At the end of senior year, EFO celebrates the achievements of several outstanding VPA students.
Paul Legallet began his acting career early, starting with the Glorietta musical in fourth grade then OIS theater productions and finally the Miramonte Drama program. Paul found drama classes gave him the tools to pursue his passion with opportunities for acting, writing, directing, set and light design. “The reason I am continuing with acting in my future is because of drama at MHS. Mrs. Cousins has inspired me and showed me the power of theater in our society. When I am in the theater at Miramonte I am happy, and I did not want to let that feeling go.” Paul will be attending the University of Michigan as a BFA Acting student next year.
Henry Conner also participated in a fourth grade musical, but it wasn’t until arriving at Miramonte that his “love for theater sprouted.” The MHS Drama program inspires creativity and passion, with an emphasis on collaboration, “it has made me a better person due to the people I am surrounded with who are so positive and also helped me become a better artist”. Henry will be attending the University of Michigan as a BFA Acting student next year.
From her first art lessons at Glorietta, to semester art classes at OIS, to expanding and developing her passion for art at Miramonte, visual arts student Jennifer Atkins has embraced arts education at every level. As she tells it, "the visual arts program at MHS has made the biggest impact on my life out of any other. I've been given the tools and techniques to blossom these past years, inspired by Ms. Amundson and Miramonte's strong artistic community beyond the paintbrush." In her senior year, Jennifer has taken three visual arts courses, including the rigorous AP Portfolio which requires students to submit a wide range of original artwork that is evaluated on quality, sustained investigation, and range of approaches. Jennifer will continue her arts education in college this fall at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Grant Peters took his first theater class at OIS and was inspired to pursue the arts at Miramonte. Grant participated in a wide range of performing arts courses such as Public Speaking, Musical Theater and Drama. “I have loved being a part of MHS Drama...it has given me a chance to express myself creatively, and has helped solidify my love for acting, as well as writing.” Grant will be attending University of Chapman’s Dodge College of Film to pursue a BFA in Screenwriting.
Daniel Pliskin's musical education began early and he has received formal training for 12 years. Prior to Miramonte, he attended the Pacific Boychoir Academy in Oakland. Next fall, Daniel will be attending CU Denver as a vocal performance major, and he believes that Miramonte was key in his earning admission: "Without a doubt I would not be there without Miramonte choir. Choir really helped me feel confident in my ability and fall in love with the art form - not to mention the incredible amount of creative education I've received throughout the VPA programs."
Dylan Smith began acting in school plays and musicals at Sleepy Hollow and continued at OIS. However, it has only been in the past two years that she became involved in the Miramonte Drama program. “I wish it had been more, as the drama program at this school has been intrinsic to my growth as a high school student. The drama classes at MHS offer both dynamic acting training, and an unbelievably supportive community.” Dylan attributes her growth as an artist to the “transcendent experience” of the MHS Drama program. Dylan will be attending The New York University Tisch School of the Arts to study drama.
EFO congratulates these students on their accomplishments and
we wish them the best of luck for the future! Bravo!