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  • 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.
  • Matthew Garbacz Performs With Actor Scott Adkins in Film "Seized"
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    Matthew Garbacz Performs With Actor Scott Adkins in Film "Seized"
    Matthew Garbacz (MT, '23) performed alongside actor Scott Adkins in the action/thriller film "Seized," directed by Isaac Florentine.
  • Zach Hoffman Casted in Upcoming Lifetime Television Movie
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    Zach Hoffman Casted in Upcoming Lifetime Television Movie
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, '22) was cast in a supporting role in an upcoming Lifetime Television movie.
  • Michael Relth Writes Children’s Book "Picture Book by a Dog"
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    Michael Relth Writes Children’s Book "Picture Book by a Dog"
    Michael Relth (VA, '04) wrote a children’s book titled Picture Book by a Dog, which tells the story of a dog’s journey to find his forever family.

    For more information about the book, please visit https://bit.ly/3cfeOXl
  • Brandon Calderon and Other OCSA Alumni Start Olive Street Collective OC
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    Brandon Calderon and Other OCSA Alumni Start Olive Street Collective OC
    Brandon Calderon (MT, '19) and other alumni started Olive Street Collective OC, a free higher education peer advising program for underrepresented high school students in Orange County.

    For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/3vUhDVB
  • OCSA Recognized as a Charter School of Excellence in Special Education
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    OCSA Recognized as a Charter School of Excellence in Special Education
    OCSA was among four charter schools selected statewide to be recognized as a Charter School of Excellence in Special Education by the El Dorado Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).
  • Stephanie Dorian Named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg
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    Stephanie Dorian Named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg
    Stephanie Dorian, Assistant Director of the Acting Conservatory, has been named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg and the 34th California Senate District. This award honors outstanding women who exemplify ethical leadership and a commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
  • Lyndell Higgins Directs Short Film Called "Still Untitled"
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    Lyndell Higgins Directs Short Film Called "Still Untitled"
    Acting Conservatory Instructor Lyndell Higgins directed a short film called Still Untitled. The film was written by and starred her 8th grade students from last year. The short film was also selected for the Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival this year.
  • 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
  • Musical Theatre Conservatory’s Production of Quilters Featured in Dramatics Magazine
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    Musical Theatre Conservatory’s Production of Quilters Featured in Dramatics Magazine
    The Musical Theatre Conservatory’s fall production of the musical Quilters was featured in a story by Dramatics magazine that covers the production and how it became one of the 11 shows to receive main stage recognition at the 2020 International Thespian Festival (ITF). The show, originally selected for main stage presentation at ITF in Indiana, was live streamed to registered participants of the virtual festival. To read the full article, please visit https://bit.ly/3fRrjeb

    The following students and alumni were featured in the interview:

    Juliette Boland (MT, '20)
    Peyton Kirkner (MT, '23)
    Grace Osier (MT, '22)
    Makenna Olsen (MT, '22)
    Charlee Rubino (MT, '21)
    Zoe Seare (MT, '21)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aaron Padilla Releases EP "Stargazing"
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    Aaron Padilla Releases EP "Stargazing"
    Aaron Padilla (IM, '21) recently released his EP titled "Stargazing."
  • Zach Willis Books Guest Role on "Bunk'd"
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    Zach Willis Books Guest Role on "Bunk'd"
    Zach Willis (MT, '25) booked a guest starring role on Disney Channel's "Bunk'd."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kaitlyn Chu Writes Children's Book Titled "Smiling from Ear to Ear"
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    Kaitlyn Chu Writes Children's Book Titled "Smiling from Ear to Ear"
    Kaitlyn Chu (VA, '17) wrote a children's book titled Smiling from "Ear to Ear," which explains mask wearing to children. She was featured in this article by CBS LA.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Sein Yun participates in Carnegie Hall residency
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    Sein Yun participates in Carnegie Hall residency
    Sein Yun (IM, ‘22) was selected to participate in a month-long residency in New York City as a violinist for the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra. Sein is among more than 200 artists who have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as the finest young musicians in the country, following a comprehensive and highly selective audition process.
  • Regan Mading receives honorable mention for essay
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    Regan Mading receives honorable mention for essay
    Regan Mading's (IA, ‘23) piece "The Lack of Education Regarding Epinephrine Is Nuts" received an honorable mention in The New York Times eighth annual Student Editorial Contest. It was one of 52 essays chosen from more than 11,000 entries.
  • 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.
  • Violet Adams receives honorable mention for painting
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    Violet Adams receives honorable mention for painting
    Violet Adams (VA, ‘24) received an honorable mention for her watercolor painting in the U.S. House of Representatives 2021 Congressional Art Competition. U.S. Representative Young Kim, representing California’s 39th District, presented the award.
  • James Yi offered Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship
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    James Yi offered Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship
    James Yi (CW, ‘24) was offered a Scholastic Awards Summer (SAS) Scholarship to attend Writopia Lab’s Full-Day Camp.
  • Students Awarded Superior Ratings in 2021 State and International Thespian Festivals
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    Students Awarded Superior Ratings in 2021 State and International Thespian Festivals
    The following students were awarded overall superior ratings in the 2021 State and International Thespian Festivals.

    International Competition:
    Acting Monologue
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22)

    Playwriting
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22)

    Solo Musical
    Mia Geise (MT, ‘24)

    State Competition:
    Acting Duet
    Hope Lee (ACT, ‘26) and Alexandra Sprague (ACT, ‘26)

    Group Musical
    Ana Sofia Gomez Garza (MT, ‘25)
    Shayla Knihtila (ACT, ‘26)
    Lana Lee (IA, ‘26)
    Hope Lee (ACT, ‘26)
    Hailey Perng (ACT, ‘26)
    Alexandra Sprague (ACT, ‘26)
    Erin Tardibuono (MT, ‘25)

    Monologue
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22)
    Erin Tardibuono (MT, ‘25)
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22)

    Musical Solo
    Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23)
    Mia Geise (MT, ‘24)
    Shayla Knihtila (ACT, ‘26)
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22)
  • Jacki Vellandi awarded first place at the International Thespian Excellence Awards
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    Jacki Vellandi awarded first place at the International Thespian Excellence Awards
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22) was awarded first place in the Playwriting category at the International Thespian Excellence Awards for her play "Reverie" and received the Grace Kelly Scholarship.
  • Sammie Gee was recognized for culinary excellence
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    Sammie Gee was recognized for culinary excellence
    Sammie Gee (CAH, ‘24) was recognized for culinary excellence, artistry, presentation, and service for original handcrafted hors d'oeuvres at OC Wonderland.
  • Students place in California Restaurant Foundation’s Prostart Cup Competition
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    Students place in California Restaurant Foundation’s Prostart Cup Competition
    The following students placed in the California Restaurant Foundation’s Prostart Cup Competition and competed against 27 other high schools and 194 students.

    Culinary:
    Wienerschnitzel's Dress Your Dog Competition
    1st place: Madison "Star" Lu (CAH, ‘22)
    2nd place: Naya Garg (CAH, ‘24)

    Taco Throwdown
    2nd place: Naya Garg (CAH, ‘24)

    Cupcake Bake-Off
    2nd place: Natalie Dixon (CAH, ‘22)

    Management:
    Create + Curate: Original Menu
    1st place: Isabella Vegh (CAH, ‘21)

    Branding Challenge: Logo + Marketing
    1st place: Isabella Vegh (CAH, ‘21)
    3rd place: Madison "Star" Lu (CAH, ‘22)

    Design Challenge: Floorplan + Decor
    1st place: Isabella Vegh (CAH, ‘21)
    2nd place: Madison "Star" Lu (CAH, ‘22)
  • Zabby Bagnol was recognized for outstanding community arts efforts by the Orange County Human Relations Commission
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    Zabby Bagnol was recognized for outstanding community arts efforts by the Orange County Human Relations Commission
    Zabby Bagnol (PD, ‘24) was recognized by the Orange County Human Relations Commission’s To Know Better Contest for outstanding community arts efforts related to the rise in hate against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zabby was awarded $500 for her submission. Zabby also designed the costumes, makeup, and set at OC Steampunk Wonderland.
  • West Mulholland was cast in the role of Axel on season five of Animal Kingdom
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    West Mulholland was cast in the role of Axel on season five of Animal Kingdom
    West Mulholland (ACT, ‘23) was cast in the role of Axel on season five of "Animal Kingdom" on TNT.
  • Students receive a cumulative total of 113 gold, silver and bronze medals at the West Coast Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games
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    Students receive a cumulative total of 113 gold, silver and bronze medals at the West Coast Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games
    The following students received a cumulative total of 113 gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Dancesport category at the West Coast Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games. Some dancers also represented OCSA as Junior Olympic Ambassadors.

    Hannah Ayala (BR, ‘23)
    Jude Camaya (BR, ‘23) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Gabriel Cho (BR, ‘24) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Presley Herthel (BR, ‘27)
    Jack Hillebrecht (BR, ‘27)
    Grace Kim (BR, ‘22) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Jared Lee (BR, ‘23) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Natalia Lin (BR, ‘22) - Junior Olympic Ambassador and National Anthem Vocalist
    Sophie Ma (BR, ‘23) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Colton McCann (BR, ‘22) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Isabelle Miranda (BR, ‘21)
    Samantha Okada-Lam (BR, ‘26)
    Aurelia Philmore (BR, ‘24)
    Marina Pitt (BR, ‘27)
    Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Meghan Reardon (BR, ‘24)
    Ambria Shields (BR, ‘27)
    Brody Silva (BR, ‘25)
    Sean Sulit (BR, ‘24)
    Jeffrey Tadeo (BR, ‘22)
    Jericho Tran-Faypon (BR, ‘22) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23) - Junior Olympic Ambassador
    Celeste Valadez (BR, ‘24)
    Alexander Vargas (BR, ‘24)
    Melissa Yan (BR, ‘23)
  • Zoe Hebbard performed the lead role in South Coast Repertory's production of "Snow Angel."
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    Zoe Hebbard performed the lead role in South Coast Repertory's production of "Snow Angel."
    Zoe Hebbard (IA, ‘21) performed the lead role of Eva in South Coast Repertory's production of the play "Snow Angel."
  • Garrett Wirth received an honorable mention from a Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Competition.
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    Garrett Wirth received an honorable mention from a Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Competition.
    Garrett Wirth (CV, ‘26) received an honorable mention in Classical Voice and Theater from the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) San Diego Branch VOCE Competition.
  • Syona McEligot performed in an Arts and Learning Conservatory production of Once on This Island, Jr.
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    Syona McEligot performed in an Arts and Learning Conservatory production of Once on This Island, Jr.
    Syona McEligot (MT, ‘25) performed in an Arts and Learning Conservatory production of Once on This Island, Jr. She played the role of the narrator and danced in a majority of the numbers.
  • Luna Zamora was cast in a guest starring role on the Nickelodeon show Blaze and the Monster Machines
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    Luna Zamora was cast in a guest starring role on the Nickelodeon show Blaze and the Monster Machines
    Luna Zamora (CV, ‘24) was cast in the guest starring role of Gabby on the Nickelodeon show Blaze and the Monster Machines.
  • Matthew Garbacz plays the role of John Deacon in The Kings of Queen, a professional Queen tribute band
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    Matthew Garbacz plays the role of John Deacon in The Kings of Queen, a professional Queen tribute band
    Matthew Garbacz (MT, ‘23) plays the role of John Deacon, bassist and backup singer, in The Kings of Queen, a professional Queen tribute band.
  • Maya Alvarez-Coyne was crowned Miss California’s Outstanding Teen and received first place in both talent and interview categories
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    Maya Alvarez-Coyne was crowned Miss California’s Outstanding Teen and received first place in both talent and interview categories
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, ‘21) was crowned Miss California’s Outstanding Teen and received first place in both talent and interview categories.
  • Elsa Chang participated in a Comic-Con@Home panel for her work on “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” and the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attractions
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    Elsa Chang participated in a Comic-Con@Home panel for her work on “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” and the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attractions
    Elsa Chang (VA, ‘06) participated in a Comic-Con@Home panel for her work on “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” and the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. To view the full panel, please visit: https://bit.ly/3gwDwVB
  • Zoe McCuen illustrated the book "Kid and the Magic Orb" and was feature in the CalArts blog
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    Zoe McCuen illustrated the book "Kid and the Magic Orb" and was feature in the CalArts blog
    Zoe McCuen (DM, ‘19) illustrated the book Kid and the Magic Orb, which is now available on Amazon. Zoe was also featured in an article on the CalArts blog. To read the article, visit: https://bit.ly/3jfnYag
  • Former Director of Popular Music Rachel Kramer received the Emerging Leader Award from Arts School Network
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    Former Director of Popular Music Rachel Kramer received the Emerging Leader Award from Arts School Network
    Former Director of the Popular Music Conservatory Rachel Kramer received the 2021 Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award from Arts School Network (ASN) for elevating the conservatory to a new level of excellence and providing an exceptional learning environment for OCSA students. The Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award is designed to recognize excellence and achievement among rising arts schools administrators and to highlight the innovative educational practices or programs of those leaders.
  • Ballroom Dance students win at the Fred Astaire World Championships
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    Ballroom Dance students win at the Fred Astaire World Championships
    The following students participated in the Fred Astaire World Championships and received the following awards.

    Amateur Championship Youth Smooth
    1st Place: Jacqueline Artinian (BR, ‘22) and Lucas McCollum Van Hoosear (BR, ‘22)
    2nd Place: Jude Camaya (BR, ‘23) and Meghan Reardon (BR, ‘24)

    Pro-Am Open Smooth Scholarship
    1st Place: Jacqueline Artinian (BR, ‘22)
    2nd Place: Lucas McCollum Van Hoosear (BR, ‘22)

    Youth Amateur Jr. Open Smooth Scholarship
    1st Place: Jude Camaya (BR, ‘23) and Meghan Reardon (BR, ‘24)
  • Melody Chang won the  2021 Dragon Challenge from the Dragon Kim Foundation for her project “Let’s Learn about Public Health!”
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    Melody Chang won the 2021 Dragon Challenge from the Dragon Kim Foundation for her project “Let’s Learn about Public Health!”
    Melody Chang (IM, ‘22) won the prestigious 2021 Dragon Challenge from the Dragon Kim Foundation for her project “Let’s Learn about Public Health!” Her project entailed writing a book for children in grades 3-6, in an effort to educate them about modern concepts of public health. She also ran a community summer camp to deliver her curriculum to 120 children. Through the Dragon Kim Foundation, she was awarded $5,000 to translate her book into other languages, develop a curriculum to teach her book in elementary schools, and advocate at the state level for her book and curriculum to be taught in more school districts. To read more about Melody’s project, please visit https://bit.ly/3uIEpQx
  • Caitlyn Mason's original play, Fluent Love, placed in the Kennedy Center's Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Award Competition
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    Caitlyn Mason's original play, Fluent Love, placed in the Kennedy Center's Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Award Competition
    Caitlyn Mason's (CW, ‘23) original play, Fluent Love, placed in the top eight entries in the Kennedy Center's Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Award Competition. The awards highlight the experiences of students with disabilities.
  • Clara Choi was recognized as one of the top 30 finalists selected to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition
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    Clara Choi was recognized as one of the top 30 finalists selected to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition
    Clara Choi (CMD, ‘25) was recognized as one of the top 30 finalists selected to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Broadcom MASTERS, the nation's premier STEM competition, seeks to inspire the young scientists, engineers, and innovators who will solve the complex challenges of the future. Clara will compete for over $100,000 in experiential awards and prizes.
  • Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21) received second place in the inaugural OC Youth Poet Laureate competition
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    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21) received second place in the inaugural OC Youth Poet Laureate competition
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21) received second place in the inaugural OC Youth Poet Laureate competition. The OC Poet Laureate program celebrates and honors local poets who exhibit a commitment to not just artistic excellence, but also to civic engagement, youth leadership, and social justice.
  • Anjal Jain won the National Talk and Mend Asian American Storytelling Competition
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    Anjal Jain won the National Talk and Mend Asian American Storytelling Competition
    Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22) won the National Talk and Mend Asian American Storytelling Competition. Anjal filmed, directed, and edited a short film depicting the struggles of the South Asian community in the United States. This film offered potential solutions to combating racial prejudice and bridged the gap between racial communities. Anjal also won the $2,000 Outstanding High School Project award in the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes’ Discovery Award competition for her project “From Asylums to Institutions: Samuel Gridley Howe's Unsung Perpetuation of Anti-Ableism.”
  • Andy Choi's debut novel, "Slow Hot," has been published by Schism Press
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    Andy Choi's debut novel, "Slow Hot," has been published by Schism Press
    Andy Choi's (CW, ‘22) debut novel, "Slow Hot," has been published by Schism Press. Set in a near-distant, near-dystopian world where everyone has alphanumeric names and chip implants are commonplace, "Slow Hot" explores the main character’s journey through an over-commercialized world and their longing to connect with a Korea of the past.
  • Bianca Lozano, Fatima Oregon, and Sammy Perez helped inspire children through Mexican folk dancing
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    Bianca Lozano, Fatima Oregon, and Sammy Perez helped inspire children through Mexican folk dancing
    Bianca Lozano (BF, ‘21), Fatima Oregon (BF), and Sammy Perez (BF, ‘21) were a part of a team that helped inspire children through Mexican folk dancing at Garden Grove Methodist Church. They taught folklórico to more than 50 kids through their program, titled Sembrando Dahlias, which was made possible by funding from the Dragon Kim Foundation. To read more about their story, please visit: https://bit.ly/3uPS8Fl
  • Aryan Simhadri booked the role of Walter in the new Broadway musical Trevor
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    Aryan Simhadri booked the role of Walter in the new Broadway musical Trevor
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT, ‘24) booked the role of Walter in the new Broadway musical Trevor, scheduled to premiere on Stage 42 this fall.
  • Estella Sky Keyoung was accepted into the Study of Exceptional Talent program at Johns Hopkins University
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    Estella Sky Keyoung was accepted into the Study of Exceptional Talent program at Johns Hopkins University
    Estella Sky Keyoung (CV, ‘25) was accepted into the Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) program at Johns Hopkins University. This selective program identifies and provides special services to gifted youth.