Bighorn News: Oasis orchestra continues to grow

Mackenzie Warren

Mackenzie Warren

 Instructor Makenzie Warren is in his second year of leading the Oasis Academy Orchestra. Mr. Warren joined Oasis with experience including playing the violin for over 23 years and Majoring in Violin Performance at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah. His career has included playing in over fifteen orchestras, including symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, and theater orchestras.
The Oasis Orchestra is composed of students playing violin, viola, cello, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet and bass guitar. There are both a middle and high school ensemble. No prior experience is required to join. The groups teach students the basics from reading music and understanding music theory to also teaching the ability to play instruments. Students interested in the orchestra may rent instruments from Absolute Music in Reno for a surprisingly low monthly fee.
Collaborating with the choir, the groups are currently preparing for a Beatles tribute concert in the Spring.
To learn more about the Oasis Orchestra contact Mr. Warren at

Senior Spotlight: Khang Nguyen
Heading to the University of Nevada, Reno as a Business Finance Major in the Fall Khan Nguyen will complete his High School Diploma and Associate of Arts through Oasis Academy’s Jump Start College program with Western Nevada College in May.
While attending Oasis Nguyen has participated in several extracurricular activities including We the People, Project Citizen, Student Council, Leadership, Mock Trials, and Basketball. After being persuaded by his friend, Matt, to participate in We the People it is now one of his favorite Oasis memories. “Not only did it make me a better speaker, but I learned to communicate with others easier.” describes Nguyen.
 “If possible I would thank most of the teachers and anyone else who helped me transfer to Oasis, but if I had to pick one I would give a shout-out to Mr. Brandt because he made his class feel very open and it was where I felt that I was beginning to be a part of Oasis.” continues Nguyen describing his OACP experience.
Nguyen is looking forward to attending college and is especially looking forward to enjoying the experience. His advice for future students, “Some advice that I have for future students is one to try as many things as you can, two learn a little bit about a lot, and third don't stress about the little things.”

Khang Nguyen


Oasis students earn Dean’s List recognition
Congratulations to Oasis Academy College Prep students that earned WNC Dean's List recognition! In order to qualify for the WNC Dean’s List, students must complete at least 12 units during the semester and accumulate a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
“I applaud the work done by all Oasis High School students in their dual enrollment classes and am super proud of those who made the Dean’s List this past semester. Keep up the great work!” says Western Nevada College Provost and Officer in Charge, Dr. Kyle Dalpe.
Oasis students that earned Dean's List honors are Hunter Arends, Rachel Bake, Yasmine Barnes, Jelen Rose Bayoneta, Andrew Catlin, James Cosman, Holden Feest, Tayler Felton, Trevor Halloran, Lauren Halloran, Heidi Hansen, Kaitlyn Hert, Corina Laiacona, Samuel Lee, JayLee McEwen, Joseph Mikulak, Tylie Norcutt, Connor Oceguera, Kailyn Sorensen, Maiya Swan, Chloe Tanner, Layla Tanner, Sasha Tanner, Keenan Waller, Casamaro White, Sierra Williams, Ariana Wolf, Joshua Youles and Khang Nguyen.


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