Alumni News! Several Teachers were invited to a premiere for a former student's first feature length film! The filmmaker is Eduardo A. Flores and it was held at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Congratulations Eduardo! Here's what some of your proud teachers had to say: You may also recognize other CVHS Alumni, Ryan Octaviano, Mia Almanza, Rae Leonado, and Julian Osuna. As a former film student and media professional, let me tell you that creating a full length feature film is in and of itself an accomplishment. I could elaborate more about the vision and creativity of Eduardo's work, but that is almost beside the point. We were absolutely honored to be asked to attend. As a film teacher specifically, my heart is full. The opportunity that we have to inspire and lead students to achieve greatness is an incredibly special privilege. The work that we all do is important, impactful, and launching the futures of hundreds and thousands of young people every year. Last night was a reminder of the importance of our work. I consider this a success for all to revel in, we do make a difference. I am excited to see what Eduardo does next! - Jeff Frank, Video production Teacher SCPA/CVHS
It was a great event & I was honored to have been invited! My former students really enjoyed the experience of making a feature length film, & the movie premiere spectacle, just a couple of months before they will graduate from San Diego State University was something that they will remember for the rest of their lives! - Eric Byers, Teacher CVHS
I had Eduardo and Ryan as Drama students. I remember when Eduardo got the spark to do film. Thank you to all who poured into their lives and for sharing this with those of us who were a small part of their amazing stories! - Sharon Maley, Theater Teacher, SCPA/CVHS It was such a proud moment for us teachers. Eduardo was a former student of mine who expressed interest in the film industry from the moment he stepped foot into my classroom. To see him grow as a professional is what reminds me why this profession is so rewarding. He did such an excellent job that night as he made sure to greet all of his guests, acknowledge the hard work that his actors and crew members put into the film, and even answered all the questions that were asked after the film. Eduardo mentioned to me a couple of times throughout the years that I was “an inspiration to him” but that night, he was my inspiration. I wish nothing but the best for him and all of our Chula Vista Spartans. - Christopher Turk II, Teacher CVHS
SCPA Alumni (alpha by graduation year; some alumni have links!)
Brian LeMoine - Band '18 Going in to the army for medical and music
Aaron Barrera-Alvarez - Dance '17 Currently attending the University of California San Diego as a second year human biology major with a social psychology minor on the pre-med track. Have ventured into various different dance styles and am currently exploring latin and American ballroom.
Daniel Jay Houk - Drama '17 - Actor for National Comedy Theatre's college team and for The Murder Mystery Company
David Batchman - Drama '16 It's good to be back
Arturo Comparan - Guitar '16 Currently at Southwestern College and working at Home Depot but even then, I still play guitar
Ramona Demotto - Visual Art '16 IG @ tunalawsuit
Sofia Gutierrez - Dance '16 Since I graduated high school, I have started college and I am now in my 3rd quarter at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I am a honor roll student and I also became a FIDM Social Ambassador. I have 2 jobs , one as a stylist for the BCBG designer brand and I am also a model dresser and assistant for Fashion Shows.
Kayla Kin - Vocal '16 I am currently attending the University of California, Riverside, where I have started my own A cappella group.
Alex Montgomery - Drama '16 still loves ginger ale twitter: @captainalex567
Aldo Reynaga - Guitar '16 Currently attending Grossmont College pursuing a career in Game Design
Valeria Trejo - Dance '16 Currently going to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles CA. majoring in Musical Theatre.
Tiara Valladolid - Art '16
Marielena Venegas - Piano'16 Currently a student at UC Davis. I am majoring in animal science and management and hopefully will be de paring a minor in music.
Danielle Brown - Folklorico '15 Mr. Romero is an awesome teacher! So happy I get to continue dancing for Ballet Coreografico Ti-pai, even after graduating high school! :)
Jhovanna Garcia - Dance '15 Just returned from studying abroad in Seoul for a semester where I taught a form of dance known as contact improvisation to locals! Actually went to study engineering--currently a double major at San Diego state; I study dance and mechanical engineering. Itching to go abroad once more and continue to learn/teach dance, while working on my engineering degree!
Yisel Garcia - Drama '15 I am currently in nyc studying anthropology (and a ton of other stuff) at Barnard College of Columbia U. I've still been doing theatre, though! Last semester, I worked on a production of Hamlet downtown and I'm designing a set for a department show production of Bernabé this semester! I love this new feature on the website! You'll be hearing more from me soon. :•)
Marianna Hayes - Dance '15 I am now in my second year at Cal State San Marcos majoring in Liberal Studies and a minor in Spanish. I am also on the schools dance team
Kenia Herrera - Dance '15 Currently a SWC student. Spanish major enrolled in swc dance department (tap) as well as performer. Also a DACA student enrolled in EOPS and awarded the Adelante Estúdiate scholarship for great academic achievements. Planning to transfer to SDSU for Fall '18 with an AA and a Legal Spanish Interpreter certificate.
Marielena Marin - Dance '15 I was an SCPA dancer for 4 years and I'm proud.
Bianca Rios - Dance '15 Bianca Sterns
Violeta Servin - Stage Tech '15 Currently double majoring in Latin American Studies and French at SDSU, but I always seem to come back to my second home to help out with tech :-)
Diana Castellanos - Vocal Music '14 Currently attending Csu Chico.
Deborah Hernandez-Mendez - Dance '14 Currently enrolled at Grossmont College and taking ballet from Debra Toth. I'm a biochemistry major but dance will always be a part of my life.
Gerald Weidemann - Music Engineering '14
Amanda Bevan Rhoads - Drama '13 I am currently a senior at UC Davis studying Evolutionary Anthropology. I was recently accepted into the UC Davis graduate program and will be working on a master's in Education. In other news, I got married fall of 2015 and had my first child the following August. He is such a sweet baby, and is quite vocal. Maybe he will join the SCPA one day ;)
Deborah Carreon - Dance '13 Class of 2013 ❤️ No longer dancing, now following the music career as a singer!
Roberto Castillo Jr. - Guitar '13 I was a guitar major in high school, but now I'm a theatre major in college. Funny how life happens.
Kady McCoy - Dance '15 I am currently a 4th year at San Diego State University studying to become a high school English teacher. I have been teaching dance at a community center for the past three years. While I may not be performing any longer myself, I am able to watch as my own students learn, grow and take the stage. During the past few summers I have also worked as a summer camp counselor for the same community center. I help direct a musical or play each summer as well as help submerge children into the arts for a few hours each day. Hopefully, I can make my way back to CVHS, but as a teacher!
Liliana Montes de Oca - Drama '13 Graduating from UC Irvine with a major in English in 2018
Veronica Palomino - Stage Tech '13 Majored in Stage Tech all 4 years of highschool, now in college majoring in Scenic Design and Technology for theater!
Zachary Gomez - Drama '12 Jack Tygett scholarship recipient. Thespian Club 2012. *Always fund the arts!
Marissa Moreno - Dance '12 Proud to be a CVHS alumni. Dance 9-10 & my wonderful teachers hold a special place in my heart ❤
MJ Plascencia - Dance '12 - I’m currently in my second season as a NBA Boston Celtics Dancer. I graduated from USC in 2016, where I was on the Trojan Dance Force for 4 years, my last year as captain. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have been a part of EYE Volume 6, commercial gigs, & stage shows. I’ve taught at ProAction Prep, Xavier Prep, Pilgrim school. I regularly assist Marina & Mina Ortega (college/NFL/NBA choreographers). But my favorite part of it all is working with Mpulse & Dance Force whenever I have the opportunity to visit CA! I owe everything to Ms. N, Mrs. Ingram, Mrs. Huffor & every instructor in the dance department!
Calley Rheam - Vocal Music '12 Graduated beauty school, now a licensed cosmetologist, and the only singing stylist in my salon ;)
Sophia Zarzosa - Dance '12 Graduating with a BA in International Business on Spring 2017 from SDSU.
Bryant Colocho - Dance '11 My love for dance started here. Without it I don't know where I would be. I get to travel the world competing and battling against famous dancers. I would love to thank all my dance teachers for the influence I needed to get where I am today
Ambroise Decilap - Vocal Music '11 I continued singing at Dartmouth College. I was a member of the Dartmouth Cords.
Ameerah Holliday - Dance '11 Graduated in 2015 from San Diego State University with a degree in English Literature. Previously danced for Culture Shock- San Diego and Cherries Jubilee SD. Is currently a published poet and Editor for San Diego Poetry Annual.
Angelica Marquez - Dance '11 Currently a San Diego Charger Girl and just graduated from SDSU with a bachelors in Criminal Justice. Wouldn't be where I am without CVHS.
Arturo Omar Martinez - Guitar '11 I graduated San Diego State University with a BS in Astronomy (w/ Math minor) in 2015. Then, I entered SDSU's Astronomy Master's program but (after a year) transferred to Georgia State University's Physics and Astronomy PhD program. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Physics with an Astronomy concentration (expected in 2018) and a PhD to follow (expected 2021). Despite all this, guitar is still a hobby!
Monserrat Callejas - Guitar '10 H.O.G. 2010 I just finished my enlistment in the United States Navy
Amoree Lamarr-Martinez - Guitar H.O.G. '10 Attending Humboldt State University and majoring in Wildlife management and conservation. 2018 date of graduation. SCPA is a great tool for self-discovery and character building
Sofia Ortiz - Dance/Art '10 Currently working as an Account Rep for a Collection Agency.
Jennavie Ochoa - Dance '09 After I graduated CVHS, I attended UC Irvine as a Dance Major where I graduated with a Bachelors in Dance from UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. While I was in school I also danced with Kaba Modern Hip Hop Company. Since 2010, I have worked as a Dancer /performer with the Walt Disney Company at The Disneyland Resort. When I am not working with Disney, I travel with a production company performing and event managing shows for Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon and other ad agencies. This past year I have been fortunate enough to become a Pilates Studio owner in Fullerton, CA utilizing my Pilates Certification with dance specialization and emphasis on body mechanics. I had the most recent opportunity to be a part of the Inland Valley Repetory Theater performer for "Beauty & The Beast" The Musical in Claremont, CA. Being an alumni to the SCPA opened so many great opportunities for me as an in-coming college student and aspiring entertainer. Ms. N, Mrs. Ingram, and Mrs. Huffor inspired me my last couple years at CVHS to pursue my dreams and supported me and really pushed me to keep growing and learning as a dancer. It kept me hungry for what was waiting for me out there. I miss being a Spartan but I will always be grateful for the amount of preparation the SCPA gave me moving forward into my profession! Cheers!
Jessica Guerra - Dance '08 Working for Scripps
Jennifer Banawa (O'Brien) - Orchestra '07 I will always remember my experiences with the orchestra fondly. While I did not move on to music professionally, orchestra has still been a constant in my life. Since graduating, I was a member of the UCLA Symphony, joined the Los Angeles Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra and performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall for their 75th anniversary, and am currently a musician in the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra.
Theresa Murillo (Bruno) - Dance '07 Bachelors Degree in Animal Science at Cal Poly Pomona Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences
Mercy Belcher - Stage Tech '07
Lone One - Stage Tech '07 B.S. in Computer Science (Security emphasis), co-founded a security team, in college, former government contractor, now working in the private sector as an information systems security analyst.
Denisse Rangel - Dance '07 SDSU grad, working on graduate degree. Did teach dance for a while at San Ysidro High School & created their first Hip Hop team. Currently a counselor at Ashford University. Getting married this October wohooo!
Ashley Rubio - Drama '07 My maiden last name is Moore
Ashley Martinez - Vocal Music '06 I was part of Silhouette's, Grace Notes and New Renaissance
Elysa Pomeroy (Bastidas) - Major? '06
Sdenia Ponce - Music '06 -I love CVHS!! Big shout out to music department and Varsity Women's soccer. Attended years '02-'06
Erin Rodriguez - Vocal Music '06 Class of 2006 - best class with Mrs. Schroeder and Mr. Trevino. I'm now a full time working mother of 3.
Sarahi Montoya - Vocal and Saxophone '03 Thank you for all you do! My years at CVHS were made most memorable because of our SCPA program!
Julius Manabat - Band '01 I'm still in Chula Vista but work as a gov't contractor. I still play in different groups as time allows around Greater San Diego. https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliusmanabat/
Damien O'Donnell - Drama '02 I ended up in the Technical Theater / Events industry. www.sevensegmentstudios.com
Heather Stark (Brown) - Vocal Music '01 Heather married Ryan Stark in December 2014. They recently had their first child, Andrew Winter Stark, in December 2016. (He was born on their wedding anniversary!) Currently, Heather is working in Office of Admissions at San Diego State University.
Dailyn Brown - Vocal Music '00 I am thankful for all the amazing times I had with SCPA.
Johann Casas - Vocal Music '99 Love the new website and enjoy watching the new generation of future artists!
Ariane Porras- Vocal Music '99 Happy to be in the loop
Mabel Tejeda - Vocal Music '99
Melody Brown (Ambre) - Art '98 This program gave me a voice. I learned through the respect of my instructors, and their facilitation of meaningful projects that what I thought and felt mattered and that my point of view was important. CVHS SCPA was a wonderful place to grow and learn about myself and the world. Not only that, but the curriculum truly prepared me for the rigor of college courses. We were treated like real artists and taught by skilled artists/teachers. I have continued in the art field, do frequent work by commission (painting/metalwork/photography), and have also become a high school art teacher in SUHSD! I made that decision because of my experience in the CVHS SCPA program. I want teenagers to know that they have a voice, and one that is important to share- to pay my own experience forward... Thank you to Mr.Thomas Lynn, Ms.Kristen Arrivee and Ms. Vicki Jones-Pittman for being the angels I so needed during a tumultuous time! Blessings!
Jina Chu - Major? '98 Go Spartans!
Brandon Elliot - Drama '98 Hey! :)
Angela Kodicek - Music Theater '98 Looking forward to participating in the reunion concert in June!
Melissa Adao - Vocal '97 Since graduating CVHS in 1997, I earned a BA in Dance from SDSU, and an MA in Dance from CSULB. I lived in LA to pursue the a professional career in the dance industry and had the opportunity to perform in music videos, industrials, tv shows, and work w reputable LA choreographers. Once I returned to my roots back in SD, I've had the opportunity to dance w many local dance groups and projects. Today, I am a dance professor at Grossmont College, Mesa College, and MiraCosta College. At 37 y/o, I started breaking and now enter battles in Southern California w my fellow ladies from Queen Bees Bgirl Sessions. You can check out my stuff on FB AND IG @melissaadao
Scott Brough - Drama '97 Well I went through a rough time after high school I fought with Support myself or school I tried doing both but it just didnt work. I gave up school and supported myself then met my wife and we had 4 kids and I have been able to raise them to "do the right thing" in all they do. I have held a job supporting my family for over 15 years now.i Love my family and Jesus our savior
Anikka Carlos - Major? '97 RN at City of Hope
Andrea Casas - Vocal Music '97
Rogelio Casas - Visual Art '97 After graduating with a BFA at USC in 2001 I worked in vehicle based special effects as a fabricator. I later returned to SD and spent time coaching Volleyball/subbing at CVHS. I returned focus on the Arts and was Gallery Curator at Centro Cultural de la Raza 2008-2014 and soon earned an NEA resident Artist appointment at The San Diego Museum of Art. http://www.sdmart.org/meet-your-educator-rogelio-casas I am currently a museum educator there and focus on working with at risk youth at alternative schools and juvenile hall. I owe my success to my family, teacher mentors and friends that believed in me. In march I will attend the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) in NYC and will be presenting a floral sculpture workshop to other educators. It is a great honor and I share that success in having my roots in CVHS SCPA.
Elizabeth Cavanaugh - Vocal '97 Currently living in Santee and working as a Police Dispatcher for San Diego PD
Elizabeth Fergus - Major? '97 Military Wife <3 Mom of 3
Jenny Hatfield - Major? '97 * became a doula/ birth coach * had 2 kids * graduated from Kaplan college * own my own business * work at a local church as the children's ministry director and pastor
Keyna Lavalais - Vocal Music '97 Hey everyone
Jessica Muramatsu - Major? '97
Maria Schembri - Dance, Guitar, Drama '97 I graduated from SDSU. I have been a high school English teacher for fourteen years. I have a beautiful daughter.
Christine Timmons - Vocal '97 Graduated from San Diego State with a BA in Mathematics in 2001. Graduated from National University with a teaching credential and MA in Cross-Cultural Education in 2005. Graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with an MA in Dance Education in 2016. Currently teaching dance at Bonita Vista High School.
Keri Dollick - Dance '96
Mayra Lopez - Dance '96 Currently a Creative Entertainment Peer Evaluator for Disney Resorts Worldwide
Dominic Patacsil - Drama '96 Go Spartans!
Laura Brown - Vocal Music '95 Spartanettes, New Renaissance, Into the Woods (Rapunzel)
Robert Brown - Music '95 I wish i could share these memories with my 2 sons
Marlene Alterio (Orozco) - Vocal Music '94 Looking to stay connected with my old friends.
Jesse Kuneff - Stage Technology '94 Excited that my daughter wants to attend CVSCPA to follow after me. Be on the look out for her...she is going places!
Theresa Maigue Bendorf - Dance '91 CVHS SCPA Grades 7-9 Middle School -highest level of dance Grades 10-12 -Level Dance 6 (highest level) -performed with The Main Attraction -Productions, Oklahoma and On the Town, Dance Concerts, District Airband Finalists -Varsity Tennis Team, Most Improved Award -SCPA Stand Out, Best Dancer -Senior, Prom Queen Finalist Returned to CVHS SCPA to teach dance and Director of Dance Force 1999-2004. Owned and Director of Mystic Stepper School of Dance and Mystic Dance San Diego 2002-2012 SeaWorld San Diego Entertainment Show Producer 2011-present Current resume available upon request
Candi Soltero - Dance '90 My daughter is now an SCPA student!
Melissa Treziok Dance '90The SCPA dance program was an enormous blessing in my life! I am extremely thankful for the quality dance education that I received from so many talented teachers while attending high school! After graduating in 1990, I went onto SDSU and graduated with a dance major. After college, I returned to CVHS and taught for the dance program for five years. When I left I was the head of the dance department and advisor for the award winning Dance Force. In 1999, I fulfilled my dream of opening Dance Society, a dance studio in Eastlake Chula Vista. In 2019, Dance Society celebrated its 20th anniversary of sharing the love of dance with the Eastlake and Chula Vista community. www.dancesocietyonline.com
Jon Peterson - Piano /Main Attraction'87. This is great! I'm so glad I stumbled across this! After 30 years working as an actor, singer, dancer, I opened a theatre company in Long Beach, CA in September 2019. www.P3Theatre.biz!
Tanya Christianson-Dray - Dance '84 Would have graduated in 1985 but I tested out and graduated early. Still looking for Billy and Rose Gregory.
Kerry Evans - '81 Original Test Group!
Jesus Fierro - Folklorico (year unknown) I learned a lot from my teacher and truly changed my life for the best