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View the February 8th, 2016 VAPA Board Presentation Video
It featured student work created in digital media classes throughout the Sweetwater Union High School District. Student work in photography, computer art, graphic design, video, and music technology. Industry professionals judged the submissions and awards are given to the top entries.
Congratulations to all participants and winners.
Event Photographer: Ms. Carolynn Helton
2016 Best School News Production was KSOH News – Southwest High – Mr. Grau
Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute presented In The HEIGHTS! July 29, 30, 31, & August 1st, 2015 at San Ysidro High – Dr. Maida Torres-Stanovik Performing Arts Center.
Directed by Sharon Maley – Vocal Director: Tony Atienza – Music Director: Eric Mabrey – Choreographer: Valerie Ingram – Set Designer: Charles Batchman – Theatre Manager/Lighting Designer: Keith Davis – Sound Designer: Eusevio Cordoba – Accompanist: Barbara Schroeder. Congratulations to all participants for a fantastic show! IN THE HEIGHTS was presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
Watch Graduation Pomp and Rare Circumstances by The San Diego Union-Tribune. A story about inspirational college graduate Brandon Kover. “He showed us that you can accomplish anything no matter what disability.” – Annette Kover, Brandon’s mom.
“I’m a proud dad” – Jeff Kover, Visual and Performing Arts Director.
2015 Digital Media Showcase was Thursday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Otay Ranch High School’s Pavilion. Over 50 flash drive awards were presented by VAPA Director, Jeff Kover and 6 iPad mini awards by the Tobacco Use Prevention Education program’s representative, Gale Marshburn. A special award was presented by Manuel Rubio, Director of Grants and Communications to Olympian High’s KOHS News, teacher Mr. Exum for the Best School News Production of the year!
Congratulations to all participants and teachers for submitting over 400 outstanding works! Special thanks to our Digital Media Committee Chair Kelly Hamilton for organizing and hosting this event and to all the teachers that helped behind the scenes.
Thanks to our dedicated community judges for volunteering their time and supporting the arts in our schools.
Students in our community competed in the Sweetwater Authority’s Annual High School Photo Contest. Students won cash prizes and had their winning photography published in an annual calendar which is sent to residents in the Sweetwater Authority distribution area. Congratulations to SUHSD students for winning in all categories!
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Congratulations to all 2015 Sweetwater Union High School District Art Show award recipients and participants! Award reception was held Friday, March 13th, 2015 at South Chula Vista Library. Below are photos highlighting the gala reception. Opening remarks were made by VAPA Director Jeff Kover and Visual Arts Committee Co-Chairs Ms. Andrea Arroyo & Ms. Abigail Serafin. Among special guest were Interim Superintendent Ms. Sandra C. Huezo, School Board President Mr. Frank A. Tarantino, Mingei International Museum Education Outreach Manager Ms. Johanna Pope Benson, and Art Critic from San Diego Story Mr. Kraig Cavanaugh.Musical performance by Eastlake Middle School Orchestra Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Eric Hagen.Gala photos by Mr. Jauhn Hinkle.
The 2014 Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute presented PIPPIN on July 31 – August 3 at Eastlake High School’s Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center. The musical was performed entirely by Sweetwater District students and featured a live pit orchestra. Directed by Cynthia Stokes, Assistant Director: Sharon Maley, Vocal Director: Roxanne Ronacher, Choreographer: Valerie Ingram & Marla Navarrete, Music Director: Russ Sperling, Set Designer: Charles Batchman, Theatre Manager: Keith Davis, and Sound Designer: Eusevio Cordoba.
2014 Digital Media Showcase was Thursday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Otay Ranch High School’s Pavilion. 50 awards were given to the top entries and six ipad minis in collaboration with the District’s TUPE Tobacco Use Prevention Education! We had 400 submissions and 16 schools represented! Congratulations to all! The winning school news crew was Southwest High School KSOH Broadcast, teacher Mr. Steve Grau.