by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Spark Photography

Stage and School

Jasmine Pham did not find her “golden ticket” wrapped in a chocolate bar. Rather, it was presented to her by the judges after a solid dance performance at the try-outs for the reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance. The youngest contestant to make it through the Callback Week for Season 11, Jasmine recalled, “There were fewer than 200 of the top dancers in America there, and it was so inspiring watching all the dancers and their different styles from all across the nation. The show was definitely one of the best experiences I have ever gone through.”

A 2014 Del Norte High School (DNHS) graduate, 18-year-old Jasmine looks to her high school experience and the 92127 community as a strong foundation for her success. “Overall, the community I have grown up in is amazing because it stresses the importance of making long-lasting relationships with people,” Jasmine acknowledged. At DNHS, she credits the principal, Mr. Mizel, with creating an accepting and engaging environment. “He makes the school a community where everyone is comfortable being themselves and participating as much as possible,” Jasmine stated. “There was never a time at the school when I was afraid to be different.”

“The show was definitely one of the best experiences I have ever gone through.”

In the classroom and around the community, Jasmine enjoys “real-world situations.” Math is her favorite subject for its use of logical reasoning. When not studying or on stage, she enjoys exploring San Diego with her friends, whether it’s discovering a hidden trail or trying a new restaurant. When she does find time to sit down, Jasmine enjoys crocheting, drawing, and painting.

Jasmine looks to her mother Christine Vo and former dance coach Lynn Rae as her inspirations. She recognizes her mother’s sacrifices and support, as well as her intelligence and confidence, as one of the most important influences in her life. Lynn Rae was the woman who both challenged Jasmine and maintained complete faith in her ability. “Without her, I would not be the dancer I am today,” she acknowledged.

This fall, Jasmine is a freshman at University of California, Irvine majoring in dance and working hard to earn her next “golden ticket.” She has set the goal to be a professional dancer and later open her own dance studio, where she can pass on her passion and inspire other young dancers just as she was inspired by her dance teachers.

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AT-A-GLACE

Name: Jasmine Vo Pham (18)
School: Freshman at University of California, Irvine
Parents: Christine Vo and Hai Pham
Siblings: Justin Pham (16) and Krista Pham (11)
Favorite Places in 92127: Chipotle is my favorite place to eat, Starbucks is the best hangout place and I love coffee, and 4S Ranch Parkway – the trees that line the road on both sides are beautiful and make me feel like I’m in a movie.