San Juan Idol: Rotary’s Song Contest Winners

L-R: Judges Roz Westra and Peter Hornby, contest winners Daniel Bondi, Annie Pfost, Madison Roush and Rotary Club president Carol Daderian. Credit Penny Arévalo
L-R: Judges Roz Westra and Peter Hornby, contest winners Daniel Bondi, Annie Pfost, Madison Roush and Rotary Club president Carol Daderian. Credit Penny Arévalo.

For the first time in school history, JSerra was invited to participate in the Rotary Vocal Competition and JSerra could not be more proud of the performers. Congratulations to JSerra senior Daniel Bondi, and junior Annie Pfost for their accomplishments at the annual competition.

Song contest winners from San Juan high schools were selected at San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club’s annual song competition on Wednesday Feb. 22 at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

From a field of 17 entrants, first place went to JSerra Catholic High School senior Daniel Bondi, singing “Me!” from Beauty & The Beast. Also from JSerra Catholic High School, second place went to junior Annie Pfost, singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables.

“Four of our own students, Victoria Moyzis, Matthew Chamberlain, Annie Pfost and Daniel Bondi went up against 14 others and we walked away with first and second place,” said Brian Dehn, JSerra Choral Director.  “Not only did we present ourselves extremely well with taking the top two spots, we also were commended for our professionalism and maturity. JSerra was well represented and the parents, fellow vocal coaches and I could not be more proud of these four talented students.

Victoria Moyzis wins first prize in annual Holocaust Art and Writing competition

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Sally Roisman, born Sally Zielinski in 1930 in Poland, was torn from her family by the German occupation in 1939. Victoria Moyzis, born in 1995 in China, was abandoned on a train as a consequence of the One Child policy.

Historical events broke their families apart. At the 12th annual Holocaust Art and Writing contest at Chapman University on Friday, art brought them together.

The contest invites students to view testimony of Holocaust survivors online, then craft a piece of art or writing based on their impressions.

Entries are accepted from high schools and middle schools nationwide and are judged by a panel of luminaries and intellectuals including Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. The top two entries in each category are awarded a cash prize, and first prize brings a trip to Washington, D.C.

Victoria Moyzis, McKeagney, and Sally Roisman

Moyzis, a 10th-grader at JSerra Catholic High School, took the $500 first prize in prose writing in the middle school category. She embraced Roisman onstage after the ceremony. In her essay, she wrote about the pain of being separated from family.

“Like Sally, there are so many questions I would like to ask, and so many answers that I will never know,” Moyzis wrote. “The loss and uncertainty about our parents caused by discrimination unites us.”

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