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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
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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)
  • Aryan Simhadri was cast in the lead role of Grover in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians,” coming soon to Disney+
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    Aryan Simhadri was cast in the lead role of Grover in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians,” coming soon to Disney+
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT) was cast in the lead role of Grover in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians,” coming soon to Disney+.
  • Gabriella Saraivah was cast in the lead role of Carol in “Tudo Igual... SQN,” coming soon to Disney+ Brasil
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    Gabriella Saraivah was cast in the lead role of Carol in “Tudo Igual... SQN,” coming soon to Disney+ Brasil
    Gabriella Saraivah (IA, ‘23) was cast in the lead role of Carol in “Tudo Igual... SQN,” coming soon to Disney+ Brasil.
  • Alyssa Abiera was cast in the television series “Roar,” now available on Apple TV
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    Alyssa Abiera was cast in the television series “Roar,” now available on Apple TV
    Alyssa Abiera (ACT, ‘26) was cast in the television series “Roar,” now available on Apple TV.
  • Zach Hoffman and Sadie Braverman performed as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett respectively in Braver Players Theater Company’s production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
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    Zach Hoffman and Sadie Braverman performed as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett respectively in Braver Players Theater Company’s production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22) and Sadie Braverman (ACT, ‘23) performed as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett respectively in Braver Players Theater Company’s production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
  • Christopher Cung won the 2021 Chamber Music Competition at Mount St. Mary’s University
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    Christopher Cung won the 2021 Chamber Music Competition at Mount St. Mary’s University
    Christopher Cung (IM, ‘22) won the 2021 Chamber Music Competition at Mount St. Mary’s University and was awarded a $700 cash prize.
  • Culinary Arts & Hospitality students participated in the National ProStart Invitational in Washington, D.C., competed against the top 40 management teams from all over the nation, and received ninth place
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    Culinary Arts & Hospitality students participated in the National ProStart Invitational in Washington, D.C., competed against the top 40 management teams from all over the nation, and received ninth place
    The following students participated in the National ProStart Invitational in Washington, D.C., competed against the top 40 management teams from all over the nation, and received ninth place.

    Chef Paola Costa, Coach
    Evelyn Wu (CAH, ‘23), Captain
    Lanna Gale (CAH, ‘23)
    Sam Laven (CAH, ‘23)
    Willie Yao (CAH, ‘24)
  • Nathaniel Bowman Sindt earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 90 of the Boy Scouts of America
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    Nathaniel Bowman Sindt earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 90 of the Boy Scouts of America
    Nathaniel Bowman Sindt (BCD, ‘22) earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 90 of the Boy Scouts of America. He is the 250th Eagle Scout in the Orange County Council.
  • Hannah MacDonald was selected to work as a project coordinator for Jacobs Doland Beer, the largest food service design firm in the United States
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    Hannah MacDonald was selected to work as a project coordinator for Jacobs Doland Beer, the largest food service design firm in the United States
    Hannah MacDonald (CAH, ‘18) was selected to work as a project coordinator for Jacobs Doland Beer, the largest food service design firm in the United States.
  • Geena Meyhoefer was hired as the meetings & events manager at The Colonnade Hotel
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    Geena Meyhoefer was hired as the meetings & events manager at The Colonnade Hotel
    Geena Meyhoefer (CAH, ‘17) was hired as the meetings & events manager at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Raven Alanes worked on the Symphonies for Schools: Music & Deafness program for the LA Philharmonic
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    Raven Alanes worked on the Symphonies for Schools: Music & Deafness program for the LA Philharmonic
    Raven Alanes (CMD, ‘23) worked on the Symphonies for Schools: Music & Deafness program for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • 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
  • Analiese Bancroft co-authored a paper published by the Institute of Physics Science Journal on nanotechnology
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    Analiese Bancroft co-authored a paper published by the Institute of Physics Science Journal on nanotechnology
    Analiese Bancroft (PM, ‘21) co-authored a paper published by the Institute of Physics Science Journal on nanotechnology, titled "Pristine carbon nanotubes are efficient absorbers at radio frequencies." Additionally, she had the opportunity to meet with Bill Nye and Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold.
  • Katie Derr was recognized as one of UNLV's outstanding graduates, competed on UNLV’s Solar Decathlon team and opened Rebel Grounds, an environmentally friendly coffee shop
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    Katie Derr was recognized as one of UNLV's outstanding graduates, competed on UNLV’s Solar Decathlon team and opened Rebel Grounds, an environmentally friendly coffee shop
    Katie Derr (CAH, ‘16) was recognized as one of University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) outstanding graduates and competed on UNLV’s Solar Decathlon team where she was able to work on projects that educate people about sustainable sourcing and food waste. She also opened Rebel Grounds, an environmentally friendly coffee shop at UNLV. Katie was honored with Sigma Kappa Sorority’s 35 Under 35 Award, which recognizes 35 women under the age of 35 who are making a difference.
  • Chemistry Instructor Heather Jonson was the recipient of the 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Educator of Distinction Award
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    Chemistry Instructor Heather Jonson was the recipient of the 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Educator of Distinction Award
    Chemistry Instructor Heather Jonson was the recipient of the 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Educator of Distinction Award.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lauren Kimball and Vivika Saravanan were named semifinalists in Classical Voice at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)’s National Student Auditions and selected to compete at the NATS National Conference
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    Lauren Kimball and Vivika Saravanan were named semifinalists in Classical Voice at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)’s National Student Auditions and selected to compete at the NATS National Conference
    Lauren Kimball (VA, ‘24) and Vivika Saravanan (CV, ‘24) were named semifinalists in Classical Voice at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)’s National Student Auditions and were selected to compete at the NATS National Conference in Chicago.
  • Ethan Leung was accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) for animation
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    Ethan Leung was accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) for animation
    Ethan Leung (DM, ‘23) was accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) for animation.
  • Michael Repper recorded an album with New York Youth Symphony which hit #1 on the Billboard Chart
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    Michael Repper recorded an album with New York Youth Symphony which hit #1 on the Billboard Chart
    Michael Repper (IM, ‘08) recorded an album with New York Youth Symphony which hit #1 on the Billboard Chart.
  • Stephen Goeres-Hill was cast to play the lead role of Ned Schneebly in the Conservatory of Performing Arts upcoming production of "School of Rock"
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    Stephen Goeres-Hill was cast to play the lead role of Ned Schneebly in the Conservatory of Performing Arts upcoming production of "School of Rock"
    Stephen Goeres-Hill (CV, ‘23) was cast to play the lead role of Ned Schneebly in the Conservatory of Performing Arts upcoming production of "School of Rock" at the Camino Real Playhouse.
  • Caleb Empig was accepted to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Program
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    Caleb Empig was accepted to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Program
    Caleb Empig (IM, ‘23) was accepted to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Program.
  • Founder & Strategic Consultant Dr. Ralph Opacic and President & CEO Teren Shaffer were both featured in “Modern Luxury” magazine’s “The Power List”
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    Founder & Strategic Consultant Dr. Ralph Opacic and President & CEO Teren Shaffer were both featured in “Modern Luxury” magazine’s “The Power List”
    Founder & Strategic Consultant Dr. Ralph Opacic and President & CEO Teren Shaffer were both featured in “Modern Luxury” magazine’s “The Power List,” which features the top 50 trailblazers in leadership from Orange County. To read their features, please visit: https://bit.ly/3Occmlf
  • Jadon Han competed and earned third place at the Western United States Pipe Band Association Scottish Festival
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    Jadon Han competed and earned third place at the Western United States Pipe Band Association Scottish Festival
    Jadon Han (CW, ‘25) competed and earned third place at the Western United States Pipe Band Association Scottish Festival. He competed in the Grade 4 Piper (ages 17 and under) and was awarded third place in the 2/4 March category of the solo competition, playing "King George V's Army.”
  • Ashli St. Armant produced her debut theatrical production, titled “NORTH”
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    Ashli St. Armant produced her debut theatrical production, titled “NORTH”
    Ashli St. Armant (MT, ‘03) produced her debut theatrical production, titled “NORTH.”
  • Lucie Kim was selected to perform in The Pacific Club’s Emerging Artist Performance Series
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    Lucie Kim was selected to perform in The Pacific Club’s Emerging Artist Performance Series
    Lucie Kim (IM, ‘24) was selected to perform in The Pacific Club’s Emerging Artist Performance Series.
  • 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)
  • Ysabel Wilhoit won the Director’s Award from the Southern California Children’s Chorus
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    Ysabel Wilhoit won the Director’s Award from the Southern California Children’s Chorus
    Ysabel Wilhoit (CV, ‘23) won the Director’s Award from the Southern California Children’s Chorus.
  • OCSA students won first place in the junior division of the 2022 Show Out Dance Competition
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    OCSA students won first place in the junior division of the 2022 Show Out Dance Competition
    Edward Chen (IA, ‘24), Jasmine Lee (CMD, ‘26), Zoe Sharek (IA, ‘22), Devin Vo (IA, ‘26), and Jadon Vo (CMD, ‘25), as members of the hip-hop competition team Gravy Babies, won first place in the junior division of the 2022 Show Out Dance Competition in El Cajon, CA and received the highest scores among all competing teams in both adult and junior divisions.
  • Paige Oden, Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory, has been selected to receive the 2022 Arts Schools Network (ASN) Teacher of the Year Award and Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) received the 2022 ASN Outstanding Arts School Alumni Achievement Award
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    Paige Oden, Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory, has been selected to receive the 2022 Arts Schools Network (ASN) Teacher of the Year Award and Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) received the 2022 ASN Outstanding Arts School Alumni Achievement Award
    Paige Oden, Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory, has been selected to receive the 2022 Arts Schools Network (ASN) Teacher of the Year Award. Additionally, Dante Basco (MT, ‘93) received the 2022 ASN Outstanding Arts School Alumni Achievement Award, which honors an individual whose commitment to excellence is demonstrated through outstanding accomplishments in the areas of citizenship, arts, and academics.