Bighorn News: Senior Spotlight: Ariana Wolf

The Manpower of Northern Nevada Team consists of, from left, Ward Viera, David Dodge and Mike Harrigan.

The Manpower of Northern Nevada Team consists of, from left, Ward Viera, David Dodge and Mike Harrigan.

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As part of a military family, senior Ariana Wolf has attended numerous schools. After attending three schools her freshman year alone she settled into Oasis in January 2020.

“Out of all three schools, I have never felt as included, happy, and important as I have felt here at Oasis. I feel like I am actually learning, and I found a lovely community of friends. Oasis has helped me grow as a person, as a student, and community member,” Wolf said.

In her time at Oasis, Wolf has found mentors and teachers that have helped develop her into the person she is today.

“A teacher and mentor I would like to thank is Mr. (Andy) Lenon. The personal growth lessons I have learned from him have been monumental,” she said. “When I first started at Oasis, I was timid, uncomfortable in my skin, and unmotivated to do any schoolwork. Yet, through my years of attending Oasis his lessons of time management, creating habits, getting into a growth mindset (which I would like to thank Mrs. Stockard for teaching that lesson as well), preparing for college, and so much more have really helped me and made me feel like I can truly grow into the best version of myself.

“I am so grateful for all of the time he has taken to personally help and talk with and encourage me. I couldn’t ask for a better counselor.”

Wolf said she has had two favorite classes.

Ariana Wolf


“One is Mrs. Stockard’s American Lit & Composition. I really enjoyed the literature we got to read, the in-depth analysis of those pieces of literature, the essays (I know, I’m weird), and the growth vs. fixed mindset lesson. Mrs. Stockard’s class really kindled my love for literature and writing. The other class is Mr. Lenon’s EPY class. As a college preparation class, he really got the job done. I learned how to write good personal statements, how to communicate in a college setting, time management, and the importance of keeping myself healthy. Without Mr. Lenon’s class I would have never made it through my junior year.”
Wolf has fully engrossed herself as part of the Bighorn Herd during her time at Oasis. “Surprisingly, I have involved myself in activities and sports that my past self would have heavily judged me for and enjoyed it,” she said. “I never thought I would end up on the varsity volleyball team, the cheer team, the vice president of our National Honors Society, or trying out for yearbook. Yet, I am so glad I did.”
Wolf had advice for future students.
“First things first: LIVE. Don’t just exist or just be going through the motions, school, and life outside of it is so much more enjoyable when you are making every moment count. It doesn’t even have to be a big thing, just things like sending your friend a text, calling them even, or treating yourself to that cookie you’ve been craving.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Shel Silverstein’s book ‘A Light in the Attic.’
"Put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before". Secondly, do the things you are passionate about. Don’t go into a field of study just for the money, go in that direction because you love it. Do the things in life that make you excited, learn the things that make you want to research it until 3 a.m. (but don’t stay up that late, you need your beauty rest). Doing things that you can be excited and passionate about will make it seem like you’re not even working because you’re having fun. Lastly, pay attention in your EPY class. You will not regret it and you will be so grateful for it in your junior year, and future college. Your future self will thank you.”
Wolf will graduate in May with both her high school diploma and Associate of Science degree from Western Nevada College. She then plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design while working on a personal online business selling her art, making an animated series and writing a book or two.

Soroptimist support FFA

The Fallon Chapter of Soroptimist recently gifted Oasis FFA $1,700 for the group’s trip to the National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, this month. The generous donations will support the team as they travel to Indianapolis for the convention.

“This community continues to astonish with their support,” said FFA adviser Jackie Bogdanowicz. “The National FFA Convention is a wonderful opportunity for our students and this once-in-a-lifetime experience would not have been possible without the generous donations like the one from Soroptimist.”

Golf tournament a success
The Oasis Golf Tournament was a huge success, making more money than previous year’s tournaments! Thank you again to all our sponsors, teams and donors. Funds raised from the tournament will be used towards the purchase of vans for transportation for extracurricular activities.

“The tournament was well organized and super fun! Lots of new faces this year. Mrs. Angela Viera did a fabulous job of making it efficiently well-paced. Huge thank you to all of our sponsors,” added Rochelle Tisdale, chief academic officer.

Oasis’s own Olivia Kutansky won the women’s longest drive. The first-place team was the Not New Shop made up of David Halloran, Oasis alumni Trevor Halloran, Joe Cushing and Alan Kalt. Second place was the team of Jeremy Barnett, Matt Benedickt, Gary Thompson and Brandon Alvarez.

Oasis Academy encourages you to please visit and support these business the Fallon Golf Course, Manpower of Northern Nevada, Tedford Tire, Western Nevada College, Mackedon deBraga Law, City of Fallon, the Not New Shop, Lane and Associates, CC Communications, Nevada Dental Arts, Nate and Katie Dahl, Hillside Dairy, Chris and Amanda Yanger, Ned Kelly, Berney Realty, the Woodliff Company, New Millennium, The Dentist’s Office, Financial Horizons, A & K Earth Movers, Banner Hospital, Ski Mt. Rose, Diana Paul, Scheels, Chi-fil-A, Benshots, Sean and Jenny Hiskett, Ana-Lisa and Scott Laca/Just Country Friends, Lauren Kelly, Tahoe Donner, Hiskett and Sons, Chipotle, Vessel, Churchill County, Old World Coffee, In-N-Out, The Gardens, Harmon Junction, Kents Supply, Ana’s Thai Massage, and Buckin Cactus Boutique.


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