Seniors of 2017

Reise Jun Campbell

 

YEARS AT OA:  4

 

Date of Birth:  Nov. 18, 1999

 

FAVORITE QUOTES: “Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.” - Alan Moore

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi

 

THINGS I LIKE TO DO: I love creating. Music and design are huge pasions of mine. I enjoy learning, whether it is a new hobby, or some useless factoid. I enjoy humor, making others smile/laugh lightening the situation. I love spending time with others, hearing their stories/perspectives, and developing relationships.

 

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER :

The misadventures: Running a political campaign, late night conversations, failed kidnappings, dorm room jam sessions, accidental teacher assassination attempts, science experiments, failed science experiments, hospital visits following said experiments, attempts at a career as a barber, ice cream nights, smoke-filled rooms, playing mafia, and campout.

The people:  The many friends, the many conversations, the debates, the memories made, and the moments shared.

 

PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM OA:

Learn. Not necessarily go to school, but learn.

Avoid debt like Zika or Ebola or the dude who shot Harambe. Live. Not a superficial 9-5 life, but one of action and adventure. Create. Synthesize the beauty in life and share it with others. Love. Love wholeheartedly and unconditionally.

Never regret.

 

ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW:

Live the story you would write for you.

We do not have time to just exist. If we don’t try, don’t risk, don’t fall, don’t learn and don’t strive, we’re probably not living. Falling is not failing. NOT falling is failing. Don’t give up, stop trying or stop believing. Fight all the way down.

You are special and precious. Remember that.

Rachael Kiona Costello

 

YEARS AT OA: 1

 

Date of Birth: March 27, 1999

 

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Colossians 3:12-15, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

 

THINGS I LIKE TO DO: Read, play basketball, create videos, photography, sing, hanging out with friends, bike riding.

 

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER FROM OA:

Dorm worships, the fun we had in Chorale and the chorale trips, the challenging A&P homework, the generosity of OA staff.

 

PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM OA:

Attending Southern Adventist University and hopefully majoring in psychology or mass communications.

 

ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW ME:

Keep your eyes focused on Christ. Don’t get too involved in dorm drama. Always remember that whether or not your family is near or far, you’re always loved.

Jules Karasira

 

Date of Birth: May 13, 1999

 

YEARS AT OA: 2

 

FAVORITE QUOTE: “God can turn your trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory. He can turn your test into a testimony, and a mess into a message.”

-Anonymous

 

THINGS I LIKE TO DO: Play basketball, viola, and piano. I like to sing, listen to sermons and have theological, intellectual, and social discussions.

 

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER FROM OA:

Everything from dunking on the guys in basketball to mistaking gasoline for gatorade since I didn’t have my glasses on. I’ll remember all the friendships I’ve made with students, staff, and guest speakers.

 

PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM OA:

Change the world! Spread the gospel one way or another. Make a positive difference in each person I meet by reflecting Christ 24/7.

 

ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW ME:

Please don’t follow the bad habits that I have! Do things that reflect Christ. Make a change for the good right now where you are! Stay close to Jesus. Glorify god and bless others.

DaJoung Candy Kim

 

Date of Birth: September 22, 1998

 

YEARS AT OA: 4 1/2 

 

FAVORITE QUOTE: Peter exclaimed, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man;” yet he clung to the feet of Jesus, feeling that he could not be parted from Him. Desire of Ages p 248

 

THINGS I LIKE TO DO: Sleep and go on trips with my family.

 

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER FROM OA:

Canvassing, meeting Arroyo’s new baby! Trip to New York (Chorale trip).

 

PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM OA:

College!

 

ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW ME:

Review every night! Take advantage of the OA environment to get closer to God. If you don’t understand, bother the teacher until you do understand.

Mayra Lezama Flores

 

Date of Birth: April 12, 1998      

 

YEARS AT OA: 2

 

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Romans 8:37-39 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

THINGS I LIKE TO DO: I like to sing, read, play games and draw.

 

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER FROM OA:

Home vespers, staff, teachers, friends, OA Events.

 

PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM OA:

Going to college and majoring in education and nursing.

 

ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW:

God loves you. No matter how far you go, you can always come back.

Samuel Sierra Parra

 

Date of Birth: August 23, 1997

 

YEARS AT OA: 2

 

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Luke 22:42 “...not my will, but thine, be done.”

 

THINGS I LIKE TO DO: Practice piano, play sports, read and sleep.

 

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER FROM OA:

Canvassing, senior trip, getting to know the different cultures that are represented by the students.

 

PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM OA:

Only God knows.

 

ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW ME:

Leadership is not about position, it is about life style. And there is no faith without sacrifice.