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I am a theatrical makeup artist: Dublin’s Hailey Lampi on Bringing Oz and Neverland to Life

August 3, 2015

Hailey LampiFor Dublin High School junior Hailey Lampi, helping actors ‘get in character’ takes on a whole new meaning. As a makeup artist for a local theatre company, Grand Performing Arts (GPA), Lampi’s job is to make sure that actors go onstage with their makeup and costume complete, ready to captivate the audience.

Doing crazy things with makeup has been one of Lampi’s favorite hobbies since middle school. However, since not many of her friends wanted to come to school looking like a zombie or Darth Maul, there weren’t as many opportunities to hone her skills as she would have liked. However, this changed when Lampi learned that her family friends – and the owners of GPA – Kristi Grand and Ryan Joslin had an open spot for a makeup artist.

Although Lampi is volunteering with a theater company, her original inspirations came from the big screen.

“Growing up, my brother never wanted to watch any girly Barbie or princess movies. I also grew up with a lot of cousins. Because of this, I watched a lot of action and adventure movies. My favorites were Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, things like that. We would also watch TV shows as a family and when we started The Walking Dead, I was fascinated by the walkers (zombies) in the show. The special effects artist was Greg Nicotero and he became my inspiration.”

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Dublin High School Teacher Noel Sollom-Brotherton Leads Dublin Green Gators to an Undefeated Season

July 31, 2015
Noel Sollom-Brotherton

Noel Sollom-Brotherton

It is often encouraging to follow the story of one of Dublin’s native sons. It is even more exciting when it is attached to an athletic accomplishment – not by him. But, by the team that he help to guide to greatness. Noel Sollom-Brotherton graduated from Dublin High School in 2005. On top of being an excellent student and leader, he also lettered as a competitive swimmer.

The 2015 season represented a pinnacle – an achievement that has never been achieved relative to capturing a team championship.  How did this happen?  As a youth, he competed with the Briarhill Cabana Club in Dublin, California. It was as much of his upbringing as attending school. Upon graduation from DHS, the urge to guide and to cultivate young swimmers never wavered. At the time, he had matriculated to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA – a relatively small liberal arts institution. Mr. Sollom-Brotherton focused on a Studio Arts degree and attained this B.A in less than four years. The academic focus was centered on Painting, Sculpture and Photography – among other disciplines. His presence at this Division III University also provided him the opportunity to continue participating in competitive swimming. Subsequently, he attained his Single-Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Puget Sound. So, the question remained – which path to choose?

Dublin Green Gators 4During his interim summers, Noel returned to Dublin and coached young swimmers. This primarily cemented his thought process that he would pursue a career in education. While he could have easily remained in the state of WA, his application to join the Dublin Unified School District was met with mutual interest and he commenced his career at DHS in the fall of 2011.

But the allegiance with the sport of swimming was never far behind and he committed himself to leading the Dublin Green Gators Swim Team – a City-led endeavor for close to eight years. As a member of the Tri-Valley Swim League, the Green Gators regularly competed against teams in the local area. While it has been a steady climb, the team experienced their first ever League championship in late July – completing a perfect 6-0 competition record in addition to a first place finish in the championship swim meet. We couldn’t resist the urge to gather Coach Noel’s thoughts on this accomplishment. And, we also wanted to harvest his thoughts as an educator. Read more…

Life at Utah State University – Dublin High School 2014 Alum Alyssa Collins Reflects on Her Freshman Year

July 30, 2015

DSC_1266Nestled on a shelf-like foothill at the northern most part of the state resides Utah State University. The campus exists less than a mile from downtown Logan. USU is the largest public residential campus in the state and more than 16,000 students live either on or adjacent to campus. It is also 815 miles away from Dublin. In our newest entry in the Life in College Series, we are pleased to share the experiences of Alyssa Collins. We sat down during her recent July return to home and the discussion was a revelation.

Alyssa 5Whether or not she realized it at the time, Alyssa’s motives for a career were exposed to her at an early age. Her mother, Carrie, provided childcare services for many years out of their home and Alyssa was the oldest of three children. So, she has been around young people for her entire life. However, as her junior year approached, Ms. Collins knew that she would need to make her college choice with greater precision. She thought that a career in education would suit her interests in supporting children. But, she also has a fascination with Korean culture and wanted to at least take a Korean language class. So, the research began with the assistance of her mother. Alas, they found an institution with the highest in-state rating in Elementary Education and one that offered Korean language courses. As if to verify her thought process, Alyssa enrolled in an Elementary Education class through ROP which allowed her to intern in a first grade setting at Frederiksen Elementary School. This experience cemented her decision to someday become a teacher. The family considered additional options both in California and those out of state. But, an on-campus visit followed by an USU “Out of State” weekend for potential enrollees sealed the deal. We asked Alyssa to share observations on her first year in college. Once you decided upon a path of pursuing a degree in early/elementary education, what were the factors that led you to Utah State University.  Was it the quality of the program and/or the size of the institution?

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Dublin Unified School District Appoints Multiple Principals and District Staff

July 28, 2015

DSC_1289In the words of Assistant Superintendent Keith Rogenski, Monday was a “big” night for the Dublin Unified School District. A special meeting of the board of trustees was established – primary to address these new leadership appointments for their respective school sites.

Over the years, we have witnessed the fluid nature of leadership within this district and Monday was no different. Specifically, Mr. Rogenski was offered the opportunity to speak on behalf of several candidates for four existing vacancies. Upon which, he would turn the mantle over to Superintendent Steve Hanke to make the recommendation to the board of trustees. Subsequently, the board would entertain a motion to appoint with a following second of motion and then a vote by the entire board.

In order, let us review the actions of the board tonight:

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I am a cellist: Cindy Won, the SFSYO’s European Tour, and Music’s Vivid Mark

July 27, 2015

Cindy WonFor senior Cindy Won, the cello’s rich and brilliant notes are like a second language—one she has been studying since the age of five. In the past twelve years, Won has been an cellist for several organizations, including the Del Sol Quartet, the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and now, starting her fourth year, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO).

“I remember having practiced the same excerpts, scales, and solo piece for nine months straight through two auditions,” says Won, as she relates her journey to earn a coveted spot in the SFSYO. “I’ve actually wanted to join this orchestra since seventh grade, when I first saw them live at the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival (BAYOF Hope). There was something incredibly special about this orchestra in comparison to the orchestra I had previously been in and the other ones at the festival; anyone could noticeably see the passion in how the musicians played.”

Passion is something not unfamiliar to Cindy Won, who allows music to be a “personal companion,” whether it be through her cello practices, or the whistling and singing she is known by her friends to do on a regular basis.

“Music is definitely something that I am able to connect with and be able to express the inexpressible…on a personal note, there is a beauty and intimacy about music that one cannot just snatch away,” Won says. “Music really allows people, especially our youth who will transcend into the next generation, to comprehend the environment in which they live in.”

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StarStruck Theatre Brings Practically Perfect “Mary Poppins” to Dublin Stage

July 26, 2015

20150610_Starstruck Mary Poppins_10_REVDublin High School’s new Center for Performing Arts and Education welcomed a full house of theatre lovers last night for the opening performance of the StarStruck Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins. The production runs Friday-Sunday each weekend through August 9. Tickets are on sale now by calling the StarStruck box office: 510-659-1319, or ordering online.

The Disney stage version of Mary Poppins, which premiered in the U.K. in 2004, expanded on the classic movie musical with additional songs. For those most familiar with the movie, the added music (by George Stiles and Anthony Drew) complements the brilliance of the Sherman Brothers original score. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman are responsible for some of the most unforgettable melodies of the 20th century, including “It’s a Small, Small World”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Winnie the Pooh” and of course Mary Poppins classics including “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)”, “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

Given the extraordinary Sherman Brothers score, and the beloved film featuring the debut on-screen performance of Julie Andrews, mounting a production of Mary Poppins comes with considerable risk. Can a stage production capture the movie magic of Mary Poppins? Can the actress performing Mary Poppins step out of Julie Andrews’ long shadow? The good news for the StarStruck production is a practically perfect “yes”. From the strong vocal performances, led by Callie Garrett as Mary Poppins (a recent Simpson University graduate with a B.A. in Music), to the richly colorful costumes, fanciful set design and even performers flying on wires, Mary Poppins was a feast for the eyes and ears.

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I am a photographer: Vivian Jiang’s extraordinary perspective through the lens

July 23, 2015

Vivian Jiang

With a Canon EOS 600D camera in her hands, and an army green backpack slung over her shoulders, Vivian Jiang walks through Dublin High’s campus, looking for people, plants, or places to add to her photography portfolio. Whether it be the flashes of moving cars, the variations in a dancer’s routine, or her best friends at a birthday party, nothing intimidates this well-seasoned photographer on her goal to make art.

“It documents the world in a different way than words do,” says Jiang. As a photographer, her role is “bringing attention to what’s beautiful about our world, such as landscapes or individuals.”

Jiang first started her passion of photography when she was eight and received her first camera. Since then, she has taken this art to new places such as the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). There, she attended a precollege program for five weeks, learning about photography and editing, and gaining an impressive and diverse skillset as a photographer.

“I learned about the rule of thirds and to be more open with showing others my work,” says Jiang, who also discovered that risk-taking was a key element to photography while studying at the SFAI.

“Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone,” she recommends. “Try different types of photography or do something you normally wouldn’t.”

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