MDHS Nominees for OC Varsity Artist


The Orange County Register is holding it’s first ever OC Varsity Artists Awards this spring. You can read about it in their weekly OC Varsity Arts section. We appreciate their support for the arts in local High Schools.  This month, OC Register is choosing the top ten from the large pool of nominees. In April the top ten perform and interview for a panel. The 2014 OC Varsity Artists will be announced in May. The following students were chosen by their teachers and officially nominated from our school.

OC Varsity Instrumental Musician Nominee

Sydney Gang has been nominated for playing the harp and percussion. “Sydney has really made our Mater Dei community aware of our music program. When people hear we have a harpist who also plays for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, they become interested and want to learn more” said Mr. Fernando Martinez, Director of Band.

Save the date for these upcoming band events: Spring Concert – Saturday April 5 & Red Hot Jazz – Saturday May 3. Please visit the Mater Dei website for more info about our band program.

OC Varsity Dancer Nominee 

Michelle Nguyen has been nominated for her magnificent dancing in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. Director of Dance, Mrs. Victoria Ferrigno says, “Her talent, her love of dance and her leadership have brought a new sense of family to our team.”

Please come out to Anaheim Convention to support our Dance teams at the USA Nationals on March 28 and 29.

OC Varsity Vocal Artist Nominee 

Hailey Detterich has been nominated for her incredible talent and the impact she has had with our Chamber Singer choir and our school musicals. “She truly has an incredible control of her instrument and is very much in touch with the emotional complexities of performance,” describes Mr. Scott Melvin, Director of Choirs, “Hailey is one of the most versatile and sensitive singers I have been able to work with here at Mater Dei.  She can sing Faure and then belt the newest pop song without missing a beat.  And the technique she has honed rivals that of her college counterparts.”

Please join us Monday March 10 at 7:30pm, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, for our annual Spring Concert. For tickets visit  Also save the date to see Hailey in the Senior Musical on April 10, 11 & 12. This year’s production is How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. 

OC Varsity Visual Artist Nominee 

Alyssa Ross has been nominated for her 2D art. Visual Arts Department Chair Mrs. Catherine Wilson describes Alyssa Ross as “an outstanding ambassador for the arts because she truly lives her art.”

See Alyssa’s art work at the annual Visual Arts Show  April 7 to April 11. The opening and awards will be on campus Monday April 7 at 7:00pm in LeVecke Center and Monarch Pavilion.

OC Varsity Theatre Artist Nominee 

Massimo Napoli has been nominated for his comedic and dramatic acting. In the past year, Massimo has become Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Trigorin in Chekhov’s The Seagull and many more roles in straight plays, musicals, children’s theatre, competition scenes and ShortsFest events. He is one of the presidents of our Improvisational Comedy Club, which under his leader ship has raised over $1,800 for charities this year so far. Director of Performing Arts, Mr. Patrick Williams describes Massimo as “that actor in rehearsals that can play with the words. He delights in imagery and can make the language seem natural.”

On Tuesday March 11, Massimo Napoli along with peers Austin Kendrick, Julia Silvey and Nicholas Silva will perform a scene and be honored for their award winning theatre work at the 17th Annual California Youth in Theatre Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Bravo!






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