Two outstanding Oasis students were recognized at the Associated Students of Western Nevada (ASWN) College Awards presentation on April 28 in Carson City.
Senior Kaitlyn Hert and Junior Casamaro White both received awards.
Hert received an award as an Outstanding Jump Start Student and White received an award as an Outstanding Liberal Arts student.
Professor Timothy Mayo from Western Nevada College nominated White. His nomination read, “Casamaro has been an outstanding student in Math. I nominated him because he has enormous leadership potential and he set a positive tone in my classes. He also provides support for his classmates.”
Hert was nominated by Oasis Academic Adviser Cheryl Venturacci.
“Kaitlyn has been 100% committed to pursuing a career in the medical field. Following her dream of working in the medical profession, Kaitlyn was determined to take all the classes at WNC that she needed to obtain the Associate of Science degree. She is the exemplary college student, meeting with professors often, countless hours of homework and studying, all while working as an intern at the Churchill County District Attorney's office and is the catcher for the Oasis Academy softball team. It is rare to find a high school student who is so dedicated to their future endeavors as I have found in Kaitlyn,” said Venturacci.
Heather Rikalo, Student Life coordinator and ASWN adviser said each year at this time, WNC celebrates the achievements.
“Each year we take just a few hours to recognize outstanding students in academics, service and leadership,” Rikalo said.
Three dedicated employees set to retire
Between the three of them they have 87 years of experience in education. Teaching and working at West End Elementary School, E.C. Best Elementary School, Lahontan Elementary School, Churchill County High School and finally Oasis Academy.
This month Anne Bloomfield, Natalie Lane, and Cheryl Venturacci will retire. Each has impacted hundreds of students and been part of the backbone for education in Fallon.
“Losing these three ladies is such a loss to education. They have been influential in so many students' lives before coming to Oasis and while at Oasis. They have earned every second of retirement! We love them all dearly and can’t wait to see the next chapter of their lives unfold!” said Oasis CEO Melissa Mackedon.
Everyone is welcome to attend a celebration honoring their careers on May 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Old Post Office.
Oasis Isaac MaciasSenior Spotlight: Isaac Macias
Time management is a life skill senior Isaac Macias knew he needed to develop quickly his junior year. “Once I started junior year I knew we had to take college level classes. I had to focus more and pay more attention during class to turn in my work on time. I needed to have good time management.” said Macias.
The skill has paid off as he prepares for graduation later this month.
Macias wants to thank Academic Adviser Mrs. Cheryl Venturacci for her help during his high school career. “I would like to thank Mrs. Cheryl Venturacci, she’s always been there helping me in many ways. Asking me how I was, being my friend. Always looking out for me so that I don’t fail my classes. She has been a sweet adviser, and always was there for me.” said Macias.
His favorite high school memories include meeting new friends and the fun activities and interesting projects done in class. He especially enjoyed learning how to paint, draw and relax while in art class.
“I would tell future students to have fun, but not slack off. Do your work on time and you will be good,” said Macias. “Don’t rush on things at the end because it will affect you and your grade. Have good time management!”
Macias will continue his education after graduating by attending electrical school. His goal is to learn more, earn his certification, and begin a career in the field.
Katherine Tejeda Marroquin
Senior Spotlight: Katherine Tejeda Marroquin
The wide variety of classes and ability to get a head start on college were draws to Oasis Academy for senior student Katherine Tejeda Marroquin.
“My time at Oasis has been fun. Meeting new friends and the massive support from the staff enhanced the education I have received,” said Marroquin.
That education has included classes that were challenging and developed her into a strong student. “My favorite class was History 102 with Mr. Joseph Bell because, although it was very challenging, it made me improve my writing and researching skills.” Those skills have only prepared her further for college in the fall.
Marroquin also credits the support she’s received from Counselor Andy Lenon for her preparation for more college. “I would like to thank Mr. Andy Lenon for showing me such genuine interest in my personal life. He always makes sure I have all the tools I need to succeed and always checks up on my mental health. He has been such an amazing mentor.”
After graduating this month with both her High School Diploma and Associate of Arts degree, Marroquin will continue her education and study business.
“My advice for future students would be to start looking into careers early. Look into what careers interest you so that you can take classes accordingly. That way, you'll get a head start,” said Marroquin.