GGUSD Celebrates Artistic Talents of Students at First Impressions Award Ceremony

First Impressions gallery

Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) hosted its annual First Impressions Art Show Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 7 at the Garden Grove Community Center.  Awards were presented in front of a packed room of parents, teachers, and community members, with hundreds of students from preschool to high school recognized for their artistic talents.

Students who received special recognition include:

  • Emily Morales, Brookhurst Elementary – President of the School Board Award
  • Olivia Tran, McGarvin Intermediate -  Mayor’s Award
  • Yvette Vu, Pacifica High School – Superintendent’s Award
  • Kiera Nguyen, Carrillo Elementary – PreK-6 Best in Show Award
  • Melissa Valdivia, Alamitos Intermedia – 7-8 Best in Show Award
  • Samantha Cruz, Rancho Alamitos High School – 9-12 Best in Show Award
  • Phat Doan, Santiago High School – First Impressions Poster Artwork Recognition

The community is invited to view the artwork at The Courtyard on Village Green, 12372 Main Street, Garden Grove on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, March, 9 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the gallery, fairy gardens created by GGUSD elementary students will be on display during the length of the gallery display. 

“GGUSD has an outstanding Visual and Performing Arts Department that provides all students with opportunities to participate in wonderful fine arts programs,” said Teri Rocco, Board of Education Vice President. “We are thrilled that the City of Garden Grove partnered with us to ensure the whole community had an opportunity to see the artistic and musical talents of our students.”

The First Impressions Awards Ceremony coincided with Art in the Park, an art festival hosted March 7 by the City of Garden Grove at Village Green Park, which featured student artwork and musical performances.  The event showcased a 50-foot art installation of the word “RE:IMAGINE” designed by GGUSD intermediate and high school students.  Student performances included Santiago Ballet Folklorico, Bolsa Grande Concert Choir, La Quinta Vocal Ensemble, Rancho Alamitos Chamber Choir, and Bolsa Grande Jazz Band.