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[28 Mar 2013 | admin | One Comment | 5,801 views]
Coleman Hampton DJs Oakley Launch Party

Junior Coleman Hampton, also known as “DJ Undecided” around campus, turned the music tables at an exclusive Oakley party last month to launch Bonner Paddock’s Oakley Signature Sunglasses, the Oakley Limited Edition OM Hijinx Sunglasses, commemorating his record-setting climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Ironman World Championship. Coleman met Bonner when he came to speak to the Upper School in November.
“Coleman rocked the house! He had the hard job of getting the crowd entertained until we opened the theatre for the concert by Scott Russo of Unwritten Law. Coleman nailed the …

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[28 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,277 views]
A Magical Night at the Opera – 2013 All-School Spring Fundraiser

For those who attended the St. Margaret’s Annual Spring Fundraiser “Music of the Night” at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, it was an evening that will be remembered for many years to come.
From the moment guests entered the foyer, they experienced the first of what would be many surprises. As guests approached the foyer, Phantom of the Opera music was played on a piano by St. Margaret’s senior Austin Foley, shrouded by fog and candelabra. Thus began a magical evening where more than 400 guests were transported into the …

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[28 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,938 views]
Battle of the Books Wins First Place!

In which book do children fly around on huge bats? In which book are characters tense because of missiles in Cuba pointed at America? In which book does a meteor fall from the sky, through a roof and onto a bed?
If you can answer these questions you are probably on St. Margaret’s Battle of the Books team! BOB is the grade 4 and 5 reading team that just earned first place at the Orange County Battle of the Books Competition last week. Held at St. John’s Episcopal School in Orange …

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[28 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,791 views]
Tartans Honored at Color It Orange Art Exhibit

Thirty St. Margaret’s students were honored this year at Color It Orange, a county wide annual juried youth art exhibition at Laguna College of Art + Design. Their pieces were on display at the studios and galleries of Laguna College of Art + Design from March 17-24.
This year, for the first time, Color It Orange was limited to only high school students. More than 50 county art teachers took part in the exhibition including St. Margaret’s Upper School art teachers Josh Friedman, Karen Poffenberger and Barbara Nelson. Each teacher selected …

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[27 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 7,659 views]
St. Margaret’s Sponsors San Juan’s Beloved 55th Annual Swallows Day Parade

This year’s 55th Annual Swallows Day Parade themed, “Happy Trails,” brought thousands of families to the streets of historic downtown San Juan Capistrano to celebrate the community and the return of the swallows. St. Margaret’s has been a proud supporter of the parade as a division sponsor for more than 10 years and a parade sponsor for the past four years. This is the nation’s largest non-motorized parade in the country and has been part of the San Juan community for more than five decades. More than 500 horses and …

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[22 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,011 views]
Tartans Impress at San Juan Capistrano State of the City Event

A group of St. Margaret’s Upper School performing arts students represented the school at the City of San Juan Capistrano State of the City event with a set of musical performances that garnered standing ovations from the sold-out audience of local government, business and community leaders.
Singers Morgan Higgins and Tiffany Choe, as well as the St. Margaret’s Jazz Ensemble: Austin Foley, piano; Braden Johnson, drums; Alexander Kaliannan, bass; David Larsen, trumpet; Brenden Ramirez, guitar; Justin Ren, trombone; and Ryan Stueber, alto saxophone, performed for the annual event that also took …

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[22 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,107 views]
SMES Artists Recognized in Scholastic’s Exhibition and in an Upcoming Ceremony at Carnegie Hall

Scholastic announced the national gold and silver medal winners in the 90th Art & Writing Awards competition on March 15. There were 230,000 works of art and writing by students in grades 7-12 entered into this year’s competition. Only the top one percent of entries garnered 1,900 national medals. St. Margaret’s Episcopal School junior Liam Lasting is amongst this select group of national medal winners and will be recognized at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31. Liam’s ceramic work, “Olive Branch,” was awarded a national Silver …

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[20 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,999 views]
Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut Recognized for Longtime Contributions to San Juan Capistrano

At San Juan Capistrano Mayor John Taylor’s 2013 State of the City address last week, St. Margaret’s Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut was presented the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Arts & Culture Award. According to award presenter, Councilman Sam Allevato, Mr. Hurlbut was chosen for his significant contributions to making the city a more vibrant, well-rounded and culturally aware community. The annual event draws a distinguished group of city and regional government and business leaders who welcomed Mr. Hurlbut with a standing ovation for his accomplishments and contributions.
Councilman …

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[15 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 5,010 views]
SMES Selected as First and Only Independent School in OC to Partner with UCI Cal Teach Program

University of California, Irvine performs teacher observations to identify schools with progressive teaching techniques that would model best practices for aspiring teachers. St. Margaret’s is the first and only independent school in Orange County chosen to partner with the program. This partnership allows St. Margaret’s to develop stronger ties with UCI and helps fulfill its mission of developing highly qualified teachers of math and science for the state of California.
The Cal Teach program at UCI is committed to developing highly qualified science and math teachers. It is structured to allow …

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[14 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,338 views]
Upper School Honors Piano Trio Presents for Orange County Philharmonic Society

The Upper School Honors Piano Trio represents the most advanced musicians in the orchestra and chamber music program in The Arts at St. Margaret’s. The ensemble includes senior Victoria Lee on piano, junior Brian Lee on violin and sophomore Annika Krafcik on cello. The students recently presented part of their concert program, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49 for members of the Cameo Philharmonic Committee, which fundraises to support music education programs on behalf of the Orange County Philharmonic Society. Their program took place on Wednesday, March …

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