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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)
  • Amandine Kataoka Selected for Edward Brodsky Student Fellowship
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    Amandine Kataoka Selected for Edward Brodsky Student Fellowship
    Amandine Kataoka (PM, '23) was one of only 50 high school students across the country to attend a three-day session with the Anti-Defamation League through their first Edward Brodsky Student Fellowship. Amandine participated in the summit on anti-Semitism and hate.
  • Hannah Cho Wins at Junior Performance Competition
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    Hannah Cho Wins at Junior Performance Competition
    Hannah Cho (IM, '25) won first place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Performance competition at both the California state level and Southwest division level. She was selected to advance to the MTNA National competition as a representative of the Southwest division. She also won first place in the American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition and is scheduled to perform at the winner's solo recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
  • 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)
  • Finalists for 2021 Dragon Kim Fellowship
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    Finalists for 2021 Dragon Kim Fellowship
    The following students advanced as finalists in receiving prestigious 2021 Dragon Kim Fellowships from the Dragon Kim Foundation. If selected for the fellowship, teams will be awarded up to $5,000 to implement a community service project as a part of a seven-month, hands-on leadership training and mentorship program. OCSA’s finalists are listed below by team.

    Art Unlimited: Abril Rodriguez Diaz (CW, ‘22)
    Eye Matter: Cece Fanelli (PD, ‘22) and Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22)
    Intertwined: Adin Choun (IM, ‘22) and Katelyn Jo (IM, ‘22)
    Let’s Learn about Public Health!: Melody Chang (IM, ‘22)
    Pacific Bridge: Iris Wang (IM, ‘22) and Eric Zhu (FTV, ‘22)
    Sembrando Dahlias: Bianca Lozano (BF, ‘21) and Samantha Perez (BF, ‘21)
    Time Travel With Music: Leo Sui (IM, ‘23)
    Uncovering Strengths: Saira Arora (IM, ‘22) and Emma McCanne (IM, ‘22)
    We are Dancing Women: Grace Kim (BR, ‘22) and Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23)
  • Kyle Rumble Performed for Philharmonic Society Committee
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    Kyle Rumble Performed for Philharmonic Society Committee
    Kyle Rumble (CV, ‘22) performed a brief recital, composed of arias, songs, and a selection from South Pacific, for the Philharmonic Society Committee.
  • All-State Band Acceptances for 2021
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    All-State Band Acceptances for 2021
    The following students were accepted into the California Band Directors Association (CBDA) All-State Band for 2021:

    Marie Bocanegra (IM, ‘25) - Trombone
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) - Oboe
    James Dechary (IM, ‘24) - Trombone
    Auvin Hajian (IM, ‘22) - Trombone
    Kylie Heidal (IM, ‘23) - Brass Trombone
    Miri Izenberg (IM, ‘26) - Trumpet
    Ryan Klotz (IM, ‘22) - Tuba
    Allison Molin (IM, ‘25) - Trumpet
    Annabelle Park (IM, ‘22) - Oboe
    Keilah Park (IM, ‘25) - Horn
    Katie Shinogi (IM, ‘25) - Clarinet
    Elliot Shiwota (IM, ‘22) - Percussion
    Leo Sui (IM, ‘23) - Trombone
  • Cooper Johnson's French Horn Performances
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    Cooper Johnson's French Horn Performances
    Cooper Johnson (IM, ‘15) played French horn for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Air Force Bands of Central California, Texas, Virginia, and South Illinois.
  • Sydney Dardis Wins 2021 Encouragement Award
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    Sydney Dardis Wins 2021 Encouragement Award
    Sydney Dardis (CV, ‘17) was awarded the Encouragement Award in the 2021 San Diego District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program. Sydney competed among 20 other singers aged 20-29 and was the youngest singer to be awarded this prize.
  • Jack Finlay's Work at Veritas Musica Publishing
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    Jack Finlay's Work at Veritas Musica Publishing
    Jack Finlay (IM, ‘19) became a published music arranger and contributor at Veritas Musica Publishing. His French horn choir arrangements of pieces by Mahler and Berlioz will be available for purchase online in the near future.
  • Rachel Kramer - Emerging Leader Award Nominee
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    Rachel Kramer - Emerging Leader Award Nominee
    Rachel Kramer, Director of the Popular Music Conservatory, was nominated for the Arts School Network (ASN) Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award. This recognition is designed to acknowledge excellence and achievement among rising arts school administrators and to highlight the innovative educational practices or programs of those leaders.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2021 Dragon Kim Fellows
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    2021 Dragon Kim Fellows
    The following students were selected as 2021 Dragon Kim Fellows and earned $5,000 community service grants from the Dragon Kim Foundation. These students were chosen from over 240 applicants across California and Nevada and went through a rigorous interview process to earn the fellowships.

    Melody Chang (IM, ‘22)
    Adin Choung (IM, ‘22)
    Abril Rodriguez Diaz (CW, ‘22)
    Katelyn Jo (IM, ‘22)
    Samantha Perez (BF, ‘22)
    Iris Wang (IM, ‘22)
    Eric Zhu (FTV, ‘22)
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key Award
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    Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key Award
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Regional-at-Large awards. Gold Key recipients will now be judged at the national level.

    Gold Key Award
    Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, ‘22): Painting, The King; Digital Art, Dreamer
    Nora De Vente (VA, ‘22): Printmaking, Mother of Anthropocene
    Joyce Hong (VA, ‘22): Drawing & Illustration, Recurrection
    Mia Hsu (VA, ‘23): Painting, My Asian Woman
    Grace Jo (VA, ‘22): Painting, Help for Hope
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22): Painting, Complexities of Skin UnderTones (Sequel)
    Alison Lee (VA, ‘23): Mixed Media, Buried in America; Painting, Refraction
    Amanda Lee (IM, ‘23): Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Girl Who Brought Back Life
    Kristie Lee (VA, ‘22): Sculpture, Communion, Into the Void
    Joyce Lee (VA, '21): Art Portfolio, 2020 Frenzy; Drawing & Illustration, Colorism, Nature's Unification, Reminisce
    Grant Li (CW, ‘23): Humor, An Update from Heaven - Yeah, We Don't Know Either
    Caitlyn Mason (CW, ‘23): Dramatic Script, two types of goodbye
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21): Film & Animation, Pandemic; Expanded Projects, Homes - Social Distancing; Drawing & Illustration, Time in Quarantine
    Junwoo Park (VA, ‘21): Drawing & Illustration, New Generation Appears, Violence has no Boundaries
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22): Poetry, Be Pretty— No, Be Clever
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23): Painting, Ocularity
    Amy Shi (CW, ‘24): Poetry, Monsters Amid War
    Clara Son (CW, ‘23): Poetry, The Maiden In My Dreams
    Ashley Thornton (CW, ‘23): Critical Essay, The Dead Part of a Star; Poetry, Catallena
    Trenyce Tong (VA, ‘21): Sculpture, WorldWide; Drawing & Illustration, 13 Mementos on My Desk; Art Portfolio, Connective Screens
    Amy Wang (VA, ‘23): Painting, Pajamas
    Suofei Wang (VA, ‘21): Architecture & Industrial Design, Woven Garden, Concert Hall; Drawing & Illustration, Tea Set
    Ally Wong (CW, ‘23): Poetry, Springrolls, On Lunar New Year; Short Story, Gutted
    Kevin Yang (VA, ‘24): Drawing & Illustration, The Upside Down World
    Cindy Zhang (VA, ‘24): Digital Art, Assumptions
  • 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
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
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    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Regional-at-Large awards.

    Honorable Mention:
    Anika Biswas (CW, ‘23): Short Story, Boa Constrictor
    Lena Brem (CW, ‘23): Short Story, The Ticking Stops
    Cat Bui (CW, ‘22): Science Fiction & Fantasy, Libellulidae
    Melody Chang (IM, ‘22): Poetry, Ode to an Eraser, Reflections: from a Woman in STEM
    Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, ‘22): Drawing & Illustration, Flight
    Andy Choi (CW, ‘22): Short Story, 38th Parallel
    Erin Choi (VA, ‘22): Painting, Warmth, A Slipped Disc
    Adin Choung (IM, ‘22): Short Story, China Dolls
    Ethan Chu (VA, ‘21): Film & Animation, Life at a Japanese High School
    Nora De Vente (VA, ‘22): Ceramics & Glass, Ignited
    Maggie Ding (FTV, ‘22): Film & Animation, VOICE
    Emilia Djordjevic (CW, ‘23): Short Story, Blood On My Hands
    Joyce Hong (VA, ‘22): Comic Art, Night Illusion at Osaka; Drawing & Illustration, Rotten
    Sally Jang (CW, ‘23): Flash Fiction, Keep the Distance, If I Was Back: A Vignette
    Youning Jiang (FTV, ‘22): Painting, Portrait of Dad
    Aaliyah Joo (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, America, Land of the Free?; Painting, Dreams of Fish
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22): Painting, Complexities of Skin Color
    Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘24): Short Story, A Thread Between Us, Simplicity of Life
    Annette Kim (VA, ‘22): Drawing & Illustration, Human; Sculpture, Leisure
    Caroline Kim (VA, ‘25): Fashion, Asymmetry
    Chloe Kim (VA, ‘23): Digital Art, Continuos
    Katie Kim (CW, ‘23): Short Story, Domesticated
    Emily Kim (CW, ‘24): Poetry, picture this...
    Grace Kim (BR, ‘22): Personal Essay & Memoir, Imo's House; Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mayu
    Olivia Knox (PM, ‘23): Painting, Koi Fish closet
    Carrie Kuo (VA, ‘22): Painting, Human, Spring Beginnings; Mixed Media, Scary Carrie
    Dawon Lee (PD, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, Hand Elements
    Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21): Painting, Archive; Mixed Media, Crisis, Imitation
    Kristie Lee (VA, ‘22): Digital Art, In My Own Little World, Mixed Media, Contend
    Samantha Losey (VA, ‘25): Painting, Aries
    Evan Yu-Wei Lu (VA, ‘23): Painting, Peppers, Cancer
    Caitlyn Mason (CW, ‘23): Journalism, Figure Skaters' Eating Habits Leave Them on Thin Ice
    Sidney Muntean (CW, ‘22): Flash Fiction, The Event Horizon
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, ‘23): Science Fiction & Fantasy, A Reverie of an Icy Prince; Painting, The Storyteller
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21): Art Portfolio, The Progression of 2020; Digital Art, Babel City
    Junwoo Park (VA, ‘21): Mixed Media, Janus, The Two Faces of a Pandemic; Art Portfolio, Beauty Under Destruction
    Tobi-Hope Jieun Park (CW, ‘21): Poetry, the mythos speaks of women; Writing Portfolio, Meraki and Other Dances
    Abril Rodriguez Diaz (CW, ‘22): Poetry, Skeleton House
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23): Digital Art, INDELIBLE, INVERSION
    Keila Sato (CW, ‘21): Novel Writing, The Fire in His Blood
    Amy Shi (CW, ‘24): Poetry, Cordae Lupa; Short Story, Animotophobia— fragens, nefasta, et timida
    Sohun Shin (VA, ‘24): Painting, Closest, Most Precious; Drawing & Illustration, Home Stays
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23): Humor, In Opposition of Ice Breaker Games
    Ashley Thornton (CW, ‘23): Poetry, The Unicorn, The Universal Collapse, Paradise Parasite, Premonitio[n], God is a Butterfly, Starlight
    Trenyce Tong (VA, ‘21): Mixed Media, The Bifurcation of Life, Violation; Film & Animation, Weather’s Changing
    Jonathan Truong (CW, ‘21): Short Story, Newspaper Planes
    Huilun Wang (VA, ‘23): Painting, Light, Leafs
    Suofei Wang (VA, ‘21): Painting, Night Market
    Xiaowei Wang (VA, '22): Drawing & Illustration, The Composer of Decomposition
    Ally Wong (CW, ‘23): Poetry, maintenance inside her heart chamber, Courtesy of the Coyotes, We were left behind to survive, behind grandpa's feet
    Katherine Wong (CW, ‘21): Poetry, waning&waxing down capital cul-de-sacs
    Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24): Flash Fiction, late mis-; Poetry, inner prayer, two eyes
    Rachel Yoo (VA, ‘23): Photography, Hands of Stereotypes
    Cindy Zhang (VA, ‘24): Painting, Hush
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21): Sculpture, Thin Man; Drawing & Illustration, Red Door, Red Shoes; Painting, Spring 2020; Art Portfolio, The world I live in -2
    Carina Zheng (VA, ‘24): Design, Tenki No Ko
  • 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'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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Samara Kohne Accepted into Colorado Vocal Institute
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    Samara Kohne Accepted into Colorado Vocal Institute
    Samara Kohne (CV, ‘24) was accepted into the Colorado Vocal Institute for this summer.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emilia Djordjevic Opens her own Online Store
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    Emilia Djordjevic Opens her own Online Store
    Emilia Djordjevic (IM, ‘23) opened her own online store via Spreadshirt to sell her designs.
  • 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.
  • Matthew Anderson Selected as a Performing Arts Scholarship Winner
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    Matthew Anderson Selected as a Performing Arts Scholarship Winner
    Matthew Anderson (IM, ‘23) was selected as a 2021 Performing Arts Scholarship winner by the Friends of Cypress Cultural Arts organization. He was awarded a $450 scholarship for the performance of Scherzo Fantastique by Alfred Reed on bass clarinet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Hannah Cho Selected for 2021 Juilliard Summer Winds Program
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    Hannah Cho Selected for 2021 Juilliard Summer Winds Program
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) was one of only 15 oboists chosen from an international applicant pool to participate in the 2021 Juilliard Summer Winds program.
  • Saira Arora Accepted into California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science
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    Saira Arora Accepted into California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science
    Saira Arora (IM, ‘22) was accepted into the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), a highly competitive four-week STEM-based research program.

    To read more about COSMOS, please visit https://bit.ly/3yWCutg
  • Ava Kuntz Receives First Place at MTAC VOCE Competition
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    Ava Kuntz Receives First Place at MTAC VOCE Competition
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) received first place for the State of California at the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) San Diego Branch VOCE Competition. She also received first place in both the Classical and Musical Theater categories for ages 17-18 at the Vocal Organization of California VO-CAL Competition 2021.
  • Truanne Chen Selected to Play in SCSBOA High School Honor Orchestra
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    Truanne Chen Selected to Play in SCSBOA High School Honor Orchestra
    Truanne Chen (IM, ‘24) was selected to play violin for the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) 2021 High School Honor Orchestra. She also won fourth prize in the string category at the 2021 Music Scholarship Competition and received the Dozen Trust Fund Scholarship Award from the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Los Angeles County Branch.
  • Michael Repper Receives The Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Award
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    Michael Repper Receives The Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Award
    Michael Repper (IM, ‘08) was one of 15 conductors recognized by The Solti Foundation U.S. and selected as a 2021 recipient of The Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Award.

    To read the full press release, please visit https://conta.cc/2RdNJg0
  • OCSA's Science Olympiad High School Team Places at Virtual BEARSO Invitational
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    OCSA's Science Olympiad High School Team Places at Virtual BEARSO Invitational
    OCSA's Science Olympiad High School Team earned 19th place overall out of 203 teams at the virtual BEARSO Invitational. Twelve team members earned medals in 10 of the 23 events. Joshua Qin (BR, '23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24) both earned medals in all of their events. The following students competed and received awards for their projects:

    2nd place:
    Codebusters: Lauren Chudner (VA, '23), Anjal Jain (CV, '22), and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)

    7th place:
    Gravity Vehicle Design: Joshua Qin (BR, '23) and Alexandra Valainis (VA, '21)

    8th place:
    Ornithology: Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, '22) and Caleb Empig (IM, '23)

    11th place:
    Experimental Design: Joshua Qin (BR, '23), Samantha Su (VA, '21), and Alexandra Valainis (VA, '21)

    13th place:
    Helicopter: Vivian Chen (IM, '23) and Isabelle Tran (VA, '22)

    14th place:
    Digital Structures: Lauren Chudner (VA, '23) and Anjal Jain (CV, '22)

    15th place:
    Sounds of Music: Vivian Chen (IM, '23) and Erica Yang (IA, '21)

    16th place:
    Circuit Lab: Joshua Qin (BR, '23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)
    Water Quality: Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, '22) and Sara Shimabukuro (IM, '21)

    17th place:
    Machines: Joshua Qin (BR, '23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)

    Other competitors: Aleks Cornforth (CMD, '21) and Allison Wong (CW, '23)
  • Hannah Cho Wins First Prize at East Coast International Music Competition.
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    Hannah Cho Wins First Prize at East Coast International Music Competition.
    Hannah Cho (IM, '25) won first prize in the middle school wind division in the East Coast International Music Competition.
  • Ryan Reithmeier Receives an Inland Theatre League Award
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    Ryan Reithmeier Receives an Inland Theatre League Award
    Ryan Reithmeier, Director of the Classical Voice Conservatory, received an Inland Theatre League Award for his work as Vocal Director of the 2019 production of The Music Man at Christian Arts Theater (CAT) Corona.
  • Katelyn Chan Organizes Virtual Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
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    Katelyn Chan Organizes Virtual Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
    Katelyn Chan (IM, '21) organized a virtual walk-a-thon fundraiser for the Orange County Food Bank and Community Action Partnership of Orange County. The fundraiser generated over $1,700 to help families devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Katelyn also created an ongoing donation page to raise awareness for Luv Michael, an organization dedicated to employing adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Sein Yun Starts OCSA Peer Conflict Mediation Program
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    Sein Yun Starts OCSA Peer Conflict Mediation Program
    Sein Yun (IM, '22) wrote a grant to start an OCSA Peer Conflict Mediation program and was awarded $2,500 by the Kids Managing Conflict Education Foundation. Sein has created a peer-to-peer mediation app that will be part of the program. Sein has also been appointed co-facilitator of the Restorative Practices Task Force with OCSA Dean of Special Services Dr. Gregory Endelman as part of OCSA’s Antiracism and Inclusion Coalition.
  • Aaron Wimbley Invited to Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
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    Aaron Wimbley Invited to Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
    Aaron Wimbley (CV, '23) was invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society due to his academic achievements.
  • Leslie Diamant Receives Perfect Score on AP Human Geography Exam
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    Leslie Diamant Receives Perfect Score on AP Human Geography Exam
    Leslie Diamant (IM, '23) received a perfect score of 5 on the AP Human Geography exam during her freshman year.
  • Summer Brennan's Original Song Used in Event for My New Red Shoes
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    Summer Brennan's Original Song Used in Event for My New Red Shoes
    Summer Brennan (PM, '25) had an original song used in an online event for My New Red Shoes, an organization that works to improve the quality of life and well-being of children and youth by reducing the impact of economic inequality in local communities.
  • Aaron Padilla Releases EP "Stargazing"
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    Aaron Padilla Releases EP "Stargazing"
    Aaron Padilla (IM, '21) recently released his EP titled "Stargazing."
  • Savannah Tweedt Awarded School of Rock Scholarship
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    Savannah Tweedt Awarded School of Rock Scholarship
    Savannah Tweedt (IM, '24) was awarded the School of Rock Scholarship at the 2020 Hit Like A Girl drumming contest.