Laura Anne Chen (CW, '21) – Writing (Novel)
    Michele Lu (PM, '21) – Voice (Singer-Songwriter)

    Merit:
    Laura Anne Chen (CW, '21) – Classical Music (Piano)
    Wyatt Layton (CW, '23) – Writing (Spoken Word)
    Brian Lin (IM, '21) – Classical Music (Saxophone)
    Lauren Mei (ACT, '23) – Theater
    Charlee Rubino (MT, '21) – Theater
    Jonathan Truong (CW, '21) – Writing (Short Story)
  • Tawnie “Kiyoné'' Shorter in "Nightbird Society"
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    Tawnie “Kiyoné'' Shorter in "Nightbird Society"
    Tawnie “Kiyoné'' Shorter (MT, '21) was selected to be the singing voice of “Sarah” in the newly released video game Nightbird Society, by Epizodic Entertainment, which is about unsung heroes overcoming their fears and bringing magic back into the world through music. Tawnie wrote and recorded all of her character's featured songs.
  • Congratulations to OCSA’s Mock Trial Team
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    Congratulations to OCSA’s Mock Trial Team
    Congratulations to the members of OCSA’s Mock Trial Team, who competed this year against more than 35 teams from across Orange County, advancing to the semifinals. The primary competition team was victorious against JSerra, Brea Olinda, Foothill, Santa Ana, Beckman, and Yorba Linda, while the secondary competition team defeated Portola and Mater Dei.

    Primary Team:
    Sophia Abiera (ACT, ‘24)
    Sruthi Alle (CV, ‘21)
    Catherine Boland (IA, ‘24)
    Charlotte Brandman (MT, ‘23)
    Riley Bryant (FTV, ‘21)
    Edward Chen (IA, ‘24)
    Gabriel Chen (PM, ‘22)
    Ethan Gray (ACT, ‘22)
    Sasha Herthel (ACT, ‘23)
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘23)
    Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21)
    Toby Izenberg (CW, ‘23)
    Milo Karnes (IA, ‘24)
    Emma Kay (ACT, ‘23)
    Regan Mading (IA, ‘23)
    Mehra Marzbani (ACT, ‘23)
    Morgan Milam (IM, ‘24)
    Gaby Mikhail (CW, ‘21)
    Daisy Noh (IA, ‘22)
    Jess Perez (ACT, ‘21)
    Paris Lases-Perez (ACT, ‘21)
    Colin Root (ACT, ‘22)
    Jocelyn Wang (PM, ‘23)

    Secondary Team:
    Ally Artavia-High (CW, ‘24)
    Zabby Bagnol (PD, ‘24)
    Daniel Grossgold (IA, ‘24)
    McKenna Guldner (IA, ‘24)
    Courtney Hines (CW, ‘24)
    Darian Hojreh (CAH, ‘22)
    Claire Karr (VA, ‘23)
    Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘23)
    Emily Kim (CW, ‘24)
    Nathaniel Kim (DM, ‘22)
    Sky Lu (IA, ‘23)
    Kendall Phanco (VA, ‘23)
    Mia Rinaldi (PM, ‘23)
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT, ‘24)
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23)
    Luke Stark (IA, ‘24)
  • The Music Center’s 33rd Annual Spotlight Program Semifinalists
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    The Music Center’s 33rd Annual Spotlight Program Semifinalists
    The following students were recognized as semifinalists in The Music Center’s 33rd Annual Spotlight Program. Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed arts training and scholarship program for teens that awards more than $100,000 in cash scholarships annually. Semifinalists have the opportunity to attend a special master class in their discipline with highly regarded artists who share their expertise on performance technique, training, and professional life. Each semifinalist will virtually audition once more, and the top two finalist performers in each category will be selected for a total of 14 Grand Prize Finalists.

    Emmy Cheung (CMD, ‘22) - Dance
    Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21) - Classical Voice
    Kangsan Kim (CV, ‘22) - Classical Voice
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) - Classical Voice
    David Lee (IM, ‘21) - Jazz Instrumental
    Mallory McKenna (CMD, ‘23) - Dance
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, ‘21) - Jazz Instrumental
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22) - Acting
    Sydney Thomas (CMD, ‘22) - Dance
    Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23) - Dance
    Kailyn Yi (CMD, ‘22) - Dance
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award
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    Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Regional-at-Large awards.

    Silver Key Award:
    Lena Brem (CW, ‘23): Short Story, The Cul-de-sac
    Laura Anne Chen (CW, ‘21): Flash Fiction, Windowpane Glass; Novel Writing, Jewel-Steeped Hibiscus
    Andy Choi (CW, ‘22): Poetry, Cyborg Asian Americana
    Adin Choung (IM, ‘22): Flash Fiction, Yellow to White; Personal Essay & Memoir, My Poor Green Frog Mother
    Kacy Chung (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, Escape, Wonder
    David Du (FTV, ‘24): Film & Animation, Incent City
    Isabel Hahn (CW, ‘22): Short Story, Sonder
    Faith Hochgesang (IA, ‘23): Poetry, Quaran-Sonnet
    Jessica Hong (CW, ‘24): Personal Essay & Memoir, The Raging Inferno
    Joyce Hong (VA, ‘22): Painting, War of Worship
    Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21): Short Story, Isolatoes, The Sapphire Key
    Jamie Jung (CW, ‘24): Flash Fiction, My Name; Short Story, The Voice
    Tara Kalle (CW, ‘23): Flash Fiction, Baby Luke My 'Demon' Brother
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22): Painting, Prerogative of the Activists
    Annette Kim (VA, ‘22): Painting, Incompetent
    Chloe Kim (VA, ‘23): Comic Art, My Quarantine
    Donggyu Kim (VA, ‘24): Ceramics & Glass, The Amalgamate
    Lauren Kim (VA, ‘22): Sculpture, Life Organs; Expanded Projects, The Pixel World
    Ava Li (VA, ‘22): Painting, mystery forest
    Leo Lai (CW, ‘24): Short Story, Peter the Pencil and Ed the Eraser
    Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21): Painting, Burning
    Evan Yu-Wei Lu (VA, ‘23): Mixed Media, Time
    Caitlyn Mason (CW, ‘23): Dramatic Script, life in the sky; Short Story, the family on the bathroom wall
    Sidney Muntean (CW, ‘22): Flash Fiction, MUSINGS OF A MODERN-DAY GHOST; Personal Essay & Memoir, Desperado
    Ashley Oh (DM, ‘24): Sculpture, Ethereal
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, ‘23): Poetry, Nothing Lasts; Short Story, Where the Stars and Fires Played the Same Song
    Kaitlyn Pak (VA, ‘22): Painting, Submerged
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21): Painting, Split Realities of Quarantine; Drawing & Illustration, New Normal
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23): Digital Art, Spring in America, 2020
    Keila Sato (CW, ‘21): Science Fiction & Fantasy, Helios, The Last Ama; Secrets in the Sands; Writing Portfolio, Distant Worlds
    Amy Shi (CW, ‘24): Short Story, Sanguine
    Sohun Shin (VA, ‘24): Mixed Media, Natural Beauty
    Clara Son (CW, ‘23): Poetry, Greek Tragedies, Ablaze
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23): Humor, My Name is COVID-19
    Trenyce Tong (VA, ‘21): Digital Art, Pixelated View
    Huilun Wang (VA, ‘23): Painting, Fallen
    Vivienne Williams (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, Construction of One’s Self
    Ally Wong (CW, '23): Poetry, Eczema, Assimilation, Calligraphy Lesson
    Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24): Flash Fiction, the orphan's memoir; Poetry, gone forever, dear ai
    Kevin Yang (VA, ‘24): Painting, Blinded
    James Yi (CW, ‘24): Flash Fiction, First Human
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21): Mixed Media, Tongue; Painting, Storage Room, Lady with Earrings
  • Film/Animation Nominations
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    Film/Animation Nominations
    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Award. This program highlights talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts. 750 students representing 78 Orange County high schools were nominated, and 50 of them are from OCSA! Each of these students have proven their abilities in their areas of expertise. Here are the nominations for Film/Animation:

    Animation and Visual Effects:
    Angela Benet (DM, ‘21)

    Cinematography:
    Antone Axten (MT)

    Directing and Editing:
    Ethan Chu (FTV, ‘21)
    Johann Ren Collantes (FTV, ‘21)
    Noah Frech (FTV, ‘21)
    Nolan Hieu Trifunovic (FTV, ‘21)
    Elinor Weber (FTV, ‘21)
  • Theater Nominations
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    Theater Nominations
    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Award. This program highlights talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts. 750 students representing 78 Orange County high schools were nominated, and 50 of them are from OCSA! Each of these students have proven their abilities in their areas of expertise. Here are the nominations for Theater:

    Acting:
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21)
    Sophia Del Rey (ACT, ‘21)
    Justin Joung (MT, ‘21)
    Mia Kaplan (MT, ‘21)
    Taite Morrison (IA, ‘22)

    Musical Theater Performance:
    Madison E. Osment (MT, ‘21)
    Charlee Rubino (MT, ‘21)
    Arielle Leeah Schmid (MT, ‘21)
  • Vocal Music Nominations
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    Vocal Music Nominations
    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Award. This program highlights talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts. 750 students representing 78 Orange County high schools were nominated, and 50 of them are from OCSA! Each of these students have proven their abilities in their areas of expertise. Here are the nominations for Vocal Music:

    Classical Voice:
    Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21)
    Kangsan E. Kim (CV, ‘22)
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21)
    Evan Richards (CV, ‘22)

    Commercial Voice:
    Darian Baena (PM, ‘21)
    Ye Ji Kim (PM, ‘21)
    Michele Lu (PM, ‘21)
    Tawnie Kiyoné Shorter (MT, ‘21)

    Nonclassical Voice:
    Olivia "Via" Forman (MT, ‘21)
    Aaliyah Mariah Magcasi (MT, ‘21)
    Lukas Wozencraft (CV, ‘22)
  • Holly Calderon Accepted into Berklee Musical Theater Acting Intensive This Summer
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    Holly Calderon Accepted into Berklee Musical Theater Acting Intensive This Summer
    Holly Calderon (MT, ‘24) was accepted into the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Musical Theater Acting Intensive for Summer 2021.
  • Orange County Artist of the Year Semi-finalists
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    Orange County Artist of the Year Semi-finalists
    The Orange County Register announced the semifinalists for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. The Artist of the Year program honors talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts.

    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts:
    Computer Drawing and Painting
    Eden Haymond (DM, ‘21)
    Ashley Yang (VA, ‘22)

    Dance:
    Commercial Dance
    Danielle Silver (CMD, ‘22)
    Dawson Charles Walker (CMD, ‘21)
    Concert Dance
    Corah Abbott (CCD, ‘21)
    World and Cultural Dance
    Maya Elizabeth Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, ‘21)
    Rodrigo Blanco (BF, ‘21)
    Lucas McCollum-VanHoosear (BR, ‘22)

    Film and Animation:
    Directing and Editing
    Ethan Chu (FTV, ‘21)
    Johann Ren Collantes (FTV, ‘21)
    Nolan Frech (FTV, ‘21)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts:
    Hand Drawing and Painting
    Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21)
    Mixed Media
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21)
    Sculpting and Metalwork
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21)

    Instrumental Music:
    Jazz
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, ‘21) - Violin
    Piano and Strings
    Hannah Noh (IM, ‘21) - Piano

    Theater:
    Acting
    Mia Kaplan (MT, ‘21)
    Musical Theater Performance
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21)
    Madison E. Osment (MT, ‘21)
    Charlee Rubino (MT, ‘21)

    Vocal Music:
    Classical Voice
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21)
    Commercial Voice
    Michele Lu (PM, ‘21)
  • Hailey Riley Becomes Regional Champion in the USA Gymnastics Competition
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    Hailey Riley Becomes Regional Champion in the USA Gymnastics Competition
    Hailey Riley (MT, ‘25) earned first place in Floor and Vault and became the All-Around Regional Champion for Level Seven (Senior B) in the USA Gymnastics Region 1 Finals competition.
  • Meghan Barton Awarded Scholarship to Attend Summer Intensive
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    Meghan Barton Awarded Scholarship to Attend Summer Intensive
    Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23) was awarded the Undergraduate Scholarship from the California State Thespian Society to attend Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Intensive. She also received the highest rank of “Superior” for her performance of the "Meadowlark" solo from The Baker's Wife.
  • Sarah Anderson and Zach Hoffman Perform in Production of "Be More Chill"
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    Sarah Anderson and Zach Hoffman Perform in Production of "Be More Chill"
    Sarah Anderson (MT, ‘22) and Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22) performed in an outdoor production of "Be More Chill" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation.
  • Tawnie “Kiyoné" Shorter Writes and Records First Single
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    Tawnie “Kiyoné" Shorter Writes and Records First Single
    Tawnie “Kiyoné" Shorter (MT, '21) wrote and recorded her first single, “Sugar Honey Iced Tea.” Her song was featured on an EP by SAVIYN, titled Voyage.01, that was produced by multi-platinum producer Jae Chong. The EP can be found on all music platforms worldwide. Tawnie was also selected to write demo songs for an up-and-coming artist in Asia and to record music for national fitness videos.
  • Matthew Morrison Stars in The Grinch Musical on NBC
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    Matthew Morrison Stars in The Grinch Musical on NBC
    Matthew Morrison (MT, '97) was cast in an upcoming production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical on NBC that will be performed and filmed at the Troubadour Theatre in London.

    To read more about this production, please visit https://bit.ly/3hWGXGm
  • Bridget Phillips and Jacki Vellandi Receive Awards for their Playwriting
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    Bridget Phillips and Jacki Vellandi Receive Awards for their Playwriting
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22) and Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22), both members of OCSA Thespian Troupe 6826, were selected to receive the highest award for playwriting by the International Thespian Society for their respective plays, Oakland and Reverie. They will work virtually with an experienced director and professional playwright to workshop their plays, which will be presented as staged readings during the International Thespian Festival in June.
  • Dante Basco Featured in Article by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook
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    Dante Basco Featured in Article by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook
    Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) was featured in an article by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook about his upcoming film, The Fabulous Filipino Brothers.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3vNn6xK
  • Fairah Burruss Casted as Kid Judge on Nickelodeon Series "Unleashed"
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    Fairah Burruss Casted as Kid Judge on Nickelodeon Series "Unleashed"
    Fairah Burruss (MT, ‘25) was cast as one of the kid judges on the new Nickelodeon series Unleashed.
  • Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
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    Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
    The following students participated as mentors in Musical Theater Matters, a community program with Segerstrom Center for the Arts that engages and supports children with special needs through musical theater.

    Nikka Coetzee (IA, '23)
    Sophia Gaba (MT, '23)
    Ana Sofia Gomez Garza (MT, '25)
    Mia Guillen (IA, '23)
    Jonah Lee (MT, '23)
    Phe McCullough (MT, '24)
    Lauren Mei (ACT, '23)
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, '23)
    Hannah Osier (IA, '24)
  • OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
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    OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
    The following students were recognized at the 15th Annual National Youth Arts Awards:

    Sophia Del Rey (ACT, '21) won two Best Supporting Performance in a Musical awards for her roles as the Witch in Into the Woods and Tobias’ voice in Sweeney Todd.

    Sophia Ruiz (MT, '23) won the award for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for her portrayal of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.

    Marcus Brooks (MT, '23) was nominated for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for his portrayal of Bert in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.