Student/Alumni Stories

Cassandra Hsiao (’17)  is a print and on-camera teen reporter and movie critic for The Los Angeles Times: High School Insider, BYOU Magazine, Crixit, and Fanlala. She has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, as well as by the National Student Poets Program.

Jade Matias Bell (‘15) was one of only 20 individuals recognized as a 2015 YoungArts Presidential Scholar in the Arts. At the University of Southern California (USC), she is an intern for the university graduate school publisher, Gold Line Press/Ricochet Editions. Her work is published in such journals as 826 Quarterly. Jade also performs original songs under the title Nightjars.

Check out her performance at the 2015 National YoungArts Week. 

Kadija Moulton (’16)  is a screenwriter whose awards include semi-finalist recognition from the prestigious Austin Film Festival for her short film screenplay, Nate Lancaster’s Day Off.

Naathan Pham ('06) performs under the name Magic Asian Man. As an entertaining magician, he has been featured on NBC, Syfy, the CW Network, Comedy Central, and PopTV, as well as in the film Superbad. He is a regular at the exclusive Magic Castle in Hollywood and has performed at other major venues including Disneyland. Click here to visit his website. 

Josh Schlachter (’18) performed with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at Segerstrom Center for the Arts after winning the OCDE inaugural Between the Lines poetry contest. Herrera had Josh’s three poems entered in the Library of Congress, following the reading.

Hanna Andrews (’18) won the Young Cuírt New Writing Prize for Poetry, an annual contest in conjunction with the International Festival of Literature. 

Finn Brown (’18) had his short screenplay The Design Center named as a semi-finalist in the Austin Film Festival.