JSerra International Student Arranges Song for Choir’s Farewell Concert

AndrewBy Lauren Shepherd, OC Register 

JSerra Catholic High School’s first graduating international student Seung Hyun (Andrew) Lee, from Seoul, South Korea, has been teaching his fellow chamber singers his own arrangement of a Korean folk song for choir’s Spring Farewell Concert. Four years ago, Lee and his family searched for the right school in Southern California that would give him a unique high school experience.

“When I saw that JSerra was accepting international students I took the opportunity,” Lee said. He started his freshman year of high school at JSerra with a love for music and a prodigal talent that would impress his fellow chamber singers.

“It’s really interesting to know that someone so young can be so musically inclined,” said JSerra sophomore and first-year chamber singer, Ian von Gremp. “It’s nice to know that my friend Andrew arranged it,”

Lee became president of the chamber choir, and with his leadership taught his fellow chamber singers the ancient Korean folk song, “Arirang,” which he arranged to fit his own interpretation of its meaning.

“Andrew has always been our leader,” junior and third year chamber singer, Annie Pfost said. “Choir is like a family and Andrew is like the cool big brother.”

“Arirang,” a song handed down through many generations, was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in December.

At last year’s Spring Concert, Renée Bondi, Christian inspiration singer and mother to JSerra chamber singer, Daniel Bondi, told Lee about her concert in Korea. She said when she sang “Arirang” for the finale, everyone there began to sing along with her. With that motivation, Lee decided to arrange “Arirang” for his high school choir.

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JSerra students compete in Stanford Tournament

From left: JSerra Catholic High School students Aaron Komatsuzaki, Michael Chen, Leaf Ye, Jason Liu, Judy Cao and Silvie Zhang, participated in the annual Stanford Math Tournament.
From left: JSerra Catholic High School students Aaron Komatsuzaki, Michael Chen, Leaf Ye, Jason Liu, Judy Cao and Silvie Zhang, participated in the annual Stanford Math Tournament.

*From the Orange County Register 

Six JSerra Catholic High School international students competed in the annual Stanford Math Tournament in Palo Alto with Aaron Komatsuzaki taking home eighth place in the individual test, which included more than 600 participants.

JSerra was the only American school in the annual student-run math competition, which aims to encourage interest in math by providing high school students the opportunity to work on challenging problems with their peers. This very goal is what got Komatsuzak interested in competing in the Stanford competition.

“I am so pleased that we are able to compete with others that have the same interest and fascination as I do with math,” Komatsuzaki said. “I hope to one day become a biologist, and my experience with math now will, I feel, help me later in my university studies.”

The six competing JSerra students – Komatsuzaki, Jason Liu, Silvie Zhang, Judy Cao, Michael Chen and Leaf Ye – are international students from China and Japan. The high number of competitors is a first in school history.

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International Student College Fair Hosted at UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine hosts the annual international student college fair, Tuesday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

The event will host opportunities to speak with college representatives from all UC campuses, selected Cal State universities, community colleges, and private four-year universities. College representatives will provide helpful tools and information to international students about their campus, application process, scholarships, visa processes, and more.

For those interested please contact Carolann Zuck in the JSerra International office or at chuck@jserra.org. Sign ups also available at http://www.admissions.uci.edu/internationalcollegefair.

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