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  • Congratulations to OCSA’s Mock Trial Team
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    Congratulations to OCSA’s Mock Trial Team
    Congratulations to the members of OCSA’s Mock Trial Team, who competed this year against more than 35 teams from across Orange County, advancing to the semifinals. The primary competition team was victorious against JSerra, Brea Olinda, Foothill, Santa Ana, Beckman, and Yorba Linda, while the secondary competition team defeated Portola and Mater Dei.

    Primary Team:
    Sophia Abiera (ACT, ‘24)
    Sruthi Alle (CV, ‘21)
    Catherine Boland (IA, ‘24)
    Charlotte Brandman (MT, ‘23)
    Riley Bryant (FTV, ‘21)
    Edward Chen (IA, ‘24)
    Gabriel Chen (PM, ‘22)
    Ethan Gray (ACT, ‘22)
    Sasha Herthel (ACT, ‘23)
    Ashley Hodge (IA, ‘23)
    Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21)
    Toby Izenberg (CW, ‘23)
    Milo Karnes (IA, ‘24)
    Emma Kay (ACT, ‘23)
    Regan Mading (IA, ‘23)
    Mehra Marzbani (ACT, ‘23)
    Morgan Milam (IM, ‘24)
    Gaby Mikhail (CW, ‘21)
    Daisy Noh (IA, ‘22)
    Jess Perez (ACT, ‘21)
    Paris Lases-Perez (ACT, ‘21)
    Colin Root (ACT, ‘22)
    Jocelyn Wang (PM, ‘23)

    Secondary Team:
    Ally Artavia-High (CW, ‘24)
    Zabby Bagnol (PD, ‘24)
    Daniel Grossgold (IA, ‘24)
    McKenna Guldner (IA, ‘24)
    Courtney Hines (CW, ‘24)
    Darian Hojreh (CAH, ‘22)
    Claire Karr (VA, ‘23)
    Annabelle Kim (CW, ‘23)
    Emily Kim (CW, ‘24)
    Nathaniel Kim (DM, ‘22)
    Sky Lu (IA, ‘23)
    Kendall Phanco (VA, ‘23)
    Mia Rinaldi (PM, ‘23)
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT, ‘24)
    Elora Sparnicht (CW, ‘23)
    Luke Stark (IA, ‘24)
  • Finalists for 2021 Dragon Kim Fellowship
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    Finalists for 2021 Dragon Kim Fellowship
    The following students advanced as finalists in receiving prestigious 2021 Dragon Kim Fellowships from the Dragon Kim Foundation. If selected for the fellowship, teams will be awarded up to $5,000 to implement a community service project as a part of a seven-month, hands-on leadership training and mentorship program. OCSA’s finalists are listed below by team.

    Art Unlimited: Abril Rodriguez Diaz (CW, ‘22)
    Eye Matter: Cece Fanelli (PD, ‘22) and Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22)
    Intertwined: Adin Choun (IM, ‘22) and Katelyn Jo (IM, ‘22)
    Let’s Learn about Public Health!: Melody Chang (IM, ‘22)
    Pacific Bridge: Iris Wang (IM, ‘22) and Eric Zhu (FTV, ‘22)
    Sembrando Dahlias: Bianca Lozano (BF, ‘21) and Samantha Perez (BF, ‘21)
    Time Travel With Music: Leo Sui (IM, ‘23)
    Uncovering Strengths: Saira Arora (IM, ‘22) and Emma McCanne (IM, ‘22)
    We are Dancing Women: Grace Kim (BR, ‘22) and Hana Uehara (BR, ‘23)
  • Kyle Rumble Performed for Philharmonic Society Committee
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    Kyle Rumble Performed for Philharmonic Society Committee
    Kyle Rumble (CV, ‘22) performed a brief recital, composed of arias, songs, and a selection from South Pacific, for the Philharmonic Society Committee.
  • Katherine Wong Selected as Coca-Cola Scholars Program Regional Finalist
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    Katherine Wong Selected as Coca-Cola Scholars Program Regional Finalist
    Katherine Wong (IM, ‘21) was selected as a regional finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program in recognition of her leadership, service, and academics, as well as her efforts to positively affect others in her community. From the 251 regional finalists across the country, 150 winners will be selected to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and to join a network of more than 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni that encourage, challenge, and support each other in their common goal of making the world a better place.
  • Emma Ward Named 1st Place Alternate in VOCE Competition
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    Emma Ward Named 1st Place Alternate in VOCE Competition
    Emma Ward (IM, ‘22) was named 1st Place Alternate in the Senior Division of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) San Diego Branch VOCE Competition, playing the Liebermann Concerto for Piccolo.
  • Adam Suh Creates YouTube Videos for the Sunrise Senior Center
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    Adam Suh Creates YouTube Videos for the Sunrise Senior Center
    Adam Suh (CV, ‘24) created YouTube videos to share with Sunrise Senior Center and other virtual audiences as a part of the California Children's Choir (CCC). The choir wrote and virtually performed a song titled "Why We Sing." To see the full performance, please visit https://bit.ly/3rGOL12
  • Caitlin Cheung Featured in “Girl Hates Her Asian Culture”
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    Caitlin Cheung Featured in “Girl Hates Her Asian Culture”
    Caitlin Cheung (ACT, ‘21) was featured in a Dhar Mann Studios video, titled “Girl Hates Her Asian Culture,” about identity and being proud of your culture.
    To view the full video, please visit https://bit.ly/2OZ6MsR
  • Jonathan Truong Named Runner-up for Claudia Ann Seaman Awards
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    Jonathan Truong Named Runner-up for Claudia Ann Seaman Awards
    Jonathan Truong (CW, ‘21) was named a runner-up in the fiction category in the annual Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers, sponsored by Polyphony Lit, for his piece titled Newspaper Planes.
  • Summer Zamiska Starts Nonprofit Organization "A Case For Kids"
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    Summer Zamiska Starts Nonprofit Organization "A Case For Kids"
    Summer Zamiska (ACT, ‘21) founded A Case For Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in honor of her grandmother who passed away from Alzheimer's disease. Summer and her OCSA team make and donate handmade pillowcases locally and globally for foster children and orphans to keep with them as they move from home to home. Her team works with Olive Crest Foster Care, Covenant House Homeless Shelter, Laura’s House Domestic Violence Center, OC 4 Kids Social Services Agency, The Rose Again Foundation Foster Agency, and Evolution Haiti. For more information, check out the website here http://bit.ly/2Q213Db
  • Students Launch Teen Writing Masterclass with the Huntington Beach Library
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    Students Launch Teen Writing Masterclass with the Huntington Beach Library
    Gaby Mikhail (CW, ‘21), Christina Miles (CW, ‘21), Alena Nguyen (CW, ‘21), and Kaitlyn Vu (CW, ‘21) launched the Teen Writing Masterclass with the Huntington Beach Library. This site for teens provides a variety of resources, including tutorials with topics such as "The Fundamentals of Storytelling," writing prompts, and a submission opportunity to receive feedback and be considered for publication. To view the full site, please visit http://bit.ly/3bQzS6S
  • Aaron Wimbley Accepted into the SoCal Youth Neuroscience Association
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    Aaron Wimbley Accepted into the SoCal Youth Neuroscience Association
    Aaron Wimbley (CV, ‘23) was nominated and accepted into the SoCal Youth Neuroscience Association (SCYNA) through the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. SCYNA allows students to connect with experts in the field through events, competitions, and discussions.
  • All-State Band Acceptances for 2021
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    All-State Band Acceptances for 2021
    The following students were accepted into the California Band Directors Association (CBDA) All-State Band for 2021:

    Marie Bocanegra (IM, ‘25) - Trombone
    Hannah Cho (IM, ‘25) - Oboe
    James Dechary (IM, ‘24) - Trombone
    Auvin Hajian (IM, ‘22) - Trombone
    Kylie Heidal (IM, ‘23) - Brass Trombone
    Miri Izenberg (IM, ‘26) - Trumpet
    Ryan Klotz (IM, ‘22) - Tuba
    Allison Molin (IM, ‘25) - Trumpet
    Annabelle Park (IM, ‘22) - Oboe
    Keilah Park (IM, ‘25) - Horn
    Katie Shinogi (IM, ‘25) - Clarinet
    Elliot Shiwota (IM, ‘22) - Percussion
    Leo Sui (IM, ‘23) - Trombone
  • Mackenzie Wrape Accepted into the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop
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    Mackenzie Wrape Accepted into the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop
    Mackenzie Wrape (MT, ‘22) was accepted to the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for summer 2021.
  • Students from OCSA Science Olympiad Division C Team Place at Invitational
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    Students from OCSA Science Olympiad Division C Team Place at Invitational
    The OCSA Science Olympiad Division C (High School) Team competed in the Golden Gate Invitational. Out of 151 teams from across the nation, Kacy Chung (VA, ‘23), Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), and Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23) earned a 10th place medal in Codebusters.

    Other competitors included Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24), Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23), Caleb Empig (IM, ‘23), Katherine Given (ACT, ‘24), Grant Li (CW, ‘23), Sara Shimabukuro (IM, ‘21), Samantha Su (VA, ‘21), Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24), Allison Wong (CW, ‘23), Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24), and Erica Yang (IA, ‘21).
  • Juliet Garbacz Wins Scholarship for The School of American Ballet
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    Juliet Garbacz Wins Scholarship for The School of American Ballet
    Juliet Garbacz (MT, ‘25) received a scholarship to train at The School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, in their five-week summer intensive.
  • Cooper Johnson's French Horn Performances
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    Cooper Johnson's French Horn Performances
    Cooper Johnson (IM, ‘15) played French horn for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Air Force Bands of Central California, Texas, Virginia, and South Illinois.
  • Grant White's Film, "I Am Somebody"
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    Grant White's Film, "I Am Somebody"
    Grant White (FTV, ‘07) recently directed, filmed, and edited a short documentary on homelessness in Long Beach, titled I Am Somebody. The film amplifies the voices of Anaheim Street’s most vulnerable, those who take shelter under freeway overpasses and concrete buildings. To read more about the documentary, please visit http://bit.ly/3vrDvIi
  • Sydney Dardis Wins 2021 Encouragement Award
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    Sydney Dardis Wins 2021 Encouragement Award
    Sydney Dardis (CV, ‘17) was awarded the Encouragement Award in the 2021 San Diego District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program. Sydney competed among 20 other singers aged 20-29 and was the youngest singer to be awarded this prize.
  • Jack Finlay's Work at Veritas Musica Publishing
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    Jack Finlay's Work at Veritas Musica Publishing
    Jack Finlay (IM, ‘19) became a published music arranger and contributor at Veritas Musica Publishing. His French horn choir arrangements of pieces by Mahler and Berlioz will be available for purchase online in the near future.
  • Rachel Kramer - Emerging Leader Award Nominee
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    Rachel Kramer - Emerging Leader Award Nominee
    Rachel Kramer, Director of the Popular Music Conservatory, was nominated for the Arts School Network (ASN) Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award. This recognition is designed to acknowledge excellence and achievement among rising arts school administrators and to highlight the innovative educational practices or programs of those leaders.
  • Patrick Williams Forges Partnership with HyperX
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    Patrick Williams Forges Partnership with HyperX
    Patrick Williams, Director of the Digital Media Conservatory, forged a partnership with HyperX to support and encourage the growth of the Esports program at OCSA. HyperX donated gaming peripherals like keyboards, mice, mousepads, and headsets. OCSA students will now have access to cutting-edge technology to aid them as they compete against other schools. To read the official press release, please visit http://bwnews.pr/3vvpHg2