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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 10:08 PM

Bighorn Bulletin - Oasis Academy

Bighorn Bulletin -  Oasis Academy
Anna Springfield and Bryan Mendoza. Photos courtesy of Oasis Academy.

Senior Spotlight: Anna Springfield

Springfield is one of the eight students graduating this May who started at the school as a Kindergartener Oasis’ opening year in 2011.

“I have made so many lifetime memories at Oasis, but it's hard to compete with going to Disneyland twice for Student Council leadership retreats,” Springfield said. “I had a blast each time and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the people in our council better.

“I have had the opportunity to witness the school change and grow. I would never have expected to attend the same school my entire life, but I can truly say that it has been an incredible blessing and has paved the way for an amazing future. 

“There have been so many incredible teachers at Oasis who have impacted my life and grown me as a person. I would first like to thank Mrs. Marsh, my kindergarten teacher, for creating an incredible classroom environment of fun and learning. Even though I was young, her high expectations and encouraging spirit taught me that I could accomplish great things through hard work. 

“I would also like to thank Mrs. Amy O'Flaherty. Her teaching style gave me an intense appetite for learning and grew my love of school. Additionally, she taught me the fundamental writing and critical thinking skills that have served me throughout high school.” 

“Lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Andy Lenon. He truly has gone above and beyond to get to know me and give me all the tools I need for success. His guidance has been invaluable in the process of applying to colleges and scholarships, and I wouldn't be where I am without him.” 

“I've always had a love for science, but it wasn't until taking this class that I discovered just how amazing it was. Although the class was extremely rigorous, I was able to learn valuable study skills which made me into the student I am today,” she said of Biology 190 at WNC with Dr. Gary Evett. “This class was hard work, but my enjoyment of the subject made the hours of studying worth it. Lastly, this class has given me the confidence and desire to pursue Biology as my degree in college.” 

“Student Council has been a very pivotal part of my high school experience and I have learned so many valuable lessons through it.” 

“I would like to pass down the advice that was given to me by my parents and that has blessed me as a student. Do hard things. High school is a great time to push yourself and develop disciplines that will form the foundation for the rest of your life. Nothing worth doing is easy, and most often, it is the things that stretch you the most that produce the best rewards. You will never look back and regret working hard in high school, and that hard work will pay off.” 

Springfield will graduate this May with her high school diploma and her associate of arts degree from Western Nevada College. In the fall, she will attend the University of Nevada, Reno, and plans to earn a bachelor's degree in biology.

Senior Spotlight: Bryan Mendoza

A place that fosters curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. That’s how graduating Oasis Academy senior Bryan Mendoza described the school he’s attended since his freshman year in 2020.

“The school's dedication to providing a holistic education experience has truly stood out to me,” said Mendoza. “One of the aspects I cherished most about my time at Oasis was the emphasis on hands-on learning and exploration. Whether it was through project-based assignments, experiential learning opportunities, or engaging discussions, every day presented a chance to delve deeper into subjects that intrigued me.

“The freedom to pursue my interests while being supported by passionate educators was invaluable and something I deeply appreciated. Overall, my time at Oasis was nothing short of transformative. It not only provided me with an exceptional education but also instilled in me a love for learning and a set of skills that I continue to carry with me beyond graduation.”

“My advice [for others] would be to embrace exploration and curiosity. If you're unsure about college, that's perfectly okay. Take the time to explore your interests, try out different activities, and engage in various experiences to discover what truly ignites your passion.

“There were several reasons why math stood out to me. Firstly, Mr. Brandt's passion for mathematics was infectious; his enthusiasm for the subject was palpable in every lesson, making even the most complex concepts feel approachable and exciting.

“Beyond the classroom, Mr. Brandt was not only a dedicated educator but also a mentor who genuinely cared about his students' growth and well-being. Mr. Brandt went above and beyond to support his students. As someone who already loved mathematics, Mr. Brandt's class further fueled my passion for the subject.

Mendoza will graduate in May with his high school diploma and associate of arts degree from Western Nevada College. He then plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno.

Yearbooks on Sale Now

Kindergarten through eighth grade and high school yearbooks may now be purchased at the front office of either the main building or the high school.  

Yearbooks are produced through the yearbook elective classes with the help of an advisor. Mrs. Juliana Acomb is the kindergarten through eighth-grade yearbook advisor, and Mrs. Amy Arends is the high school yearbook advisor. 

The classes are responsible for taking photos throughout the year, coming up with a theme for the yearbook, creating captions for photos, designing the yearbook's layout, and proofreading it. The process starts immediately when school begins.

To learn more about purchasing a yearbook, call 775-423-5437.