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  • Sarah Anderson, Zach Hoffman, and Lauren Williams were cast and performed in "Les Miserables" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation
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    Sarah Anderson, Zach Hoffman, and Lauren Williams were cast and performed in "Les Miserables" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation
    Sarah Anderson (MT, ‘22), Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22), and Lauren Williams (ACT, ‘22) were cast and performed in "Les Miserables" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation as Cosette, Jean Valjean, and Fantine respectively.
  • Elora Sparnicht won the 2022 OC Poetry Out Loud competition
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    Elora Sparnicht won the 2022 OC Poetry Out Loud competition
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘22) won the 2022 OC Poetry Out Loud competition.
  • Mordecai Mehau was selected to appear on "Real World Homecoming Los Angeles" on Paramount+
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    Mordecai Mehau was selected to appear on "Real World Homecoming Los Angeles" on Paramount+
    Mordecai Mehau (IA, ‘26) was selected to appear on "Real World Homecoming Los Angeles," now available on Paramount+.
  • Amber Khauv won third prize in the 2022 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition
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    Amber Khauv won third prize in the 2022 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition
    Amber Khauv (CW, ‘23) won third prize in the 2022 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition. To watch the full documentary, please visit: https://bit.ly/3iRmemD
  • Lola Suleiman released a book titled "Dear Q,"
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    Lola Suleiman released a book titled "Dear Q,"
    Lola Suleiman (CW, ‘23) released a book titled "Dear Q,." "Dear Q," is about a girl named Rilee who learns to cope with grief when she loses her best friend. Through new friends and unexpected struggles, Rilee may finally be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Jordan Guerrero has had her epistolary fiction piece, "Umbrella Girl," published in Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine
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    Jordan Guerrero has had her epistolary fiction piece, "Umbrella Girl," published in Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine
    Jordan Guerrero (CW, ‘23) has had her epistolary fiction piece, "Umbrella Girl," published in Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine.
  • President and CEO Teren Shaffer was recognized as one of Chapman University’s honored alumni
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    President and CEO Teren Shaffer was recognized as one of Chapman University’s honored alumni
    President and CEO Teren Shaffer was recognized as one of Chapman University’s honored alumni. As a part of their 160th anniversary year, Chapman recognized students, alumni, faculty, staff, volunteers, and donors who are change makers, show bold leadership, demonstrate kindness and compassion, and show innovation that solves problems locally or around the globe.
  • Isaac Sohn received first place in the Intermediate (13 to 15 years old) category at the 2022 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition
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    Isaac Sohn received first place in the Intermediate (13 to 15 years old) category at the 2022 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition
    Isaac Sohn (IM, ‘25) received first place in the Intermediate (13 to 15 years old) category at the 2022 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and was invited to the winner's concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
  • Chef Daniel Mattos was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about OCSA’s culinary Throwdown competition
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    Chef Daniel Mattos was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about OCSA’s culinary Throwdown competition
    Daniel Mattos, Chef Director of the Mekjian Family Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory, was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about OCSA’s culinary Throwdown competition. For the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/3q7yWC3
  • Dante Basco and his family were featured in the Los Angeles Times for his recent directorial debut on his film "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers"
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    Dante Basco and his family were featured in the Los Angeles Times for his recent directorial debut on his film "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers"
    Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) and his family were featured in a Los Angeles Times front-page story about his recent directorial debut on his film "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers." For more info, please visit: https://lat.ms/3Kqv46y
  • Sean Lee released an online album of music videos with pianist Peter Dugan, titled "Paganini X Schumann: 9 Caprices"
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    Sean Lee released an online album of music videos with pianist Peter Dugan, titled "Paganini X Schumann: 9 Caprices"
    Sean Lee (IM, ‘18) released an online album of music videos with pianist Peter Dugan, titled "Paganini X Schumann: 9 Caprices." To view the full video series, please visit: https://bit.ly/35BfTc5
  • Summer Brennan released a music video for her original song, “Boy”
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    Summer Brennan released a music video for her original song, “Boy”
    Summer Brennan (PM, ‘25) released a music video for her original song, “Boy.” To view the music video, please visit: https://bit.ly/3DwrhCv
  • Shayna Kaplan, Sarah Parigela, and Nathan Tatsuta competed as members of the Chemistry Olympiad Team at the 2022 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad and placed sixth in Orange County
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    Shayna Kaplan, Sarah Parigela, and Nathan Tatsuta competed as members of the Chemistry Olympiad Team at the 2022 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad and placed sixth in Orange County
    Shayna Kaplan (IM, ‘23), Sarah Parigela (IM, ‘23), and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) competed as members of the Chemistry Olympiad Team at the 2022 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad at Irvine Valley College and earned sixth place out of all teams in Orange County.
  • Mia Soumbasakis’s poem was published in the zine "Mujeres Libres Anthology," Volume One by Mujeres Libres Press
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    Mia Soumbasakis’s poem was published in the zine "Mujeres Libres Anthology," Volume One by Mujeres Libres Press
    Mia Soumbasakis’s (CW, ‘22) poem, entitled “An Offering & A Personal Love Letter — a response poem to Sanctuary by Donika Kelly,” was published in the zine "Mujeres Libres Anthology," Volume One by Mujeres Libres Press in January.
  • Evan Richards and Viveka Saravanan were recently invited to sing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Los Angeles’ Winter Symposium Masterclass
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    Evan Richards and Viveka Saravanan were recently invited to sing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Los Angeles’ Winter Symposium Masterclass
    Evan Richards (CV, ‘22) and Viveka Saravanan (CV, ‘24) were recently invited to sing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Los Angeles’ Winter Symposium Masterclass with internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Susan Graham.
  • Michael Morris received first place in the VOCE Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Competition
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    Michael Morris received first place in the VOCE Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Competition
    Michael Morris (CV, ‘26) received first place in the VOCE Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Competition.
  • Emma Ward won first place in the San Diego Concerto Competition in the Winds division
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    Emma Ward won first place in the San Diego Concerto Competition in the Winds division
    Emma Ward (IM, ‘22) won first place in the San Diego Concerto Competition in the Winds division. She was selected to be a featured soloist in two concerts with the Mira Costa Symphony Orchestra playing “Concerto for Piccolo” and “Orchestra, Op. 50” by Lowell Liebermann.
  • Nathan Tatsuta was selected to participate in the 2022 NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute’s National All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet, one of the most educative and prestigious programs in jazz education
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    Nathan Tatsuta was selected to participate in the 2022 NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute’s National All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet, one of the most educative and prestigious programs in jazz education
    Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) was selected to participate in one of two editions of the 2022 NEA/Herbie Hancock Institute’s National All-Star Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet, one of the most educative and prestigious programs in jazz education. This program includes an all-expenses-paid weeklong performance tour with internationally renowned jazz recording artist Sean Jones in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • OCSA students competed in the ProStart Cup Culinary Competition among the top 16 teams from Southern California and won multiple awards
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    OCSA students competed in the ProStart Cup Culinary Competition among the top 16 teams from Southern California and won multiple awards
    The following students competed in the ProStart Cup Culinary Competition among the top 16 teams from Southern California and received the following awards. The Management Team was also invited to the National ProStart Invitational in Washington, D.C. The following Culinary Arts & Hospitality students were additionally featured on Spectrum News 1 for their participation in the ProStart competition. To check out the full story, please visit: https://bit.ly/3uJ85O7

    First Place:

    Wienerschnitzel's Dress Your Dog Competition
    Mason Vair (CAH, ‘23)

    Management Competition
    Evelyn Wu (CAH, ‘23), Captain
    Lanna Gale (CAH, ‘23)
    Sam Laven (CAH, ‘23)
    Willie Yao (CAH, ‘24)

    Fourth Place:

    Culinary Competition
    Madison (Star) Lu (CAH, ‘22), Captain
    Aurelia Carrie (CAH, ‘23)
    Max Gilbert (CAH, ‘22)
    Ryan Okajima (CAH, ‘23)
    Trinity Wiideman (CAH, ‘24)
  • Reese Hewitt and Allie Patow were cast and performed in the musical “Fun Home” at the Chance Theater
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    Reese Hewitt and Allie Patow were cast and performed in the musical “Fun Home” at the Chance Theater
    Reese Hewitt (MT, ‘25) and Allie Patow (MT, ‘26) were cast and performed in the musical “Fun Home” at the Chance Theater, which was nominated for multiple 2021 Orange County Theatre Guild Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Musical. To read more about the other awards for which they were nominated, please visit: https://bit.ly/3IYkkLw
  • Some members of the OC Biology Club participated in the USA Biology Olympiad Exam and Audrey Zhang advanced to the semi-finals
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    Some members of the OC Biology Club participated in the USA Biology Olympiad Exam and Audrey Zhang advanced to the semi-finals
    The following members of the OC Biology Club participated in the USA Biology Olympiad Exam. Audrey Zhang (IM, ‘24) was also selected to advance to the semi-finals, which will take place in March.

    Jessica Hong (CW, ‘24)
    Tane Kim (IM, ‘24)
    Grant Li (CW, ‘23)
    Jiin Yun (CW, ‘24)
    Audrey Zhang (IM, ‘24)
  • Camryn Mi-Young Kim was cast as one of the whistleblowers, Erika Cheung, in the Hulu original series, “The Dropout”
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    Camryn Mi-Young Kim was cast as one of the whistleblowers, Erika Cheung, in the Hulu original series, “The Dropout”
    Camryn Mi-Young Kim (MT, ‘17) was cast as one of the whistleblowers, Erika Cheung, in the Hulu original series, “The Dropout,” which also features Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes.
  • OCSA students participated in the California State Thespian Festival and received awards
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    OCSA students participated in the California State Thespian Festival and received awards
    The following students participated in the California State Thespian Festival and received the following awards:

    Gai Jones Senior Honor Thespian Scholarship:
    Ethan Gray (ACT, ‘22)

    Thespy Award Winners:

    Solo Musical
    First place: Brooklyn Vizcarra (MT, ‘22)

    Duet Musical
    First place: Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23) and Ella Gibson (PM, ‘23)

    Solo Monologue
    Second place: Kaya Sparnicht (ACT, ‘25)

    Top Scoring (Thespy Superior):

    Solo Musical
    Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23)
    Samantha Divis (MT, ‘25)
    Mia Geise (MT, ‘24)
    Ella Gibson (PM, ‘23)
    Daniel Grossgold (IA, ‘24)
    Chloe Ness (MT, ‘24)
    Erin Tardibuono (MT, ‘25)
    Brooklyn Vizcarra (MT, ‘24)
    Landon Wouters (MT, ‘22)

    Duet Musical
    Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23)
    Ella Gibson (PM, ‘23)
    Brooklyn Vizcarra (MT, ‘24)
    Landon Wouters (MT, ‘22)

    Solo Monologue
    Isabella Lloyd (IA, ‘25)
    Kaya Sparnicht (ACT, ‘25)
  • The Orange County Register announced the semifinalists for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards
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    The Orange County Register announced the semifinalists for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards
    The Orange County Register announced the winners, finalists, and semifinalists for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, and OCSA had five winners out of seven arts categories this year! The Artist of the Year program honors talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts.

    Semifinalists:
    Handcrafted Visual Arts:

    Hand Drawing and Painting
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23)
    Xiaowei (Sophia) Wang (VA, ‘22)

    Instrumental Music:

    Piano and Strings
    Xingyao Li (IM, ‘22)
    Sein Yun (IM, ‘22)

    Vocal Music:

    Classical Voice
    Mia Paris Baron (CV, ‘23)

    Commercial Voice
    Ava Ulloa (PM, ‘22)
  • London San Luis and Grace Jo advanced to the top 50 in the Vans Custom Shoe Contest
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    London San Luis and Grace Jo advanced to the top 50 in the Vans Custom Shoe Contest
    London San Luis (DM, ‘23) and Grace Jo (VA, ‘22) advanced to the top 50 in the Vans Custom Shoe Contest. This contest was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. The winning design will receive $50,000, which OCSA would use to build and outfit a brand new computer lab on campus.
  • Hannah Solow made her debut as Gertie Cummings in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!”
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    Hannah Solow made her debut as Gertie Cummings in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!”
    Hannah Solow (MT, ‘08) made her debut as Gertie Cummings in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “OKLAHOMA!” To read more about her journey to the national tour stage, please visit: https://bit.ly/3NBZ4Pp
  • The BingYi Saxophone Quartet has been chosen to advance to the Junior Wind Division Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
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    The BingYi Saxophone Quartet has been chosen to advance to the Junior Wind Division Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
    The BingYi Saxophone Quartet has been chosen to advance to the Junior Wind Division Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the largest and longest running chamber music competition in the nation, held in South Bend, Indiana. The following students are members of this ensemble.

    Aidan Luu (IM, ‘23)
    Ryan Nicolov (IM, ‘22)
    Luke Toner (IM, ‘24)
    Darren Qiu (IM, ‘24)
  • Alyssa Kardos has continued her work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an English Teaching Assistant through the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program
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    Alyssa Kardos has continued her work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an English Teaching Assistant through the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program
    Alyssa Kardos (ACT, ‘17) has continued her work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an English Teaching Assistant through the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program. She is using acting exercises at her public school to support English learning and engage in cultural exchange. Alyssa also started a community project titled "Re-Made in Cambodia" which promotes the work of young Cambodian fashion designers, musicians, dancers, and poets.
  • The Middle School Science Olympiad Team qualified for state championships for the first time
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    The Middle School Science Olympiad Team qualified for state championships for the first time
    The Middle School Science Olympiad Team qualified for state championships for the first time.
  • Michael Repper recorded an album with the New York Youth Symphony, which had a single released by AVIE Records
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    Michael Repper recorded an album with the New York Youth Symphony, which had a single released by AVIE Records
    Michael Repper (IM, ‘08) recorded an album with the New York Youth Symphony, which had a single released by AVIE Records. The single is an excerpt from the adagio section of Florence Price's “Piano Concerto in One Movement.”
  • Creative Writing Faculty Member Tim Powers' newest novel, "Stolen Skies," was published in January.
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    Creative Writing Faculty Member Tim Powers' newest novel, "Stolen Skies," was published in January.
    Creative Writing Faculty Member Tim Powers' newest novel, "Stolen Skies," was published in January.
  • A photo of Hannah Franklin, from her award-winning performance, was selected to be displayed in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater
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    A photo of Hannah Franklin, from her award-winning performance, was selected to be displayed in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater
    A photo of Hannah Franklin (ACT, ‘19) was selected to be displayed in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater at The Music Center in Los Angeles. The photo is from Hannah’s winning performance in the 2018 National August Wilson Monologue Competition.
  • Lola Suleiman released a book titled “Predestined,” which is now available on Amazon as part of The Predestined Trilogy
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    Lola Suleiman released a book titled “Predestined,” which is now available on Amazon as part of The Predestined Trilogy
    Lola Suleiman (CW, ‘23) released a book titled “Predestined,” which is now available on Amazon as part of The Predestined Trilogy.
  • Marlene Hall received an official government patent for her new and original exercise method that uses a rotator disc to help improve dancers’ turns, strength, and stability
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    Marlene Hall received an official government patent for her new and original exercise method that uses a rotator disc to help improve dancers’ turns, strength, and stability
    Marlene Hall, Elective Dance Instructor, received an official government patent for her new and original exercise method that uses a rotator disc to help improve dancers’ turns, strength, and stability.
  • Caitlyn Mason’s original script, “The Last Words of a Shooting Star,” was ranked as a finalist in the 2021 California Young Playwrights' Contest
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    Caitlyn Mason’s original script, “The Last Words of a Shooting Star,” was ranked as a finalist in the 2021 California Young Playwrights' Contest
    Caitlyn Mason’s (CW, ‘23) original script, “The Last Words of a Shooting Star,” was ranked as a finalist in the 2021 California Young Playwrights' Contest. Her other original play, “Dear Edith,” was ranked as a semi-finalist.
  • Vanessa Prado was featured for International Women’s Day, highlighting her work as Director of Sales & Marketing
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    Vanessa Prado was featured for International Women’s Day, highlighting her work as Director of Sales & Marketing
    Vanessa Prado (CMD, ‘06) was featured on Kimpton La Peer Hotel’s Instagram account for International Women’s Day, highlighting her work as Director of Sales & Marketing for the company. To view the post, please visit: https://bit.ly/3DpY1NT
  • The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory was featured in an article by the Orange County Register regarding their recent Culinary Throwdown competition and benefit
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    The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory was featured in an article by the Orange County Register regarding their recent Culinary Throwdown competition and benefit
    The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory was featured in an article by the Orange County Register regarding their recent Culinary Throwdown competition and benefit. To read the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/3ISJGul
  • Lauren Mei was named a Grand Prize Finalist in The Music Center’s 34th Annual Spotlight Program
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    Lauren Mei was named a Grand Prize Finalist in The Music Center’s 34th Annual Spotlight Program
    Lauren Mei (ACT, ‘23) was named a Grand Prize Finalist in The Music Center’s 34th Annual Spotlight Program out of more than 1,500 applicants. Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed arts training and scholarship program for teens that awards more than $100,000 in cash scholarships annually. She was selected among only 14 Grand Prize Finalists who will perform in a virtual grand finale event and receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Hailey Andrews has been awarded Yale University’s $50,000 Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship
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    Hailey Andrews has been awarded Yale University’s $50,000 Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship
    Hailey Andrews (CW, ‘18) has been awarded Yale University’s $50,000 Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship.
  • Leo Lai has had his flash fiction story, "Irregular Dancing," accepted for publication in Teen Ink magazine
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    Leo Lai has had his flash fiction story, "Irregular Dancing," accepted for publication in Teen Ink magazine
    Leo Lai (CW, ‘24) has had his flash fiction story, "Irregular Dancing," accepted for publication in Teen Ink magazine.
  • OCSA students participated in the Pacific Symphony’s 2022 Opera Focus High School Vocal Competition and received awards
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    OCSA students participated in the Pacific Symphony’s 2022 Opera Focus High School Vocal Competition and received awards
    The following students participated in the Pacific Symphony’s 2022 Opera Focus High School Vocal Competition and received the following awards:

    First place: Mia Baron (CV, ‘23)
    Second place: Lauren Kimball (VA, ‘24) and Estella Sky Keyoung (CV, ‘25)
    Third place: Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24)
    Special Merit: Viveka Saravanan (CV, ‘24)
    Honorable Mention: Tessa Espinola (ACT, ‘25), Mona George (CV, ‘25), and Aashna Rana (CV, ‘23)
  • Caleb Empig won second place in the OC Science and Engineering Fair and was featured on OC Vector Control’s social media platforms
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    Caleb Empig won second place in the OC Science and Engineering Fair and was featured on OC Vector Control’s social media platforms
    Caleb Empig (IM, ‘23) won second place in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and was featured on Orange County Vector Control’s social media platforms for his work with Laura Kruger, the District's Board Certified Entomologist in analyzing the data collected as part of their West Nile virus surveillance program.
  • John Walcutt and Kathleen Fochtman-Gambs were nominated for the OCMAA Awards
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    John Walcutt and Kathleen Fochtman-Gambs were nominated for the OCMAA Awards
    Director of The El-Erian Family Acting Conservatory John Walcutt and Visual Arts Instructor Kathleen Fochtman-Gambs were nominated for the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators (OCMAA) Awards in recognition of their dedication to quality, equity, and access to arts programs for all students.
  • Yunah Chun received first prize at the 2022 Pelican International Music Competition
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    Yunah Chun received first prize at the 2022 Pelican International Music Competition
    Yunah Chun (IM, ‘25) received first prize at the 2022 Pelican International Music Competition, competing on solo piano in the Open category.
  • Isla Walker’s poem "Swimming at Night" was published in Blue Marble Review
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    Isla Walker’s poem "Swimming at Night" was published in Blue Marble Review
    Isla Walker’s (CW, ‘24) poem "Swimming at Night" was published in Blue Marble Review.
  • Samara Kohne was accepted to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program
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    Samara Kohne was accepted to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program
    Samara Kohne (CV, ‘24) was accepted to the six-week Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program.
  • Adin Boyer released a debut single, titled “Predicament”
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    Adin Boyer released a debut single, titled “Predicament”
    Adin Boyer (CV, ‘18) released a debut single, titled “Predicament.” To listen to the single and to learn more, please visit: https://bit.ly/3scvc31
  • Alyssa Snow received first place at the Elite International Music Competition and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall
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    Alyssa Snow received first place at the Elite International Music Competition and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall
    Alyssa Snow (IM, ‘25) received first place at the Elite International Music Competition and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • Julian Velasco was selected to be a soloist featured as part of Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2022-2023 season
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    Julian Velasco was selected to be a soloist featured as part of Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2022-2023 season
    Julian Velasco (IM, ‘13) was selected to be a soloist featured as part of Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2022-2023 season. For his debut with Sinfonietta, he will be performing Roberto Sierra’s Saxophone Concerto in Wentz Concert Hall and Symphony Center.
  • Aashna Rana was elected to be the Junior State of America Governor for the Southern California Region for a yearlong term
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    Aashna Rana was elected to be the Junior State of America Governor for the Southern California Region for a yearlong term
    Aashna Rana (CV, ‘23) was elected to be the Junior State of America Governor for the Southern California Region for a yearlong term.
  • Alyssa Kim was cast in one of the lead roles of the short film “To The Lights” directed by Emily Kim
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    Alyssa Kim was cast in one of the lead roles of the short film “To The Lights” directed by Emily Kim
    Alyssa Kim (MT, ‘26) was cast in one of the lead roles of the short film “To The Lights” directed by Emily Kim.
  • Ethan Baker received a silver medal at the Youth 14 Foil Fencing competition and Orange Coast Division's Summer National Championship qualifier
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    Ethan Baker received a silver medal at the Youth 14 Foil Fencing competition and Orange Coast Division's Summer National Championship qualifier
    Ethan Baker (IA, ‘26) received a silver medal at the Youth 14 Foil Fencing competition and Orange Coast Division's Summer National Championship qualifier. Ethan was selected to compete at the 2022 USA Fencing National Championships in July.
  • Joanne Javien, Ella Mardirossian, and OCSA Musical Theatre Instructor Gina Velez, participated in a production of “The Sound of Music”
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    Joanne Javien, Ella Mardirossian, and OCSA Musical Theatre Instructor Gina Velez, participated in a production of “The Sound of Music”
    Joanne Javien (MT, ‘99), Ella Mardirossian (MT, ‘23), and OCSA Musical Theatre Instructor Gina Velez, participated in a production of “The Sound of Music” at La Mirada Theater of the Performing Arts.
  • Jacqueline Vellandi won the California Young Playwrights contest for her play “Reverie,” which was selected to be featured in the Young Writers Festival
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    Jacqueline Vellandi won the California Young Playwrights contest for her play “Reverie,” which was selected to be featured in the Young Writers Festival
    Jacqueline Vellandi (ACT, ‘22) won the California Young Playwrights contest for her play “Reverie,” which was selected to be featured in the Young Writers Festival in May. To read more about her work, please visit: https://bit.ly/3OXUHPu
  • Emily Barth was featured in a ShoutOutLA article regarding her candle company, Scents by Scorpio
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    Emily Barth was featured in a ShoutOutLA article regarding her candle company, Scents by Scorpio
    Emily Barth (CW, ‘15) was featured in a ShoutOutLA article regarding her candle company, Scents by Scorpio. To read the full article, please visit: https://bit.ly/3kHueHW
  • The OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor, John Reynolds, was honored as the third place band at the highly prestigious 2022 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival
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    The OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor, John Reynolds, was honored as the third place band at the highly prestigious 2022 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival
    The OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor, John Reynolds, was honored as the third place band out of 15 finalist bands and several hundred applicant ensembles at the highly prestigious 2022 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York City, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Additionally, the band shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Many members of the band were also selected to win individual and section awards. To view their performance, please visit: https://bit.ly/3mCAKkk

    Aydan Bevacqua (IM, ‘23)
    Samuel Chung (IM, ‘25)
    Mateo Cruz (IM, ‘24)
    James Dechary (IM, ‘24)
    Megan Etzel (IM, ‘23)
    Auvin Hajian (IM, ‘23)
    Trent Horio (IM, ‘22)
    Miri Izenberg (IM, ‘26)
    Kiana Kaminski (IM, ‘22)
    Nhan-Tuan Luu (IM, ‘23)
    Ryder Mendelson (IM, ‘23)
    Allison Molin (IM, ‘25)
    Ryan Nicolov (IM, ‘22)
    Ian Shin (IM, ‘24)
    Christian St. Marseille (IM, ‘22)
    Leo Sui (IM, ‘23)
    Connor Taing (IM, ‘23)
    Luke Toner (IM, ‘24)
    Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24)
  • OCSA students created a film, titled "Pho," which was shown at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival
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    OCSA students created a film, titled "Pho," which was shown at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival
    The following students were involved in the creation of an original film, titled "Pho," which was shown at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in France.

    Ethan Chu (FTV, ‘21) – Writer/Director/Editor
    Aaron Orullian, Director of Film & Television – Executive Producer
    Antone Axten (MT) – Cinematographer/Colorist
    Darren Camaya (FTV, ‘21) – Production Assistant
    Ella Beatriz Catacutan (CMD, ‘21) – Extras
    Ren Collantes (FTV, ‘21) – Gaffer/Sound Mixer
    David Du (FTV, ‘21) – Production Assistant
    Ava Encinas (FTV, ‘21) – Producer
    Noah Frech (FTV, ‘21) – Still Photographer
    Cooper Hardwick (FTV, ‘21) – Still Photographer
    Lilah Horton (CMD, ‘21) – Extras
    Paris Phillips (FTV, ‘21) – Makeup Artist
  • OCSA students, as a part of Empowering Arts (eA), a nonprofit founded by Hannah Cho, were awarded the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award
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    OCSA students, as a part of Empowering Arts (eA), a nonprofit founded by Hannah Cho, were awarded the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award
    The following OCSA students, as a part of Empowering Arts (eA), a nonprofit founded by Hannah Cho (IM ‘25), were awarded the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award. The students were recognized for their musical concerts at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the Blind Children’s Learning Center.

    Dylan Chia (IM, ‘26)
    Brent Cho (ACT, ‘27)
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25)
    Isabella Cho (ACT, ‘27)
    Sumin Cho (IM, ‘25)
    Emma Chuang (VA, ‘25)
    Mia Geise (MT, ‘24)
    Andrew Fung (IM, ‘24)
    Arim (Ariana) Kim (IM, ‘25)
    Jennifer Kim (VA, ‘25)
    Calene Lee (CW, ‘25)
    Sunny Lee (IM, ‘24)
    Danny O'Grady (IM, ‘24)
    Jae Eun (April) Park (IM, ‘25)
    Emy Pardo (MT, ‘24)
    Lucy Woo (IM, ‘25)
    River Zylstra (ACT, ‘27)
  • Two groups of OCSA students competed at the Chemistry Olympiad Exam and placed second and sixth out of all OC high schools
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    Two groups of OCSA students competed at the Chemistry Olympiad Exam and placed second and sixth out of all OC high schools
    Shayna Kaplan (IM, ‘23), Sarah Parigela (IM, ‘23), and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) represented OCSA at the Chemistry Olympiad Exam and placed sixth out of all Orange County high schools. The team was honored at the American Chemical Society Awards Banquet with a plaque and Nathan Tatsuta earned the top score from OCSA.

    Additionally, Joseph Ho (IM, ‘24), Elise Park (FTV, ‘24), Sohun Shin (VA, ‘24), Melody Wu (VA, ‘24), and Helaine Zhao (IM, ‘24), OCSA’s first-year Chemistry Olympiad team, received second place out of all Orange County high schools’ first-year teams. This team was also honored at the American Chemical Society Awards Banquet with a plaque and Helaine Zhao earned the top score from OCSA.
  • Doyeon (Jennifer) Kim was named the winner of the 2022 CA-39 Congressional Art Competition
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    Doyeon (Jennifer) Kim was named the winner of the 2022 CA-39 Congressional Art Competition
    Doyeon (Jennifer) Kim (VA, ‘25) was named the winner of the 2022 CA-39 Congressional Art Competition. Her winning artwork, titled “A Soulful Night Market,” was selected to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC for one year.