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Bighorn Bulletin -- News from Oasis Academy

Bighorn Bulletin -- News from Oasis Academy
Aaron Housel

Oasis FFA Competes at Zone

By Hunter McNabb

On February 3rd, the Future Farmers of America Western Nevada Zone Competition was hosted at Pershing County High School in Lovelock, Nevada. Teams from Northern Nevada competed in Agricultural Sales, Milk Quality, Prepared Public Speaking, and a variety of other competitive events.  
    The Western Zone competition provided students an opportunity to interact with other agricultural students, while practicing for their CDE’s and LDE’s (career and leadership development events). FFA provides an opportunity for students to compete in CDE’s or LDE’s with the ultimate goal of helping students prepare for a future career. 
    The Oasis FFA performed well, teams and students placed in Agricultural Sales, Milk Quality, Creed Speaking, and Floriculture. The Milk Quality team won first place, the Ag Sales Team and Floriculture Teams both placed second. For individual results, Matthew Bird placed second in Milk Quality, Grace Laca finished third in Milk Quality, Hunter McNabb finished third in Ag Sales and Isabella Grimes finished third in the Creed Speaking.   
    “I’m incredibly proud of the students that participated in Zone. Their hard work paid off! This was just the first step as they continue to prepare for the state convention. I’m excited to see how they do going forward,” said FFA Advisor Jackie Bogdanowicz. 
    The students will continue to study and practice their topics as they prepare to compete at the Nevada FFA State Convention held in March. 

Senior Spotlight: Aaron Housel

    Switching schools can be a difficult transition for some students, but Senior Aaron Housel found a school and teachers that were ready to foster his education and showed him compassion when he transitioned to Oasis Academy in fourth grade. 
    “The first thing I noticed when I started at Oasis is that all the teachers treat every student with respect and give help as soon as it is needed. That has continued through to my senior year at this school. I’ve felt valued and know that they cared. The teachers make the learning experience fun as well. My time at Oasis has been great to say the least,” Housel said.  
    “Mrs. Amy O’Flaherty helped me out the most when I needed it. I’d like to thank her for all that she did,” he added.
    Like many other students, the diverse class opportunities through the Jump Start Program in partnership with Western Nevada College has helped Housel find a career path.
    “Criminal Justice was my favorite class. It is the most interesting and fun class I’ve ever had and has made me want to work in law enforcement,” he said.
    His time at Oasis has included some great memories including the 2021 Homecoming Dance at the Fallon Youth Center and playing on the basketball team. Housel will also join the Oasis Baseball team for their inaugural season this spring. 
    Housel will graduate in May with both his associates degree and high school diploma. He plans to stay and work locally until he is 21 and can apply to work for the Nevada State Police. 
    “My advice for future students is to appreciate what Oasis has to offer. It is a place where the teachers are willing to help you and want you to succeed.”

Second graders give 
presentations

    Second grade classes worked hard doing research on landmarks the last couple weeks to prepare for the presentations they gave on January 30. 
    The pairs of students were assigned a landmark that they then researched, wrote about, and created a slideshow using Google Slides. Presentations highlighted the important facts they learned. Parents and families were encouraged to attend and watch the students present.
    “I felt really nervous and excited about the presentations. Almost my whole family came,” said Tomas de Leon who was partnered with Ryatt Jackson.
    “We were nervous because there were people we didn’t know that were coming to watch. We did a lot of research using the internet. Our project was on the Space Needle. We were excited to learn that there is a restaurant at the top of the Space Needle!,” said Ryatt Jackson.  
“I’m really excited to present again sometime!” finished de Leon.

Yearbooks on sale

Oasis Academy Kindergarten through 8th grade and high school yearbooks are now on sale. Purchase them at https://yearbookforever.com/. Be sure to indicate which grade level (K-8 or high school) yearbook you are purchasing. We will not be able to trade them out.

 



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