Bighorn Bulletin -- Update from Oasis Academy

  • 2022-12-26, 02:06 PM
  • Angela Viera
Bighorn Bulletin -- Update from Oasis Academy Angela Viera Halle Feest, Anna Springfield, An Nguyen, Michele Grossi

Senior Spotlight: 
Aedre Soderberg

Starting at Oasis Academy College Prep in August of 2021, Senior Aedre Soderberg delved into being active in student activities. The then junior immediately signed up for Student Council, volleyball, and lacrosse.
“I love being active in general and the activities helped me do that. Student Council has given me the opportunity to meet new people, help plan fun activities for the school, and give back to our community. I’ve also enjoyed playing both volleyball and lacrosse. Along with the athletic aspect of the games, I’ve loved the teammates and coaches,” said Soderberg.
Part of those activities has included a mentor and a teacher Soderberg would like to acknowledge. “I would like to thank Mrs. Lisa Swan, she is the best coach and teacher anyone could ask for,” added Soderberg of the Student Council Advisor and Lacrosse Coach.
“My favorite parts of my time at Oasis included the Leadership Retreat to Disneyland my junior year and my favorite classes were Music Appreciation and Psychology 299. Both classes had engaging teachers and I learned a lot.”
Soderberg will graduate in May with her high school diploma as well as her Associate of Arts from Western Nevada College. She plans to attend either Arizona State University or the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2023.
 “Have fun and try not to worry so much over grades and who is doing what, because it doesn’t matter in the long run,” said Soderberg as her advice for future OACP students.

We the People 
Competition in Reno

The Oasis Academy College Prep We the People class competed in the Northern Nevada District Invitational on Saturday, December 10 in Reno. The group did well with two groups receiving unit awards.
We the People is a competition-based class where students are assigned areas of the United State Constitution. The students must not only learn what each amendment says but also relevant court cases for it. Groups are then given questions pertinent to their units and must discuss both the pro and con sides of the question.
The two groups that received unit awards this year included Anna Springfield, Halle Feest, Michele Grossi, An Nguyen, Joshua Guswelle, Zach Budner, and Clint Vaughn.  
To prepare for the competition the class hosted a Showcase event on November 30. Oasis is grateful to local attorneys and community members Joe Sandford, Jeff Weed, Mike Richards, Sean Rowe, Hunter Drost, Kenny Tedford, Jr., Dylan Tedford, Trent de Braga, and Anthony Tisdale for taking their time to judge and critique the students.
The students were also presented with Congressional Recognition Awards from Congressman Mark Amodei in recognition of their performance at the event.
“This competition is always nerve-wracking for the students but this year, post-Covid, was the first time many of my students had the opportunity to speak in front of other people. Couple that with in-depth discussions about Constitutional principles with practicing attorneys, sitting judges, and Nevada Supreme Court Justices, and anyone would cave under the pressure. But our students held their own and I am always proud of how they shine,” said We the People Advisor Eric Grimes.

Student Council Hosts 
Blood Drive
By Emily Bird

On November 8, 2022, Oasis Academy partnered with Vitalant to host a blood drive at Western Nevada College. Vitalant is the nation’s largest independent nonprofit organization and is solely focused on providing lifesaving blood services. They have a network of 120 donation centers across the country and host approximately 60,000 blood drives annually. 
The Oasis Blood Drive collected forty units of blood, which will help a considerable number of people. Donating blood now is still more important than ever. Our nation is in a national blood crisis and every pint of blood has the potential to save three lives. 
Oasis Student Council would like to take a moment to appreciate and thank every person that donated, helped organize this event, and spread awareness about it. The next blood drive is scheduled on February 2, 2023, at the Western Nevada College Campus. 


Angela Viera



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