Evolution Follow us @ ocsaevolution We Change With You Issue 4 Santa Ana, California Spring, 2016 An OMAzing Gala 2016! a realistic, challenging way.” Passing Anatomy for both semesters is a prerequisite for the class, and it is available only to seniors. The Art of Mathematics will be a math-based elective for upperclassmen, focusing on realistic and artistic facets of the field. Hansuvadha sees the class as “a college-style independent study” in which students get to choose their area of interest. “If a student likes the artistic side of tessellations, I will challenge them to create more advanced forms of tessellations. Mikayla Knight Co-Editor-in-Chief A giant wall of fish towered over the crowd as more than 1,000 students danced and jumped to the pulsing energy of the deafening music on Feb. 6, at the Aquarium of the Pacific for OCSA’s Winter Formal. The venue had a lot to offer attendees, but the highlight was arguably the opportunities to touch an array of sea creatures including jellyfish, sharks, and stingrays. “Being the enthusiastic marine animal lover that I am, I was absolutely thrilled when I saw opportunities to touch the jellyfish and sharks. I felt like Ariel becoming part of their world it was amazing,” senior Ronald Kinloch (MT) said. “It really added a layer of interactivity to the event that I hadn’t seen at past dances.” The event was the largest dance in OCSA history, with a grand total of 1,005 students in attendance. According to coordinator Chris Dion, the biggest concern was getting students quickly checked in, but thanks to the higher number of chaperones, everything went “swimmingly.” Senior Claire Somers (P&D), a member of the team who planned the event, said, “There were so many people there that the aquarium had to open up all of the outside areas and touch pools for the whole night because otherwise we would’ve become a fire hazard.” The aquarium closed its exhibits at nine, but that didn’t stop the formal festivities. Shortly after, Undecided Future came to the stage, playing a mixture of upbeat covers and originals. Undecided Future is a local reggae/ pop/funk band composed of OCSA alumni and students. Dion said, “Having Undecided Future play live was tremendous, but overall [the highlight] was witnessing 1000+ OCSA students & guests having a great time.” The aquarium as a venue has been a fan Cont’d on pg. 2 Cont’d on pg. 2 Singers performing at Gala. Photo courtesy of senior Victoria Vasta (IM) Jack Murphy Co-Editor-in-Chief Nikki Rosenbloom Staff Writer Guests were given the red carpet treatment, student paparazzi snapped pictures, and fans screamed upon their arrival. Student hosts interviewed guests on-camera and the clips were live fed into the auction tent. On March 12, Hotel Irvine was transformed into the OCSA Music Awards (OMAs), the OCSA Foundation’s annual Gala fundraiser. More than 200 students were involved in various roles such as those who performed in show-stopping numbers like “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson, an uplifting rendition of “Pride” by U2, and an upbeat Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire medley, paying tribute to artists who have shaped the music industry. Besides the performance, huge highlights of the night included the big ticket auction items like an Adele VIP Concert Experience, which sold for $17,000, an exclusive table and presidential suite for Gala 2017, which auctioned at $50,000; and and a private plane ride to the Napa wine country, which went for $17,000. Staying true to the theme, the OMAs, featured live camera operators, live musical numbers, awards presenters, and even a host: Senior Hayden Allcorn (IA). The background of the stage included a live band and gold glimmering backdrop. Senior Nicole Morris (MT) was lead vocalist in Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park.” Singing it was nostalgic “because my parents used to play the music when I was little,” she said. The most touching moment of the night was a video promoting the annual “Fund a Dream” campaign with senior Lorenzo Rangel-Santos (MT) revealing his personal struggles while at the same time accomplishing his dreams at OCSA. Morris and sophomore Joey Sable(MT) experienced Gala for the first time. “It’s definitely different from a Musical Theatre show. It requires a lot of different strengths of people to bring it together,” said Sable. As a performer, Gala is different from any other show because you are not playing a character. According to Sable, “it feels more real because you don’t have to be somebody else. You can be you.” Sophomore Justin Lin (CM) was the drummer of the show. His favorite part was the finale - “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” and “Shake Your Body,” - because “it includes everyone in the show and has the most challenging groove to play.” The night ended with guests cheering as performers gave it their all in the finale. Next Gala is expected to be monumental as OCSA celebrates its 30th anniversary. OCS A ’ s Get t in g C lassy Lily Williams Managing Editor As OCSA students began signing up for new classes in the beginning of February, they were greeted with five new choices for the 2016-2017 school year: The Art of Mathematics, International Affairs/Comparative Government, Intro to Computer Science, Mandarin II, and Medical Applications of Anatomy. All of these courses are considered electives except for Mandarin II, which is a continuation of the Mandarin program that began this year. School Counselor Mindy Shiroma stated current teachers Jeremy Hansuvadha and Christopher Weitzel will be teaching The Art of Mathematics and Medical Applications of Anatomy, respectively. The Computer Science and International