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  • Student Winners in Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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    Student Winners in Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    The following students received Gold or Silver National Awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

    Gold National Awards:
    Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21) - Drawing & Illustration, Nature's Unification
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23) - Painting, Ocularity
    Amy Wang (VA, ‘23) - Painting, Pajamas
    Ally Wong (CW, ‘23) - Poetry, Springrolls

    Silver National Awards:
    Joyce Hong (VA, ‘22) - Drawing & Illustration, Recurrection
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22) - Painting, Complexities of Skin UnderTones (Sequel)
    Ashley Thornton (CW, ‘23) - Poetry, Catallena
    Suofei Wang (VA, ‘21) - Drawing & Illustration, Tea Set
    Ally Wong (CW, ‘23) - Poetry, On Lunar New Year; Short Story, Gutted
    Kevin Yang (VA, ‘24) - Drawing & Illustration, The Upside Down World
  • OCSA Eye Matter Club Covered in Voice of OC Article
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    OCSA Eye Matter Club Covered in Voice of OC Article
    The OCSA Eye Matter Club, founded by Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), was covered in an article by Voice of OC. The Eye Matter Club helps individuals with eye impairment to connect with each other through the arts. Eye Matter recently hosted online international art classes in nine different artistic disciplines for individuals with visual impairments. These art classes were taught completely by OCSA students and the visually impaired students' artistic performances were displayed during an international showcase. The following students are also members of the club.

    Ritika Asher (CCD, ‘22)
    Cece Fanelli (PD, ‘22)
    Ava Gaskins (FTV, ‘22)
    Stella Goodman (CV, ‘23)
    Joyce Lee (CV, ‘22)
    Delaney Manna (PD, ‘23)
    Sarah Park (CV, ‘23)
    Finley Sasena (CCD, ‘23)
    Hailey Somphone (CV, ‘22)
    Larkin Ten Elshof (CV, ‘22)
    Grace Wilcox (ACT, ‘22)

    Please view the article here: https://bit.ly/3dgeRDd
  • OCSA Science Olympiad Competes in Orange County Regional Competition
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    OCSA Science Olympiad Competes in Orange County Regional Competition
    The OCSA Science Olympiad High School Team (Division C) competed in the Orange County Regional competition and placed in 14 of the 29 events. The team earned 6th place out of almost 40 schools and will advance to the Southern California State Science Olympiad competition. Team member Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) placed in all of his events.

    1st Place
    Codebusters: Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24)

    2nd Place
    Digital Structures: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22)
    Amazing Mechatronics: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) and Isabelle Tran (VA, ‘22)

    3rd Place
    Chiropterology: Kacy Chung (VA, ‘23) and Caleb Empig (IM, ‘23)
    Circuit Lab: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) and Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23)
    Experimental and Data Analysis: Katherine Given (ACT ‘24), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Samantha Su (VA, ‘21),
    Fermi Questions: Tane Kim (IM, ‘24) and Haley Shimabukuro (IM, ‘24)
    Helicopters: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23)
    Game On: Katherine Given (ACT, ‘24) and Em Wei-Ten (PM, ‘23)
    Geologic Mapping: Aleks Cornforth (CMD, ‘21) and Erica Yang (IA, ‘21)

    4th Place
    Algorithms and Heuristics: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) and Em Wei-Ten (PM, ‘23)
    Dynamic Planet: Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24) and Jiin Yun (IM, ‘24)
    Gravity Vehicle: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23)
    Ornithology: Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23) and Caleb Empig (IM, ‘23)

    Other Competitors
    Amy Lee (IM, ‘23), Grant Li (CW, ‘23), Sara Shimabukuro (IM, ‘21), and Allison Wong (CW, ‘23)
  • Adrienne Morrow, cast in School of Rock: The Musical
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    Adrienne Morrow, cast in School of Rock: The Musical
    Adrienne Amanda Morrow (MT, ‘25) was cast in the role of Freddy and as the understudy for the role of Katie in "School of Rock: The Musical" at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in St. George, Utah. The show features the first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on-stage.
  • OCSA students were selected as regional semi-finalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program
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    OCSA students were selected as regional semi-finalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program
    The following students were selected as regional semi-finalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program in recognition of their leadership, service, and academics, as well as their efforts to positively affect others in their community. Winners will be selected to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and to join a network of more than 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni that encourage, challenge, and support each other in their common goal of making the world a better place.

    Melody Chang (IM, ‘22)
    Abril Rodriguez Diaz (CW, ‘22)
    Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22)
    Sein Yun (IM, ‘22)
    Hannah Zhao (IM, ‘22)
    Eric Zhu (FTV, ‘22)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Handcrafted Visual Arts Nominations
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    Handcrafted Visual Arts 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 Handcrafted Visual Arts:

    Ceramics:
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22)

    Hand Drawing and Painting:
    Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21)
    Samantha (Ziyao) Su (VA, ‘21)

    Mixed Media:
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21)

    Sculpting and Metalwork:
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21)
  • OCSA Science Olympiad Team Awarded in State Competition
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    OCSA Science Olympiad Team Awarded in State Competition
    The OCSA Science Olympiad High School Team (Division C) competed in the Southern California State competition. The team earned the following awards:

    2nd Place
    Codebusters: Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Jeffrey Yang (CV, ’24)

    5th Place
    Amazing Mechatronics: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) and Isabelle Tran (VA, ‘22)
    Experimental and Data Analysis: Katherine Given (ACT, ’24), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Samantha Su (VA, ‘21)
    Helicopters: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23)
  • Students Featured in Ladera Ranch Roots and Wings Magazine
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    Students Featured in Ladera Ranch Roots and Wings Magazine
    Adrienne Dunworth (IA, ‘22), Luke Witting (IA, ‘23), and their band, Color of Sound, were recognized in the “Amazing Teens” section of the Ladera Ranch Roots and Wings magazine for performing more than 30 live three-hour performances since mid-May in support of local small businesses.

    To read the full magazine article, please visit https://bit.ly/3gbPnJo
  • Orange County Artist of the Year Finalists
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    Orange County Artist of the Year Finalists
    The Orange County Register announced the finalists 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.

    Vocal Music - Commercial Voice
    Ye Ji Kim (PM ‘21)

    Vocal Music - Classical Voice
    Catherine Johnston (CV ‘21)

    Dance - Concert Dance
    Corah Abbott (CCD, ‘21)

    Dance - World/Cultural Dance
    Maya Elizabeth Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, ‘21)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts - Mixed Media
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts - Sculpting and metalwork
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21)

    Film and Animation - Directing and Editing
    Noah Frech (FTV, ‘21)

    Instrumental Music - Winds and Percussion
    Brian Lin (alto sax) (IM, ‘21)

    Theatre - Acting
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘22)
  • Tane Kim Wins 3rd place at the 66th Annual OCSEF
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    Tane Kim Wins 3rd place at the 66th Annual OCSEF
    Tane Kim (IM, ‘24) earned 3rd place at the 66th Annual Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) for his research paper titled "Analyzing TCGA Data to Identify Gene Mutations Linked with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Asians."
  • 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.
  • Computer-Assisted Visual Arts Nominations
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    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts 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 Computer-Assisted Visual Arts:

    Computer Drawing and Painting:
    Eden Haymond (DM, ‘21)
    Alaina Marino (DM, ‘21)
    Ashley Yang (VA, ‘22)

    Graphic Design and Digital Illustration:
    Carla Forno (VA, ‘22)
  • Instrumental Music Nominations
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    Instrumental 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 Instrumental Music:

    Jazz:
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, ‘21) - Violin
    Reynaldo Soza-Sandoval (IM, ‘21) - Sax

    Piano and Strings:
    Hannah Noh (IM, ‘21) - Piano
    Max Wang (IM, ‘21) - Viola

    Winds and Percussion:
    Brian Lin (IM, ‘21) - Alto Sax

    World/Cultural and Commercial Music:
    Analiese Marie Bancroft (PM, ‘21) - Piano/Keyboards
    Thomas Daniel Lowrey (PM, ‘21) - Drum Set
    Angelina Petticord (PM, ‘21) - Electric Bass Guitar
  • Elora Sparnicht Announced Poetry Out Loud Champion
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    Elora Sparnicht Announced Poetry Out Loud Champion
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23) became the Orange County Poetry Out Loud Champion and was featured in an article by the Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot.

    To view the article, please visit https://lat.ms/3w04Noz
  • Clara Son Receives High Commendations in Essay Competition
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    Clara Son Receives High Commendations in Essay Competition
    Clara Son (CW, '23) received high commendations in the John Locke Institute Essay Competition for 2020.
  • Students Contribute to the Young People of the Pandemic Anthology
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    Students Contribute to the Young People of the Pandemic Anthology
    Sonali Dhanidina (IA, '25) and Ashley Hodge (IA, '23) contributed to the Young People of the Pandemic anthology, which features authors ages 10-21 from all across the U.S. and is available on Amazon.
  • Students Selected to Compete in America's Got Talent
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    Students Selected to Compete in America's Got Talent
    The following students, as a part of the Orange County-based and internationally renowned All-American Boys Chorus, were selected to compete in the upcoming season of America's Got Talent.

    Zaid Salazar (CV, ‘26)
    Colin Savage (CV, ‘27)
    Reid Winners (CV, ‘26)
    Garrett Wirth (CV, ‘25)
    Paxton Wong (CV, ‘25)
    William Yu (CV, ‘26)
  • OCSA Debate Team Wins at Debate Tournament
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    OCSA Debate Team Wins at Debate Tournament
    The OCSA Debate Team attended the High School Public Debate Program bi-coastal tournament and received 1st place for highest percentage wins in debate rounds and 1st place for best overall school. The following students participated and placed.

    Team Awards
    1st Overall Team: Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21), Melanie Kallah (IA, ‘21), and Isabel Lyons (IA, ‘22)
    6th Overall Team: Cynthia Huang (CW, ‘24), Amy Lee (IM, ‘23), and Aashna Rana (CW, ‘23)
    7th Overall Team: Sophie Ma (BR, ‘23), Jillian Metzker (IA, ‘22), and Terra Skaar (PD, ‘24)
    8th Overall Team: Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘23), Joyce Hong (VA, ‘22), and Rajsi Rana (CW, ‘22)

    Individual Speaker Awards
    2nd Place: Melanie Kallah (IA, ‘21)
    12th Place: Cynthia Huang (CW, ‘24)
    14th Place: Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘23)
  • 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)
  • Hannah Cho Wins at MTNA Competition
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    Hannah Cho Wins at MTNA Competition
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) won 3rd place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National performance competition, after previously winning at the State and Southwest division levels. She will be receiving a $300 award from the MTNA Foundation fund.
  • Jim Kolb Receives 2020 Teacher of the Year Award
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    Jim Kolb Receives 2020 Teacher of the Year Award
    Jim Kolb, who retired last year after serving as OCSA’s Commercial Dance Director for more than 30 years, received the 2020 Teacher of the Year Award from the Arts Schools Network. As director, Mr. Kolb reshaped the Commercial Dance Conservatory to include a well-rounded curriculum with instruction in all aspects of the industry, including tap, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, and other styles.
  • Michele Lu is Semifinalist in U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Competition
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    Michele Lu is Semifinalist in U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Competition
    Michele Lu (PM, ‘21) was selected as a semifinalist in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts competition and will advance to the final round. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will ultimately choose 20 students to be recognized for their academic and artistic accomplishments, leadership, community outreach, and overall creativity.
  • 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
  • Hannah Cho Wins at MTNA Competition
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    Hannah Cho Wins at MTNA Competition
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) won 3rd place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National performance competition, after previously winning at the State and Southwest division levels. She will be receiving a $300 award from the MTNA Foundation fund.
  • Students Perform in The Music Center’s Spotlight Grand Finale
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    Students Perform in The Music Center’s Spotlight Grand Finale
    Emmy Cheung (CMD, ‘22), Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21), and Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) performed in The Music Center’s 33rd Annual Spotlight Grand Finale, a virtual presentation featuring the 14 Spotlight Finalists and hosted by Josh Groban. Out of a pool of more than 1,500 applicants, Emmy advanced to become the Grand Prize Finalist in the Dance category, while Catherine and Ava advanced to become Grand Prize Finalists in the Classical Voice category.

    To view the virtual performance, please visit https://bit.ly/3uFnRHM
  • Maya Alvarez-Coyne Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
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    Maya Alvarez-Coyne Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, '21) received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • Cat Bui Accepted into Summer High School Writing Program
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    Cat Bui Accepted into Summer High School Writing Program
    Cat Bui (CW, ‘22) was accepted into the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio Summer High School Writing Program.
  • Devin Weaver Cast in American Housewife Series
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    Devin Weaver Cast in American Housewife Series
    Devin Weaver (ACT, '26) was cast in a recurring role on the hit television series American Housewife and filmed multiple episodes. Devin also booked and filmed a role in a U.S. Census commercial.
  • Students Accepted into All-State Ensembles
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    Students Accepted into All-State Ensembles
    The following Instrumental Music Conservatory students auditioned and were accepted into the California Orchestra Directors Association All-State Ensembles.

    Irene Choung (IM, ‘24) - Cello
    Amy Lee (IM, ‘23) - Violin
    Amy Jong (IM, ‘24) - Cello
    Amelia Kang (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Lauren Kim (IM, ‘23) - Violin
    Tane Kim (IM, ‘24) - Cello
    Amy Lee (IM, ‘23) - Violin
    Jenny Park (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Benjamin Quil (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Amelia Shiwota (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Jiin Yun (IM, ‘24) - Cello
    Hannah Zhao (IM, ‘22) - Violin
  • Students from National History Day Club Progress to State Level Competition
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    Students from National History Day Club Progress to State Level Competition
    The OCSA National History Day Club, founded by Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), competed in the National History Day Orange County Competition. The students created historically accurate projects relating to the 2021 theme of “Communication: The Key to Understanding.” The following students became Orange County Champions and progressed to the State level.

    Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22)
    Sally Jang (CW, ‘23)
    Jamie Jung (CW, ‘24)
    Katie Kim (CW, ‘23)
    Arianna Ramirez (BF, ‘26)
    Annabel Reiher (CW, ‘23)
    Selah Sanchez (CW, ‘23)
    Emma Wei-Ten (PM, ‘23)

    Other Club Participants
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘23)
    Anna Huang (CW, ‘24)
    Lauren Kim (CW, ‘24)
    Luke Stark (IA, ‘24)
  • Grand Prize Finalists for Annual Spotlight Program
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    Grand Prize Finalists for Annual Spotlight Program
    The following students were recognized as Grand Prize Finalists in The Music Center’s 33rd Annual Spotlight Program out of more than 1,500 applicants. Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed arts training and scholarship program for teens that awards more than $100,000 in cash scholarships annually. The students were selected among only 14 Grand Prize Finalists who will perform in a virtual grand finale event and receive a $5,000 scholarship.

    Emmy Cheung (CMD, ‘22) - Dance
    Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21) - Classical Voice
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) - Classical Voice
  • Aashna Rana Wins 1st Place Alternate at VOCE Festival
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    Aashna Rana Wins 1st Place Alternate at VOCE Festival
    Aashna Rana (CV, ‘23) participated in the VOCE 2021 Festival and won 1st Place Alternate in the Solo Competitive 14-15 Year Old Division.
  • 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
  • Luna Zamora Performs at Virtual Gala
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    Luna Zamora Performs at Virtual Gala
    Luna Zamora (CV, '24) performed at the Adventist Health White Memorial virtual gala, which honored all frontline workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Hannah Cho Winner of Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition
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    Hannah Cho Winner of Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) became the grand prize winner of the Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition. She also won first place in the Middle School Division of the competition.
  • Aryan Simhadri Casted in Cheaper by the Dozen Remake
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    Aryan Simhadri Casted in Cheaper by the Dozen Remake
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT, ‘24) was cast as the lead in the new Disney+ remake of Cheaper by the Dozen.
  • Kiana Keli`i South Region winner for Scholarship Award
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    Kiana Keli`i South Region winner for Scholarship Award
    Kiana Keli`i (IM, ‘21) was one of 10 nominees selected from the South Region as a finalist for the California Scholarship Federation Seymour Memorial Award. She was then honored as the South Region winner for her dedication to service, academics, and raising awareness of the cultural diversity of Pacific Islanders.
  • Students Selected for SCSBOA Honor Orchestras
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    Students Selected for SCSBOA Honor Orchestras
    The following students were selected to be part of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Middle School and High School Honor Orchestras.

    Middle School:
    Hannah M. Cho (IM, ‘25) - Oboe
    Samuel J. Chung (IM, ‘25) - Alto Saxophone
    Juneau Foxlin (IM, ‘26) - Double Bass
    Tiffani Hsu (PD, ‘26) - Flute
    Miri Izenberg (IM, ‘26) - Trumpet
    Allie S. Molin (IM, ‘25) - Trumpet
    Jaehee Park (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Keilah Y. Park (IM, ‘25) - Horn
    Benjamin Y. Quil (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Katherine J. Shinogi (IM, ‘25) - Clarinet

    High School:
    Darren Qiu (IM, ‘24) - Alto Saxophone
    Elliot Shiwota (IM, ‘22) - Percussion
    Helaine Zhao (IM, ‘24) - Piano
  • Hana Uehara Accepted into Harvard's Pre-College Program
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    Hana Uehara Accepted into Harvard's Pre-College Program
    Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23) was accepted into Harvard University's Summer Pre-College Program.
  • 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.
  • Daniel Grossgold Named 2021 Expressions Challenge Finalist
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    Daniel Grossgold Named 2021 Expressions Challenge Finalist
    Daniel Grossgold (IA, ‘24) was named a 2021 Expressions Challenge Finalist through Expressions by Walgreens, which encourages high school students to express themselves creatively through media projects.
  • Alyssa Abiera Casted in Upcoming Film "Wish Dragon"
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    Alyssa Abiera Casted in Upcoming Film "Wish Dragon"
    Alyssa Abiera (ACT, ‘26) was cast as the voice of Young Li Na in the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation film "Wish Dragon", which will be released on Netflix.
  • Justice Smith Featured in NY Times Article and on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
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    Justice Smith Featured in NY Times Article and on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
    Justice Smith (MT, ‘13) was featured in an article by The New York Times and was also a featured guest on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE.

    To view his segment on the show, please visit https://bit.ly/2RwFlIk.
  • Christina Miles Performs at the Golden Globe Awards
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    Christina Miles Performs at the Golden Globe Awards
    Christina Miles (CW, ‘21) was selected by the Get Lit organization to perform alongside two other poets at the Golden Globe Awards.
  • 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
  • Ava Kuntz Win First Place in Schmidt Vocal Competition
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    Ava Kuntz Win First Place in Schmidt Vocal Competition
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) won first place in the Schmidt Vocal Competition in Tennessee and received a $2,500 cash award and a $4,000 scholarship to Vanderbilt University.
  • Olivia Le Wins Poetry Division in OC Fair Competition
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    Olivia Le Wins Poetry Division in OC Fair Competition
    Olivia Le (IA, ‘25) won the Poetry Division in the OC Fair Imaginology Competition.
  • Mia Soumbasakis has Article Published in the New Santa Ana
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    Mia Soumbasakis has Article Published in the New Santa Ana
    Mia Soumbasakis (CW, '22) had an article published in the New Santa Ana, titled “Who is protecting the people in Santa Ana from toxins in our water and soil?”

    To read her article, please visit https://bit.ly/3yDLBiJ
  • OCSA's JSA Event Features Harley Rouda
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    OCSA's JSA Event Features Harley Rouda
    The following students from OCSA's Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) chapter ran a successful debate event, which featured guest speaker former California Congressman Harley Rouda. More than 50 students from JSA chapters across Southern California attended and participated. Jennifer Woo (IA, '21) was also voted "Best Speaker'' for her debate.

    Maya Coyne (CMD, ‘21)
    Tane Kim (IM, ‘24)
    Sophia Kimmel (CV, ‘22)
    Max Mikkelsen (IA, ‘22)
    Aashna Rana (CV, ‘23)
    Rajsi Rana (CW, ‘22)
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23)
    Isabella Szabo (CV, ‘21)
    Jennifer Woo (IA, ‘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)
  • 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 Winners
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    Orange County Artist of the Year Winners
    The Orange County Register announced the winners for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, and OCSA had four winners this year! The Artist of the Year program honors talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts.

    Artist of the Year Winners:
    Nolan Hieu Trifunovic (FTV, ‘21) - Film and Animation
    Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21) - Vocal Music
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘22) - Theater
    Brian Lin (IM, ‘21) - Instrumental Music (Alto Sax)
  • Ayiah and Ellie Soufi Featured in ALL EYES Magazine
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    Ayiah and Ellie Soufi Featured in ALL EYES Magazine
    Sisters Ayiah Soufi (IA, ‘26) and Ellie Soufi (PM) were featured on the cover of the April 2021 issue of ALL EYES Magazine with an eight-page spread. ALL EYES Magazine is an international digital and print magazine that showcases young talent from all over the world.
  • Mia Soumbasakis Honored as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer
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    Mia Soumbasakis Honored as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer
    Mia Soumbasakis (CW, ‘22) was honored as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer by the OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards for her service work with Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteers and Leaders.
  • 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.
  • Gianna Pedregon Writes an Article for Strings Magazine
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    Gianna Pedregon Writes an Article for Strings Magazine
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, ‘21) wrote an article for Strings magazine titled “Creative Freedom: How Jazz and the 5-string Violin have Unlocked a World of Infinite Musical Possibility.”

    To read the full article, please visit https://bit.ly/3hzfudZ
  • 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.
  • Alyssa Kardos Selected as a Fulbright Scholar
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    Alyssa Kardos Selected as a Fulbright Scholar
    Alyssa Kardos (ACT, ‘17) was selected to be a 2021 Fulbright Scholar and was featured in an article by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American scholars and professionals abroad to lecture or conduct research for up to one year. After graduating from Georgetown University this year, Alyssa will be teaching English in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3uNC4TS