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Ksenia Goel, Filmmaker

I created my own Youtube Channel at the age of 9. I produce, film and edit my own videos. Solimar Academy allows me to be free to do what interests me the most, which is art, sewing, knitting, crafts and science. I like sewing doll clothes, knitting, and creating miniature items for my dolls. A lot of things I do with science projects I figure out how to relate to my dolls and doll house. You can see some of these things on my Youtube Channel.

Anika Goel, Gymnast

I’m a Level 7 competitive gymnast at TRC South in San Diego.
Solimar Academy allows me to focus on learning what I am interested in, not feel rushed and not have to miss gymnastics practice because of homework, tests or feeling overwhelmed with school. I have an interest in math and science and enjoy working at my own pace.

Drew Engle, Tennis Champion

Congratulations to 12th grader David (Drew) Engel, winner of the Boys’ Class 4A Tennis Championship, Individual Singles Competition!

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Amanda Smith, Gymnast

Amanda has won several 1st place awards. Here is a short video of her in action. She also has her own Etsy shop – see next item. Video:

Amanda Smith, Online Business

9th grader Amanda started her business, Amanda’s Grotto, on, a year ago when she was in 8th grade. Amanda makes beautiful, unique hair accessories, necklaces, and rings. Here is one testimonial Amanda received: “I had no idea you are only 14! You’re so creative and a young entrepreneur… congrats!” She is now also selling her creations to a retail store in Ventura called Sea Things. Visit Amanda’s online shop:

You can also Like her page on Facebook:

Julia McBeth, honored at USC

Solimar graduate, Julia McBeth, will be receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology in May from USC, where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point. She has been offered membership into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. And she has been notified that she has won the 2014 Provost Award for the highest GPA of all transfer students in all disciplines at USC! Congratulations, Julia!

Amelia Steeger, U.S. Figure Skating Award

12th grader Amelia Steeger was informed in May 2013 that she would be receiving the U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Senior Program Gold Level Award.

Graduating Seniors Award Program

Alec Loorz, Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award

Former student, Alec Loorz, 18,  received the inaugural Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award on January 10, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, honoring his work as founder of Kids vs. Global Warming. Alec began his environmental work at age 12. Currently he attends Quest University in British Columbia.

Alec’s award speech:

Ventura County Star article: about Alec and his many accomplishments

Chandler Frantz, TED Talks

10th grader Chandler applied to TED Youth Talks and is one of 400 accepted applicants. Here is the art work Chandler submitted with his application:

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Kristen Spittle, Lyric Video

10th grader Kristen is learning how to create lyric videos, using Adobe After Effects and other programs. Her career interest is Digital Multimedia Technology.

See a sample of her work here:


Chandler Frantz, attended Cannes Film Festival

Chandler Frantz, student of Solimar Academy and actor, attending the 65th annual (2012) Cannes Film Festival in support of his new movie, “Moonrise Kingdom” in which he has a co-starring role playing “Gadge”.

Zoe Periale, Disney Design Award

The winning house design was selected by DisneyToon Studios filmmakers, currently working on the upcoming “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,”…

Read more about her award