On Friday, November 2, 2018, Yancheng “Cash” Zhang ‘MDP20 and Jacob Callas ‘MDP19, were named finalists for the Algonquin Arts Theater Rising Stars. Yancheng “Cash” Zhang was named a finalist for his opera performance of “Caro Mio Ben” in Italian while Jacob Callas was selected for his piano performance of "Scriabin Prelude Opus 13 Number 1." Yancheng “Cash” Zhang and Jacob Callas are both valued members of the Mater Dei Prep Performing Arts Institute and Seraph Players.
Mater Dei Prep has recently launched four new academic institutes – the Global Leaders Institute, the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute, Performing Arts Institute and the Information Technology Institute to kick off the 2018-2019 school year. Each Institute is designed to teach students the skills needed to excel in today’s diverse, technology-based fields through hands-on learning.