WCAAD student Ashley Pei has announced her decision to become part of the USC legacy!
Now more than ever her portfolio created at WCAAD was even more of a deciding factor in the top-ranking school in America. Ashely was admitted under Cinematic Art department. Her Dream has come true to be a concept artist.
Additional college offers: Otis College of Art and Design scholarship $23,000 per year $92,000/4yrs; Pepperdine University scholarship $39,000 per year $156,000/4yrs; Art Center College of Design; Chapman University scholarship $28,000 per year $112,000/4yrs; University of California, San Diego.
Since Ashley arrived at our Academy, she demonstrated a talent that is exceptional. She has shown grown, committed, and demonstrated a true desire for her dream - Art and Design.
A few of the most impressive strengths are illuminous color schemes and her personal style in her characters. She works well with color language in character design and other art forms. She is sensitive to contrasting colors in her work. I see how she inspires others through communicating a sense of connectivity and movement as well as being strong in figure drawing.
Ashely also won 1st place in three contests: two from the Hope and Justice category, and one from the May 2021 Monthly Prompt.
She won the California State 3nd Place Award at the Global Fish Art Contest held by the Wildlife Forever. Wildlife Forever is a nonprofit conservation charity. Its mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.
Ashley was involved in Directing Change: A statewide contest that promotes the mental well-being of today’s youth, as well as suicide prevention and the reduction of discrimination regarding mental illness. She won the California State 1st Place Award at the National Directing Change Program and Film Contest. Her winning artwork is titled “Growing Hope”.
She won the 1st Place Award at the H.H Dorje Chang Buddha III Culture and Art Museum/ Covina Public Library Bookmark Contest. Her design was printed on bookmarks for the library.
Ashely has been awarded César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Programs California Teachers Association: she was awarded $550 in recognition for artwork submitted for this contest honoring the works of César Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Outside class, Ashley has been active in-service clubs where she earned service hours and gained opportunities such as Scare Away Hunger, Tree Planting, Priceless Pets, Shoes That Fit, and the Claremont Pie Festival. She has participated in Tree Planting, Priceless Pets, Project ArtStART: This is a school club in which visited art museums in Claremont each week with a team of other ArtStarters. During weekly sessions, different artists were introduced from Claremont followed by trips to Elementary schools to teach kids art.
At the Beverly Hills Chinese New Year Celebration- she acted as the Chinese translator alongside other volunteers. Ashley worked very hard scholastically and since freshman year has had multiple honors class consecutively.
Currently in 12th grade she is taking AP Calculus, AP Literature and Composition, Advanced Studio Art, Economics, 3D Game Animation, AP US History, AP Spanish Language and Culture.
Personally, Ashley is a hidden jewel, she is on time, dedicated and passionate about being part of the bigger picture. She is excited to continue in her education and is a model for others to follow. She works well with others, and it has been a true pleasure getting to know her and I consider her a friend.
She has volunteered in art related activities and has sought knowledge, not only here, but outlets that will aid her to form a foundation that will lead to a brighter future.
(By Omar Gallegos, WCAAD Vice Principal/Director of Education)