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  • Students Featured in Blue Door Magazine
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    Students Featured in Blue Door Magazine
    Corah Abbott (CCD, '21), Analiese Bancroft (CCD, '21), and Rachel Ta (CCD, '21) were featured in a Blue Door Magazine photo that creatively brought dance and architecture together. To read the full article, please visit https://bit.ly/3bXqQoA
  • Landyn Slominski Places 2nd in Dance Competition
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    Landyn Slominski Places 2nd in Dance Competition
    Landyn Slominski (BF, '26) competed in the Latin Mirage Ultimate Soloist Competition and placed second for her choreography from the state of Hidalgo in the Folklórico Dance category.
  • Tobi Park's Poetry Book "Meraki" Publish
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    Tobi Park's Poetry Book "Meraki" Publish
    Tobi Park (CW, '21) compiled her first book of poetry, titled Meraki. Published by Atmosphere Press, the book contains poems previously featured in a number of literary magazines, such as Rattle and Chautauqua Journal.
  • Clara Son Receives High Commendations in Essay Competition
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    Clara Son Receives High Commendations in Essay Competition
    Clara Son (CW, '23) received high commendations in the John Locke Institute Essay Competition for 2020.
  • Devin Weaver Cast in American Housewife Series
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    Devin Weaver Cast in American Housewife Series
    Devin Weaver (ACT, '26) was cast in a recurring role on the hit television series American Housewife and filmed multiple episodes. Devin also booked and filmed a role in a U.S. Census commercial.
  • Luna Zamora Performs at Virtual Gala
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    Luna Zamora Performs at Virtual Gala
    Luna Zamora (CV, '24) performed at the Adventist Health White Memorial virtual gala, which honored all frontline workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tawnie “Kiyoné" Shorter Writes and Records First Single
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    Tawnie “Kiyoné" Shorter Writes and Records First Single
    Tawnie “Kiyoné" Shorter (MT, '21) wrote and recorded her first single, “Sugar Honey Iced Tea.” Her song was featured on an EP by SAVIYN, titled Voyage.01, that was produced by multi-platinum producer Jae Chong. The EP can be found on all music platforms worldwide. Tawnie was also selected to write demo songs for an up-and-coming artist in Asia and to record music for national fitness videos.
  • Students Perform in NATS Competition
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    Students Perform in NATS Competition
    The following Classical Voice Conservatory students performed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Evaluation Program and Competition. They participated through the Los Angeles chapter, which received a record number of 247 submissions. The winners participated in a virtual recital. The students received the following awards:

    Classical:

    6th-8th Youth (Group 1)
    Third Place - Henry Courtney (CV, '26)
    Honorable Mention - Aaron Wimbley (CV, '23)

    9th-10th Grade Treble (Group 1)
    Second Place - Aashna Rana (CV, '23)
    Third Place - Mia Baron (CV, '23)

    9th-10th Grade Tenor/Baritone/Bass
    First Place - Alexander Jeon (CV, '23)
    Second Place - Sebastian Nunez (CV, '24)
    Third Place - Jeffrey Yang (CV, '24)

    11th-12th Grade Treble (Group 1)
    Honorable Mention - Angeline Xu (CV, '21)

    11th-12th Grade Treble (Group 3)
    First Place - Ava Kuntz (CV, '21)
    Second Place - Catherine Johnston (CV, '21)
    Honorable Mention - Elissa Matthew (CV, '21) and Isabella Szabo (CV, '21)

    11th-12th Grade Tenor/Baritone/Bass
    Third Place - Garrett Wilmoth (CV, '21)
    Honorable Mention - Lukas Wozencraft (CV, '22)

    Hall Johnson Spiritual:

    Second Place - Aaron Wimbley (CV, '23)

    Musical Theatre:

    9th-10th Grade Treble (Group 2)
    Third Place - Mia Baron (CV, '23) and Jaidyn Portanova (CV, '23)

    9th-10th Grade Tenor/Baritone/Bass
    First Place - Alexander Jeon (CV, '23)

    11th-12th Grade (Group 3)
    First Place - Ava Kuntz (CV, '21)
    Honorable Mention - Catherine Johnston (CV, '21)
  • Mia Soumbasakis has Article Published in the New Santa Ana
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    Mia Soumbasakis has Article Published in the New Santa Ana
    Mia Soumbasakis (CW, '22) had an article published in the New Santa Ana, titled “Who is protecting the people in Santa Ana from toxins in our water and soil?”

    To read her article, please visit https://bit.ly/3yDLBiJ
  • Students Contribute to the Young People of the Pandemic Anthology
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    Students Contribute to the Young People of the Pandemic Anthology
    Sonali Dhanidina (IA, '25) and Ashley Hodge (IA, '23) contributed to the Young People of the Pandemic anthology, which features authors ages 10-21 from all across the U.S. and is available on Amazon.
  • Ava Kuntz Win First Place in Schmidt Vocal Competition
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    Ava Kuntz Win First Place in Schmidt Vocal Competition
    Ava Kuntz (CV, ‘21) won first place in the Schmidt Vocal Competition in Tennessee and received a $2,500 cash award and a $4,000 scholarship to Vanderbilt University.
  • Maya Alvarez-Coyne Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
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    Maya Alvarez-Coyne Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, '21) received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • Matthew Morrison Stars in The Grinch Musical on NBC
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    Matthew Morrison Stars in The Grinch Musical on NBC
    Matthew Morrison (MT, '97) was cast in an upcoming production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical on NBC that will be performed and filmed at the Troubadour Theatre in London.

    To read more about this production, please visit https://bit.ly/3hWGXGm
  • Jim Kolb Receives 2020 Teacher of the Year Award
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    Jim Kolb Receives 2020 Teacher of the Year Award
    Jim Kolb, who retired last year after serving as OCSA’s Commercial Dance Director for more than 30 years, received the 2020 Teacher of the Year Award from the Arts Schools Network. As director, Mr. Kolb reshaped the Commercial Dance Conservatory to include a well-rounded curriculum with instruction in all aspects of the industry, including tap, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, and other styles.