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  • The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, including OCSA students from multiple conservatories
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    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, including OCSA students from multiple conservatories
    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. This program highlights talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts. Each of these students has proven their abilities in their areas of expertise.

    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts:

    Computer Drawing and Painting
    Sofia De Luna (DM, ‘22)
    Juliana Jarvis (DM, ‘22)
    Elise Maniquis-Dormitorio (DM, ‘22)
    Hannah Miller (DM, ‘22)
    Megan Mo (DM, ‘22)

    Graphic Design and Digital Illustration
    Josh Nguyen (FTV, ‘22)

    Photography (Film and Digital)
    Soren Almeida (FTV, ‘22)

    Dance:

    Commercial Dance
    Danielle Silver (CMD, ‘22)
    Reagan Vallejo (IA, ‘22)

    Concert Dance
    Emmy Cheung (CMD, ‘22)
    Nicole Frias Lugo (BCD, ‘22)
    Alisa Nguyen (BCD, ‘23)
    Amelie Jolie Vidrio (BCD, ‘22)

    World/Cultural Dance
    Hannah Ayala (BR, ‘23)
    Mia Amaris Lopez (BF, ‘23)
    Joshua Qin (BD, ‘23)
    Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23)
  • Amber Khauv won third prize in the 2022 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition
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    Amber Khauv won third prize in the 2022 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition
    Amber Khauv (CW, ‘23) won third prize in the 2022 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition. To watch the full documentary, please visit: https://bit.ly/3iRmemD
  • Marlene Hall received an official government patent for her new and original exercise method that uses a rotator disc to help improve dancers’ turns, strength, and stability
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    Marlene Hall received an official government patent for her new and original exercise method that uses a rotator disc to help improve dancers’ turns, strength, and stability
    Marlene Hall, Elective Dance Instructor, received an official government patent for her new and original exercise method that uses a rotator disc to help improve dancers’ turns, strength, and stability.
  • A photo of Hannah Franklin, from her award-winning performance, was selected to be displayed in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater
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    A photo of Hannah Franklin, from her award-winning performance, was selected to be displayed in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater
    A photo of Hannah Franklin (ACT, ‘19) was selected to be displayed in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater at The Music Center in Los Angeles. The photo is from Hannah’s winning performance in the 2018 National August Wilson Monologue Competition.
  • Some members of the OC Biology Club participated in the USA Biology Olympiad Exam and Audrey Zhang advanced to the semi-finals
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    Some members of the OC Biology Club participated in the USA Biology Olympiad Exam and Audrey Zhang advanced to the semi-finals
    The following members of the OC Biology Club participated in the USA Biology Olympiad Exam. Audrey Zhang (IM, ‘24) was also selected to advance to the semi-finals, which will take place in March.

    Jessica Hong (CW, ‘24)
    Tane Kim (IM, ‘24)
    Grant Li (CW, ‘23)
    Jiin Yun (CW, ‘24)
    Audrey Zhang (IM, ‘24)
  • Lola Suleiman released a book titled “Predestined,” which is now available on Amazon as part of The Predestined Trilogy
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    Lola Suleiman released a book titled “Predestined,” which is now available on Amazon as part of The Predestined Trilogy
    Lola Suleiman (CW, ‘23) released a book titled “Predestined,” which is now available on Amazon as part of The Predestined Trilogy.
  • Alyssa Kardos has continued her work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an English Teaching Assistant through the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program
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    Alyssa Kardos has continued her work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an English Teaching Assistant through the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program
    Alyssa Kardos (ACT, ‘17) has continued her work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an English Teaching Assistant through the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program. She is using acting exercises at her public school to support English learning and engage in cultural exchange. Alyssa also started a community project titled "Re-Made in Cambodia" which promotes the work of young Cambodian fashion designers, musicians, dancers, and poets.
  • The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory was featured in an article by the Orange County Register regarding their recent Culinary Throwdown competition and benefit
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    The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory was featured in an article by the Orange County Register regarding their recent Culinary Throwdown competition and benefit
    The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory was featured in an article by the Orange County Register regarding their recent Culinary Throwdown competition and benefit. To read the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/3ISJGul
  • The BingYi Saxophone Quartet has been chosen to advance to the Junior Wind Division Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
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    The BingYi Saxophone Quartet has been chosen to advance to the Junior Wind Division Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
    The BingYi Saxophone Quartet has been chosen to advance to the Junior Wind Division Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the largest and longest running chamber music competition in the nation, held in South Bend, Indiana. The following students are members of this ensemble.

    Aidan Luu (IM, ‘23)
    Ryan Nicolov (IM, ‘22)
    Luke Toner (IM, ‘24)
    Darren Qiu (IM, ‘24)
  • Classical Voice Conservatory students participated in “The Three Women of Jerusalem (Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén),” with the Los Angeles Opera
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    Classical Voice Conservatory students participated in “The Three Women of Jerusalem (Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén),” with the Los Angeles Opera
    The following students participated in the newly commissioned show from composer and librettist Carla Lucero, “The Three Women of Jerusalem (Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén),” with the Los Angeles Opera.

    Lilliana Mindel (CV, ‘24), Youth Principal
    Sebastian Nunez (CV, ‘24), Community Ensemble
    Evan Richards (CV, ‘22), Youth Principal
  • Nathan Tatsuta was selected to participate in the 2022 NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute’s National All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet, one of the most educative and prestigious programs in jazz education
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    Nathan Tatsuta was selected to participate in the 2022 NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute’s National All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet, one of the most educative and prestigious programs in jazz education
    Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) was selected to participate in one of two editions of the 2022 NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute’s National All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet, one of the most educative and prestigious programs in jazz education. This program includes an all-expenses-paid weeklong performance tour with internationally renowned jazz recording artist Sean Jones in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Caitlyn Mason’s original script, “The Last Words of a Shooting Star,” was ranked as a finalist in the 2021 California Young Playwrights' Contest
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    Caitlyn Mason’s original script, “The Last Words of a Shooting Star,” was ranked as a finalist in the 2021 California Young Playwrights' Contest
    Caitlyn Mason’s (CW, ‘23) original script, “The Last Words of a Shooting Star,” was ranked as a finalist in the 2021 California Young Playwrights' Contest. Her other original play, “Dear Edith,” was ranked as a semi-finalist.
  • OCSA students were cast in “Clue! The Murder Mystery Dinner Experience"
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    OCSA students were cast in “Clue! The Murder Mystery Dinner Experience"
    The following students were cast in “Clue! The Murder Mystery Dinner Experience.” This production, based on the movie and board game, sold out within 72 hours of ticket announcement.

    Mia Baron (CV, ‘23) as Mrs. Peacock
    Katie Cruz (MT, ‘23) as Mrs. White
    Ashlye Gambill (MT, ‘23) as Ms. Scarlett
    Caleb Malis (IA, ‘23) as Mr. Green
    Nathen McLaurin (MT, ‘23) as Professor Plum
    Luke Witting (IA, ‘23) as Colonel Mustard
  • Reese Hewitt and Allie Patow were cast and performed in the musical “Fun Home” at the Chance Theater
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    Reese Hewitt and Allie Patow were cast and performed in the musical “Fun Home” at the Chance Theater
    Reese Hewitt (MT, ‘25) and Allie Patow (MT, ‘26) were cast and performed in the musical “Fun Home” at the Chance Theater, which was nominated for multiple 2021 Orange County Theatre Guild Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Musical. To read more about the other awards for which they were nominated, please visit: https://bit.ly/3IYkkLw
  • Vanessa Prado was featured for International Women’s Day, highlighting her work as Director of Sales & Marketing
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    Vanessa Prado was featured for International Women’s Day, highlighting her work as Director of Sales & Marketing
    Vanessa Prado (CMD, ‘06) was featured on Kimpton La Peer Hotel’s Instagram account for International Women’s Day, highlighting her work as Director of Sales & Marketing for the company. To view the post, please visit: https://bit.ly/3DpY1NT
  • Shayna Kaplan, Sarah Parigela, and Nathan Tatsuta competed as members of the Chemistry Olympiad Team at the 2022 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad and placed sixth in Orange County
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    Shayna Kaplan, Sarah Parigela, and Nathan Tatsuta competed as members of the Chemistry Olympiad Team at the 2022 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad and placed sixth in Orange County
    Shayna Kaplan (IM, ‘23), Sarah Parigela (IM, ‘23), and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) competed as members of the Chemistry Olympiad Team at the 2022 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad at Irvine Valley College and earned sixth place out of all teams in Orange County.
  • The OCSA High School Science Olympiad Team competed in the BirdSO Invitational competition against 236 teams across the nation and earned several awards
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    The OCSA High School Science Olympiad Team competed in the BirdSO Invitational competition against 236 teams across the nation and earned several awards
    The OCSA High School Science Olympiad Team competed in the BirdSO Invitational competition against 236 teams across the nation.

    The team earned the following awards:
    Fourth Place
    Gravity Vehicle: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23)

    Sixth Place
    Detector Building: Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24)
    Eighth Place
    Machine Learning: Grant Li (CW, ‘23) and Em Wei-Ten (PM, ‘23)
    Ninth Place
    Ornithology: Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, ‘22) and Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23)
  • Summer Brennan released a music video for her original song, “Boy”
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    Summer Brennan released a music video for her original song, “Boy”
    Summer Brennan (PM, ‘25) released a music video for her original song, “Boy.” To view the music video, please visit: https://bit.ly/3DwrhCv
  • The OCSA VEX Robotics Team won their last three matches and finished 23rd at the 2022 Southern California VRC High School State Championship
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    The OCSA VEX Robotics Team won their last three matches and finished 23rd at the 2022 Southern California VRC High School State Championship
    The OCSA VEX Robotics Team won their last three matches and finished 23rd at the 2022 Southern California VRC High School State Championship. They competed in the Southern California region which has hundreds of teams and is said to be the toughest in the country. The following students are members of the team and competed in the championship:

    Sumin Cho (IM, ‘24)
    Vivienne Ho (IA, ‘22)
    Justin Hong (IM, ‘24)
    Chelsea Lee (VA, ‘23)
    Kara Syn (IM, ‘23)
    Jeffrey Tadeo (IA, ‘21)
    Ryan Yoo (CAH, ‘24)
  • Michael Repper recorded an album with the New York Youth Symphony, which had a single released by AVIE Records
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    Michael Repper recorded an album with the New York Youth Symphony, which had a single released by AVIE Records
    Michael Repper (IM, ‘08) recorded an album with the New York Youth Symphony, which had a single released by AVIE Records. The single is an excerpt from the adagio section of Florence Price's “Piano Concerto in One Movement.”
  • Camryn Mi-Young Kim was cast as one of the whistleblowers, Erika Cheung, in the Hulu original series, “The Dropout”
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    Camryn Mi-Young Kim was cast as one of the whistleblowers, Erika Cheung, in the Hulu original series, “The Dropout”
    Camryn Mi-Young Kim (MT, ‘17) was cast as one of the whistleblowers, Erika Cheung, in the Hulu original series, “The Dropout,” which also features Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes.
  • Emma Ward won first place in the San Diego Concerto Competition in the Winds division
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    Emma Ward won first place in the San Diego Concerto Competition in the Winds division
    Emma Ward (IM, ‘22) won first place in the San Diego Concerto Competition in the Winds division. She was selected to be a featured soloist in two concerts with the Mira Costa Symphony Orchestra playing “Concerto for Piccolo” and “Orchestra, Op. 50” by Lowell Liebermann.
  • Hannah Solow made her debut as Gertie Cummings in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!”
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    Hannah Solow made her debut as Gertie Cummings in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!”
    Hannah Solow (MT, ‘08) made her debut as Gertie Cummings in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!” To read more about her journey to the national tour stage, please visit: https://bit.ly/3NBZ4Pp
  • As the founder of SLSmileWorld, Samantha Liu sold secondhand clothing and donated the profits to the Tzu Chi International Humanitarian Organization in support of COVID-19 recuperation efforts
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    As the founder of SLSmileWorld, Samantha Liu sold secondhand clothing and donated the profits to the Tzu Chi International Humanitarian Organization in support of COVID-19 recuperation efforts
    As the founder of SLSmileWorld, Samantha Liu (IM, ‘23) sold secondhand clothing and donated the profits to the Tzu Chi International Humanitarian Organization in support of COVID-19 recuperation efforts. She was awarded with a plaque and was invited to speak at the Tzu Chi Pandemic Sharing Ceremony and the Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony. Her speeches were shared amongst the community during their public board meetings, lectures, and newsletters.
  • OCSA faculty members received 2022 Artist Teacher Fellowship Award grants in the amount of $2,500 each
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    OCSA faculty members received 2022 Artist Teacher Fellowship Award grants in the amount of $2,500 each
    The following faculty members received 2022 Artist Teacher Fellowship Award grants in the amount of $2,500 each. These individuals were selected based on the strength and potential of their proposals, their commitment to achieving their artistic and scholastic endeavors, as well as their passion for bringing new ideas, practices, energy, and creativity into their classrooms. To read more about each project, please visit: https://conta.cc/3HHnKlb

    Mike Bradecich, Creative Writing & Integrated Arts Conservatory Instructor
    Stephanie Dorian, El-Erian Family Acting Conservatory Assistant Director
    Ryan Reithmeier, D.M.A., Classical Voice Conservatory Director
    Dawn Nguyen Spranger, Creative Writing & Integrated Arts Conservatory Instructor
  • Five OCSA students were selected as 2022 Dragon Kim Fellows and earned $5,000 community service grants from the Dragon Kim Foundation
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    Five OCSA students were selected as 2022 Dragon Kim Fellows and earned $5,000 community service grants from the Dragon Kim Foundation
    The following students were selected as 2022 Dragon Kim Fellows and earned $5,000 community service grants from the Dragon Kim Foundation. These students were chosen from over 300 applicants across California and Nevada and went through a rigorous interview process to earn the fellowships. Along with the project funding, these five students will receive three weekends of leadership training and hands-on mentorship from local business professionals.
    Teachers Aid+: Camila Balanta (CAH, ‘25) and Sara Balanta (IA, ‘22)
    Coding Campers: Tane Kim (IM, ‘24), Abbi Park (CW, ‘24), and Joshua Ta (IM, ‘24)
  • Melody Chang was named a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar in recognition of her superior leadership, service, and academics, as well as her efforts to positively affect others in her community
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    Melody Chang was named a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar in recognition of her superior leadership, service, and academics, as well as her efforts to positively affect others in her community
    Melody Chang (IM, ‘22) was named a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar in recognition of her superior leadership, service, and academics, as well as her efforts to positively affect others in her community. Out of the 251 regional finalists across the country, she was one of 150 selected to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and join a network of more than 6,600 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni that encourage, challenge, and support each other in their common goal of making the world a better place.
  • OCSA students were recognized as semifinalists in The Music Center's 33rd Annual Spotlight Program
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    OCSA students were recognized as semifinalists in The Music Center's 33rd Annual Spotlight Program
    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.

    Classical Semifinalists:
    Leo Sui (IM, ‘23)

    Jazz Semifinalists:
    Max Gilbert (IM, ‘22)
    Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24)

    Acting Semifinalists:
    Grace Wilcox (ACT, ‘22)
    Kaya Sparnicht (ACT, '25)
    Landon Wouters (MT, ‘22)
    Tessa Espinola (ACT, ‘25)
  • Zoe Harrison Creates Yamaha Instrument Art
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    Zoe Harrison Creates Yamaha Instrument Art
    Zoe Harrison (PD, ‘25) received two instruments from Yamaha and upcycled them into art projects. Her violin piece was selected to be displayed at Able Arts Work Gallery in Long Beach and her guitar piece was selected to be displayed at the Anaheim Muzeo.
  • OCSA students received Gold Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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    OCSA students received Gold Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Gold Key Regional-at-Large awards. Gold Key recipients will now be judged at the national level.

    Jaeung Cha (VA, ‘25): Photography, “Matured Innocence”
    Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, ‘22): Mixed Media, “Knit”; Painting, “Blossom”
    Ruth Chen (CW, ‘25): Humor, "Lamentations"
    Jennifer Choi (VA, ‘26): Mixed Media, “Capitalism”
    Grace Chung (CW, ‘23): Science Fiction & Fantasy, "The Margean Codes"; Short Story, "An Essay on My Opinion of Showering"
    Justine Droullard (CW, ‘24): Flash Fiction, "Flowers in the Sink"
    Ashley Hong (CW, ‘24): Flash Fiction, "God's Gift to Us Witches"
    Cynthia Huang (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "Homemade"
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22): Design, “Squid Game: Temptation or Death”; Drawing & Illustration, “Voices of Objects”, “Ceramics & Glass”, “Plastic Addiction”
    Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘24): Dramatic Script, "A Letter to You"; Poetry, "Working towards the next step"
    Annette Kim (VA, ‘22): Drawing & Illustration, “Self-portrait”
    Chaewon Kim (CW, ‘23): Architecture & Industrial Design, “Mugression”, “Blewn collection”
    Chloe Kim (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Pressure”; Painting, “Toy Box”
    Kate Kim (CW, ‘25): Short Story, "Grocery Store"
    Kristie Lee (VA, ‘22): Design, “Yearbook Cover Design”; Mixed Media, “The Road Ahead”;
    Sculpture, “Cowfee or Tea”, “Futile”
    Lauren Kim (VA, ‘22): Film & Animation, "Overwhelming"; Mixed Media, “Pressure”; Sculpture, “Insecure”
    Grant Li (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Earth's Skin"
    Julie Lim (IA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Red Sea”
    Georgia Mansey (IA, ‘22): Sculpture, “Honey”
    Caitlyn Mason (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Search Engine Prayer"
    Estelle Morris (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Reminiscence”
    Sidney Muntean (CW, ‘22): Writing Portfolio, "Amalgamated Moments"
    Eunice Oh (VA, ‘24): Comic Art, “Lunch”
    Kaitlyn Pak (VA, ‘22): Painting, “Alien”
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23): Painting, “Cogitate at Night in the Bathroom 20 Yards Away From Her Bedroom Door”, “A Late Night”
    Camilla Shen (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Flux.Flow"
    Amy Shi (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "Hereafters of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake"
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23): Dramatic Script, "Party Pooper"; Humor, "Phototoxic"
    Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24): Poetry, "mommy"
    Lacole Yang (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "Reminiscence from the Lake, 2020"
    Ruth Zhang (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Our Sweet Ride”
  • OCSA students received Honorable Mention Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Cont.)
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    OCSA students received Honorable Mention Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Cont.)
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Honorable Mention Regional-at-Large awards.

    Carrie Kuo (VA, ‘22): Design, “Park Days”
    Alison Amber Lee (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Barren”, “Isolation”
    Kristie Lee (VA, ‘22): Design, "Draw How You See Yourself!"
    Grant Li (CW, ‘23): Flash Fiction, "Father's Hands are Magical; Journalism, Essential Immigrant Businesses, PostCOVID, Rebound and Rebuild"
    Jeongwon Lim (FTV, ‘25): Film & Animation, "Just Another Weekend"
    Evan Yu-Wei Lu (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Illusions”
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23): Painting, “Female Gaze”, “Homecoming”; Sculpture, “Scotoma”; Photography, “underneaths”, “undoings”
    Caitlyn Mason (CW, ‘23): Dramatic Script, "Portrait of the Void"
    Sidney Muntean (CW, ‘22): Personal Essay & Memoir, "The Botanists"; Poetry, "palpitations"
    Ash Park (CW, ‘23): Dramatic Script, "Try to Try"; Flash Fiction, "Star Seed"
    Amy Shi (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "Mother Hands"; Short Story, "Paradoxical Heroism"
    Clara Son (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Lemon Trees", "Letters to Dorothy", "Steps"
    Huilun Wang (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Transformation”
    Ally Wong (CW, ‘23): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Tiger Lily Bloom Season"; Poetry, "Table Set", "TO-DO LIST", "ITEM NO.3"
    Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24): Flash Fiction, "Colors on a Blank Canvas", "The Death of Winter"; Poetry, "motel", "the between", "morning coffee", "more than"
    Mia Yen (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "take me to a place far away"
    Rachel Yoo (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Boundaries”
    Lauren Young (PD, ‘26): Painting, “Library of Magic”
    Cinna Zhou (VA, ‘25): Mixed Media, “Lure”; Painting, “World of the Books”
    Eric Zhu (FTV, ‘22): Film & Animation, "The Best Life"
  • OCSA students received Honorable Mention Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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    OCSA students received Honorable Mention Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Honorable Mention Regional-at-Large awards.

    Anika Biswas (CW, ‘23) Short Story, "Einkornicales: Lost Letters"
    Kaitlyn Byer (CW, ‘25): Poetry, "The Crow's Lover"
    Jaeung Cha (VA, ‘25): Fashion, “Design by Quinn”, “Dual Identity”
    Ruth Chen (CW, ‘25): Critical Essay, “The Ethical Dilemma of True Crime as Entertainment”; Drawing & Illustration, "Hope"; Flash Fiction, "Murder"; Poetry, "Wide World"; Short Story, "Lost and Gone"
    Ryan Choi (ACT, ‘24): Drawing & Illustration, “Toyna Character Concept Design”; Sculpture, “Mythical Creature Game Pieces for Creativity Board Game”
    David Du (FTV, ‘24): Film & Animation, "Incent City"
    Isabella Ho (CW, ‘22): Flash Fiction, "Little Lanterns"; Humor, "A Pretzel Hazard"
    Faith Hochgesang (IA, ‘23): Flash Fiction, "Cries of the Maasai"; Poetry, "Rapture"
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘24): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Pots Burn, Seams Burst"
    Lyn Huang (CW, ‘24): Novel Writing, "Someday In A Room With A Seaside View"
    Sally Jang (CW, ‘23): Dramatic Script, "Dear Lauren"
    Ryan Jeong (P&D, ‘23): Journalism, "Scholastic Competition: Conservatives vs. Media: A Thinning Ice"
    Antara Kalle (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Balcony Boats"
    Griffin Kelleher (CW, ‘23): Science Fiction & Fantasy, "The Auxer"
    Amber Khauv (CW, ‘24): Science Fiction & Fantasy, "Don't Lie to Me"
    Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘24): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Familiarity in the Unknown, Is it truly fortunate?"; Poetry, "Words passed from her to me"
    Emily Kim (CW, ‘24): Personal Essay & Memoir, "A Daily Reminder"
    Seo Yun Kang (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Part of Me”
    Chaewon Kim (CW, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “You’re getting old”
    Kate Kim (CW, ‘25): Poetry, "A Plate of Gochu"
  • OCSA students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Cont.)
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    OCSA students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Cont.)
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards.

    Donggyu Kim (VA, ‘24): Drawing & Illustration, “Sweetness”
    Emily Kim (CW, ‘24): Dramatic Script; "Will It Get Better?"; Personal Essay & Memoir; "Regardless of a Drift…"
    Frances Kim (IA, ‘24): Drawing & Illustration, “Orange in Ice”
    Jennifer Kim: Mixed Media, “Night Market”
    Haley Kleinman (IA, ‘23): Science Fiction & Fantasy, "The Truth About The Silence"
    Leo Lai (CW, ‘24): Dramatic Script, "CATS SIDE STORY"
    Alison Amber Lee (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Outlook”
    Kristie Lee (VA, ‘22): Design, “Our Plastic, Our Oceans”; Fashion, “Reversible Shipping Envelope to Tote Bag”
    Evan Yu-Wei Lu (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Doctor”
    Jack Malo (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Latke Words With Grandpa Max"
    Caitlyn Mason (CW, ‘23): Journalism, "Airlines Break Wheelchairs Every Day. Disabled People Are Fighting Back"
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, ‘23): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Once Ours Alone"
    Ash Park (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Albert"
    Kaitlyn Pak (VA, ‘22): Painting, “Clad”
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23): Painting, “Elicitation”, “Together Again”, “The Warmest Embrace”, “Sightless”; Sculpture, “Tao”
    Ashley Shin (VA, ‘25): Drawing & Illustration, “Still Life”
    Clara Son (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "America, Convicted, Greek Tragedies"
    Leo Sui (IM, ‘23): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Sweet Tomatoes; Always Closest To Spoiling"
    Ally Wong (CW, ‘23): Poetry, "Feng shui (n.)"
    Melody Wu (VA, ‘24): Painting, “Delicate Doorway”
    Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24): Critical Essay, "THE WARRING STATES: CULTURAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENTAL FEUD BETWEEN CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES"; Poetry, "lunar new year, for her, trapped in nineteen ninety-nine, last conversation with grandmother"
    Misu (Cindy) Zhang (VA, ‘24): Drawing & Illustration, “Betrayal”
  • OCSA students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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    OCSA students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards.

    Charlotte Brandman (MT, ‘23): Poetry, "Interior"
    Kaitlyn Byer (CW, ‘25): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Just Me and Him"
    Jaeung Cha (VA, ‘25): Photography, “Missing You”
    Ruth Chen (CW, ‘25): Personal Essay & Memoir, "It Is."
    Jennifer Choi (VA, ‘26): Drawing & Illustration, “Kitchen Utensils”; Mixed Media, “My Hobbies”
    Kacy Chung (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Circles”
    David Du (FTV, ‘24): Dramatic Script, "Tokyo from Afar, LA SALVATION"
    Weiduo Feng (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Octopus in a rainstorm”; Film & Animation, "Lend"
    Kelly Halliburton (CW, ‘25): Poetry, "The Elements of Nature"
    Isabella Ho (CW, ‘22): Flash Fiction, "Playing Cards With Death"
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘24): Science Fiction & Fantasy, "The Mystery Man"
    Jessica Hong (CW, ‘24): Short Story, "The Skeleton Girl in My Chemistry Class"
    Lyn Huang (CW, ‘24): Flash Fiction, "3165"
    Aaliyah Joo (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Venus”
    Jamie Jung (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "Pictures and Frames"
    Sona Kamaraj (VA, ‘24): Painting, “Artificial Environment”
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22): Drawing & Illustration, “A Woman’s Back”, “Catastrophe”
    Estella Sky Keyoung (CV, ‘25): Photography, “Water Diamonds on the Rocks”
    Annette Kim (VA, ‘22): Painting, “Incompetence”
    Chaewon Kim (CW, ‘23): Painting, “It’s Unfair”
    Chloe Kim (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Melting”
  • Dante Basco and his family were featured in the Los Angeles Times for his recent directorial debut on his film "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers"
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    Dante Basco and his family were featured in the Los Angeles Times for his recent directorial debut on his film "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers"
    Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) and his family were featured in a Los Angeles Times front-page story about his recent directorial debut on his film "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers." For more info, please visit: https://lat.ms/3Kqv46y
  • President and CEO Teren Shaffer was recognized as one of Chapman University’s honored alumni
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    President and CEO Teren Shaffer was recognized as one of Chapman University’s honored alumni
    President and CEO Teren Shaffer was recognized as one of Chapman University’s honored alumni. As a part of their 160th anniversary year, Chapman recognized students, alumni, faculty, staff, volunteers, and donors who are change makers, show bold leadership, demonstrate kindness and compassion, and show innovation that solves problems locally or around the globe.
  • Hannah Cho won first place in the 2022 International Music Competition Vienna and London Grand Prize Virtuoso competition
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    Hannah Cho won first place in the 2022 International Music Competition Vienna and London Grand Prize Virtuoso competition
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) won first place in the 2022 International Music Competition Vienna and London Grand Prize Virtuoso competition. She was offered a chance to perform at Gläserner Saal Musikverein in Vienna and Royal Albert Hall in London. She also won first place in the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Contemporary Competition District 8 and advanced to the State final.
  • The OCSA Robotics Team qualified for the 2022 Southern California VRC High School State Championship
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    The OCSA Robotics Team qualified for the 2022 Southern California VRC High School State Championship
    The OCSA Robotics Team qualified for the 2022 Southern California VRC High School State Championship held at Damien High School, where they will compete for a chance to go to the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas.
  • Chef Daniel Mattos was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about OCSA’s culinary Throwdown competition
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    Chef Daniel Mattos was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about OCSA’s culinary Throwdown competition
    Daniel Mattos, Chef Director of the Mekjian Family Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory, was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about OCSA’s culinary Throwdown competition. For the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/3q7yWC3
  • Clara Choi and Sophia Madrigal were featured in the “Bravo!” section of the "Orange County Register"
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    Clara Choi and Sophia Madrigal were featured in the “Bravo!” section of the "Orange County Register"
    Clara Choi (CMD, ‘25) and Sophia Madrigal (ACT, ‘22) were featured in the “Bravo!” section of the "Orange County Register," which celebrates the achievements of Orange County locals. Clara won second place in the Broadcom MASTERS awards for her project, “EEG Study of Virtual Learning Demonstrates Worsened Learning Outcomes and Higher Mirror Neuron Activation,” and Sophia earned a national Gold Award Scholarship from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
  • Culinary Arts & Hospitality students were selected to compete in the 2022 CA ProStart Cup
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    Culinary Arts & Hospitality students were selected to compete in the 2022 CA ProStart Cup
    The following Culinary Arts & Hospitality students were selected to compete in the 2022 CA ProStart Cup.

    Culinary Team:
    Captain: Madison (Star) Lu (CAH, ‘22)
    Aurelia Carrie (CAH, ‘23)
    Max Gilbert (CAH, ‘22)
    Ryan Okajima (CAH, ‘23)
    Trinity Wiideman (CAH, ‘24)

    Management Team:
    Captain: Evelyn Wu (CAH, ‘23)
    Lanna Gale (CAH, ‘23)
    Sam Laven (CAH, ‘23)
    Willie Yao (CAH, ‘24)

    Individual Competitor:
    Mason Vair (CAH, ‘23)
  • The OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra has been selected as a finalist in the 2022 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York
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    The OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra has been selected as a finalist in the 2022 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York
    The OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra has been selected as one of 15 finalists in the country to participate in the 2022 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Evan Richards and Viveka Saravanan were recently invited to sing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Los Angeles’ Winter Symposium Masterclass
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    Evan Richards and Viveka Saravanan were recently invited to sing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Los Angeles’ Winter Symposium Masterclass
    Evan Richards (CV, ‘22) and Viveka Saravanan (CV, ‘24) were recently invited to sing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Los Angeles’ Winter Symposium Masterclass with internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Susan Graham.
  • Lola Suleiman released a book titled "Dear Q,"
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    Lola Suleiman released a book titled "Dear Q,"
    Lola Suleiman (CW, ‘23) released a book titled "Dear Q,." "Dear Q," is about a girl named Rilee who learns to cope with grief when she loses her best friend. Through new friends and unexpected struggles, Rilee may finally be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Shannon Bae was featured in a KPopStarz article featuring Korean idols who once lived abroad before moving to Korea
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    Shannon Bae was featured in a KPopStarz article featuring Korean idols who once lived abroad before moving to Korea
    Shannon Bae (PM) was featured in a KPopStarz article featuring Korean idols who once lived abroad before moving to Korea. For the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/3KjLXQg
  • Elora Sparnicht won the 2022 OC Poetry Out Loud competition
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    Elora Sparnicht won the 2022 OC Poetry Out Loud competition
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘22) won the 2022 OC Poetry Out Loud competition.
  • Michael Morris received first place in the VOCE Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Competition
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    Michael Morris received first place in the VOCE Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Competition
    Michael Morris (CV, ‘26) received first place in the VOCE Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Competition.
  • Matthew Blam was recently granted membership into the Young Composers Guild (YCG)
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    Matthew Blam was recently granted membership into the Young Composers Guild (YCG)
    Matthew Blam (IM, ‘24) was recently granted membership into the Young Composers Guild (YCG) upon recommendation by a panel of composition evaluators. The Young Composers Guild is the highest achievement that a Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) high school composition student can attain.
  • Sean Lee released an online album of music videos with pianist Peter Dugan, titled "Paganini X Schumann: 9 Caprices"
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    Sean Lee released an online album of music videos with pianist Peter Dugan, titled "Paganini X Schumann: 9 Caprices"
    Sean Lee (IM, ‘18) released an online album of music videos with pianist Peter Dugan, titled "Paganini X Schumann: 9 Caprices." To view the full video series, please visit: https://bit.ly/35BfTc5
  • Rick Messina was nominated for an Artios Award for his work on the film "The Tender Bar."
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    Rick Messina was nominated for an Artios Award for his work on the film "The Tender Bar."
    Rick Messina (MT, ‘95) was nominated for an Artios Award for his work on the film "The Tender Bar."
  • OCSA’s Mock Trial Team advances to the Orange County finals for the first time and receives second place
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    OCSA’s Mock Trial Team advances to the Orange County finals for the first time and receives second place
    Congratulations to OCSA’s Mock Trial Team, faculty advisor Whitney Coates, and volunteer coaches Justice Halim Dhanidina, Melissa Brandman, J.D, and Ethan Feng, J.D. for advancing to the Orange County finals for the first time and receiving second place after competing against rigorous competition. OCSA’s Gold team advanced to the top eight for only the second time in the program’s history. The following students competed as members of the team.

    Sophia Abiera (ACT, ‘24)
    Sruthi Alle (CV, ‘22)
    Zabethah Bagnol (PD, ‘24)
    Charlotte Brandman (MT, ‘23)
    Sarah Demeter (CW, ‘25)
    Sammy Dorfman (IA, ‘24)
    V Garcia (ACT, ‘25)
    Mona George (CV, ‘25)
    Ethan Gray (ACT, ‘22)
    Kennedy Harrison (PD, ‘25)
    Sasha Herthel (ACT, ‘23)
    Joshua Hizon (MT, ‘23)
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘23)
    Toby Izenberg (CW, ‘23)
    Milo Karnes (IA, ‘24)
    Claire Karr (VA, ‘23)
    Emma Kay (ACT, ‘23)
    Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘23)
    Ariana Kim (IM, ‘25)
    Caitlin Kim (ACT, ‘25)
    Emily Kim (CW, ‘24)
    Fanny Kim (IA, ‘24)
    Isabella Kim (ACT, ‘25)
    Haley Kleinman (IA, ‘24)
    Elaine Lim (FTV, ‘25)
    Diego Linn (BR, ‘25)
    Samantha Liu (IM, ‘23)
    Regan Mading (IA, ‘23)
    Katia Miyamoto (CW, ‘24)
    Lucy Moriyama (ACT, ‘23)
    Daisy Noh (IA, ‘22)
    Kendall Phanco (VA, ‘23)
    Colin Root (ACT, ‘22)
    Ashima Sharma (CW, ‘25)
    Cat Silva-Oliveira (IA, ‘24)
    Ciara Tadeo (IA, ‘25)
    Josie Wang (PM, ‘23)
    Sophia Wilhelm (VA, ‘23)
    Lacole Yang (CW, ‘24)
  • Jordan Guerrero has had her epistolary fiction piece, "Umbrella Girl," published in Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine
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    Jordan Guerrero has had her epistolary fiction piece, "Umbrella Girl," published in Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine
    Jordan Guerrero (CW, ‘23) has had her epistolary fiction piece, "Umbrella Girl," published in Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine.
  • Leo Lai has had his flash fiction story, "Irregular Dancing," accepted for publication in Teen Ink magazine
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    Leo Lai has had his flash fiction story, "Irregular Dancing," accepted for publication in Teen Ink magazine
    Leo Lai (CW, ‘24) has had his flash fiction story, "Irregular Dancing," accepted for publication in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Vincent Virga published his first book, a children's book titled "Bird of Stone."
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    Vincent Virga published his first book, a children's book titled "Bird of Stone."
    Vincent Virga (CW, ‘22) published his first book, a children's book titled "Bird of Stone." The story revolves around a stone gargoyle that offers lessons in kindness, caring, and teamwork.
  • Creative Writing Faculty Member Tim Powers' newest novel, "Stolen Skies," was published in January.
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    Creative Writing Faculty Member Tim Powers' newest novel, "Stolen Skies," was published in January.
    Creative Writing Faculty Member Tim Powers' newest novel, "Stolen Skies," was published in January.
  • Sarah Anderson, Zach Hoffman, and Lauren Williams were cast and performed in "Les Miserables" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation
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    Sarah Anderson, Zach Hoffman, and Lauren Williams were cast and performed in "Les Miserables" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation
    Sarah Anderson (MT, ‘22), Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22), and Lauren Williams (ACT, ‘22) were cast and performed in "Les Miserables" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation as Cosette, Jean Valjean, and Fantine respectively.
  • Isaac Sohn received first place in the Intermediate (13 to 15 years old) category at the 2022 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition
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    Isaac Sohn received first place in the Intermediate (13 to 15 years old) category at the 2022 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition
    Isaac Sohn (IM, ‘25) received first place in the Intermediate (13 to 15 years old) category at the 2022 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and was invited to the winner's concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
  • Mia Soumbasakis’s poem was published in the zine "Mujeres Libres Anthology," Volume One by Mujeres Libres Press
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    Mia Soumbasakis’s poem was published in the zine "Mujeres Libres Anthology," Volume One by Mujeres Libres Press
    Mia Soumbasakis’s (CW, ‘22) poem, entitled “An Offering & A Personal Love Letter — a response poem to Sanctuary by Donika Kelly,” was published in the zine "Mujeres Libres Anthology," Volume One by Mujeres Libres Press in January.
  • Jordan Cruz was cast as one of the elves in a production of "Elf the Musical"
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    Jordan Cruz was cast as one of the elves in a production of "Elf the Musical"
    Jordan Cruz (MT, ‘21) was cast as one of the elves in a production of "Elf the Musical" with the equity theater Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Lauren Young co-created a charitable children's book cover for the Clinton Foundation
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    Lauren Young co-created a charitable children's book cover for the Clinton Foundation
    Lauren Young (PD, ‘26) co-created a charitable children's book cover for the Clinton Foundation.