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SMCHS Celebrates 29 Future Collegiate Artists

The Visual and Performing Arts departments came together on Wednesday, May 17, to celebrate their college-bound artists. Twenty-nine Eagles will be continuing their arts education in college. These students will be majoring and minoring in a wide range of majors such as Vocal Performance, Music, Fine Art, Film, Dance and Theatre. Students were recognized in front of their family, friends and teachers and had their art on display or gave a short performance. Congratulations to all of our artists!
Marcel Abadia will attend The Autograf School in Paris his freshman year, then will finish his studies at Savannah College of Art and Design studying character design and industrial design.  Marcel has taken two years of art at Santa Margarita and participated in art shows on and off campus. His work is being considered for the school’s permanent collection.  Marcel recently had one of his sculptures and a painting selected to be a part of the 2017 Imagination Celebration 3-D show. 


Hannah Baker will attend Pace University in New York City where she will major in acting and participate in the International Performance Ensemble. At Santa Margarita, she was involved in Talon Theatre, Cappies, Comedy Sportz, ASB and the Chamber Choir. She has traveled the world participating in theatrical and choral events in London, the Czech Republic, Atlanta and Ireland. She also works at The Center Stage Studio mentoring young theatre students and assistant directing productions. She was an International Honor Thespian and served as sports liaison and secretary of the Thespian Troupe 5524 Board.

Alex Beall will attend San Francisco State University majoring in cinema. Alex is a fan of watching movies and making movies.

Sabrina Boyd will attend Fordham University where she will minor in theatre and major in English. During her time at Santa Margarita, Sabrina has been an active member of Talon Theatre participating in 12-plus productions over four years. Sabrina is also a Cappies critic, treasurer of Thespian Troupe #5524, a member of the Honors Chamber Choir and an IB theatre student.

Grayson Burke will attend Saddleback College in the fall and hopes to transfer to USC Thornton School of Music. Grayson will be majoring in music and minoring in philosophy. Grayson plays a multitude of instruments including but not limited to guitar, drums, piano, the recorder, synthesizer and bass guitar. Grayson was humbled this year to be offered the opportunity to conduct the Chamber Choir on, Come Sweet Death Again, during the annual Nick Kraus Memorial Scholarship Concert. Also during his senior year Grayson wrote, composed and recorded his debut album entitled, The Sounds of Her, which he will be releasing in the near future.

Delia Cabrera will attend Arizona State University where she will major in Graphic Design.  While at Santa Margarita, Delia took choir, graphic design and photography courses. Delia’s graphic design work was featured in the Annual Student Art Show held on campus, and her design was selected to be used in the poster promoting the show.  Delia looks forward to furthering her Graphic Design education in Arizona and eventually hopes to design her own surfboards and work as an art director in the motion picture industry. 

Wendy Castillo will attend California State University San Marcos where she will be major in visual arts. Wendy participated in the SM Art Show for three years and also participated in the Imagination Celebration “1,000 Pieces of Art” exhibition during her senior year where her piece entitled “Space Pals” is currently on display at South Coast Plaza. Wendy’s artwork has been considered for the school’s permanent collection. She was a member of the Varsity Arts Club and the National Arts Honor Society where she was able to enhance her creativity. Wendy is finishing her senior year by taking advanced drawing.

Krishma Dhani will attend Concordia University to study art education. While at Santa Margarita she has taken multiple art class, broadening her artistic abilities.  Krishma recently had one of her sculptures selected to be a part of the 2017 Imagination Celebration 3-D show. She is interested in using her abilities to someday become a teacher and share her passion of the arts with others. 

Alex Donnelly will attend Santa Barbara City College to study film with the intention to transfer to Chapman University or UCSB.  Alex participated in art for the past four years at Santa Margarita with a focus on drawing including Advanced Drawing II and Graphic Design during his senior year. This spring he was a participant in the SM Art Show. His passion for film and interest in pop culture has influenced his unique art style. Alex hopes to translate all of his creative interests into his love for short films.

Cameron Farmer plans to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he will major in theatre at the Playwrights' Horizons Theater School as a stage director. At Santa Margarita, he was a four-year veteran of Talon Theatre participating in eight major productions, attending festivals both domestically and internationally, and serving as the vice president of Thespian Troupe #5524 his senior year.

Eiffel Feng will attend the Rhode Island School of Design to study Illustration.  Eiffel has participated in arts classes all four years while at Santa Margarita including two years of study in IB visual arts. Eiffel has entered artwork in numerous art shows including the Imagination Celebration exhibition and Santa Margarita’s arts show. Eiffel’s work is being considered for Santa Margaritas permanent art collection.

Dylan Field is proud to be attending the University of Southern California in the fall. He will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with an emphasis in acting while dual majoring in communications at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Dylan would like to thank everyone who has supported him in reaching this exciting next chapter in his life.

Claire Griffin will attend Baylor University to study either photography or graphic design.  She has been successful in her photography classes at Santa Margarita and participated in the school’s Annual Arts Show three times.  Claire’s campus photographs were also selected for publication by the school.

Louise Griffin will attend Baylor University where she will study both dance and education. Louise danced competitively throughout her high school career which included opportunities such as the Joffrey ballet school summer intensive this past summer. While at Santa Margarita,  Louise was involved in both visual and performing arts. She had the opportunity to take two years of dance electives, a 3D sculpture class, a theatre class and theatre tech class. This year she had the opportunity to dance as the Fiddler in the school’s spring musical of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Shawdy Hedayati will attend Arizona State University to study illustration. She has taken art all four years while at Santa Margarita, and  her work was showcased in the school’s Annual Art Show each of the four years. She is taking three art electives concurrently as a senior and looks forward to continuing her art studies in college.

Noah Hill will attend Boston University in the fall to study music composition and vocal performance. As a member of the Honors Chamber Choir, Noah performed at school masses, choral festivals, the annual pops concert, The Segerstrom Center for The Arts, and traveled to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland. He was also involved in The Eagle Regiment Marching Band in both the drum line and the pit sections and performed in The Talon Theatre production of “Hello Dolly.” Noah is proud to have been selected among 250 singers to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Leighton Holritz is pleased to attend California Institute of the Arts in the fall for production design majoring in scene design. While at Santa Margarita, she was heavily entrenched in Talon Theatre as props mistress in every show since her sophomore year. 

Mitchel Johnson will attend Emerson College next year where he will major in visual media arts production specializing in film production. Mitchel has completed four years of film classes at Santa Margarita, two of those being in IB. He is also taking the Screenwriting Honors course this year where he is in the process of finishing writing his own feature-length script.

Jacqueline LeCourt will pursue degrees in studio art painting and marketing at Pepperdine. While at Santa Margarita, Jacqueline took four years of art classes, two of them at the IB level.  Her paintings and drawings have hung in numerous art events on campus and competed amongst the top selection of art to be displayed in the school’s permanent collection.

Isabella (Bella) Martinez will double major in Spanish and film studies at Boston College.  She has taken a variety of art classes including painting, drawing, and film IB over the course of four years.  She participated in the Santa Margarita Art Show for several years along with having her pieces featured at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Lauren McNair will attend Loyola Marymount University where she will major in theatre arts. At Santa Margarita, she was involved in Talon Theatre serving as thespian president this past year. Lauren has been involved in twelve Talon Theatre productions and traveled to ISTA festivals with Santa Margarita in Prague and Atlanta.

Kyle Scialpi will attend Marymount California University to study digital video and film production. Kyle has been in Santa Margarita’s film program all four years and taken photography classes the past two years. 

Logan Scifres will attend Berklee College of Music majoring in contemporary writing and production. His main instrument is guitar, which he has been playing for eight years. He has performed for many audiences on stages from the likes of the Coach House all the way to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. He has played in Santa Margarita’s classical guitar ensemble for three years, and received the most valued player award his sophomore year.

Erin Shusterman will attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to major in animation. Erin joined the Santa Margarita community her junior year and enrolled in drawing. She is currently taking painting and advanced drawing. She submitted two pieces for the annual SMCHS Art Show. One of her paintings, a portrait of Danny Devito, was chosen among the top 25 nominations for the Santa Margarita permanent collection. Influenced by Japanese animators, Erin hopes to one day live in Japan and create innovative works of animation.

Ryan Themm will attend DePaul University where he will major in film and television with a minor in business. He enjoys directing, editing, and screenwriting. While at Santa Margarita, Ryan filmed and livestreamed the boys’ varsity basketball team and took IB film courses. Outside of the school curriculum, he has also filmed a wedding and a multitude of short films.

Matilda Vertiz will attend San Francisco State University where she will major in drama and minor in psychology. At Santa Margarita, she was involved in Talon Theatre and was a member of the Chamber Singers. Matilda has also been part of the pep band for two years and has sung and played bass for the school masses.

Cami Wilson will attend Berklee College of Music’s first year abroad program in Valencia, Spain where she will major in music production and engineering. During her time at SMCHS, Cami participated in the Chamber Choir, Talon Theatre, IB music/ theatre and many other activities.

Sophia Yacap was the recipient of a UC freshman scholarship to study dance and political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  At Santa Margarita, Sophia started in the Women’s Honors Choir before joining the dance team her sophomore year. She quickly found her place as part of the nationally ranked team and served as a unity leader her junior year before becoming the team co-captain and senior soloist this past year.

Evelyn Young will attend Otis College of Art & Design where she will major in fine arts.  At Santa Margarita, Evelyn has completed four years of visual arts classes including art, drawing, painting, two years of IB visual arts and graphic design. Evelyn has had her artwork featured in the SMCHS Annual Art Show for four years, the Imagination Celebration art show twice and won third place in the Pageant of the Masters student show.  She can also be credited for the beautiful portrait commemorating Nick Kraus at the Nick Kraus Memorial Concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

To view photos from Collegiate Artist Day, click here.

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