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From May 22nd to the 24th, over one hundred projects of art taken from all visual classes were on display in the multi-purpose room. The participating classes included photography, ceramics, graphic design, art fundamentals, and 3D art. Works ranged from oil paints, pottery, photographs, pencil illustrations, and even computer rendered models. Both advanced and beginner classes were exhibited, with each student permitted to display as many pieces as they wanted.
This exhibition served as a means for students to not only display their artistic talents, but also to recruit other students who may have had interests in joining the class. As emphasized by Lauren Schultz, who currently teaches Ceramics and Art History, this show had the sole purpose to underscore the achievements of the students, to display what they have been able to accomplish.
Overall, the art show provided the perfect opportunity to encourage students, and even sell many of their art pieces. As Daniela Flores, a senior, stated, “It lets people express their creativity”. Valencia’s tigers were truly under the spotlight with this event, demonstrating artistic greatness.
For the upcoming 2018-19 school year, Valencia High School’s (VHS) Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) team will have a new head coach, Dr. Samuel Myovich. Mr. Fred Jenkins, the former OCAD coach, wanted to spend more with his family so he decided to step down as head coach and passed this role onto Myovich. The transition for the OCAD team was made easy because for many years, Jenkins and Myovich coached as virtual partners. Myovich explained how Jenkins is a “true numbers guy and his analytics from the numbers perspective cannot be matched by anyone.” As a result, even though Myovich is the new head coach, he still considers his new role a partnership with Jenkins, however he will have some new responsibilities. For example, Myovich will have to communicate with the Orange County Department of Education and he will manage paperwork for student transcripts to make sure they are in the correct category for the Sacramento California Academic Decathlon. Besides the paperwork, Myovich stated that the actual coaching will not change that much.
As the new head coach, Myovich wishes to “continue the traditions of excellence” and win county, getting top 10 in states, where they have been close but never succeeded. Next year will mark Movich’s last year as a teacher at VHS and coach for OCAD, he aspires to end off on a good note. One struggle that Myovich believes he will encounter is receiving commitment from each member, because he knows that the team is only as strong as its weakest link. With that, he wants to build the relationship between every member where they all have mutual respect for one another. Myovich hopes that every student will leave OCAD with more knowledge on various topics, understanding of how each category interconnects with one other and better study skills. He loves what OCAD represents in its interdisciplinary approach to topics and how enjoyable and rewarding it can be.
On May 18, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Valencia High School Auditorium, the combined jazz bands from Kramer Middle School and Valencia High School performed back-to-back with special guest artist Alex Hahn. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Valencia High School hosting a Jazz Guest Artist Concert. Previous years have seen artists like Wayne Bergeron, Barbara Morrison, Bijon Watson, and Francisco Torres perform alongside Valencia’s own jazz bands. This year, Valencia and Kramer invited saxophone player Alex Hahn to perform with both schools.
Alex Hahn is an award-winning saxophonist and composer based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from University of North Texas in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music and later on graduated from the University of California with his Master of Music in Jazz Studies. Along with his accolades, Hahn is well-known for performing with other renowned artists like Herbie Hancock, John Clayton, and Michael Buble. He has traveled and performed in countries like Havana, Cuba and St. Petersburg, Russia. Hahn also leads his own group called The Alex Hahn Crossing recently releasing their new album “Emerging” to critical acclaim.
The Kramer Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Mark Gunderson performed songs such as “The Blues Walk” by Clifford Brown, “Birdland” by Joseph Zawinul, and “I Gots The Sleepy Man Blues” composed by Hahn himself. Valencia’s Jazz II and Jazz I performed with Hahn, “There Will Be Another You,” “Second Chances,” and featured on Hahn’s album, Emerging, “Psychedelic Sun.”
After the performance, Hahn spoke about his experience working with the bands. He spoke of both bands having “a great amount of fun working with [him]”. He says that he always strive towards “pushing boundaries towards a great performance.” When Hahn rehearsed with the bands, he worked on “tweaking and improving students’ jazz improvisation” as well as tips on being a better performer. Hahn commented that it was “amazing to work with the jazz students who have a significant amount of energy.” He recognized that this performance has “great symbolic meaning to [him] considering [he] has done performances like the one at Valencia when [he] was in high school and that they performed music familiar to [him].”
Photos courtesy of Mr. Ryan Reich
In pursuit of giving back to the community, one of Valencia High School’s (VHS) ceramics classes, led by Ryan Reich, created original tiles to ornament a mural at Kraemer Park in Placentia. The project began as an integral part of the city wide movement known as “LOVE PLACENTIA” and gave ceramics the opportunity to unite an entire community, serving one another as well as the city itself.
Leading up to the event, Reich and his students confronted new and varying challenges, primarily involved with the types of artwork students would be producing. Reich disclosed the mural, “was out of my normal wheelhouse of the kinds of projects we do…” Despite the obstacles, he went on to commend the effort and creativity students invested in the unique venture they undertook.
Distinct styles of design and decoration were evident in each tile piece, some of which included messages in Disney-like fonts, simple geometric patterns, or self-portraits of students themselves. Reflecting the “people of Valencia” proved a primary motivation for many students, who anticipated longevity for this mural; future generations would be able to see and remember the faces of these students and appreciate what members of VHS were able to contribute to the city of Placentia.
Dedicated to benefit the local community and overcome artistic challenges, Reich and his ceramics class continue to perfect the Kraemer mural. Seniors Masey Park and Ignacio Carreno helped to install the tiles on Saturday, and look forward to the next couple of weeks left in completing the mural.
City officials of Placentia notably expressed happiness regarding the progression of “LOVE PLACENTIA”, and continue to support the efforts of VHS students, as well as those from independent event organizers. These contributions to the city of Placentia led by Reich are testaments to the culture of community and love that Valencia High School prides in, and the subsequent completion of the mural will add yet another milestone for the ceramics class.