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Class of 2022

On June 7, Oakwood High School will celebrate commencement for the Class of 2022.  These students will certainly have stories to tell for years to come about their days at OHS.  Leading up to graduation, we’ll be sharing some of their stories as we highlight members of the OHS Class of 2022.

Gracie Taylor

Gracie Taylor

Gracie Taylor transferred to OHS for her sophomore year.  Immediately, she made the most of her opportunities getting involved in softball, swimming and volunteer work.  She says she found OHS to be “welcoming” and has enjoyed her OHS experience. 

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite memory from OHS would be the football games. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy some football? Plus, storming the field a couple of times this year was a fun experience. On top of that, the themes at the games were always a blast, I enjoyed getting dressed up and loved the atmosphere, everyone truly went all out at those games and it always made it fun.

What is something people don't know about OHS?: 
Something not a lot of people know about OHS is how accepting they are. As a student who transferred her sophomore year, I was extremely worried to meet new people and felt that I wouldn’t fit in. I couldn’t have been more wrong, I instantly felt welcomed to the school and have made some incredible friends here.  

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
I would describe the Oakwood Class of 2022 as a group of resilient students, as we had to face challenges throughout our year. I also believe that this is how we will be remembered. We had to overcome the difficulties and fears of the unknown, having to adapt back into a normal routine. Due to COVID restrictions, we transitioned from face-to-face learning to remote learning and finally returned to a somewhat normal school year without too many obstacles.

Describe your high school experience.
My high school experience was nothing like I thought it would be. First off, I never really expected to be at a new school but everything happens for a reason. From spending time with some great friends to playing softball with some incredible ladies, these few years of high school have been the best. I’ve met so many amazing and caring people, including teachers and staff, and amazing friendships that'll last a lifetime!

What are your plans for the future?
I plan on attending Methodist University to study Forensic Science. I want to be able to make a difference in the world, by solving problems that could drastically impact someone’s life while also playing softball at the next level. I look forward to challenging myself as a student-athlete!

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
My advice for the Class of 2023 would be to spend every moment you can with the people around you. Time flies by during your senior year, don’t take any of it for granted because you might regret it later. Take time to enjoy the little things and don't be too hard on yourself. Relax and enjoy the special moments you experience during your senior year.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026?
My advice for the Class of 2026 would be to get involved with activities at school. Trust me, getting involved with the school helps you meet new people and makes the transition into high school so much easier! Find an activity you're passionate about and stay with it!

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would love to thank my incredible family, for always pushing me to be the best student I could be. Without them, I’m not sure that I would’ve had so many incredible experiences and accomplishments throughout my 4 years of Highschool. I would also like to thank all of the incredible teachers that I had the privilege of learning from, they made me feel so welcomed ever since I walked through the doors of OHS. The teachers I’ve had truly cared about me and wanted to see me succeed, they made the transition into OHS so much easier and gave me the confidence I needed to start believing in myself. Lastly, I’d like to thank my incredible friends who have been by my side this whole time, you’ve made my time in high school memorable and I’ll never forget it!

RJ Plunkett

RJ Plunkett

For RJ Plunkett, high school has been “amazing.”  “I’d say my experience at Oakwood has been a win.”  From class to sports, the OHS senior has advice for next year’s seniors and the incoming freshman on how to make the most of their high school experience.

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite OHS memory has to be walking to the van for golf state or beating Franklin in the pit for SWBL. Sports at Oakwood are so one of a kind and the community makes it so special.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
What people don’t know about OHS is how polite and what great manners all the kids have. Mr Rainsberger once told us a story that perfectly shows Oakwood students. He said while he was applying for a job at Oakwood, while he was leaving a student held the door open for him, that’s why he decided to work here. I think that story shows the typical Oakwood student and portrays our manners perfectly.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
We are all such great friends, I can honestly say that I could talk to anyone in my grade and have a conversation with them. I really don’t think there’s ever been a grade like ours, we have all different kinds of people that all mix together so well. And not to mention, we are an extremely smart grade.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?

I think we’ll be remembered as a really kind grade. Throughout all my years at Oakwood I’ve never felt the same vibe from any class before me or after me. We all love Oakwood so much and it seems like everyone has just been so happy this year.

Describe your high school experience.
 I had an amazing high school experience. I made so many friends and bonded with everyone I met. I love my grade so much and how we all get along with each other. I had an amazing sports experience too, I was able to become friends with many people I never thought I’d become friends with. The coaches at Oakwood are amazing and I love how everyone wants to win. I’d say my experience at Oakwood has been a win. 

What are your plans for the future?
My plan for the future is to go to Miami, Ohio.  I’m in the Farmer business school and I plan on majoring in economics and accounting. I cant say what I’ll do after college because you never know, I’m just excited for whatever the future holds

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
My advice for the class of 2023 is to always be a role model. Don’t be mean to underclassmen, lift them up and make them confident. I thought our grade was great at this and hopefully the Class of 2023 can try and replicate how we were. Cherish your senior year and everything that comes with it, try and do as much as possible inside the school, and make it count.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026?
My advice for the class of 2026 is to find whatever you’re good at, and run with it. I really wish I would’ve dedicated myself to getting in shape and practicing golf when I was a freshman. You’ll be tempted to screw off but stick with whatever you’re good at, you’re senior year self will thank you. Never quit a sport, especially basketball, they’re so much fun and the experience is unlike no other.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I'd like to thank my class for always being so cool and kind, I know everyone will do great things. I wanna thank all the teachers for being so kind and always offering me help, Mr. Hartt would always let me come in before school when I was in physics and without that i don’t know how I would’ve passed the class. I want to thank Dr. Ramey for being such a great superintendent and always being nice to me, you have done such a great job with this community and school. Dr. Waller you have been such a great principal, I love how you’d get on stage and do a dance for the Muse Machine, or always give me a quote for journalism, or just be a great guy, thank you. All in all I’d like to just say thank you to Oakwood High School for being such a great school, I really hope that everyone gets to have my same high school experience.

Ceily Addison

Ceily Addison

"Think of yourself less.” Soon to be OHS graduate Ceily Addison has that advice for the Class of 2026.  Addison has enjoyed her time in high school and hopes that students that come behind her take advantage of all the school and the community have to offer.

Explain your favorite OHS memory.My favorite OHS memory was singing in the choir at the class of 2019’s baccalaureate. The beauty of the church and the sense of community among the senior class highlighted how special it is to be a part of tradition.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
For a smaller school/community, we have a lot of options for extracurricular involvement or creative expression.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
I would describe our class as fun-loving and down to earth. I love that I can have enjoyable conversations with classmates that I do not know very well.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
Our class will be remembered by our accomplishments and relationships with other students. I hope we are remembered as leaders and examples for the younger classes.

Describe your high school experience
My high school experience has been very positive. I have enjoyed many different activities at OHS. My best experiences have involved sharing victories, growth, and good times with friends and teammates.

What are your plans for the future?
My plan for the future is to attend college. I know I will seek out a professional career where creativity, team work and innovation are essential.

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
My advice for the Class of 2022 is to be proactive. You never have as much time as you think. Enjoy the time you have left, but don’t wait to seek out and prepare for new and different experiences.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026?
My advice to the Class of 2026 is to think of yourself less. Finding yourself is an important marker of this age, but thinking of greater things and the impact you want to have is what drives confidence and personal growth.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank all of my teachers, friends, family, coaches, teams, and anyone I engaged with directly or indirectly throughout my time here. Every interaction has been an educational experience.

Sasha Gurevich

Sasha Gurevich

Passionate, hard working, great people.  That’s how Sasha Gurevich describes her fellow students at OHS.  She heads to The Ohio State University with good experiences and good memories of high school.

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite memory from OHS was being on Homecoming Court because I got to spend time with great people and I really liked getting to know them throughout Homecoming week.  

What is something people don't know about OHS?
Something people might not know about OHS is that they offer their students to take Career Ed classes at Centerville and Fairmont. I took the Marketing class at Centerville and it was a great experience for me to find my area of interest and meet great people!

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
The Class of 2022 is a group of students who are really passionate about their interests and it is a group of really hard-working students. 

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
The Class of 2022 is a class that will be remembered as a group that worked hard inside and outside of the classroom. Whether it came to academics or athletics, I have met so many people who work to accel in many areas of their lives. 

Describe your high school experience
My high school experience was full of a lot of ups and downs. There were many people, teachers and organizations that helped me find parts of high school that I really enjoyed. For example, joining Art Club, Marketing Career Tech at Centerville, and the Non-Partisan Political Participation Club were some of the organizations that helped me find topics I am interested in and meet great people. 

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in marketing with a minor in fashion merchandising and retail studies from The Ohio State University. After that, I plan on attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for graduate school, or working and traveling the world.

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
My advice for the Class of 2023 would be to enjoy your senior year of high school. It is your last time to connect with your class and make good memories in high school. Try not to stress about your classes, focus more on applying to the colleges that are right for you and apply to as many scholarships as you can! 

What is your advice for the Class of 2026?
My advice for the Class of 2026 would be to focus on your grades early in your high school career. It is really important to get a good GPA at the beginning of your high school career because it is really hard to recover from a low GPA later in high school. Also, join as many clubs as you can, that is the best way to meet new people and to try some new activities. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank Mrs. Acker, Mr. Martin, Ms. Jergens and Mrs. Hauke-Davis for inspiring me inside and outside of the classroom. They are all great people who genuinely want their students to succeed. They have always helped me in various ways and are all great teachers! 

Amelia Stroud

Amelia Stroud

Hoping to make the world a better place for generations to come, OHS soon-to-be-graduate Amelia Stroud is headed to The Ohio State University in the fall, majoring in Environmental Science.  She believes the OHS Class of 2022 will make a difference in the future because of their “determined” attitudes.

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite high school memory is playing field hockey with some of the most amazing people I will ever know. Not only did we all grow extremely close throughout the season, but we worked hard and made it further in the tournament this year than we had in over a decade. I am so grateful that I got to be a part of the team and wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. 

What is something people don't know about OHS?
This probably isn’t a surprise, but Oakwood has some of the most caring teachers I have ever had. I had numerous teachers I felt comfortable talking to about both school and my everyday life. I felt like they didn’t just see me as a student and were always happy to help me with whatever I needed. I could never thank them enough for their guidance and support throughout my high school career. 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
From my perspective, the OHS Class of 2022 is very hardworking and incredibly determined. I honestly believe that we will all be successful in whatever we choose to do and can’t wait to see where everyone ends up in the future.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
I think we will be remembered as an extremely talented and motivated group of individuals that is kind and does their best to help others. 

Describe your high school experience
My high school experience started out relatively rough but, as I grew and matured, I made so many new friends and was able to make countless happy memories. My senior year definitely ended up being the most enjoyable, as that was when I truly opened up and tried a lot of new things. 

What are your plans for the future?
I will be attending Ohio State University and studying Environmental Science. I hope to study abroad and participate in various research opportunities while working toward my degree. My ultimate goal is to improve the world around me by reducing the negative impacts of human actions. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
My advice to the next group of seniors is to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way and not stress about things that won’t matter in the future. Also, I encourage you to do what makes you happy and enjoy your senior year.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026
Your high school years only make up a small portion of your life and should not be wasted getting anxious over pointless things. Instead, you should find time to do things that make you happy or help you accomplish your goals. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my teachers and friends for making high school such an enjoyable experience!

Lily Meehan

Lily Meehan

From tennis to speech and debate and beyond, Lily Meehan has tried to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible during high school. She says “branching out and challenging” herself has made her the person she is today, ready to move on to the next chapter in her life. 

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite OHS memory was senior night for girls’ tennis. Me and my fellow co-captain played doubles together, and a few of our classmates, friends, and community members came to watch the match. It was touching to hear the speeches given by our coach and to play one of our last matches surrounded by our loved ones. As well as to celebrate afterwards with a meal and cookies with the teams and parents. This year has been one full of endings, however being able to see how far I had come was a full circle moment for me. I was reminded as the saying goes to be thankful that it happened, don’t cry because it's over. As I know the lessons I learned and friendships made from OHS tennis will endure a lifetime.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
Something people don’t know about OHS is how committed our staff and network is to students' mental health. Teachers are willing to work with you if something personal is causing you difficulty in retaining material, paying attention in class or working at home. As well as listen to their students, and provide advice if wanted. Our teachers and administrators work hard so that we can achieve academic success but also so that we are able to enjoy ourselves at school. The commitment to a friendly and joyful environment is displayed by the countless activities planned to bring our community together. Including pep rallies, student showcases and talent shows, guest speakers, play cuttings, homeroom activities from flag football to karaoke and more. Sometimes we all feel discouraged or defeated, however Oakwood is dedicated to meeting the needs of each and everyone of its students. If there is an issue students will always be able to reach out and find the support they require.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
The OHS Class of 2022 will be remembered as resilient. Our class has arguably been the most affected by COVID, having missed part of our sophomore year and spring sports, going half day for most of last year, adjusting to changes in college admission policies, and having many of our activities canceled. However, our class has come back even stronger and looked for opportunities to connect with each other and gain back what we lost during the Pandemic. Whether it be the charity nerf war, advocating for in-person dances and being able to attend Prom, or attending every football game this year, our class has rebuilt bonds and come out stronger.

Describe your high school experience
My high school experience was one focused on branching out and challenging myself. For a period of time during my high school career I felt somewhat alone and not confident in myself. As a result, I made a real effort to become more involved in my high school and community and look for opportunities. Discovering outlets for what my talents are not only led to me having work to take pride in, but also being able to meet new friends and develop a larger support network. I have made some of my closest friends from schools across Ohio through speech and debate, and tennis which I wouldn't have had otherwise.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend either Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University or Washington University in St. Louis. I hope to participate in club tennis at college and debate in some form such as Mock Trial, Moot Court or Model UN. I will likely be majoring in History, Global Studies, Psychology or some form of Business Administration. I also intend to continue onto Graduate school to obtain my MBA or law degree.

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
Try as much as you can to become closer with your class and be open to forming new friendships even with those you have known since elementary school or kindergarten. Senior year flies by and requires a lot of self discipline and looking ahead, however, finding joy in and savoring your activities (and even classes) can be an outlet during a stressful year.

Put your best foot forward in terms of college applications by starting early and pace your work for deadlines.  It will pay off in terms of the quality of your work and having free time. However, with that said, college admissions have only become more and more selective and unpredictable, do not let the schools you do or do not get into define your self-worth or future; be proud of your accomplishments and the hard work you have put in for the last four years. We all have the potential to succeed at any college and an ample foundation to build upon.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026
My advice for the Class of 2026 is to find activities you are truly passionate about and try to remain committed to your activities and hobbies. It can often seem tempting to quit a sport or extracurricular when things don't go your way or something is unfair in your opinion, I too have felt this way at times. While this can sometimes be a good decision, consider the effort you have put in so far, the teammates or fellow members that care about you, and the coaches and administrators who want to see you succeed. Also its key to remember to take accountability for your part and not make excuses if your expected outcome did not occur. You will be grateful in the future that you preserved through these challenges instead of turning away and that you were able to evolve throughout the years.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents, the teachers I’ve had at OHS, my coaches, club advisors, community members, my friends and the students at OHS.

Lilly Hemm

Lilly Hemm

On June 7, Oakwood High School will celebrate commencement for the Class of 2022.  These students will certainly have stories to tell for years to come about their days at OHS.  Leading up to graduation, we’ll be sharing some of their stories as we highlight members of the OHS Class of 2022.              

“Life is about more than just surviving.”  When thinking back on her high school experiences, Lilly Hemm says this quote resonates with her.  She says her time at OHS was “life changing” and now she’s ready for a busy future, complete with family, dogs and travel.

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite memory from OHS is my senior night for basketball.  The under classmen made it such an amazing night.  All of my teammates wrote letters to me, and I absolutely loved reading all of them!

What is something people don't know about OHS?
Something people don’t know about OHS is the teachers are incredible here.  They all make themselves available for students and make class enjoyable.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
The OHS Class of 2022 will be remembered by our kindness towards others and the connection to our community.  Always willing to help others who need it.

Describe your high school experience
When I think about my high school experience, I picture good memories, bad memories, happiness, heartbreak, mistakes and lessons.  High school went by so fast, although I learned lots of lessons and made friends for life.  I learned that hard work can get you far in life and you should always choose to do what you love.  My favorite quote is “Life is about more than just surviving.”  I like this quote because it explains how it's important to choose the things that make you happy. These four years have been an overall life changing experience that I will never forget.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include studying at a business school in college and graduating college.  I want to study abroad and travel a ton when I am older.  I then want to get a job in business that is well paying.  I would also like to have at least two dogs because I love animals.  Being close to my family and making strong connections is very important to me for my future and I hope that I can keep them for the rest of my life.

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
My advice for the Class of 2023 is to spend time on your interests.  Getting involved in things is the best way to make new friends.  Don’t skip classes and work hard even when it gets hard to do.  Do not be afraid to ask questions in class and I have learned that writing things down is important.  Cherish the moments you have in high school because it will not last forever.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026
My advice for the Class of 2026 is to take all the opportunities you can.  Even though something may be a risk, learn to say yes.  Also to cherish the memories while you can, because the time goes by faster as the years go on.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my family for always being there for me.  As well as my friends for making the best memories and experiencing everything with me.  I want to thank everyone who has affected my life and helped me along the way.

Kate Swedlund

Kate Swedlunc

On June 7, Oakwood High School will celebrate commencement for the Class of 2022.  These students will certainly have stories to tell for years to come about their days at OHS.  Leading up to graduation, we’ll be sharing some of their stories as we highlight members of the OHS Class of 2022.              

Kate Swedlund is no stranger to preparing for adventures.  The soon-to-be OHS graduate has completed two multi-day bike trips, covering more than 250 miles each time.  For the Class of 2022, the journey through high school has been an unusual adventure.  Swedlund says her class has demonstrated it’s ability to “adapt” and “make the best of difficult situations.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
Going to the state swim meet my freshman and junior years.  Especially freshman year when we stayed in a hotel and did things together as a team.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
How close the students are with the teachers.  

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
I think in general we are nice, and respect each other and our teachers.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
 I think our class has shown it is able to adapt.  We’ve had some sort of change to three years of high school, yet we’ve managed to stay close and make the best of difficult situations.

Describe your high school experience
My high school experience has been great.  I’ve been surrounded by good friends, and teachers that care about me.

What are your plans for the future?
 I plan to attend Ohio University and study Outdoor Recreation and Education.

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
Senior year can be stressful.  Get the college application process done early and keep up the work on everything else.  And don’t forget to also enjoy yourself.  Spend time with your friends and keep making memories.

What is your advice for the Class of 2026
It may seem like you have a long time to go, but it will fly by.  Take advantage of all the opportunities, work hard, but still have fun.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my teachers and my parents for helping me get through these four years.

Caterina Tian-Svobodny

From music to sports to Student Council and more, Cat Tian-Svobodny made the most of her time at OHS.  The 2022 OHS grad says she remembers hearing at her freshman orientation how quickly the time would go and students should should take all the opportunities they could.  And that’s exactly what she did!  Now, she’s sharing that same advice with future OHS grads.

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
Except in 2020, my favorite memories are all from the end of the second semester and after AP exams, when our classes usually settle down, summer’s right around the corner, and we have more time to have fun with each other and our teachers. Generally speaking, whenever I think of my favorite high school memories, they all have to do with the amazing connections I’ve made at Oakwood.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
We used to have catered lunches like from Chick-fil-A and Fusian, a distant memory some of us still hold fondly to our hearts.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2022?
OHS Class of 2022 is a highly driven, curious, witty and friendly crowd.

How will the OHS Class of 2022 be remembered?
I think this class will be remembered for the connections we’ve made with others in the school and the ones we’ve made with each other.

I think since the pandemic we’ve all really learned to stop taking things for granted, particularly our high school experience. While practically none of it went as expected, my high school experience, if nothing else, taught me invaluable lessons about myself and the world around me.

Describe your high school experience.
My high school experience has been great.  I’ve been surrounded by good friends, and teachers that care about me.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m excited to go to college and explore my options in higher education further. I have a general sense of where I’m headed career-wise, but I’m also more than open to changes. We’ll have to see!

What is your advice for the Class of 2023? 
Be flexible. You’re soon entering a fun, stressful, whirlwind of a transition period. Just remember that you’ll get out as much as you put in—sometimes, maybe not in the way you’d expect.

 What is your advice for the Class of 2026?
I never stop talking about the senior who told my incoming freshman class at our orientation how quickly high school goes, and that we should make the most of every moment; before I knew it, I was saying the same thing to the Class of 2026 at their orientation! High school can be really tough sometimes, for many different reasons, but it can also be an amazing experience; it’s often what you make of it. Try to prioritize school as much as you can—you’ll be glad you did—but remember that your relationships and your own well being are just as important.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like to thank my parents for teaching more about life than anyone else could, my brother for being my biggest role model, and my friends at Oakwood for making everyday worthwhile.