Howard Kung is an all-around artist whose passion includes being an animator, piano composer, saxophone player, drum major, and photographer. His goals are to pursue a college major in animation, interactive entertainment, or graphic design, including study in music, particularly jazz.
In the past few years, while studying at San Pasqual High School, his art teachers describe him as a gifted critical thinker and a creative genius. Howard created films and music that won regional, state, national, and international awards. His short video, The Lonely Spotlight, won the Community Partner Award, the Walt Disney Family Museum Board of Directors’ Favorite Award at an international teen animation festival, the High School Division Craft Fiction Best Film award in a state student media festival, and the Cross-Curricular Award from San Diego County Credit Union. In two of his animated films, The Lonely Spotlight and Time of Death, Howard composed and plays on the soundtracks. Another original film, iBully, won Best History/Social Studies Film at a state student media festival. While in the high-school marching band, Howard assisted, managed, led, was the senior saxophone section leader, saxophone squad leader, and taught as the senior assistant drum major.
Coming from the Taiwanese American LGBTQ community, Howard’s voice through his art is strong. He wants to use animation to speak for those who are seen but not heard and to make films of stories that unite the underrepresented.