On Friday, February 24, the Orange County Register announced the 2017 OCVarsity Arts Artist of the Year nominees. In total, the Huntington Beach Union High School (HBUHSD) had 26 students nominated in seven categories — Theater, Dance, Film, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, 2D Art, and 3D Art. The nominees are as follows:

THEATER (5)
– Coleton Falke, Huntington Beach High School
– Andy Jacobson, Huntington Beach High School
– Mackenzie Kohanek, FVHS – Fountain Valley High School
– Kat Lewis (pictured), Huntington Beach High School
– Adouria MacGlashan, FVHS – Fountain Valley High School

DANCE (3)
– Adam Blanchard, Huntington Beach High School
– Brian Golden, Huntington Beach High School
– Hannah Thornhill, Huntington Beach High School

FILM (3)
– Thúy Bercher, Huntington Beach High School
– Melanie Martinez-Fox, Edison High School
– Jade Trazo, Huntington Beach High School

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (7)
– Sabrina Burkic, Huntington Beach High School
– Matthew Carney, Huntington Beach High School
– Hannah Galvez-Arango, FVHS – Fountain Valley High School
– Renne Levin, Marina High School – Home of the Vikings (pictured bottom left)
– Niki Nguyen, Westminster High School
– Calvin Proctor, Huntington Beach High School
– Zack Valenzuela, Westminster High School

VOCAL MUSIC (4)
– Angaelos Hanna, FVHS – Fountain Valley High School
– Fiona Kweskin, Huntington Beach High School
– Autumn Thelander, Huntington Beach High School
– Adrian Villegas, Huntington Beach High School (pictured bottom right)

2D ART (3)
– Trang Nguyen, Ocean View High School
– Travis Petrovich, Ocean View High School
– Holly Reynolds, Ocean View High School

3D ART (1)
– Yolanda Miranda, Ocean View High School

Following these initial nominations, a panel of arts educators will choose the top 10 students in each discipline to move on to a round of in-person interviews.

Congratulations to all of our students nominated and we wish you the best of luck in advancing. To see the full list of Orange County nominees, click here or visit http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nominees-744918-arts-students.html.