Bighorn Bulletin: Jacob Munoz wins Reno Tahoe Piano Competition

Counselor Andy Lenon and New Frontier Youth Counselor Brittany Frew

Counselor Andy Lenon and New Frontier Youth Counselor Brittany Frew

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Second grader Jacob Munoz won the Reno Tahoe Piano Competition for ages 9 and under last weekend in Reno.
The competition included participants from all over the West Coast. Munoz memorized and played The Fluttering Leaves in A minor and Love will See us Through in D minor. For winning the competition, he received a $300 prize.
The now 8-year-old has been playing for three years. He takes lessons from Florida Manse, owner of Jeridels Piano Studio in Fallon, and Dr. Mayu Nomura at the Steinway Gallery. Jacob practices every day, starting with the Hanon to warm up.
“Learning new songs is my favorite part. My favorite composer is Mozart and my favorite song is Alla Turca,” Jacob said.
Jacob wants to continue with music as he grows up with the goal of eventually playing in orchestras and symphonies.

Senior Spotlight: Hunter Arends
Oasis has grown a lot since Senior Hunter Arends started at the school in 2014 in fifth grade. Arends recognizes how he has grown and learned with the school and the impact the school and its programs have made in his life.
This includes through the Future Farmers of America program led by teacher Jackie Bogdanowicz. “I’d like to thank Ms. B for being an amazing Ag teacher and helping me whenever I needed it,” Arends said. “My favorite class has been FFA because it has always been fun and Ms. B always tried to keep it interesting, and teach us something, even during quarantine.”
He will be receiving his high school diploma and Associates of Science Degree in May. He has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities. This includes cross country, archery, golf and student council.
His favorite memory of participating in these groups is the annual Student Leadership retreat to Disneyland through Student Council.
Arends has valuable advice for students.
“Get your homework done a day before it’s due, because sometimes things don’t go as planned,” he said.
Upon graduating from Oasis and Western Nevada College, he will attend the University of Nevada, Reno and study electrical engineering.

Second grader Jacob Munoz

New Frontier’s Brittany Frew teaches valuable skills
Oasis Academy is proud to have wonderful partnerships throughout the community. One of those is with New Frontier.
Working with middle school students alongside Counselor Andy Lenon on Social Emotional Learning, New Frontier Youth Counselor Brittany Frew has been visiting with Oasis Middle School students over the past six weeks.
The lessons from Frew focus on teaching and practicing the skills for emotional regulation and self-awareness.
Frew’s message to the students is, “despite what the world tells you, you have unlimited control within.”

Hunter Arends


Hunter McNabb finishes second at Lions Club Zone Speaking Contest
Hunter McNabb placed second at the Lion’s Club Regional Zone Level of the Lions Club Speech Contest in Yerington on Feb. 15.
This year’s topic for the competition was “Should Community Service be a College Requirement.” Hunter won the local Lions Club competition to move onto the Zone Level. This is his second year competing, and he plans to compete again next year.


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