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Lauren Wilkinson Receives Excellence in Theater Arts Award

She is one of seven students chosen from the Gainesville area.
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One-on-One with 2018 Oak Hall QB Matt Armstrong

Look for Armstrong to have a breakthrough 2018 season.
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Senior Sam Lindsay Wins Gold

Sam competed in Men's Varsity 2X Rowing Event

Senior Sam LindsaySam Lindsay '17, and Josh Nelson competed in the annual FSRA State Sculling Championships held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota on April 8-9. They won gold in the Men's Varsity 2X rowing event and brought home a trophy for Gainesville Area Rowing.

Congratulations!

Welcome, Dr. Sharon Karackattu!

We are excited to welcome Dr. Karackattu back to Gainesville and into our Oak Hall family!

Dr. Sharon KarackattuOak Hall School is very pleased to welcome Dr. Sharon Karackattu to the Upper School faculty.

Dr. Karackattu holds a Ph.D from MIT and completed her undergraduate degree at UF. She will teach all sections of Chemistry next year, including Honors and Advanced Placement.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Karackattu back to Gainesville and into our Oak Hall family!

Welcome, Ms. Alyssa Schmidt!

Ms. Schmidt will teach English I and Pre-AP English 9, in addition to two senior seminar courses.
Alyssa SchmidtOak Hall School is pleased to welcome Ms. Alyssa Schmidt to the Upper School faculty.
 
Ms. Schmidt, a graduate of Princeton University, will teach English I and Pre-AP English 9, in addition to two senior seminar courses. In completing her Master’s degree at Penn over the past two years, Ms. Schmidt has served as a teaching fellow at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire.
 
Welcome to Oak Hall, Ms. Schmidt!

Latin Students Earn First Place in both Academic and Overall Sweepstakes at Latin Forum

The Oak Hall Latin program has established itself as the best in Florida.
Forty-five Latin students competed at Latin Forum.
 
For the fourth consecutive year, the Oak Hall Latin program has established itself as the best in Florida after earning first place in the Senior Division in both the Academic and Overall Sweepstakes at the 68th Florida Junior Classical League State Latin Forum.
 
Forty-five Oak Hall Latin students in grades 7-12 competed in the annual competition among more than 1,000 students from across Florida, which was held on April 6-8 in Orlando.
 
In the Senior Divison, 25 students in grades 8-12 won a total of 52 individual awards, including 18 first places. Lindsay Jenkins '21, Akhila Nataraj '21, Austin Montini '21, and Sean Amiel '18, each received book awards for placing first in both of their individual contests.
 
The Junior Division team, consisting of nine seventh-graders, won a combined total of 15 individual awards, including a first place for Ria Patel '22. The small but mighty group earned fourth place in the Junior Division Academic Sweepstakes and fifth place in the Overall Sweepstakes.
 
Additionally, four Oak Hall teams vied for the State Certamen Championship. Noah Harris '18, Noah McThenia '17, and Sarah Pincus '19, captured first place on the Advanced level, and Anya AitSahlia '21, Lindsay Jenkins '21, Graham Bernstein '21, Austin Montini '21, and Caroline Pizzurro '21, placed first in Novice. The Intermediate team of Teddy Gotsch '20, Rushee Soni '20, Keegan Hogan '20, Kumail Zaidi '20, and Esha Patel '20, came in second, while the seventh-grade team placed ninth. 
 
Oak Hall also continued its tradition of strong student leadership in the FJCL with the election of Sarah Pincus '19 and Kiki Schmalfuss '18 to the positions of FJCL Secretary and Historian, respectively. Collin Kane '21, who is currently serving as FJCL Vice President, obtained approval of the convention delegates for his candidacy at the National Junior Classical League Convention this summer. Additionally, Dr. Sangco-Jackson was appointed to a three-year term as Certamen Co-chair. 
 
Club sponsors Mr. Jackson, Mr. Williams, and Dr. Sangco-Jackson are immensely proud of the hard work and dedication that the students have invested in their Latin studies. Now, on to Nationals! 

Nadiria Evans Headed to University of North Carolina Asheville

Evans to play basketball for the Bulldogs.

Nadiria Evans Signs to play basketballSenior Nadiria Evans will play basketball at the University of North Carolina-Asheville starting in the fall of 2017. Evans will celebrate the signing of her National Letter of Intent during a ceremony in the Media Center on Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.

 
Evans is a four year letter winner for the Eagles in the sport of basketball and also participates in track for the school. She was selected as the Athlete of the Year for Oak Hall following her sophomore and junior campaigns. In basketball, she was honored as the MVP following her sophomore and junior seasons. She has been a member of The Gainesville Sun all-area first team for three consecutive seasons and she was the MVP of the Hernando Holiday Classic during her junior year. In track, Evans holds school records in the long jump and triple jump and has been on the school record holding 4X800, 4X200, and 4X400 teams here at Oak Hall. Part of the 2016 track state championship team, she also had been a part of three consecutive state championships in the 4X800 and the 4X400. Finally, as a sophomore, she was the individual state champion in the 400 and was named the track athlete of the year by The Gainesville Sun.
 
Outside of athletics, Evans is a member of the schools yearbook team and has served as an editor for the past two years.
 
“I would like to thank all of my coaches and teachers for all of their help and encouragement over the last four years,” said Evans.

Girls' Lacrosse Players Selected to the North Florida Region National Tournament Team

The girls were the only players to try out and all four made the prestigious 22 member squad.

Congratulations to Oak Hall Lacrosse players Halle Ebling '18, Kaylyn Koons '19, Lauren Rogers '20, and Mason Yonge '18, for their selection to the North Florida Region National Tournament Team.

These four ladies represented the only players to try out for Oak Hall and all four made the prestigious 22 member squad. The National Tournament, sponsored by US Lacrosse is being held at Yale University this year over Memorial Day weekend.
 
Great job, ladies!

Congratulations to two Oak Hall Schools boys’ lacrosse players!

Thad Spiker and Chase Trunnell are the first two students to be named for Oak Hall.
Thad Spiker and Chase TrunnellThad Spiker, a junior, was named a 2017 US Lacrosse High School All American. A US Lacrosse All-American is recognized for “superior skills and techniques and possesses exceptional game sense and knowledge. A US Lacrosse All-American is one of the best players in the United States, while also embodying excellent sportsmanship.” Thad is committed to play lacrosse at Villanova University.
 
Chase Trunnell, a senior, was named a 2017 US Lacrosse Academic All-American. An Academic All-American “exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.” He is committed to play football at Amherst College.
 
They are the first two students to be named for Oak Hall School. Congratulations!

Alumna Katie Ringdhal Recognized With Good Works Team

She took center court during the Mississippi State/U. Conn game.
Alumna Katie Ringdahl
Oak Hall Alumna and Ave Maria University women's basketball player Katie Ringdahl was recognized with the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team Award at center court during the Mississippi State/U. Conn game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday, March 31.
 
The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team shines a light on 20 young men and women for their accomplishments off the court. Katie joins a select group 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.
 
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.
 
This is the fifth year that Allstate has partnered with the NABC and the WBCA to recognize an outstanding group of young men and women for their remarkable community service achievements.
 
Congratulations, Katie!

Sara Andreola receives Exceptional Merit Scholarship award

Sara was one of the selected few amongst international scholarship applicants who received Exceptional Merit Scholarship award.
Sara AndreolaSara Andreola ’21, was one of the selected few amongst international scholarship applicants who received Exceptional Merit Scholarship award from The Scholarship Committee of The Foundation for International Education to attend The Oxford Prep Experience summer camp in Oxford University in England on July 1-27, 2017.
 
“The Committee was profoundly impressed by your candidature and, to recognize your hard work, elected to award you an Exceptional Merit Scholarship,” said Elene Koukatsikas, Admission-Oxbridge Academic Programs.
 
The Oxford Prep Experience is an academic program for students in grades 8-9 held in Oriel College, Oxford University, England. There are nearly 30 courses available, as diverse as Creative Writing, History’s Secrets, Psychology, and Speech and Debate.
 
The international faculty includes Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, as well as creative professionals – actors, artists, photographers, and writers – from London and elsewhere. Together with program administrators, including Program Deans and Activities Directors, students enjoy a daily schedule that combines intellectual and curricular adventure, cultural enrichment, guest speakers, field trips, activities and sports – all in a safe, supervised environment.
 
Sara will be taking Psychology as her major and Photography for her minor.
 
Congratulations, Sara!

Students Participate at North Central Spanish Language Festival

“Our Spanish Level I team did a great job,” said Spanish teacher, Elizabeth Arroyo-Mendez.
Twenty-two middle school students joined five other area schools for the the North Central Spanish Language Festival at PK Yonge on Saturday, April 1.
 
"Our Spanish Level I team did a great job," said Spanish teacher, Elizabeth Arroyo-Mendez.
 
Piper Lyons won First place, and Diego García-Colon won Third place in the Spelling Bee.
 
Three students were awarded "Outstanding" in Speech: Diego Garcia-Colón with 40 points got perfect score, Mía Curie got 39 point and Lauren Cohen got 38 points. Five students were awarded "Superior" in Speech: Alexa Katz, Rachel Myers, Piper Lyons, Sara Andreola, and Ellie Storoe. Four students were awarded "Excellent" in Speech: Adel Acs, Elise Amerman, Katelyn Kinsell, and Jake Gill. Ten students were awarded "Good" in Speech: Savannah Gilson, Thomas Gloriod, Charlie Delatorre, James Wilcox, Avery Groom, Austin Groom, Amelia German, Callie Harrington, Ella Avera, and Justina Chen.
 
Three students were awarded "Outstanding" in Poem Declamation: Reece Olinger with 36 points, Lauren Cohen and Elise Amerman got 40 points - perfect score! Seven students were awarded "Superior" in Poem Declamation: Sara Andreola, Avery Groom, Justina Chen, Ella Avera, Amelia German, Ellie Storoe, and Rachel Myers. Two students were awarded "Excellent" in Poem Declamation: Callie Harrington, and Savannah Gilson. Three students were awarded "Good" in Poem Declamation: Jake Gill, Katelyn Kinsell, and Austin Groom.
 
Katelyn Kinsell won Second place in the Art Project. The Spanish Middle School Club won third place in the Scrapbook project, and second place in the Poster Group Project.
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