LCAD Grad Wins Contest and a Paycheck
Matthew McKeown, a 2016 game art graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design, won a student art contest by Blizzard Entertainment, which also offered him a job, says a college announcement.
McKeown designed a “World of Warcraft” ogre half-breed that won the character contest. “It took a full semester to create the character from concept, to backstory to final model and animation,” says a statement from McKeown.
Blizzard, based in Irvine, holds the annual contest for college and university students to submit original artwork for “World of Warcraft.”
McKeown is the fifth consecutive LCAD student to win the contest, Aandy Appleoff Lyons, founder and chair the game art department, says in a statement. “Only one other school in the country has done that.”
Musician Jumps Genres
Classical guitarist Lee Zimmer performs for the members of the Boys and Girls Club as part of Laguna Beach Live!’s weekly musical presentations.
Zimmer encouraged students to listen for major and minor chords and to think about the way the different sounds made them feel. With encouragement from the students, he also improvised a rock-n-roll number that got everyone on their feet!
Laguna Beach Live! will continue bringing music to the club this summer with outdoor concerts on the playground.
Rotary Names Students of the Month
Moorea Howson, Natalia Law and Daniell Treadwell earned honors from Laguna Rotary Club as students of the month for June.
Moorea was this year’s homecoming queen, participated in a Regional Occupational Program emergency medical responder course, and will study at Saddleback College.
Natalia helps tutor students in the modified math class, plays basketball for the Boys and Girls Club and will also enroll at Saddleback.
Daniell plans to attend Orange Coast College and study culinary arts.
All three girls have worked at Hotel Laguna as part of their vocational education.
Grad Lands Cox Scholarship
Recent Laguna Beach High School graduate Michael Beu has been honored as a Cox Scholar.
Funded by employee donations, Cox Charities awarded 11 college scholarships to Orange County high school seniors, totaling $33,500.
Beu will study film production at Chapman College in Orange.
Residents Earn Degrees
Two Laguna Beach residents recently graduated from Boston University.
Both Haley S. Castuera and Lindsey N. Mann received a bachelor of science degrees in film and television.
Castuera graduated summa cum laude.