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  • Katelyn Chan Organizes Virtual Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
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    Katelyn Chan Organizes Virtual Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
    Katelyn Chan (IM, '21) organized a virtual walk-a-thon fundraiser for the Orange County Food Bank and Community Action Partnership of Orange County. The fundraiser generated over $1,700 to help families devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Katelyn also created an ongoing donation page to raise awareness for Luv Michael, an organization dedicated to employing adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Sein Yun Starts OCSA Peer Conflict Mediation Program
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    Sein Yun Starts OCSA Peer Conflict Mediation Program
    Sein Yun (IM, '22) wrote a grant to start an OCSA Peer Conflict Mediation program and was awarded $2,500 by the Kids Managing Conflict Education Foundation. Sein has created a peer-to-peer mediation app that will be part of the program. Sein has also been appointed co-facilitator of the Restorative Practices Task Force with OCSA Dean of Special Services Dr. Gregory Endelman as part of OCSA’s Antiracism and Inclusion Coalition.
  • Catalina Marin and Eileen Shank Start Unidos Together Cultural Exchange Program
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    Catalina Marin and Eileen Shank Start Unidos Together Cultural Exchange Program
    Catalina Marin (IA, '21) and Eileen Shank (IA, '21) founded the Unidos Together Cultural Exchange Program to connect kids in Orange County with kids in Mexico through art, language, and technology. They led bilingual writing activities via Skype with the San Juan Capistrano and Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Clubs. They also visited Rosarito, Mexico to connect in person and fundraised on their website to help bring electricity to the Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Club.

    To learn more about the program, please visit https://bit.ly/3uK5NMG
  • Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
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    Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
    The following students participated as mentors in Musical Theater Matters, a community program with Segerstrom Center for the Arts that engages and supports children with special needs through musical theater.

    Nikka Coetzee (IA, '23)
    Sophia Gaba (MT, '23)
    Ana Sofia Gomez Garza (MT, '25)
    Mia Guillen (IA, '23)
    Jonah Lee (MT, '23)
    Phe McCullough (MT, '24)
    Lauren Mei (ACT, '23)
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, '23)
    Hannah Osier (IA, '24)
  • Maya Alvarez-Coyne Performs at Concert4Cancer Event
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    Maya Alvarez-Coyne Performs at Concert4Cancer Event
    Maya Alvarez-Coyne (CMD, '21) performed with Riverdance as a featured guest for the Marie Keating Foundation’s televised Concert4Cancer event. In this virtual performance showcasing dancers from around the world, Maya represented both California and the United States.
  • OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
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    OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
    The following students were recognized at the 15th Annual National Youth Arts Awards:

    Sophia Del Rey (ACT, '21) won two Best Supporting Performance in a Musical awards for her roles as the Witch in Into the Woods and Tobias’ voice in Sweeney Todd.

    Sophia Ruiz (MT, '23) won the award for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for her portrayal of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.

    Marcus Brooks (MT, '23) was nominated for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for his portrayal of Bert in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.
  • Jessica Sequeira Books Voiceover Role in “Mask Up OC” Commercial
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    Jessica Sequeira Books Voiceover Role in “Mask Up OC” Commercial
    Jessica Sequeira (ACT, '22) booked a voiceover role for the commercial titled “Mask Up OC,” which features all 30 city mayors from Orange County.
  • Rachel Presby Earns National American Miss California Jr. Teen Title
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    Rachel Presby Earns National American Miss California Jr. Teen Title
    Rachel Presby (IA, '22) earned the National American Miss California Jr. Teen title after being evaluated for her volunteer work, performance in interviews, poise, and overall presentation. She was invited to represent California at the National Pageant later this year.
  • Aaron Wimbley Invited to Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
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    Aaron Wimbley Invited to Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
    Aaron Wimbley (CV, '23) was invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society due to his academic achievements.
  • Leslie Diamant Receives Perfect Score on AP Human Geography Exam
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    Leslie Diamant Receives Perfect Score on AP Human Geography Exam
    Leslie Diamant (IM, '23) received a perfect score of 5 on the AP Human Geography exam during her freshman year.
  • Summer Brennan's Original Song Used in Event for My New Red Shoes
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    Summer Brennan's Original Song Used in Event for My New Red Shoes
    Summer Brennan (PM, '25) had an original song used in an online event for My New Red Shoes, an organization that works to improve the quality of life and well-being of children and youth by reducing the impact of economic inequality in local communities.
  • Matthew Garbacz Performs With Actor Scott Adkins in Film "Seized"
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    Matthew Garbacz Performs With Actor Scott Adkins in Film "Seized"
    Matthew Garbacz (MT, '23) performed alongside actor Scott Adkins in the action/thriller film "Seized," directed by Isaac Florentine.
  • Zach Hoffman Casted in Upcoming Lifetime Television Movie
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    Zach Hoffman Casted in Upcoming Lifetime Television Movie
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, '22) was cast in a supporting role in an upcoming Lifetime Television movie.
  • Michael Relth Writes Children’s Book "Picture Book by a Dog"
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    Michael Relth Writes Children’s Book "Picture Book by a Dog"
    Michael Relth (VA, '04) wrote a children’s book titled Picture Book by a Dog, which tells the story of a dog’s journey to find his forever family.

    For more information about the book, please visit https://bit.ly/3cfeOXl
  • Brandon Calderon and Other OCSA Alumni Start Olive Street Collective OC
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    Brandon Calderon and Other OCSA Alumni Start Olive Street Collective OC
    Brandon Calderon (MT, '19) and other alumni started Olive Street Collective OC, a free higher education peer advising program for underrepresented high school students in Orange County.

    For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/3vUhDVB
  • OCSA Recognized as a Charter School of Excellence in Special Education
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    OCSA Recognized as a Charter School of Excellence in Special Education
    OCSA was among four charter schools selected statewide to be recognized as a Charter School of Excellence in Special Education by the El Dorado Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).
  • Stephanie Dorian Named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg
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    Stephanie Dorian Named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg
    Stephanie Dorian, Assistant Director of the Acting Conservatory, has been named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg and the 34th California Senate District. This award honors outstanding women who exemplify ethical leadership and a commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
  • Lyndell Higgins Directs Short Film Called "Still Untitled"
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    Lyndell Higgins Directs Short Film Called "Still Untitled"
    Acting Conservatory Instructor Lyndell Higgins directed a short film called Still Untitled. The film was written by and starred her 8th grade students from last year. The short film was also selected for the Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival this year.