Welcome to State of the Art, where we celebrate all of the phenomenal accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Congratulations to all, and don't forget to submit your accomplishments!

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tisha Custodio Featured in Article by the OC Register
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    Tisha Custodio Featured in Article by the OC Register
    Tisha Custodio (ACT, ‘19) was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about her recent casting in a lead role of the Disney+ original series Big Shot.

    To read the article, please visit https://bit.ly/2QihXhs
  • Katherine Wong Announced as a 2021 Coca-Cola Scholar
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    Katherine Wong Announced as a 2021 Coca-Cola Scholar
    Katherine Wong (CW, ‘21) was named a 2021 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 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni that encourage, challenge, and support each other in their common goal of making the world a better place.
  • Lauren Lim Jackson Featured in Orange Coast Magazine
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    Lauren Lim Jackson Featured in Orange Coast Magazine
    Lauren Lim Jackson (CMD, ‘03), Interim Director of the Musical Theatre Conservatory, was featured in an article by Orange Coast Magazine that highlights her wellness classes at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3nXsnzn
  • Mikayla Fleming Accepted to Three Summer Intensives
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    Mikayla Fleming Accepted to Three Summer Intensives
    Mikayla Fleming (CCD, ‘24) was accepted to three summer intensives: Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Contemporary Program with a special invitation to the Professional Program, and Boston Ballet Summer Intensive.
  • Bridget Phillips and Jacki Vellandi Receive Awards for their Playwriting
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    Bridget Phillips and Jacki Vellandi Receive Awards for their Playwriting
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22) and Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22), both members of OCSA Thespian Troupe 6826, were selected to receive the highest award for playwriting by the International Thespian Society for their respective plays, Oakland and Reverie. They will work virtually with an experienced director and professional playwright to workshop their plays, which will be presented as staged readings during the International Thespian Festival in June.
  • Nena Oshita Creates Video "Enough is Enough"
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    Nena Oshita Creates Video "Enough is Enough"
    With her passion for arts as activism and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Nena Oshita (ACT, '22) and her fellow OCSA students and alumni created a video titled "Enough is Enough."

    To view the full video, please visit https://bit.ly/3fRkU2v
  • Joy Baik Illustrates for Children's Book
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    Joy Baik Illustrates for Children's Book
    Joy Baik (VA, ‘19) provided the illustrations for the children's book In All of Your Days Have You Seen the Ways an Animal Plays an Instrument?, which was written by an OCSA alumni parent. The duo is working on a second book to be released this fall.
  • 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.
  • Artwork by Joyce Lee and Ciel Mitrovich Featured in OC Register
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    Artwork by Joyce Lee and Ciel Mitrovich Featured in OC Register
    Artwork by Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21) and Ciel Mitrovich (VA, ‘24) was featured in an article by the Orange County Register, which focuses on how students have expressed themselves artistically during the pandemic.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3wPAtO0
  • Winners and Finalist for OC Artist of the Year
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    Winners and Finalist for OC Artist of the Year
    Over the summer, the following students were honored by the Orange County Register as winners and finalists for the 2020 Artist of the Year.

    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts
    Mira Hirabayashi (VA, '20): Computer Drawing and Painting Finalist

    Dance
    Lilah Dee Horton (CMD, '21): Dance Artist of the Year & Commercial Dance Finalist
    Kaprice Janae Glen (CCD, '20): Concert Dance Finalist
    Maya Alvarez Coyne (CMD, '21): World/Cultural Dance Finalist

    Film/Animation
    Maggie McKelvey (FTV, '20): Animation and Visual Effects Finalist

    Theater
    Christina Tinde Jesenski (ACT, '20): Theater Artist of the Year & Acting Finalist

    Vocal Music
    Catherine Johnston (CV, '21): Classical Voice Finalist
  • Sophia Madrigal Founds the Luke Madrigal Indigenous Storytelling Nonprofit
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    Sophia Madrigal Founds the Luke Madrigal Indigenous Storytelling Nonprofit
    Sophia Madrigal (ACT, '22) founded the Luke Madrigal Indigenous Storytelling Nonprofit in honor of her father, Luke Madrigal, who spent his life promoting works that revitalized Indigenous culture, brought youth together with adults, and involved sharing the arts together. In an article, Sophia, her sister, Isabella Madrigal (ACT, '20), and their mother, Renda, shared their journey of bringing awareness to the healing powers of traditional storytelling.

    To read the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3vRBhBG
  • 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”
  • Lilah D. Horton Selected as 2020's Dance Artist of the Year
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    Lilah D. Horton Selected as 2020's Dance Artist of the Year
    Lilah D. Horton (CMD, ‘21) was selected as last year's Dance Artist of the Year by the Orange County Register as part of a competition that included 100 nominated dance artists from all over Orange County’s public, private, and charter high school community. She was the first-ever Artist of the Year from OCSA's Commercial Dance Conservatory in the 30-year tenure of former Director Jim Kolb.
  • Tisha Custodio Casted in "Big Shot"
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    Tisha Custodio Casted in "Big Shot"
    Tisha Custodio (ACT, ‘19) was cast in a lead role in the upcoming Disney+ original series Big Shot.
  • Sophia Madrigal Writes Play Titled "Wildflower: Indigenous Spirit"
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    Sophia Madrigal Writes Play Titled "Wildflower: Indigenous Spirit"
    Sophia Madrigal (ACT, '22) wrote a play, titled Wildflower: Indigenous Spirit, that was filmed live and recorded via Zoom with the help of OCSA alumnus Max Rogoff (FTV, '20). Sophia was also selected to speak at the United Nations Girls Speak Out event about her Girl Scout Gold Award project, "Healing Through the Indigenous Art of Storytelling."
  • OCSA Debate Team Places at the High School Debate Championships
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    OCSA Debate Team Places at the High School Debate Championships
    The following members of the OCSA Debate Team placed at the High School Public Debate Program Bi-Coastal Championships.

    Team Awards:
    4th Overall - Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21), Melanie Kallah (IA, ‘21), and Isabel Lyons (IA, ‘22)

    Individual Speaker Awards:
    1st Place - Melanie Kallah (IA, ‘21), Debate Team President
    6th Place - Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21)
    8th Place - Isabel Lyons (IA, ‘22)
    12th Place - Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘23)

    Best Overall School:
    3rd Place - Orange County School of the Arts
  • Violet Adams Accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts
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    Violet Adams Accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts
    Violet Adams (VA, ‘24) was accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) for Visual Arts.
  • 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)
  • Emma Madison Lakes Kay Accepted to the UCLA Summer Songwriting Intensive
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    Emma Madison Lakes Kay Accepted to the UCLA Summer Songwriting Intensive
    Emma Madison Lakes Kay (ACT, '23) was accepted to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music's 2020 Summer Songwriting Intensive.
  • Isabella Madrigal Receives Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award
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    Isabella Madrigal Receives Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award
    Isabella Madrigal (ACT, '20) received the 2020 Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award for her outstanding literary and cultural contribution to the Inland Empire.

    To read more about this award, please visit https://bit.ly/34P3Xzu
  • OCSA Students and Alumni Featured in Online Film Festival "Razzmatazz"
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    OCSA Students and Alumni Featured in Online Film Festival "Razzmatazz"
    Golden Bachelder (ACT, '19) and Noah Connor (ACT, '19) produced an online film festival called Razzmatazz, featuring original sketches, short films, one-acts, music, magic, and more. With assistance from other current OCSA students and alumni, as well as Acting Conservatory instructors Bodie Newcomb and Tess Lina, Razzmatazz combined talents from New York University, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and OCSA.

    The following current students and alumni were involved with the festival:

    Nick Charles Currie (ACT, '19)
    Chris Drake (ACT, '19)
    Elliott Dynes (FTV, '19)
    Reese Gonzalez (ACT, '18)
    Julia Jachetta (ACT, '22)
    Ryan Jachetta (FTV, '19)
    Logan Langevin (ACT, '23)
    Alexandra Levine (ACT, '19)
    Krish Marwah (ACT, '23)
    Jack Robertson (ACT, '21)
    Noah Strattan (ACT, '20)
    James Slaybaugh (ACT, '21)
  • Anna Antongiorgi Releases a Book of Poems
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    Anna Antongiorgi Releases a Book of Poems
    Anna Antongiorgi (CCD, ‘15) released a book of poems titled refinding the rules of gravity through Finishing Line Press.
  • Ava Tello Accepted into UCLA Camera Acting Summer Institute
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    Ava Tello Accepted into UCLA Camera Acting Summer Institute
    Ava Tello (ACT, ‘24) was accepted into the UCLA Camera Acting Summer Institute, a virtual two-week, UC credit-bearing, intensive program that encompasses voice, scene study, storytelling, and on-camera acting training classes.
  • Zach Hoffman Cast in Lead Role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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    Zach Hoffman Cast in Lead Role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, '22) was cast in the lead role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in an outdoor, COVID-19 friendly production of Jekyll & Hyde with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation.
  • McKayla Frances Mercado Promoted to Company Dancer in Premier Folk Ballet Company
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    McKayla Frances Mercado Promoted to Company Dancer in Premier Folk Ballet Company
    McKayla Frances Mercado (BF, '22) was promoted to company dancer with LA’s premier folk ballet company Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. McKayla was also selected to be part of the Dia de Muertos: Al Chile Tour with Grammy Award winner Lila Downs.
  • Sidney Muntean Accepted into the Summer Workshop for Young Writers
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    Sidney Muntean Accepted into the Summer Workshop for Young Writers
    Sidney Muntean (CW, ‘22) was accepted into the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House through the University of Pennsylvania.
  • 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
  • Avery Mizrahi Accepted into the SoCal Youth Neuroscience Association
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    Avery Mizrahi Accepted into the SoCal Youth Neuroscience Association
    Avery Mizrahi (IA, '24) was accepted into the SoCal Youth Neuroscience Association (SCYNA) through UC Irvine's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. SCYNA allows students to connect with experts in the field through events, competitions, and discussions. Avery was also selected to share her passion for neuroscience with SCYNA's elementary school outreach program.
  • Cassandra Hasio and Soorim Lee Launch Radio Dramedy Series Podcast
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    Cassandra Hasio and Soorim Lee Launch Radio Dramedy Series Podcast
    Cassandra Hasio (CW, ‘17) and Soorim Lee (FTV, ‘17) created and launched a limited six-episode radio dramedy series podcast, titled Slam!, about a high school poetry team inspired by their time at OCSA. Please click here to listen.
  • 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
  • Christine Choi Receives the Arts in Special Education Award
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    Christine Choi Receives the Arts in Special Education Award
    Christine Choi, Special Services Administrative Assistant and conservatory instructor, received the Arts in Special Education Award as part of the 2021 Orange County Music and Arts Awards, which recognizes outstanding arts educators in the county whose leadership has impacted their school, district, and community. The Arts in Special Education Award honors an educator who delivers exceptional arts instruction to students with disabilities and fosters inclusion in their school community.

    OCSA teachers Sarah Gonzalez, Mathieu Girardet, and Kimberly Cantley were also nominated for this award.
  • Dana Worrell Dances in Jadah Marie's Music Video "Staycation"
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    Dana Worrell Dances in Jadah Marie's Music Video "Staycation"
    Dana Worrell (IA, '21) booked a role as a dancer in Jadah Marie's latest music video, titled "Staycation."
  • Natasha Mynhier Releases Film "In A Beat"
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    Natasha Mynhier Releases Film "In A Beat"
    Natasha Mynhier (CMD, '11) released a film titled "In A Beat." The film features the underrepresented lens of a Black autistic boy on his first night home alone.

    To watch the trailer, please visit https://bit.ly/3wV4YSA
  • Ashlye Gambill Cast in Disney Film "Artemis Fowl"
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    Ashlye Gambill Cast in Disney Film "Artemis Fowl"
    Ashlye Gambill (MT, '23) was cast in the Walt Disney Pictures film "Artemis Fowl," directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
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    OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
    The following students were recognized at the 15th Annual National Youth Arts Awards:

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

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

    Marcus Brooks (MT, '23) was nominated for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for his portrayal of Bert in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.
  • OCSA Receives California Exemplary Arts Education Award
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    OCSA Receives California Exemplary Arts Education Award
    Orange County School of the Arts was one of only 33 schools in the state to receive the California Exemplary Arts Education Award from the California Department of Education for 2021. The California Exemplary Arts Education Award celebrates schools that have made a successful effort to engage students in the arts through exposure to a variety of disciplines.
  • Dante Basco Featured in Article by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook
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    Dante Basco Featured in Article by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook
    Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) was featured in an article by San Francisco Chronicle Datebook about his upcoming film, The Fabulous Filipino Brothers.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3vNn6xK
  • Aryan Simhadri Casted as a Lead Role in Disney Channel Original Movie "Spin"
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    Aryan Simhadri Casted as a Lead Role in Disney Channel Original Movie "Spin"
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT, '24) was cast in a lead role in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Spin, about an Indian American teen who discovers her artistic side through the unique world of DJ culture.
  • Mia Willardson's Poem Published in Words and Whispers Magazine
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    Mia Willardson's Poem Published in Words and Whispers Magazine
    Mia Willardson's (CW, ‘24) original poem, “Evenings With Yours Truly," was accepted for publication in the online magazine Words and Whispers.
  • Genesis Maciel Cast in Orange County Health Department Commercial
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    Genesis Maciel Cast in Orange County Health Department Commercial
    Genesis Maciel (MT, '23) was cast in a commercial for an Orange County Health Department public service announcement regarding Orange County youth opioid awareness.
  • 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.
  • OCSA Named 38th Best High School in the State of California
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    OCSA Named 38th Best High School in the State of California
    U.S. News & World Report released their 2021 national rankings for best high schools, and Orange County School of the Arts was named the 38th best high school in the State of California and the 273rd best high school nationwide. Of the Orange County schools represented on the list, OCSA ranks 3rd in the county.

    To view their website, please visit https://bit.ly/2SMHqQZ
  • Mia Soumbasakis Awarded the Lion’s TOBY Award
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    Mia Soumbasakis Awarded the Lion’s TOBY Award
    Mia Soumbasakis (CW, ‘22) was awarded the Lion’s Heart Think of Others Before Yourself (TOBY) Award in honor of a variety of projects, including teaching creative writing to young students, making jewelry for foster children, and helping with food and clothing drives. The TOBY Award is a community service award given to an outstanding Lion’s Heart volunteer who has gone above and beyond in their community.
  • Isabella and Sophia Madrigal Serve as Panelists for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
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    Isabella and Sophia Madrigal Serve as Panelists for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    To commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Isabella Madrigal (ACT, '20), her sister Sophia Madrigal (ACT, '22), and their mother, Renda, served as panelists to discuss modern Indigenous issues at a live streamed event hosted by OCSA's Leadership Class and the Building Bridges club. Isabella and Sophia are both members of the Cahuilla Band of Indians and are of Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent.
  • Logan Langevin Casted in Nike Commercial
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    Logan Langevin Casted in Nike Commercial
    Logan Langevin (ACT, '23) was cast in a national tribute commercial for Nike.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brielle and Brooklyn Lieberman Featured in Article from Healthline
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    Brielle and Brooklyn Lieberman Featured in Article from Healthline
    Brielle Lieberman (CMD, ‘26) and Brooklyn Lieberman (CMD, ‘26) participated in the Moderna trial for the COVID-19 vaccine and were featured in an article from Healthline.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3pae1fG
  • Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
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    Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
    The following students participated as mentors in Musical Theater Matters, a community program with Segerstrom Center for the Arts that engages and supports children with special needs through musical theater.

    Nikka Coetzee (IA, '23)
    Sophia Gaba (MT, '23)
    Ana Sofia Gomez Garza (MT, '25)
    Mia Guillen (IA, '23)
    Jonah Lee (MT, '23)
    Phe McCullough (MT, '24)
    Lauren Mei (ACT, '23)
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, '23)
    Hannah Osier (IA, '24)
  • Sage Gonzales Lambert Wins First Place at Latin Mirage Ultimate Soloist Competition
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    Sage Gonzales Lambert Wins First Place at Latin Mirage Ultimate Soloist Competition
    Sage Gonzales Lambert (BF, '21) competed in the Latin Mirage Ultimate Soloist Competition and received first place in both the Ballet Folklórico (Sinaloa) and International Samba categories, and second place in the Ballet Folklórico (Campeche) category. She also received a special award for producer's choice and choreography.
  • Jacob Ferguson Casted as Tap Dancer in Short Film "Human Hearts"
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    Jacob Ferguson Casted as Tap Dancer in Short Film "Human Hearts"
    Jacob Ferguson (ACT, '22) was cast as a tap dancer in the short film Human Hearts. The short film was a finalist in the Cinema Touching Disabilities Festival produced by the Salvation Army and was screened at the Awareness Festival in Los Angeles. It was also selected to screen at the Women’s Indie Film Festival in Los Angeles. To view the short film, please click here.
  • Joe DiFiore Released Debut Jazz Saxophone Album "Out of the Woods".
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    Joe DiFiore Released Debut Jazz Saxophone Album "Out of the Woods".
    Joe DiFiore (IM, '11) released his debut jazz saxophone album, "Out of the Woods," which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music.
  • Classical Voice Conservatory Faculty Members Featured in Recording of "Wind City"
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    Classical Voice Conservatory Faculty Members Featured in Recording of "Wind City"
    Classical Voice Conservatory faculty members Dr. Ryan Reithmeier, Heather Reithmeier, and Robert Norman were featured on a new world-premiere recording of Walter Jurmann's "Windy City," released by the Operetta Foundation in their “Musicals Lost & Found” series.
  • Alexander Perazzo Selected as a Delegate for ALCBS
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    Alexander Perazzo Selected as a Delegate for ALCBS
    Alexander Perazzo (MT, '21) was selected as a delegate for the 2020 American Legion California Boys State.
  • Annika Petras Selected to Serve as a Kid Reporter for Scholastic Kids Press
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    Annika Petras Selected to Serve as a Kid Reporter for Scholastic Kids Press
    Annika Petras (IA, '25) was selected to serve as a Kid Reporter for Scholastic Kids Press. Annika is one of 45 student journalists representing 21 U.S. states and more than 10 countries around the world. In her fourth year reporting for Scholastic Kids Press, she has covered the election, the pandemic, earthquakes, and the entertainment industry.

    To read more about her story, please visit https://prn.to/3wWL6i1
  • 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.
  • Caitlin Cheung Casted in a Lead Role in Short Film
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    Caitlin Cheung Casted in a Lead Role in Short Film
    Caitlin Cheung (ACT, ‘21) was cast in a lead role in the short film Sorry for the Inconvenience, directed by Jane Chow. The film was nominated for the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award and was selected to play at the Austin Asian American Film Festival and Girls in Film.

    To watch the full short film, please visit https://bit.ly/2S0zfR7