Oakwood High School students celebrated the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year on Friday, May 28. It was an exuberant day for Oakwood students and faculty. High School students began the day with the Senior Walk. During the event, children from all grades cheered the Class of 2021 as they walked the campus for the first time wearing their graduation caps and gowns. Then the students celebrated the achievements of classmates during the High School Awards Assembly. Next, they spent time signing yearbooks of their fellow students and enjoying pizza. To conclude their day of celebration, the students then participated in a refreshing and thrilling water fight. We wish all of the Oakwood Student a wonderful summer! Visit the Family Portal for details!
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On Tuesday, May 18, Oakwood High School Athletics teamed up with Pacific Point High School to honor senior athletes from basketball and volleyball in the Oakwood Athletic Center Gym. On Wednesday, May 19, at the Morgan Hill Sports Center soccer fields, senior athletes from soccer and swimming were honored. Although the celebrations were scaled-down versions of our typical senior nights, the athlete contributions were definitely not. Oakwood's High School athletes have exemplified athleticism, perseverance, sportsmanship, and grace while maintaining excellent academic standards during their high school years. They are athletes and ambassadors of Oakwood School, and we are extremely proud of them.
On Wednesday, May 12, Oakwood's Track & Field athletes competed in a meet with teams from Christopher, Gilroy, Gonzales, North Monterey County, Pacific Point, and Soledad in the last meet of the season. CJ Mayer and Agnes William ran races on the track, and CJ participated in throwing events as well. CJ ran the 1600m race, and Agnes ran both the 100m and 200m sprints. CJ broke his own recent record to re-set the Boys Frosh/Soph School Record in the Shot Put with his throw of 28' 1". Congratulations - Go Hawks!
The Senior Soiree took place Saturday, May 15. It was a magical night for the Class of 2021. The students arrived to see the high school quad transformed into the nights' Caribbean theme with strung lights, tropical flowers, fruits, and decor. The enchanting music of a steel drum filled the air. During the evening, the high school faculty shared words of wisdom and congratulations with the seniors, and the students played a festive game of Kahoots. Then Mr. and Mrs. Helvey spoke about their excitement for the seniors and all of the possibilities for their next five years and a short video presentation showcased the students. The festivities concluded with dancing and sparklers. The event was a wonderful display of the faculty and staff showing the seniors appreciation for their efforts and achievements. Cheers to the soon-to-be graduates!
Friday, May 7, the Oakwood High School swim team competed well against Hollister High School. Maddy Weltchek placed 1st in the 100 breast and 2nd in the 200 IM. Brendan Tompkins placed 1st in the 500 free and 2nd in the 200 free. Well done swimming Hawks!
On Thursday, April 29, the Oakwood High School's Track & Field team competed in a meet with teams from Christopher, Gilroy, Hollister/San Benito, and Pacific Point. CJ Mayer, Arjun Narayanan, and Jullea Powell ran races on the track and participated in throwing events. CJ set a new Boys Frosh/Soph School Record in the Shot Put with his throw of 26' 9". Congratulations one and all - Go, Hawks!
On April 27, the boys and girls tennis teams scrimmaged to wrap up the season. Although they could not compete with other schools this year, the athletes from each team diligently practiced their skills with coaches Al Ganir and Patrick McBrearty. After the scrimmage, Oakwood High School Athletics celebrated all participating athletes from the tennis, cross country, and track and field teams. Senior athletes from all teams were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Oakwood athletic program over their years in high school. We thank all of those individuals able to attend and celebrate despite the wind. Congratulations to all the OHS athletes and especially to our seniors!
The Oakwood High School swim team is off to a fast and dominant start this season. Gilroy High School hosted the first meet of the season, and Gilroy, Christopher, and Oakwood School swimmers competed. The OHS Hawks saw great performances from its two competitors, senior Brendan Tompkins and freshman Maddy Weltchek. Maddy swam the sprint 50 free and 100 breast. Brendan swam the 200 free and distance 500 free event. Both swimmers won each of their respective events and were excellent stewards of sportsmanship and COVID precautions! An impressive performance by our two highly talented swimmers.
The Hawks were in fine form Wednesday, April 28, as each team played and won against the Gilroy High School Mustangs. There are more games ahead for both teams, and some of the games will be live-streamed by Nor Cal Sports TV. Watch our social media pages for links to future games!
For the past 52 years, the Junior League of San Jose has recognized outstanding volunteers at non-profits in the Bay Area. A few weeks ago, we learned that two of our High School students, Carolyn Burback and Allie Purtell, had received the Crystal Ball Award, placing them in the top 10 nominees and earning a $500 stipend for Oakwood. Carolyn and Allie were recognized for creating Stigma Magazine, Oakwood's student magazine focusing on destigmatizing mental health and dedicated to an inclusive and supportive campus culture. At the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, held virtually on Friday, April 23, the judges announced they had awarded Carolyn and Allie with the highest honor, the Volunteerism at its Best Award, which includes an additional $1,000 stipend for the school. Carolyn and Allie have asked that the funds be used to purchase a mini-library of books about mental health awareness to be located for student access in the Student Center. Please help us celebrate this fantastic honor for Carolyn and Allie and recognize their impact on the Oakwood community. Visit the Family Portal for details.
Neither heat nor pollen nor dust can stop the Oakwood Cross Country team from racing their appointed course! Wednesday, March 31, the Oakwood Cross Country team finished their season with a meet with Live Oak High School on a 2.65-mile course at Live Oak. Ellis Richardson finished first overall in the Boys Varsity race, setting a School Record on the new course with his time of 15:33. Jullea Powell finished first for Oakwood School in the Girls Varsity race, also earning a School Record on the new course.
Oakwood School was thrilled to be chosen for our students to talk with Astronaut Dr. Shaoon Walker on the International Space Station via Amateur Radio on March 22, 2021. This activity was part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which promotes learning opportunities as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) initiative.
On Friday, March 12, the Oakwood Cross Country team ran their first meet of the season with Christopher and Gilroy High Schools on a 2.1-mile course at Christopher. Ellis Richardson finished first overall in the Boys Varsity race, setting a School Record on the new course with his time of 11:25. Ethan Casey, Shayan Daijavad, Luke Lopez, and CJ Mayer comprised the rest of the complete racing team, all providing solid performances and contributing to the event's success.
Congratulations to Oakwood High School senior Cerys Holter! The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill recognized Cerys last month for Outstanding Student Achievement. The faculty and administrators choose the honorees at each school. Madame Debree commented, "Cerys is elegant in her thoughts and her actions. We admire her for her open heart and open mind. Her standard for excellence, both personal and academic, never waivers. She demands the best from herself, and that brings out the best in all around her."
On February 23rd, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosted their annual Speech Trek Contest via Zoom. The topic was "Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?" Congratulations to the winners! Oakwood Senior Lily Jaquet took first place, Oakwood Freshman Jaquet Powell took second, and Oakwood Sophomore Jillian Bogosian took third place. Oakwood Sophomores Sophie Lord and Reena Panikar also participated. Each of the students gave poignant speeches on the topic and should be proud of their performances. Lily will now have a chance to compete at the state level.
My daughter's going to Cal Poly. She got so many scholarships and grants that she's going to go there cheaper than San Jose State. It's amazing that she got in. It's amazing that she had such a stellar education. It's amazing that she got free money. And I attribute it to this school and the staff and the focus that they give our kids.Oakwood Parent
My son has been a student at Oakwood since kindergarten. He is graduating from Oakwood HS next month. Oakwood is absolutely the best school in this area - maybe in the whole county. It has been worth every penny. I can't say enough good things about the school, staff, faculty, facility, owners. Oakwood is exceptional in every way.Oakwood Parent
Oakwood provides me with much more opportunity to participate than I would get at a larger school. It amazes me that I can be on the soccer team, the tennis team, Student Council, Speech and Debate, Model UN, a service club and in a play all in the same year.Oakwood Student
The teachers are so dedicated at a personal level that you will not find anywhere. That is so important, because going into college admissions you need those references, and these teachers know these kids.Oakwood Parent