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Ella Gould

Ella Gould

The vision of Oakwood Schools is for graduates to be “prepared for their post-secondary pursuits, proud of their Oakwood education and poised to lead and serve.”

Ella Gould says all of her various activities the last four years and her time at Oakwood High School have done just that.

“Over the last four years, I went from training intensely in ballet to getting my associate degree to working various jobs, all while getting my diploma and then experiencing a pandemic. My high school experience ended up being a far cry from my expectations, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I met some of my best friends, learned important life lessons, and feel prepared to take the next steps in my life.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite memory as an OHS student would probably be any of the science labs I did. I may not have always known what I was doing, but there were a lot of fun times trying to figure things out with my lab partners over the years. 

What is something people don't know about OHS?
I think one thing people might not know about OHS is how much they support you to create your own path. If you want to take extra classes, graduate early, or take any sort of unconventional route in high school, the school will support you. There is a real sense of "we want to help you achieve what you want.”

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
The Class of 2021 is a group of hardworking and resilient people. Whether it is an extracurricular activity or a class, everyone has something that they give their best effort towards. That hard work in combination with the resilience my class has shown over the last year is what makes them so admirable.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

I think the Class of 2021 will be remembered as a group of students that respected one another and made a positive impact of the community in their own individual ways.

What are your plans for the future?

As of right now my plans for the future are to make the most out of my next four years at Ohio State University studying International Studies. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

Trying to figure out what comes next is stressful, but you can do it. Pay attention to deadlines, plan ahead, and keep an open mind about what you'll do after high school.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Roll with the punches. Friendships from freshman year may need to go by senior year or you may not get into your dream school. There are so many different things that could not go your way, but you can't let that be a stopping point. Try your best to make the most out of every scenario because you'll find so many new, wonderful opportunities you couldn't imagine before. Learning to adapt to situations can be difficult, but I promise it opens so many doors.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I'd like to thank Miss Brouwer, Mr. Deters, Mr. Guizzo, Mrs. Edwards and Mr. Connelly for teaching me in a way that made me excited to continue learning. Each of them inspired me to be curious and pursue my interests, even if it wasn't necessarily related to a future career path. As teachers, they went above and beyond for their students and I will forever be grateful to them for it.

Fiona Bolmida

Fiona Bolmida

While it may not have been the senior year she planned, Fiona Bolmida believes the “unique senior experience” had a positive impact on her and her fellow Class of 2021 OHS seniors.

“The Class of 2021 has gone through a very unique senior experience. We went through our last year at Oakwood in a really weird time and we have grown closer as a class because of it.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.

 

My favorite OHS memory is eating lunch with my friends every day. It is usually hard to get all of us together at the same time with our many conflicting schedules. Lunch is a time we can all be together. 

What is something people don't know about OHS? 

A lot of people don't realize how accepting Oakwood is. People don't have to fit into the cookie cutter mold. People are free to be who they are and are supported through it. Students are encouraged to be engaged in all the things that interest them and are not limited to be just one kind of student. 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would describe the Class of 2021 as affable and very flexible. The Class of 2021 is always willing to go the extra mile to be nice to people. The amount of support and friendly nature in my class is really amazing. The seniors this year were also very flexible in times when we had to make adjustments due to COVID. It was difficult for everyone but we all made it work. 

Describe your high school experience?

I think a lot of people really dislike high school and can't wait to leave. I actually really enjoyed my time here. I grew a lot over the last four years. I have worked toward getting my associates degree through CCP classes and will be receiving it at the end of the spring term. I have a great group of friends that is continuously growing and I have made tons of wonderful memories along the way. I'm really going to miss it here. 

What are your plans for the future?

Over the summer, I will be working at Wright Patterson as a research assistant. Next year, I will be attending Miami University. I will be majoring in biomedical engineering. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

Say hello to the other people in your grade. I am a pretty quiet person. I made the mistake of keeping too much to myself. I had a really great group of friends but I regret not connecting with more of my class. It's really hard to talk to people you don't know well but it is worth it. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Care a little less about what others think of you and just try to be the best you can be. Try a little bit of everything. If you think a club, or sport, or activity would be fun, try it. It is a super easy way to make friends and you might find something you really enjoy. In 7th grade, my mom made me play field hockey. I was not super keen on this idea. I ended up really enjoying it, playing it the next year and made friends that I am still very close to today. It was definitely worth it. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my parents. They have supported me throughout my entire life and encouraged me to push myself. I am the person I am today because of them. I would also like to thank the very dedicated teachers and faculty at Oakwood. They were always there to help me when I needed it.

Andrew Lunne

Andrew Lunne

Tradition and legacy, two words Andrew Lunne uses when describing Oakwood High School.  

"Something that people don´t know about Oakwood is how old our school is. Although there are sometimes issues inside the building, the tradition, legacy and success stay here every single day, and every single year!

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite OHS memory was definitely winning SWBL as a freshman on the baseball team. Another amazing memory of OHS was Football Senior Night. The school and staff did an incredible job of setting up and making all of this possible even with COVID.

 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
The OHS Class of 2021 is described by one word: Courageous. Every single one of us were brave, especially the last two years of high school. It was very hard to get our hands round that all of our college prep had to be done at home/online for half of the time. We were stuck at home on our last year! But, the point is, we did not complain. We stood strong and stood together with love and hope. Luckily, with the help of our school district, we were able to go back to full days of school this semester! I am grateful for the opportunity to see all of my classmates and teachers again.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?
We will be remembered always for being the seniors who went through the heart of COVID safely and still had the best time of our lives. We will be remembered for our intelligence, bravery, athleticism, kindness and happiness.

Describe your high school experience?
My high school experience was exactly how I dreamed it would be as a kid. Sometimes, balancing sports and school were tough on me some days, but my classmates and teachers helped me push through when I needed help. School dances, sporting events and community made my whole high school experience worth every second of it.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan on furthering my education at the University of Dayton. I am majoring in Marketing. I am very excited for the next four years at such a beautiful university!

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?
My advice for the Class of 2022 is to never miss a moment and never miss the opportunity to be together as a whole grade. You will always regret it! Being a senior is a great feeling! Lead the school, but lead by example. Make the whole school proud! You guys will have the best year of you life! Best of luck.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?
My advice for the Class of 2025 is to never slack in any grade. No matter how tired you are, you will be much more satisfied and relaxed when you finish all of your assignments. Another huge part of high school is studying. Every test is worth studying for. It will help you for the test and for future tests where you can use the same study techniques. Finally, like I said to the Class of 2022, it goes by way too fast. So, never miss out on school events, sports, etc., because you will regret it!

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would first like to thank the Oakwood School District. From Lange, to Harman, to the High School, they have all made me feel safe and at home! Thank you to the staff/teachers here at the high school for making me laugh, smile and keep me going wholeheartedly. Thank you to the BOE for making extra events possible for the school! Finally, thank you to everyone who has positively impacted my whole life in Oakwood!

Hannah Moulton

Hannah Moulton

High school is an important time in people’s lives.  For Hannah Moulton, she says her time at OHS has shaped her for the future.

“My high school experience allowed me to grow, learn and gather tools to best prepare me for what the future brings.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite high school memory is running cross country my senior year and our team winning 2nd place at State. 

 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
The OHS Class of 2021 is adaptable and we will be remembered by our adaptability. 

What are your plans for the future?
I will be continuing my academic and athletic (running XC and track) careers at the University of Dayton next year. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2022 and Class of 2025?
I would advise the Class of 2022/2025 to be kind to each other. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank all the teachers at the OHS for working hard to educate and support students. 

Andy Danis

Andy Danis

“If you have certain interests, pursue them.”

Sound advice from a 2021 OHS graduate to the OHS Class of 2025.  Andy Danis took his own advice in high school, participating in a wide variety of activities.  He played baseball, football and basketball, sang in the a cappella group Synergy and the choir, performed in his senior year musical, and was a member of National Honor Society.  He hopes next year’s freshman will take advantage of all OHS has to offer.

“Get involved with anything you think you might enjoy. I wouldn't have half the memories and friendships I have if I never joined the groups and teams I was a part of during high school. If you think you might regret not doing something, then do it.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite OHS memories are from sports games and music performances. I don't know if I have a specific favorite memory but I'll never forget the feeling of doing what I love on the field or stage with some of my closest friends.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
People might not know just how tight-knit the community is. Of course, the size of the school has something to do with this but the social environment that Oakwood has is something special. People with different interests and backgrounds can find ways to enjoy their experiences together at OHS.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
The Class of 2021 is resilient. We've all had our struggles throughout high school but have come to appreciate them for the growth they've provided in our lives. Our Senior year was odd at times, as we couldn't do all the traditions past senior classes have done but we still found a way to come together and made the most out of our last year at Oakwood.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?
The Class of 2021 will be remembered as a class who went through a lot with the COVID virus but I believe we'll also be remembered as a class that works hard and plays hard. This class is filled with smart, talented, and kind people. Not even COVID will be able to undermine that. 

Describe your high school experience?
I tried to do as many things as I could in high school. Having a busy schedule proved to make things difficult at times, but in the end it was worth it. I've made countless memories and friendships along the way that I'm very grateful to have.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan on attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas majoring in Business with a minor in Music Industry. After that? Hopefully I will end up making a living doing something I enjoy.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?
If you haven't already, try to connect with as many people in your grade as possible. During your senior year, everyone is in the same boat: figuring out what they are doing after high school. Instead of being stressed, make memories, take advantage of opportunities to become close as a grade, and appreciate the people you've experienced high school with.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents and siblings who provided constant support and advice for me throughout high school. I would also like to thank the teachers and coaches I've had for helping me progress as a student, athlete, and person.

Dana Clark

Dana Clark

We all have that favorite teacher, the one who makes a difference for us.  OHS graduating senior Dana Clark says her teachers have made an impact in her life.

“Most people do not realize the impact of our teachers. OHS staff goes above and beyond to help kids succeed not just in high school but also in preparing us for our future.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory
My favorite memory in high school was cheering Friday nights with my best friends.

 

 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
I would describe the Class of ‘21 as a group of hardworking, resilient, and outgoing kids.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?
The OHS Class of ‘21 will be remembered as a group that may not have been dealt the best cards following COVID-19, but made the most out of everything we were able to do.

Describe your high school experience?
My four years spent at OHS were spent learning extensive material that will make my transition into college smooth and hopefully stress free.

What are your plans for the future?
My four years spent at OHS were spent learning extensive material that will make my transition into college smooth and hopefully stress free.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?
My advice for the Class of ‘22 would be to live life to the fullest.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?
My advice for the Class of ‘25 would be to enjoy all four years of your high school experience. It goes by faster than a blink of an eye. Most importantly, make memories.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank all of my teachers and the OHS staff for pushing me to overcome obstacles and follow what I want in life. I would like to thank my friends for always being there for me when I needed them. Most importantly, I want to thank my family for always supporting me.

Isabella Caruso

Isabella Caruso

“Enjoy both the big and little moments on your journey through high school.”

Good advice from an OHS senior who took advantage of many opportunities during her high school years.  Isabella Caruso played volleyball, participated in Speech and Debate, Femineering, Scrubs Club and worked as a freshman orientation leader. 

“My advice to the Class of 2025 is that high school goes by fast. Don’t be afraid to try new things, make new friends and have new and exciting experiences.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory
My favorite high school memory is being in the stands, dressed up at football games with my friends.

 

What is something people don't know about OHS?
People don’t know that OHS has a big school feeling even when it is such a small school. There are groups, clubs and activities made for anyone and everyone.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
I would describe the Class of 2021 as entertaining. Someone is always cracking a joke or making somebody else laugh.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?
The Class of 2021 will be remembered as resilient and hard working because we have managed to make this challenging year a true bonding experience unlike any other class has been able to.

Describe your high school experience?
My high school experience has been pretty memorable. I’ve had some ups and downs but between playing a sport and doing clubs and activities that I enjoy, it is has been an experience that I will cherish forever.

What are your plans for the future?
In the fall, I will be attending the University of Dayton majoring in Exercise and Movement Science. I hope to become a Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer in the future.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?
My advice to the Class of 2022 is to not take this next year of high school for granted. Make new friends, play a new sport or join a different club and make the most of the time you have left because the bonds you make will be ones that last a lifetime.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like the thank all of my teachers and friends for making high school a really unforgettable time in my life, but most of all I’d like the thank my 11th grade English teacher Mr. Martin for letting me eat all of the green mints in his class. Those mints got me through the hardest tests and longest essays. Thanks B Mart.

Emma Schenck

Emma Schenck

As a member of the OHS marching band, Friday nights have been busy for Emma Schenck.  In addition to playing with the band, she’s been a Girl Scout, a member of the Tri M national Music Honor Society and participated in Young@Art.  She’s taken advantage of many opportunities and says that’s how her class will be remembered.  

“I think that we will be remembered as the class that made the best out of the opportunities we got. We take bad situations and make them into a fun event to celebrate as a group. We’re all strong individuals, but even stronger as a group.”

 

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
My favorite OHS memory would have to be during the last day of my freshman year of band camp. We always hold a chess tournament as a group and it is such a fun experience for freshman and seniors alike. Though I am not allowed to disclose any more information on the matter due to band tradition, my fellow band mates know how intense chess can get with such competitive groups. This will forever remain one of the main highlights of my overall high school experience and my childhood as a whole. I love my band family and hope that this tradition lives on for a long time.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
What I've noticed about OHS in all my years of education here is how open and inviting people are to new students. Whenever there is a new student everyone gets so excited to have another addition to their friend groups, and they jump at the chance to make people feel welcome. New students always find their way into multiple groups almost immediately no matter their grade level, gender, interests, etc. There is always a group excited to take them in and show them around.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
I would describe us as a group that gets along pretty well together for the most part and doesn't have any major cliques, which is pretty rare for a high school class. Though this year was tough for us with COVID and everything, we are working as a group to make the best of it by doing what we can as a class to create final memories before we depart. We are currently getting ready for our senior prom and are planning a final senior camp out for all of us to be together as a group and to have a final celebration of what we have accomplished together. We are such a creative and fun group of people who are all surprisingly like-minded individuals. I wouldn't change anything about the class of 2021 and I'll always cherish the memories I've made with these people.

Describe your high school experience?
In my entire high school career I have felt a grand array of emotions and have experienced things that I never thought I’d come across. I’ve experienced happiness and love, but I’ve also experienced desolation and heartbreak. I’ve lost trust in some people, and gained trust for others. I have had some experiences that I would never wish upon another person, but I’ve also experienced happiness unlike any other. I have learned so much about myself and about the world around me in these last 4 years, and I have learned from every single one of those experiences and emotions. I had the perfect high school experience in my eyes and I wouldn’t change anything about it. Both the good and the bad made me the person I am today and I couldn’t be happier.

What are your plans for the future?
I am going to University of Cincinnati for college and am majoring in either Criminal Justice or Psychology. I hope to do something to help others for my future career, hopefully within the realm of forensics. While going through college, I also plan on joining the boys and girls club in Cincinnati to get a better grasp on how I can help people in need and help the kids build a great future that I know they deserve.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?
Take every opportunity given to go hang out with your class, senior year flies by the fastest and you’ll regret not making memories while you still have the chance. Always think positively about any situation that you’re in, it will take you a lot further in life than you think it will. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?
I know that the class of 2025 probably hears this all the time, but actually try in your classes, especially freshman year. It’s easy to bring your GPA down, but so hard to bring it back up to its full potential if you don’t try. I also advise that you join a club or two and make the most of the time you have in high school, it flies by so quickly. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
There are so many people that have helped me throughout high school and it’s impossible to name them all. The number one people I would like to thank are my parents, Amy and Chris Schenck. They have helped become the person I am today and pushed me to be the best that I can be. I would also like to thank the friends closest to me for always being there when I needed them and for never giving up on me. Finally, I would like to thank Lizzi Clock, Jake Clock, and Sherri Lehnus for being like my second family and for their constant love and support for the past three years. I love all of you guys!

Albert Choi

Albert Choi

It’s been a mix of activities in high school for Albert Choi.  The OHS senior has interned for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, played tennis for OHS and entertained audiences with the OHS Symphony and Honors orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  Albert says his high school experience has all been about “balance.”

“My high school experience consisted of figuring out the balance between giving myself a break and working toward the end of a successful academic year for each of the four years at OHS.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory

My favorite OHS memory came from when the AP Chemistry class faced the AP Physics class in ultimate frisbee after both AP exams were finished. Though we got crushed, it was a memorable experience that I wouldn't have experienced elsewhere.

What is something people don't know about OHS?

Something people don't know about OHS is the large degree to which people in each grade are extremely hardworking and devoted toward their future goals. 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would describe the OHS Class of 2021 as extremely collaborative and intelligent through my experiences in rigorous classes.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

OHS Class of 2021 will be remembered as "one of those grades" when COVID-19 took a major effect in the learning experience. Through drastic changes in the learning environment throughout the year, I believe that our grade will be looked at as the grade of extreme adaptation and flexibility.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to attend Duke University with an intent to major in Biomedical Engineering.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

To the Class of 2022: The application process can be stressful if you start too late, so give yourself a lot of time by starting early and don't give up! This period will be a period where you can show institutions, the hard work and dedications that you've put in throughout these past years.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025
To the Class of 2025: Four years of high school may seem like a lot of time, but from personal experience, it has flown by extremely fast. From trying your best each day and having fun with friends, you'll wonder how each year flew by so quickly. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank way too many people to name. Each teacher that I have had in high school has contributed to me, a sense of belonging and has motivated me to try my best. Through difficult times, I learned not only class material but life lessons to be carried into my future. I would also like to thank my counselor, Mrs. Lumpkins. With her extremely intense schedule, she still managed to fit time to give me advice and plans towards my future goals.

Jack Pleiman

Jack Pleiman

Sports has been at the center of Jack Pleiman’s time at Oakwood High School.  He played football and soccer for two years and basketball all four years.  And while his favorite OHS memory comes from a special night on the basketball court, it’s not all he remembers about high school.  That’s why he wants to make sure next year’s seniors don’t miss out.

“Take advantage of all the opportunities you have because they can be taken in the blink of an eye.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.
February 6, 2021.  The basketball team had our senior night against Northridge at the pit. We ended up winning by 2 points off of a buzzer beater by Sam Stack, and the excitement and joy we all had was unmatched and made this easily my favorite high school memory.

What is something people don't know about OHS?
There are so many things that OHS does that are awesome that go under the radar, but the primary one that comes to mind is 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?
Ready for anything that's going to come, the last year and a half to end our high school years wasn’t ideal but we got through it and came out the other side stronger. Which will only prepare us for other challenges that’ll come our way.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?
I pray that we aren’t remembered as the class that got half of their junior year and most of the senior year messed up due to COVID. Instead, I hope we are remembered by all the successful students we have and our contributions in years to come.

Describe your high school experience?
It was a blessing, I had the opportunity to meet so many new people and become friends with so many along the way. It wasn’t perfect but I am so glad with how it all happened.

What are your plans for the future?
After graduation, I plan on attending Miami University while pursuing a business degree. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?
At Oakwood you will get great education no matter what you do, and teachers are always so helpful. Having said this don’t worry to much about classes you are taking because if you do try they value this. Also, just to try everything you are offered because before you know it you’ll be graduating and never have that chance again.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?
My family, they have always been there for me and are my best friends. Mom, Dad, Ella, and Lauren, I love you guys so much and always will.

Andrew Munro

Andrew Munro

For Andrew Munro, high school has been a busy time.  He’s participated in French Club, Investment Club, Young Men’s Breakfast and ran track.   And that wasn’t it.  He also participated in BONDS Robotics, played Patterson Park Baseball and volunteered at various community organizations.  So, it’s not surprising, Munro says he “got to do everything” he wanted in high school.

“I had a good high school experience. It wasn't anything crazy, but I think that I got to do everything that I wanted to do. For the most part I had fun in school, and outside of school, and I got to meet so many great people.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory

One of my most fond memories of OHS is probably the summer band concert at John Gray's house. It was always at the end of a very long week of Band Camp and was a fun experience to relax and have some fun before school started up again.  

What is something people don't know about OHS?

One thing that some people might not know about OHS is how tight knit the classes are. Since it's a smaller school, everyone kind of knows each other, and is comfortable around each other. 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would describe the Class of 2021 as a little crazy. There is such a large range of personalities in our class and everyone has different ideas about everything. You never know what you're going to get when you talk to someone, but it never is a negative thing. Everyone for the most part is pretty positive. 

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

I think that we will be remembered as the COVID class. I know that the Class of 2020 had a hard time with graduation and everything, but we had to go through our entire senior year, and a chunk of our junior year in COVID. 

What are your plans for the future?

In the future, I plan to go to college and study engineering. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

I would tell the Class of 2022 to just push through. Senior year is hard, and you will want to stop trying toward the end, but I would say to just charge through and get it done. Senioritis is real, and it hit me pretty hard, but I knew that I had to finish what I started so you just have to make it through and you will be fine. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

I would tell the Class of 2025 to make the most out of your high school experience. I didn't believe people when they would tell me that it went fast, and that it was a great time, but now that I'm graduating, looking back it really did go super fast. Those four years zoomed by, and I think I did a good job of making the most out of it, but I would definitely prioritize having fun experiences in high school. 

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. I know there were the ups and downs, but we made it and that's all that matters in the end. 

Justin King

Justin King

Justin King seems to have saved the best for last.  When asked to explain his favorite OHS memory, he said his “senior baseball season.”

Baseball wasn’t Justin’s only extracurricular activity during his high school career.  He was also a member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society, and volunteered at Good Neighbor House.

“My high school experience seemed short and went by pretty fast, but was extremely fun and memorable.”

What is something people don't know about OHS?

How good the academics are as a public school.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

Hardworking.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

Resilient.

What are your plans for the future?

Taking a gap year before playing baseball and studying economics at Harvard.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

Finish off high school strong.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Enjoy high school while it lasts.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

My family, friends and teammates.

Grace Spitzmiller

Grace Spitzmiller

“Nothing like the movies.”

That’s how Grace Spitzmiller would describe her high school experience.  Grace says thanks to her “teachers, friends and extra curriculars”  she has had a “pretty awesome high school experience.”

“I’ve gotten to learn a lot about myself, as well as other people.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory

I think one of my favorite OHS memories was a random food truck Friday.  It was a half day, and they arranged several food trucks to come to the school.  They opened the football field, and turned music on, so not only did we only have to go to three hours of school, but once we were done we just got to run around with all of our friends.

What is something people don't know about OHS?

We have a one-act festival every year that is student written and directed.  Normally students from around the Dayton area are allowed to participate, but that was not possible this year due to COVID.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

Smith and Harman didn’t divide us for very long.  Pretty much as soon as we were all in the same school, it was really easy to be friends with everybody.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

I hope we will be remembered as the funny class who did their best to push through everything COVID threw at them.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to work on the administrative side of education.  I really want to help people, and being a principal will allow me to do that.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

There is never a bad time to meet new people

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Soak up everything

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

My family, my friends, my teachers and Dr. Waller.

Will Arzola

Will Arzola

Before heading to the University of Dayton to study finance, OHS senior Will Arzola has some important advice to next year’s seniors, the Class of 2022.

“Enjoy it while it lasts. This is the last year that you will ever have as a high schooler. This is your last opportunity to make new friends at Oakwood and leave a lasting impact on your current friends.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.

My favorite OHS memory has been Friday night football games at Mack Hummon.

 

What is something people don't know about OHS?

Most people from outside of Oakwood do not know that Oakwood has an open lunch, which most students love.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would describe the OHS Class of 2021 as a group of highly motivated, hard working students who want to make the world a better place, and have fun in the process.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

I believe that the Class of 2021 will be remembered as a class that gets along well and can easily come together to help one another.

Describe your high school experience?

My high school experience has been mostly amazing. I could not be at this point in my life without the help of my parents, friends, neighbors and teachers.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

My advice for the Class of 2025 would be to not blink. This is because just as fast as you went through junior high, you will be done with high school. Make new friends and have fun as you go.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my parents for their support and belief in me. I would like to thank teachers for pushing me, even when I don't want to do more school work. I want to thank Dr. Waller for his heavy involvement in our school and community, and I want to thank my friends for making me the person that I am today.

Audrey Wiemers

Audrey Wiemers

Able to make the most of a challenging situation, that’s one of the traits for which Audrey Wiemers believes the OHS Class of 2021 will be remembered. 

“I think our graduating class will be remembered as very resilient.”

That resilience paid off for them as they faced an uncertain senior year.

“I would describe the OHS Class of 2021 as a group of people who have taken a situation like COVID-19 and have made the most out of it that we can.”

 

 

Explain your favorite OHS memory

My favorite memory at Oakwood is the morning of senior take over. It was the first day that our whole class was back in person together for the first time in almost a year and it was a great way to connect and have fun together in a way that we hadn’t gotten the chance to do before.

What is something people don't know about OHS?

Something that a lot of people don’t know about Oakwood High School is that even though it’s a small community it’s very open to new people.

Describe your high school experience?

My high school experience was spent around an amazing group of friends who a love and trust anything with.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to attend the University of Cincinnati starting the fall semester of 2021 where I will be majoring in exercise science. I’m hoping someday after I finish my schooling to work as an exercise physiologist.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

My advice for the Class of 2022 is to not take your senior year for granted. Everybody tells you that it goes by so quickly but you don’t realize it until it’s almost over. Next year, things will continue to go back to normal so just take full advantage of what Oakwood has to offer.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

My advice for the Class of 2025 is to not be scared to try new things. My biggest regret is that I never got involved in any sports or clubs while I in high school because I was too scared. Don’t let your nervousness to try something new control what you do, because if you do get involved it will be with it!

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my mom and Mrs. Owens for helping me get through high school. Both did so much for me and I will forever be grateful. I would also like to thank a few my favorite teachers in the OHS Mr. Martin, Mrs. Jivens and Mrs. Ostdiek for having classes that I feel helped me grow as both a person and a student.

Aidan Schreck

Aidan Schreck

For Aidan Schreck, his favorite high school memory came in his sophomore year. The OHS senior says the Techno Dance brought everyone together for the first time.

“It was one of the first times I saw all upperclassmen include the underclass in a social event.  Also, it was one of the last dances before COVID that I felt was totally knocked out of the park. As a senior, I miss these social events and I will always remember this dance as one of the best in my four years at OHS.”

Schreck, who played lacrosse, participated in BOLD and competed in DECA, hopes the underclassmen value their high school experiences.

“Currently, it's sad to look back at early experiences in high school and realize that I will never get to relive the football games as a student spectator or participate in pep rallies again. I miss these memories more than anything and only hope that the lower classes value these experiences.”

 

What is something people don't know about OHS?

OHS truly is a family. I don’t think people realize how close knit we are until they actually experience going to the school and attending outside activities. I have heard from multiple military families that they didn’t realize how strong the community was built on the school until they moved into town and put their children into Oakwood Schools. It is amazing seeing new students who don’t know the nature of OHS, quickly welcomed into a family.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would say that the Class of 2021 truly is a solid unit. Four years ago, I never thought that I would be able to tell someone one thing about every single person in the grade. Now, as a senior, I can say that because our grade has such a large sense of unity, I could say at least one thing about everyone in the class of 2021. We are a family.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

The OHS Class of 2021 will be remembered as the students who made the best out of two years with limitations on bonding experiences. We truly had it the worst yet we stayed spirited and made the most out of what we had.

Describe your high school experience?

I would say I had a great high school experience. I met so many teachers, coaches, and students that became my friends over the four years and they have helped make high school much easier to have a good time. In the later years of high school, I dealt with hard personal experiences, and having support from my close friends and teachers truly made me see more to OHS than just the great education. OHS is one big family. Playing lacrosse was the best thing I have done in high school. Though I had played for many years before OHS, playing in high school deepened my passion for the sport and I felt included in a brotherhood.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on studying business at the University of Cincinnati. Beyond that, I would like to study abroad and see new things in the world. I also plan on furthering my passion for music on the creative side, learning new instruments and production methods. The ultimate goal of mine is to collide my education in business with my knowledge in music and lead a career in something that uses aspects from both. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

During senior year, you will feel finished with school but you are not done. Stay ahead of the game and finish your work, it is so easy to fall behind. This especially applies to college work, finish this early and you will be relieved of so much unnecessary stress.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Go to as many spirited events as possible. Whether it be games, dances, plays, etc., you never know if these will all be taken away from you and in the future, you'll look back and be glad that you did.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my parents for always being open to me meeting new people and trying new things.

Brooke Lanning

Brooke Lanning

When she first started high school, OHS senior Brooke Lanning wasn’t sure she wanted to keep attending Oakwood High School.

“I remember my very first week of freshman year I was so overwhelmed that I asked my parents if I could be homeschooled. They told me to give it some more time and then see how I feel. I am so glad I didn’t do homeschooling because I would have missed out on some of the best years of my life.”

Her advice for the Class of 2025 includes making sure next year’s freshmen don’t miss out either.

Enjoy every moment of high school, even the tests and homework. They will be memories that you will look back on and be able to laugh about with friends. Grow closer with your class and don’t stay reserved. Reach out to new people and make new friends! Remember that no matter how hard high school may seem, you can get through it!”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.

My favorite high school memory was when I made Synergy as a freshman. I was so excited to be a part of such an amazing group as well as being the first female freshman to ever be in Synergy! I knew that this was the start of something great.

What is something people don't know about OHS?

Something that people don’t know about OHS is that there are a bunch of secret tunnels that run under Oakwood that connect to all different weird parts of the school. It’s kind of creepy down there!

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would describe the Class of 2021 as being extremely resilient. I think that we definitely got the short end of the stick by missing out on the end of Junior year as well as pretty much all of Senior year. We still have made the best out of what we can though, which helps us to remember that there is a brighter side of things, and that we will be okay.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

I think that the Class of 2021 will be remembered as a fun loving, yet intelligent group of kids. I really hope that people remember more about us than just being the “covid class” and remember who we were and what we did. We are each uniquely diverse, yet similar at the same time.

Describe your high school experience?

High school really does start to grow on you, but the most important thing I learned was that you can decide how your high school years are going to go. You could see school as boring and that you “have to go to school today,” which will make your experience negative since you dread it. But if you change that to “I get to go to school today” and look forward to something each day, it will actually make you excited to go to school. I never thought that I would like going to school, but I genuinely enjoyed being able to go to high school at Oakwood. Over the last four years I have not only learned things about math and English, but also things about myself. I definitely became more confident over the years and started having an overall more positive outlook on things. I also learned to appreciate small things and be thankful for what I have rather than being upset over things I didn’t get to have. The last lesson I learned was to just be yourself! Who cares about what else someone thinks?

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future include moving to Arizona and attending Arizona State University as a nursing major. After I graduate from Arizona State I plan on going to do more schooling in order to become a nurse anesthetist.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

Make the most of next year, no matter how bad it may seem! If you make it good, it can’t be the worst year ever. Focus on what you do have instead of what you lost. Don’t look in the past, just look at the future and see how bright it can be. You will make it!

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank both of my parents and my brother, Luke, for supporting me throughout high school and for their continued support through college. I would also like to thank all of the fabulous teachers I have had throughout high school; they not only made me a better student but also a better person. All of you have affected who I have become by showing me compassion and truly caring for your students. I would also like to thank my Aunt Dar for helping me through some rough patches during high school and teaching me to appreciate the small things in life. Finally, I would like to thank my boyfriend, Troy, for always being there for me and being the sweetest, most caring person in the world.

James Fountain

James Fountain

In the fall, James Fountain will be heading to Marshall University.   Now, he’s reflecting on a high school experience he considers the “best” and sharing some advice with those coming behind him.  For next year’s incoming freshman, the Class of 2025, James has one big recommendation.

Be open to try things that make you uncomfortable.  Then after a while, you will become comfortable again.”

 

 

Explain your favorite OHS memory

My favorite memory would be JA and Techno dances because those were by far, in my opinion, the best dances to attend.

What is something people don't know about OHS?

That OHS is filled with caring teachers and that this is the best school in the area. 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

IMPECCABLE, the best class on this Earth.  Everyone in my class that I am close to has a special place in my heart and I’m grateful to be apart of this school and class.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

 We will be remembered as one of the best classes to come out of Oakwood, academically and socially and physically.

Describe your high school experience

My high school experience was the best in my eyes starting from meeting new people, making new friends, being able to try clubs and different classes pretty much trying to get out of my middle school comfort zone and try new things and that honestly benefited me for the best.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

Do your homework and honestly study for everything. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank everyone at Oakwood that goes along with the custodial staff and also the teachers who have helped me come this far in my personal life and in school life. 

Vivian Russell

Vivian Russell

Whether it’s playing soccer, swimming or running track for OHS, taking part in clubs (Art Club, Ecology Club) or performing community service at Holy Angels Church, Vivian Russell stays busy. 

“Sports always helped me balance out and schedule my life with homework and social activities. Even when the pandemic hit and things went online, I was able to maintain good grades and stay active.”

Vivian says she has made a lot of friends throughout high school and has enjoyed her time at OHS.

“Overall, I don’t regret anything and if someone asked, I would say that I had an amazing high school experience.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory

Some of my favorite memories at Oakwood would be during soccer season my senior year. I played soccer all four years at Oakwood and was on Varsity junior and senior year. Senior year, we had a pretty good team and we went farther than any Oakwood girls’ soccer team had ever gone before in tournament. We made it the regional finals, one game away from making it to state. The whole journey leading up to this was all very close and exhilarating games, but we managed to power through. I will forever have some great memories of winning and celebrating with the team. Even at my last game when we lost to Monroe, I was happy that we had had such an amazing season, even though it had to come to an end. 

What is something people don't know about OHS?

Oakwood is known for its academics, but the sports teams are just as competitive. I competed in soccer and swimming all four years of high school, and they both had outstanding accomplishments. The girls’ swimming team had won SWBL for the past 16 years until my junior year when we got second place to Bellbrook. And as I mentioned earlier, we were one game away from State Championships in soccer my senior year. Even though our football team is not outstanding, almost every other sport is. We have a number of sports teams that have state level athletes. This is something that not many people realize and something that I am extremely proud of. 

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

My class at Oakwood is one of the best classes I could have ever asked for. Everyone is extremely friendly and even though everyone has their friends’ groups, no one is exclusive. I have managed to make friends with kids in my grade because we have classes together that if it weren't for that, I would have never talked to them. Everyone is always chatty and willing to work together to make fun things happen, especially now that we are all seniors and graduating together. I’m glad to be moving on to go to college, but I will have some life-long friends from high school. 

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

We were the grade that had our whole school year be affected by COVID. We weren’t the grade that had to graduate virtually and we won’t be the grade that came into school fully vaccinated. We will always be the trial year that started out with half days and returned full time by the fourth quarter. But truthfully, we were more than that. We never complained about everything that we missed out on and we were always willing to be flexible. We might not have been super special for any other reason but now we are. 

Describe your high school experience?

Throughout high school, I always challenged myself with difficult classes, but nothing I couldn’t handle. I did soccer and swimming all four years of high school and then picked up track my senior year.

What are your plans for the future?

I will be attending Colorado School of Mines this fall and I plan on majoring in Applied Mathematics and minoring in Economics, but that is subject to change. I’d like to go into some sort of financial business with a math degree but I will just have to wait and see what happens. Once I move out to Denver for college, I am hoping that I will stay out there and eventually start a family of my own. Nothing is certain for my future but I do have a few ideas of what I want to happen. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

It’s never too early to start looking at colleges, even if you aren’t sure what you are looking for yet. You also don’t have to know what you want to study, it’s okay to be completely undecided. Make sure to start and finish your senior year strong, being a senior is no excuse to slack off. Don’t wait till the last minute to start your common app application for colleges. But all school stuff aside, make sure to have some fun and spend your last year of high school having fun with your friends. 

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Don’t worry about what other people think about you, do what you want to do. No one else's opinion matters. It is also always important to take hard classes, it looks better on your resume and you can always drop down to an easier one if it is way too much. It’s important to challenge yourself and try new things. Even if you don’t know anyone else doing something, you should still try it anyway. Don’t do something just because your friends are doing it and don’t be afraid to try something new by yourself. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank all of my teachers and coaches for everything they have done for me. They always wanted the best for me and they made sure that I knew that. They were always there when I needed extra help or when I had questions about anything and everything. I’d also like to thank my parents for being there for me and supporting me in every decision I had to make these past few years, from letting me choose where I wanted to attend high school, to helping me make my college decision. They never told me what I had to do, but left everything to me. Even my guidance counselors were there for me and helped me with more tasks than I could have ever imagined. They always made sure I was on the right path throughout school, and they would let me know if I needed to do something. Lastly, I would like to thank my friends (that changed throughout the years) for always being there for me, even when I felt that I was alone, I never was.

Amea Bretz

Amea Bretz

Amea Bretz has balanced a challenging course load, dance (Miami Valley Dance Company), music (Oakwood High School Honors Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra) and service (Us International, co-founder/president of UniDay, Miami Valley Hospital) during her high school years.  While she describes her experience as “stressful,” she also said it was “worth it.”

“There were periods of time when I was really stressed about the amount of work, but I got through it and I am confident that OHS has prepared me for college.”

Explain your favorite OHS memory.

My favorite OHS memory is the first Jacks Give Back fundraiser that UniDay organized during my junior year because it was one of the first times that I felt I was really helping those in my community. We received a lot of donations for St. Vincent de Paul and it was fun to interact with community members and the other members of UniDay. The local bakery St. Anne the Tart also sold really good baked goods at the event.

What is something people don't know about OHS?:

People don't realize how determined OHS students are to succeed and how invested the teachers are in the students' education. They all want us to do well and are eager to help, such as helping students start a school club and thoroughly explaining complicated topics in class.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

I would describe the OHS Class of 2021 as resilient and determined. All high school seniors, not just the OHS seniors, had to navigate applying to college during a pandemic, something no one in modern times has done before. But the OHS Class of 2021 made it to May and I have hope that freshman year of college will be much better.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

The OHS Class of 2021 will be known as the class that adapted to all the changes this year brought. We were doing half days of school and then went online for two weeks, and now finally we are going to school the entire day. In addition to changing schedules, we had to adapt to changing rooms and closed hallways because of construction. There was also uncertainty around the events that typically make high school special like Homecoming, Prom, and Graduation.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on attending Washington University in St. Louis to study political science. I also want to continue dancing and volunteering in college and hope to attend law school after graduation.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

Start making a college list now and make sure there are a variety of schools on it. If you are applying to a lot of schools, make sure you stay organized and use your resources. Your teachers, the guidance counselors, and your parents all know you very well and are valuable resources for writing college essays.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

Make sure you work hard starting freshman year, because those grades go on your transcript, but also find balance. Find a few clubs and activities you like (for me it was dancing and volunteering), always find time for friends and family, and get enough sleep. Very few assignments are worth staying up past 12:00 a.m. or 1:00 a.m. You should work hard, but not to the point where you are burned out by junior/senior year.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

 I would like to thank the guidance counselors and Mrs. Johnson for letting me aid in the guidance office for the past four years and my family for always supporting me, even when I was overwhelmed because of school or dance.

Will Rank

Will Rank

For OHS senior Will Rank, high school has been “awesome.” 

My high school experience has really molded me into the person I am today.  Every experience I’ve had throughout high school has had a reason behind it.” 

Some of his fondest high school memories go back to the beginning, freshman year.

“One of my favorite OHS memories probably has to be the JA dances freshman year, those were always fun.”

 

What is something people don't know about OHS?

Something that most people may not know is teachers will help you whenever, if you show them that you need help.

How would you describe the OHS Class of 2021?

Our 2021 class is productive, dependable, memorable, and genial.

How will the OHS Class of 2021 be remembered?

The Class of 2021 will be remembered for making the most out of an extremely unprecedented senior year.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to attend Miami University in the fall. After that, I look forward to starting a business of my own.

What is your advice for the Class of 2022?

My advice for the Class of 2022 is to be present, don’t worry about the future.

What is your advice for the Class of 2025?

My advice for the Class of 2025 is to enjoy every moment because it really does go by faster than anything.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I’d like to thank every teacher I’ve had along the way, anybody who’s been a friend to me, my family and the entire Class of 2021.