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  • Elora Sparnicht Announced Poetry Out Loud Champion
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    Elora Sparnicht Announced Poetry Out Loud Champion
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23) became the Orange County Poetry Out Loud Champion and was featured in an article by the Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot.

    To view the article, please visit https://lat.ms/3w04Noz
  • Kiana Keli`i South Region winner for Scholarship Award
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    Kiana Keli`i South Region winner for Scholarship Award
    Kiana Keli`i (IM, ‘21) was one of 10 nominees selected from the South Region as a finalist for the California Scholarship Federation Seymour Memorial Award. She was then honored as the South Region winner for her dedication to service, academics, and raising awareness of the cultural diversity of Pacific Islanders.
  • Orange County Artist of the Year Semi-finalists
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    Orange County Artist of the Year Semi-finalists
    The Orange County Register announced the semifinalists for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. The Artist of the Year program honors talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts.

    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts:
    Computer Drawing and Painting
    Eden Haymond (DM, ‘21)
    Ashley Yang (VA, ‘22)

    Dance:
    Commercial Dance
    Danielle Silver (CMD, ‘22)
    Dawson Charles Walker (CMD, ‘21)
    Concert Dance
    Corah Abbott (CCD, ‘21)
    World and Cultural Dance
    Maya Elizabeth Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, ‘21)
    Rodrigo Blanco (BF, ‘21)
    Lucas McCollum-VanHoosear (BR, ‘22)

    Film and Animation:
    Directing and Editing
    Ethan Chu (FTV, ‘21)
    Johann Ren Collantes (FTV, ‘21)
    Nolan Frech (FTV, ‘21)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts:
    Hand Drawing and Painting
    Joyce Lee (VA, ‘21)
    Mixed Media
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21)
    Sculpting and Metalwork
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21)

    Instrumental Music:
    Jazz
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, ‘21) - Violin
    Piano and Strings
    Hannah Noh (IM, ‘21) - Piano

    Theater:
    Acting
    Mia Kaplan (MT, ‘21)
    Musical Theater Performance
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21)
    Madison E. Osment (MT, ‘21)
    Charlee Rubino (MT, ‘21)

    Vocal Music:
    Classical Voice
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21)
    Commercial Voice
    Michele Lu (PM, ‘21)
  • Orange County Artist of the Year Finalists
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    Orange County Artist of the Year Finalists
    The Orange County Register announced the finalists for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. The Artist of the Year program honors talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts.

    Vocal Music - Commercial Voice
    Ye Ji Kim (PM ‘21)

    Vocal Music - Classical Voice
    Catherine Johnston (CV ‘21)

    Dance - Concert Dance
    Corah Abbott (CCD, ‘21)

    Dance - World/Cultural Dance
    Maya Elizabeth Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, ‘21)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts - Mixed Media
    Junzhu Zhang (VA, ‘21)

    Handcrafted Visual Arts - Sculpting and metalwork
    Juhyun Park (VA, ‘21)

    Film and Animation - Directing and Editing
    Noah Frech (FTV, ‘21)

    Instrumental Music - Winds and Percussion
    Brian Lin (alto sax) (IM, ‘21)

    Theatre - Acting
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘22)
  • Orange County Artist of the Year Winners
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    Orange County Artist of the Year Winners
    The Orange County Register announced the winners for the 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards, and OCSA had four winners this year! The Artist of the Year program honors talented students across the county for their accomplishments in the arts.

    Artist of the Year Winners:
    Nolan Hieu Trifunovic (FTV, ‘21) - Film and Animation
    Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21) - Vocal Music
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘22) - Theater
    Brian Lin (IM, ‘21) - Instrumental Music (Alto Sax)
  • Grand Prize Finalists for Annual Spotlight Program
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    Grand Prize Finalists for Annual Spotlight Program
    The following students were recognized as Grand Prize Finalists in The Music Center’s 33rd Annual Spotlight Program out of more than 1,500 applicants. Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed arts training and scholarship program for teens that awards more than $100,000 in cash scholarships annually. The students were selected among only 14 Grand Prize Finalists who will perform in a virtual grand finale event and receive a $5,000 scholarship.

    Emmy Cheung (CMD, ‘22) - Dance
    Catherine Johnston (CV, ‘21) - Classical Voice
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) - Classical Voice
  • Students Selected for SCSBOA Honor Orchestras
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    Students Selected for SCSBOA Honor Orchestras
    The following students were selected to be part of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Middle School and High School Honor Orchestras.

    Middle School:
    Hannah M. Cho (IM, ‘25) - Oboe
    Samuel J. Chung (IM, ‘25) - Alto Saxophone
    Juneau Foxlin (IM, ‘26) - Double Bass
    Tiffani Hsu (PD, ‘26) - Flute
    Miri Izenberg (IM, ‘26) - Trumpet
    Allie S. Molin (IM, ‘25) - Trumpet
    Jaehee Park (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Keilah Y. Park (IM, ‘25) - Horn
    Benjamin Y. Quil (IM, ‘26) - Violin
    Katherine J. Shinogi (IM, ‘25) - Clarinet

    High School:
    Darren Qiu (IM, ‘24) - Alto Saxophone
    Elliot Shiwota (IM, ‘22) - Percussion
    Helaine Zhao (IM, ‘24) - Piano
  • Samara Kohne Accepted into Colorado Vocal Institute
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    Samara Kohne Accepted into Colorado Vocal Institute
    Samara Kohne (CV, ‘24) was accepted into the Colorado Vocal Institute for this summer.
  • OCSA Science Olympiad Team Awarded in State Competition
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    OCSA Science Olympiad Team Awarded in State Competition
    The OCSA Science Olympiad High School Team (Division C) competed in the Southern California State competition. The team earned the following awards:

    2nd Place
    Codebusters: Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Jeffrey Yang (CV, ’24)

    5th Place
    Amazing Mechatronics: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) and Isabelle Tran (VA, ‘22)
    Experimental and Data Analysis: Katherine Given (ACT, ’24), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Samantha Su (VA, ‘21)
    Helicopters: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23)
  • Mikayla Fleming Accepted to Three Summer Intensives
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    Mikayla Fleming Accepted to Three Summer Intensives
    Mikayla Fleming (CCD, ‘24) was accepted to three summer intensives: Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Contemporary Program with a special invitation to the Professional Program, and Boston Ballet Summer Intensive.
  • Hailey Riley Becomes Regional Champion in the USA Gymnastics Competition
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    Hailey Riley Becomes Regional Champion in the USA Gymnastics Competition
    Hailey Riley (MT, ‘25) earned first place in Floor and Vault and became the All-Around Regional Champion for Level Seven (Senior B) in the USA Gymnastics Region 1 Finals competition.
  • Gianna Pedregon Writes an Article for Strings Magazine
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    Gianna Pedregon Writes an Article for Strings Magazine
    Gianna Pedregon (IM, ‘21) wrote an article for Strings magazine titled “Creative Freedom: How Jazz and the 5-string Violin have Unlocked a World of Infinite Musical Possibility.”

    To read the full article, please visit https://bit.ly/3hzfudZ
  • Hana Uehara Accepted into Harvard's Pre-College Program
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    Hana Uehara Accepted into Harvard's Pre-College Program
    Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23) was accepted into Harvard University's Summer Pre-College Program.
  • Michele Lu is Semifinalist in U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Competition
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    Michele Lu is Semifinalist in U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Competition
    Michele Lu (PM, ‘21) was selected as a semifinalist in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts competition and will advance to the final round. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will ultimately choose 20 students to be recognized for their academic and artistic accomplishments, leadership, community outreach, and overall creativity.
  • Mia Soumbasakis Honored as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer
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    Mia Soumbasakis Honored as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer
    Mia Soumbasakis (CW, ‘22) was honored as a 2021 Outstanding Volunteer by the OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards for her service work with Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteers and Leaders.
  • Students Selected to Represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2021
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    Students Selected to Represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2021
    The following students, as a part of the Free To Be Me Studio Performance Arts Academy Dynamix Competition Team, auditioned and were selected to represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will compete against 61 other countries at the worldwide competition next fall. Several of the numbers the troupe auditioned with were musically directed and arranged by OCSA faculty member Jamond McCoy. To read more about their journey, please visit https://bit.ly/3w2ZGEc

    Cynthia Allen (IA, ‘25)
    Lillie Atkins (IA, ‘25)
    India Dawson (PM, ‘25)
    Gwendalyn Heredia (IA, ‘26)
    Angelina Kidder (MT, ‘26)
    Hailey Knowles (IA, ‘25)
    Sofia Naccarato (IA, ‘23)
    Vinnie Naccarato (PM, ‘25)
    Kaylee Nagata (IA, ‘26)
    Simone Ponsford (IA, ‘26)
    Chloe Reyes (IA, ‘27)
    Zachary Sadeghian (IA, ‘26)
    Delilah Summers (IA, ‘25)
  • Meghan Barton Awarded Scholarship to Attend Summer Intensive
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    Meghan Barton Awarded Scholarship to Attend Summer Intensive
    Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23) was awarded the Undergraduate Scholarship from the California State Thespian Society to attend Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Intensive. She also received the highest rank of “Superior” for her performance of the "Meadowlark" solo from The Baker's Wife.
  • Ayiah and Ellie Soufi Featured in ALL EYES Magazine
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    Ayiah and Ellie Soufi Featured in ALL EYES Magazine
    Sisters Ayiah Soufi (IA, ‘26) and Ellie Soufi (PM) were featured on the cover of the April 2021 issue of ALL EYES Magazine with an eight-page spread. ALL EYES Magazine is an international digital and print magazine that showcases young talent from all over the world.
  • Emilia Djordjevic Opens her own Online Store
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    Emilia Djordjevic Opens her own Online Store
    Emilia Djordjevic (IM, ‘23) opened her own online store via Spreadshirt to sell her designs.
  • Hannah Cho Winner of Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition
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    Hannah Cho Winner of Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) became the grand prize winner of the Mount San Antonio College Solo Competition. She also won first place in the Middle School Division of the competition.
  • Sarah Anderson and Zach Hoffman Perform in Production of "Be More Chill"
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    Sarah Anderson and Zach Hoffman Perform in Production of "Be More Chill"
    Sarah Anderson (MT, ‘22) and Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22) performed in an outdoor production of "Be More Chill" with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation.
  • Olivia Le Wins Poetry Division in OC Fair Competition
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    Olivia Le Wins Poetry Division in OC Fair Competition
    Olivia Le (IA, ‘25) won the Poetry Division in the OC Fair Imaginology Competition.
  • Matthew Anderson Selected as a Performing Arts Scholarship Winner
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    Matthew Anderson Selected as a Performing Arts Scholarship Winner
    Matthew Anderson (IM, ‘23) was selected as a 2021 Performing Arts Scholarship winner by the Friends of Cypress Cultural Arts organization. He was awarded a $450 scholarship for the performance of Scherzo Fantastique by Alfred Reed on bass clarinet.
  • Daniel Grossgold Named 2021 Expressions Challenge Finalist
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    Daniel Grossgold Named 2021 Expressions Challenge Finalist
    Daniel Grossgold (IA, ‘24) was named a 2021 Expressions Challenge Finalist through Expressions by Walgreens, which encourages high school students to express themselves creatively through media projects.
  • Alyssa Kardos Selected as a Fulbright Scholar
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    Alyssa Kardos Selected as a Fulbright Scholar
    Alyssa Kardos (ACT, ‘17) was selected to be a 2021 Fulbright Scholar and was featured in an article by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American scholars and professionals abroad to lecture or conduct research for up to one year. After graduating from Georgetown University this year, Alyssa will be teaching English in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    To view the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3uNC4TS
  • Tisha Custodio Featured in Article by the OC Register
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    Tisha Custodio Featured in Article by the OC Register
    Tisha Custodio (ACT, ‘19) was featured in an article by the Orange County Register about her recent casting in a lead role of the Disney+ original series Big Shot.

    To read the article, please visit https://bit.ly/2QihXhs
  • Anna Antongiorgi Releases a Book of Poems
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    Anna Antongiorgi Releases a Book of Poems
    Anna Antongiorgi (CCD, ‘15) released a book of poems titled refinding the rules of gravity through Finishing Line Press.
  • OCSA Named 38th Best High School in the State of California
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    OCSA Named 38th Best High School in the State of California
    U.S. News & World Report released their 2021 national rankings for best high schools, and Orange County School of the Arts was named the 38th best high school in the State of California and the 273rd best high school nationwide. Of the Orange County schools represented on the list, OCSA ranks 3rd in the county.

    To view their website, please visit https://bit.ly/2SMHqQZ
  • OCSA Receives California Exemplary Arts Education Award
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    OCSA Receives California Exemplary Arts Education Award
    Orange County School of the Arts was one of only 33 schools in the state to receive the California Exemplary Arts Education Award from the California Department of Education for 2021. The California Exemplary Arts Education Award celebrates schools that have made a successful effort to engage students in the arts through exposure to a variety of disciplines.
  • Christine Choi Receives the Arts in Special Education Award
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    Christine Choi Receives the Arts in Special Education Award
    Christine Choi, Special Services Administrative Assistant and conservatory instructor, received the Arts in Special Education Award as part of the 2021 Orange County Music and Arts Awards, which recognizes outstanding arts educators in the county whose leadership has impacted their school, district, and community. The Arts in Special Education Award honors an educator who delivers exceptional arts instruction to students with disabilities and fosters inclusion in their school community.

    OCSA teachers Sarah Gonzalez, Mathieu Girardet, and Kimberly Cantley were also nominated for this award.