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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  • 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
  • Fairah Burruss Casted as Kid Judge on Nickelodeon Series "Unleashed"
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    Fairah Burruss Casted as Kid Judge on Nickelodeon Series "Unleashed"
    Fairah Burruss (MT, ‘25) was cast as one of the kid judges on the new Nickelodeon series Unleashed.
  • Maya Alvarez-Coyne Receives Young Artists Scholarship
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    Maya Alvarez-Coyne Receives Young Artists Scholarship
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, '21) received the Young Artists Scholarship from the Laguna Dance Festival. She was also selected to tour with Irish-American dancer, choreographer, and musician Michael Flatley on his upcoming Lord of the Dance tour in Taiwan.
  • Sona Kamaraj Receives Award in Celebrating Art Contest
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    Sona Kamaraj Receives Award in Celebrating Art Contest
    Sona Kamaraj (VA, '24) received a high merit award in the Celebrating Art contest for her art submission, titled “Last Fall.” Her artwork was in the top 10% of entries received from across the nation.
  • 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.
  • Ritika Asher Co-hosts Orange County Justice Fund’s Annual Fundraiser
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    Ritika Asher Co-hosts Orange County Justice Fund’s Annual Fundraiser
    Ritika Asher (CCD, '23) was the co-host for the Orange County Justice Fund’s (OCJF) annual fundraiser. OCJF is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to generating support for effective legal representation for the immigrant community, some of the most vulnerable residents in the county.
  • Alex Padilla Receives Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award
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    Alex Padilla Receives Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award
    Alex Padilla (PD, ‘18), Production & Design Conservatory Arts Assistant, received the 2021 Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). The award recognizes excellence in student participation in research or creative activities. Alex was the undergraduate recipient for the CSUF College of the Arts and was selected in light of his sound design for the school’s production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.
  • Lisa Ordonez Accepted into Course through the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Program
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    Lisa Ordonez Accepted into Course through the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Program
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, ‘23) was accepted to participate in the Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry course through the Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes program.
  • Jacqueline Artinian and Lucas McCollum-VanHoosear Receive Open Amateur Under 21 Scholarship
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    Jacqueline Artinian and Lucas McCollum-VanHoosear Receive Open Amateur Under 21 Scholarship
    Jacqueline Artinian (BR, '22) and Lucas McCollum-VanHoosear (BR, '22) received the Open Amateur Under 21 Scholarship in the American Smooth category at the Elite Dancesport Competition.
  • Maya Alvarez-Coyne Performs at Concert4Cancer Event
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    Maya Alvarez-Coyne Performs at Concert4Cancer Event
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, '21) performed with Riverdance as a featured guest for the Marie Keating Foundation’s televised Concert4Cancer event. In this virtual performance showcasing dancers from around the world, Maya represented both California and the United States.
  • Rachel Presby Earns National American Miss California Jr. Teen Title
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    Rachel Presby Earns National American Miss California Jr. Teen Title
    Rachel Presby (IA, '22) earned the National American Miss California Jr. Teen title after being evaluated for her volunteer work, performance in interviews, poise, and overall presentation. She was invited to represent California at the National Pageant later this year.
  • Aaron Padilla Releases EP "Stargazing"
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    Aaron Padilla Releases EP "Stargazing"
    Aaron Padilla (IM, '21) recently released his EP titled "Stargazing."
  • 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)
  • Elora and Kaya Sparnicht Win First Place in Playwriting Contest
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    Elora and Kaya Sparnicht Win First Place in Playwriting Contest
    Sisters Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23) and Kaya Sparnicht (ACT, ‘25) were awarded first place in the national RoundPier Student Playwriting Contest for their screenplay, titled Soft Landing.
  • Christine Choi Featured in Orange County Department of Education Newsroom Article
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    Christine Choi Featured in Orange County Department of Education Newsroom Article
    Christine Choi, Special Services Administrative Assistant and conservatory instructor, was featured in an article by the Orange County Department of Education Newsroom about her recent Arts in Special Education Award recognition at the 2021 Orange County Music and Arts Awards. 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.
  • Ralph S. Opacic and Teren Shaffer Featured in LA Times Daily Pilot
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    Ralph S. Opacic and Teren Shaffer Featured in LA Times Daily Pilot
    Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D., Founder and Executive Director, and Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, were featured in an article by the Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot. The article highlights Dr. Opacic’s recently announced retirement from OCSA and dedication to arts education, in addition to Mr. Shaffer’s appointment to the role.
  • 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.
  • Jessica Sequeira Books Voiceover Role in “Mask Up OC” Commercial
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    Jessica Sequeira Books Voiceover Role in “Mask Up OC” Commercial
    Jessica Sequeira (ACT, '22) booked a voiceover role for the commercial titled “Mask Up OC,” which features all 30 city mayors from Orange County.
  • 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)
  • Catalina Marin and Eileen Shank Start Unidos Together Cultural Exchange Program
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    Catalina Marin and Eileen Shank Start Unidos Together Cultural Exchange Program
    Catalina Marin (IA, '21) and Eileen Shank (IA, '21) founded the Unidos Together Cultural Exchange Program to connect kids in Orange County with kids in Mexico through art, language, and technology. They led bilingual writing activities via Skype with the San Juan Capistrano and Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Clubs. They also visited Rosarito, Mexico to connect in person and fundraised on their website to help bring electricity to the Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Club.

    To learn more about the program, please visit https://bit.ly/3uK5NMG
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christine Karlberg Writes Article "Drawing to Learn to Draw Out Science Understanding"
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    Christine Karlberg Writes Article "Drawing to Learn to Draw Out Science Understanding"
    Science instructor Christine Karlberg wrote an article titled "Drawing to Learn to Draw Out Science Understanding," which is slated to be published in the July/August issue of the National Science Teaching Association’s Science Scope magazine.
  • 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.
  • Cathy Michaels Named 2021 Woman of Distinction
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    Cathy Michaels Named 2021 Woman of Distinction
    Vice President of Development Cathy Michaels was named a 2021 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OCSA Ranked #1 Best Charter High School in California
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    OCSA Ranked #1 Best Charter High School in California
    Orange County School of the Arts was named the #1 Best Charter High School in California by Niche for 2021. Congratulations to the entire OCSA team!

    To view all of the school’s 2021 rankings, please visit https://bit.ly/2SUJ4jq
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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).
  • Brooke Hunter Included in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 Under 31
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    Brooke Hunter Included in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 Under 31
    Visual Arts Conservatory Instructor Brooke Hunter was included in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2020.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3uLlJOs
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 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)
  • 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.
  • The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, including OCSA students from multiple conservatories
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    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, including OCSA students from multiple conservatories
    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. This program highlights talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts. Each of these students has proven their abilities in their areas of expertise.

    Film and Animation:

    Animation and Visual Effects
    Romeo Martin (DM, ‘22)

    Cinematography
    Justin Shin (FTV, ‘22)

    Directing and Editing
    Maggie Ding (FTV, ‘22)
    Youning Jiang (FTV, ‘22)
    Anirudh Vadhri Kota (FTV, ‘22)
    Alexis Ai Macdonald (FTV, ‘22)
    Nona Nishigawara (FTV, ‘22)
    Michael McDonald (IA, ‘22)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts:

    Hand Drawing and Painting
    Grace Jo (VA, ‘22)
    Alison Amber Lee (VA, ‘23)
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23)
    Xiaowei (Sophia) Wang (VA, ‘22)

    Mixed Media
    Joyce Yuruo Hong (VA, ‘22)
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22)

    Instrumental Music:

    Piano and Strings
    Xingyao Li (IM, ‘22)
    Sarah Parigela (IM, ‘23)
    Sein Yun (IM, ‘22)
    Hannah Zhao (IM, ‘22)
  • 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."
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • OCSA students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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    OCSA students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    Congratulations to the following students for their success in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students received Silver Key Regional-at-Large awards.

    Charlotte Brandman (MT, ‘23): Poetry, "Interior"
    Kaitlyn Byer (CW, ‘25): Personal Essay & Memoir, "Just Me and Him"
    Jaeung Cha (VA, ‘25): Photography, “Missing You”
    Ruth Chen (CW, ‘25): Personal Essay & Memoir, "It Is."
    Jennifer Choi (VA, ‘26): Drawing & Illustration, “Kitchen Utensils”; Mixed Media, “My Hobbies”
    Kacy Chung (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Circles”
    David Du (FTV, ‘24): Dramatic Script, "Tokyo from Afar, LA SALVATION"
    Weiduo Feng (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Octopus in a rainstorm”; Film & Animation, "Lend"
    Kelly Halliburton (CW, ‘25): Poetry, "The Elements of Nature"
    Isabella Ho (CW, ‘22): Flash Fiction, "Playing Cards With Death"
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘24): Science Fiction & Fantasy, "The Mystery Man"
    Jessica Hong (CW, ‘24): Short Story, "The Skeleton Girl in My Chemistry Class"
    Lyn Huang (CW, ‘24): Flash Fiction, "3165"
    Aaliyah Joo (VA, ‘23): Painting, “Venus”
    Jamie Jung (CW, ‘24): Poetry, "Pictures and Frames"
    Sona Kamaraj (VA, ‘24): Painting, “Artificial Environment”
    Hannah Kang (VA, ‘22): Drawing & Illustration, “A Woman’s Back”, “Catastrophe”
    Estella Sky Keyoung (CV, ‘25): Photography, “Water Diamonds on the Rocks”
    Annette Kim (VA, ‘22): Painting, “Incompetence”
    Chaewon Kim (CW, ‘23): Painting, “It’s Unfair”
    Chloe Kim (VA, ‘23): Drawing & Illustration, “Melting”
  • 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.
  • The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, including OCSA students from multiple conservatories
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    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, including OCSA students from multiple conservatories
    The Orange County Register announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. This program highlights talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts. Each of these students has proven their abilities in their areas of expertise.

    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts:

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

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

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

    Dance:

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

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

    World/Cultural Dance
    Hannah Ayala (BR, ‘23)
    Mia Amaris Lopez (BF, ‘23)
    Joshua Qin (BD, ‘23)
    Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23)
  • The OCSA VEX Robotics Team received the Judge’s Award at the VEX OC Robo Bonanza
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    The OCSA VEX Robotics Team received the Judge’s Award at the VEX OC Robo Bonanza
    The OCSA VEX Robotics Team competed in their first-ever tournament at the VEX OC Robo Bonanza, hosted by Beckman High School, and received the Judge’s Award. The following students participated in the tournament:

    Sumin Cho (IM, ‘24)
    Vivienne Ho (IA, ‘22)
    Justin Hong (IM, ‘24)
    Chelsea Lee (VA, ‘23)
    Kara Syn (IM, ‘23)
    Jeffrey Tadeo (IA, ‘21)
    Ryan Yoo (CAH, ‘24)
  • OCSA students performed in the production of "Spring Awakening"
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    OCSA students performed in the production of "Spring Awakening"
    The following students performed in a Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation production of "Spring Awakening."

    Sadie Braverman (ACT, ‘23)
    Mya Gonzales (ACT, ‘23)
    Collin Heinrich (ACT, ‘23)
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22)
    Lauren Williams (ACT, ‘22)
  • 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.
  • 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.