NOAH WANG (Dance 2016) has no problem with flexibility, feeling just as much at home in the rigorous three week dance intensive at the San Francisco Ballet as he did in classes at ODC; both of which he participated in, earlier this summer.
Noah is currently taking a break in Hawaii with his family before he heads off to an entirely different environment in the rocky vistas of Malibu, where he will spend 26 days at a sleep-away camp, immersed in swimming, archery, rock climbing, and other team building activities. When he returns, he plans to resume classes at ODC in preparation for his sophomore year at SOTA. Noah's principal goals: “to maintain my flexibility and strength, increase my ability to concentrate, and to be aware of my corrections and positions.”
A hui hou, Noah!
STRINGS, SPROUTS, AND SCIENCE
BRIGITTE WANG (IM 2014) feels with her ears, learns with her nose, and sees with her hands. As a violinist, she listens to her instrument, pulls her bow across the strings to produce beautiful sounds. As a gardener in her internships at Summer Sprouts, she pokes seeds into soil, surrounded by the rich aromas of agriculture, harvest and sustenance., gaining a deeper sense of how plants and people grow. As a comic artist and enthusiast, she turns thoughts and experiences- both real and imaginary- into drawings that tell a story. As a volunteer this summer at one of the labs at UCSF, she will be doing histology work, learning about the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues of plants and animals.
Brigette is interested in the interconnectedness of things and worlds within worlds. She wants to be a scientist; more specifically, a neuroscientist. Traditionally recognized as a branch of biology, neuroscience is now considered an interdisciplinary science that relies on a blend of chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, and allied disciplines, philosophy, physics, psychology, and more.
So, a comic book artist gardener violinist in a white lab coat isn't really that far-fetched!
SCHOLAR SOUNDS OFF
SAYRE QUEVEDO (CW 2011) can’t keep quiet– which is a very good thing.
During his junior year with Heather Woodward in the SOTA Creative Writing department, Sayre blended poetry with politics as an intern at YOUTH RADIO in Oakland, a non-profit youth-driven media organization. Since graduation, he has continued with his involvement there.
As Production Assistant, he helps manage the Youth Radio Juvenile Desk, which looks at young people and the criminal justice system. He has produced radio and print pieces for National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, Marketplace, and KQED.
He attended and covered the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and has traveled to Chicago, New Mexico, and New York in pursuit of opinions, facts and truth.
This Fall, Sayre received a NEW VOICES scholarship, awarded to emerging minority radio producers to attend the THIRD COAST INTERNATIONAL AUDIO FESTIVAL. A co-host of the DIGITAL WAVES NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL at WNYC, he won 2nd place in the Multi-Media Slam for a piece of reporting for National Public Radio: "Would-Be Accountant Takes to Streets to Find Work." His piece for KALW: "Making Sense of California Youth Sentencing Laws." earned him a spot as a finalist in this year’s Media For A Just Society Awards.
Recently accepted to The New School -- Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York as a Fellow with GLOBAL CITIZEN YEAR. he will spend his freshman year of college in Ecuador living with a host family and apprenticing in the field of education, agriculture, environment, or public health. His current SUMMER CAMPAIGN, a short intensive challenge designed to hone leadership and community-building skills, is an awareness and fundraising effort to raise $2,500 toward Global Citizen Year's Scholarship Fund, which helps fund annual travel opportunities for low-income youth.
Sayre believes in “….audio as not only a creative outlet but a tool for change.” He’s speaking out and people are listening. He also believes in community. Support his challenge by subscribing to his blog and sharing the link.
SOTA IN SAPPORO
BRAD HOGARTH (IM, DIRECTOR OF BAND) and his trumpet will be performing at the Pacific Music Festival, an international educational music festival held in Sapporo, Japan.
Founded in 1990 by Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer and educator, the "Pacific" in PMF stands for "Peace”, embodying Bernstein's passionate wish to contribute to world peace through music. Each year, promising young musicians from around the world are selected through a highly competitive audition process and are invited to bring fresh interpretations to traditional repertoire, transcending national boundaries and languages.
When Brad returns in August, he will head north to participate in “Music in the Vineyards”, a Chamber Music Festival celebrating food, wine and music in the Napa Valley, where he will be performing in Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale". One of the centerpieces of the 19th season of the festival, this fully-staged version of “The Soldier’s Tale”, is a special event presented in collaboration with the Napa Valley Museum.
Jumping puddles? Actually, it's a little bigger leap than that.