Oak Hall School

Rob Nelson Named Dean of Students and Assistant Head of Upper School

Welcome to the administrative team!
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Speech & Debate Team Wins the “Three-peat!"

Oak Hall amassed the most top finishes during this year’s competitive local season.
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Uruguayan Student Exchange

We welcomed 12 students and two of their teachers into our school community.
Uruguayan Student ExchangeAs part of our on-going commitment to global education, Oak Hall School just completed a two-week exchange with Colegio Paulo Freire High School from Montevideo, Uruguay. Our connection to this school began several years ago when Señora Karow went to Uruguay as a Fulbright exchange teacher. Since then we have hosted six visiting teachers and administrators from various schools throughout Uruguay. This student exchange begins a relationship which will hope will bring our schools and our students closer together in the future.
On Jan. 26, we welcomed 12 students and two of their teachers into our school community and into our homes. Their students shadowed host students in the upper school, attending classes and extracurricular activities with them. They were able to experience the daily routine of an American high school student, from toaster waffles in the morning to lacrosse practice after school and homework at night.
“I was expecting them to be very different, but Maggie was just like we are. It was so much fun,” said Lorissa Gotsch '20, one of our host students. Her brother, Wesley '20 agreed, “It was a lot of fun, but I also learned a lot about another culture. I really want to go there next year.” 
Saiyara Noor '19, said it was a little bit of a culture shock. “Their houses and their lives are so different. They are so close to each other and they act like brothers and sisters – like kissing when they meet. I wish we were more like that.”
Oak Hall is grateful to all of our host students and their families for the tremendous effort they put forth to welcome the visitors and to make their experience such a positive one. We would like to thank the Gotsch family, Amiel family, Olcese family, DePlato family, Lipori family, Stevenson family, and the Noor family for their participation in this exchange.
“This experience created lifelong friends that we will never forget,” said Emma Lipori '19.
Dozens of Oak Hall students are now in contact with students from Montevideo through snap chat and other social media and both visitors and hosts believe that they will continue this relationship. Colegio Paulo Freire has invited us to send 12 students to Montevideo for Spring Break 2018 to experience life in Uruguay and see the sights including Punta del Este, the hot springs in Salto, the capitol city of Montevideo, and Colonia – the original Portuguese settlement.

Katie Ringdahl ’15, Named to the 2017 Allstate Good Works Team

This award shines a light on 20 young men and women for the things they accomplish off the court.
Katie Ringdahl '15Oak Hall Alumna and Ave Maria University women's basketball player Katie Ringdahl was named to the 2017 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) & Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Teams. This award shines a light on 20 young men and women for the things they accomplish off the court.
Katie has served as a leader at the Christian-based nonprofit Young Life, collected sneakers for ReRun Sneakers a nonprofit organization that gives sneakers to less fortunate children and adults, and volunteered at Collier County public schools.
The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team is composed of college women’s basketball student-athletes who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. These individuals embody the true spirit of “teamwork” and “giving back” through commendable acts of kindness.
This is the fifth year that Allstate has partnered with the NABC and the WBCA to recognize a select group of young men and women for their remarkable community service achievements.
Congratulations, Katie!

Jordan Thorp Selected as a Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

She was recognized for her impressive community service activities.
Senior Jordan ThorpSenior Jordan Thorp was selected as one of eight Distinguished Finalists in the State of Florida by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Jordan was recognized for her impressive community service activities and will receive an engraved bronze medallion.
She has worked since she was 8 years old to help children around the world who, like her little cousin, were born with clefts, starting a nonprofit and raising more than $100,000 for hospitals, comfort teddy bears and the cleft lip and palate charity Smile Train. Since learning that children treated for clefts were often bullied, Jordan has also given presentations at schools across the state to discourage bullying by promoting self-esteem.
Congratulatons, Jordan!

WORLD FACES: The international photographs of Jerry Vass

Join us for a reception honoring the artist on Friday, Feb. 17 from 7-9 p.m.

World Faces by Jerry Vass

Jerry Vass attended the Art Center School on scholarship and studied photojournalism.
As an advertising photographer with a photojournalists eye, he owned a studio for 10 years and completed 8,000 photo assignments; at one point he published in 50 national magazines a month. He has been a photographer for 60 years, and sees the world through a storyteller’s lens.
His approach to his profession is one of realism, picture stories about the people he meets in world travels. His subjects must be human -- living persons with real faces, real souls, their humanity to be captured in a single storytelling image.
Throughout his career he has traveled the world, including 70 countries in 25 years! This exhibition will feature more than 30 samples of his work.
Join us for a public reception honoring the artist on Friday, Feb. 17 from 7-9 p.m.

Senior Ailey Tebbett Headed to the University of Florida

Tebbett to Play Soccer for the Gators.
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Coach McTureous Named 2016 Coach of the Year

This honor complements state triumphs in two sports.
Coach Edwin McTureous has been named the 2016 Coach of the Year at the state level in the sports of Cross Country and Girls Track & Field by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS is the national governing body for the Florida High School Athletic Association which governs high school athletics in the state of Florida. 

Congratulations Coach McTureous on this fine honor that complements state championship triumphs in these two sports! Go Eagles!

A to Z with Ailey Tebbett

Ailey has a total of 1,033 saves in her high school career.
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Oak Hall Appoints 6th Head of School

Dr. James G. Hutchins named the sixth Head of School, effective July 1, 2017
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Chris McDonald Named Varsity Girls Tennis Coach

Former GHS and Florida Player to lead the Eagles.
Chris McDonaldChris McDonald has been named the Varsity Girls Tennis Coach. McDonald succeeds Mike Oransky who stepped down after one season at Oak Hall.
McDonald, was state player of the year for Gainesville High School in 1997 and was part of the Hurricanes 1996 and 1998 State Championship Teams. He was the Individual State Champion in the #1 singles position during the 1997 season. He went on to play college tennis for Mississippi State University from 1998-2001 before returning to Gainesville to play for the Gators from 2001-2003. The four-year letter winner and Team Captain for the Gators was a part of the 2003 SEC Championship Team in the #1 Doubles spot, named twice to the All-SEC Team, and was a three time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. After college tennis, McDonald took up professional racquetball winning numerous championships in men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
“When I began teaching tennis I aimed to create an environment and practice sessions that mirrored what I experienced on teams in an individual sport. While I had great success as an individual, it is the shared process and outcomes that shaped my most treasured memories and that is what I hoped to provide to the competitive junior tennis experience in Gainesville through my private academy, JETA. After much success with this development model, I'm eager to apply the team building principles to the tennis team at the Oak Hall School,” said McDonald.
McDonald is also the owner and founding partner of Jr Elite Tennis Academy (JETA) in Gainesville and has served as a staff assistant for the University of Florida’s men’s tennis program since 2010.
McDonald inherits a roster that finished third in districts last year competing against local foes PK Yonge, Newberry, St. Francis, and Trinity Catholic.
“I am very excited to have Chris as our new coach. This is an exciting time in the life of our tennis program. Our school is embarking on a major capital campaign and a new tennis complex is part of our plan. To have someone like Chris lead our program with all of his expertise and knowledge is a great benefit not only for our students but also for the construction of our new facility. I look forward to his leadership and work to return Oak Hall as a dominant force in the local and state tennis community,” said Jeffrey A. Malloy, Director of Athletics.

North Florida Football Conference

All-Conference Team and All-Division Team 2016
 All-Conference Team 2016
Michael Akey #5
76 Tackles
11 Tackles for loss
9 Sacks
3 Fumble Recoveries
Matthew Armstrong #3
Passing 57 of 112/816 Yards
14 Touchdowns/5 Interceptions
Rushing- 108 Carries/597 Yards
6 Touchdowns
Jackson Carey #6
56 carries/424 yards
7 touchdowns/11 receptions
164 yards
2 touchdowns/8 tackles/2 sacks
Thomas George # 56
27 pancake blocks
Highest graded offensive lineman
18 tackles
5 sacks/2 tackles for loss
Chance Mayo #34
26 tackles/1 INT /1 forced fumble
15 catches (led team)/151 yards
4 touchdowns
4 carries/20 yards
1 for 1passing on a fake extra point (holder)
20 punts/40.1 average/57 long
26.2/Kickoff return average/1 touchdown
Punt return average of 11.5
Chase Trunnell
159 carries/1199 yards
19 touchdowns
School Record for yards in a season
School Record for rushing touchdowns in a season
14 receptions/177 yards/1 touchdown
56 tackles/19 for loss
10 sacks/4 forced fumbles/4 fumble recoveries
Player of the Year:  Chase Trunnell
Coach of the Year:  Matthew DiBernardo
Individual Sportsmanship Winners: Michael Fortner
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