GOHS Alumni Update

Class News Updates

Volume #2 - February, 2021

Great Oak Students Doing Great Things!


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Class of 2007

Andrew Whisnand

Andy Whisnand - Participated in ASB, NHS, Mock Trial, HUGS, Science Olympiad, Theater, Andy was one of the founders of Great Oak WSB - Here he is with Mr. Skaggs. Went on to attend Northwestern University and University of San Diego School of Law : B.A.; J. D. Now at the California Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General

COURTNEY HEATH

Courtney Heath - Participated in Tennis and ASB, attended Point Loma Nazarene University, Bachelors Degree currently working as an assistant for an Interion Designer. Courtney is newly married with three pups!

Class of 2009

Michael Lepley

Michael Lepley- Class of 2009


Michael has served 7 years in the U.S. Army - Thank you for your service!

CLASS OF 2010

TAYLOR BRINK

Taylor Brink - Participated in Soccer, Great Oak Gazette, NHS, Golf, Track and Field and Cross Country, Interact Club and CSF. Attended UC Berkeley graduating in 2014 and currently working as a Consultant. I currently live in San Francisco and I remain close with several friends from the GOHS Days!

SANDRA KIELER

Sandra Kieler - Participated in Theater and the IB Program. Attended Cal State University San Bernardino and MSJC. Received two AA's in 2013, a BA in Psychology in 2015 and my MSW in 2020. I am currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at a local nonprofit as a clinical therapist. I work with kids from 10-18 in residential and intensive outpatient treatment. I was a Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sister - Operation Bigs on Camp Pendleton for four years. I also volunteered with Make-A-Wish as an intern and wish granter. I married the love of my life in 2016 and I'm focusing on my career as a therapist!

Class of 2011

Eliana Rees

Eliana Rees - Participated in Girls Water Polo, Swim, WSB, IB, NHS, CSF while at Great Oak. Attended University of California - San Diego, Southern New Hampshire University, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Physician Assistant in emergency medicine. I have a BS in Human Biology, Master of Public Health, MMS in PA Studies. I live in Jacksonville, NC with my husband, John Rees, GOHS Alumni - High school sweetheart, is an officer in the Marine Corps and we are stationed at Camp Lejeune. I am a physician assistant working in the emergency department at the local county hospital. We bought our first house in October.

RYAN REES

Ryan Rees - Participated in Football and Wrestling at GOHS. Attended Washington Univeristy in Saint Louis and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology. I am a second year emergency medicine resident at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Class of 2012

ABIGAIL WAGNER

Abigail Wagner - Participated in Color guard at Great Oak, attended Cal Baptist University, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I now am employed as a Registered Nurse.

KOKI SAITO

Koki Saito - Participated in Tennis, Science Olympiad and Model UN at Great Oak. I attended U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 2016 with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Economics. I moved to Japan after college and I have been there since. I work in product strategy for an American investment management firm in Tokyo. I earned my CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2020. I achieved my lifelong dream of owning a dog (a mameshiba named Kinako!)

Class of 2014

NICK HERRINGTON

Nick Herrington - Participated in Wrestling at Great Oak, after graduation I went on to become a police officer and am currently a police officer for the city of Indio

CLASS OF 2015

GABRIELLE BALKA

Gabrielle Balka - Participated in Peer Leaders, WSB, NHS, CSF, Sideline Cheer, Competition Cheer. After graduation I attended Grand Canyon State University and graduation in December, 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree. I am currently a Mother-Baby (Postpartum) Registered Nurse at Miller Children's and Women's Hospital in Long Beach, CA. I am a proud dog mama of a Great Pyrenees, I enjoy writing poetry and I plan to apply to grad school and become a Family Nurse Practioner very soon.

KARLEY FOLEY

Karley Foley -Participated in the IB Program, Varsity Dance Tea and Peer Leaders while at Great Oak. After graduation I attended UC Berkeley and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Media Studies. Currently I am a graduate student at Cal State San Marcos and will graduate with my Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May of 2021.

Class of 2016

BRYCE MARTIN

Bryce Martin - Participated in Wrestling and JROTC at Great Oak. Joined the US Air Force and served from 2016 - 2020. Currently working as a police officer. In the Air Force, I had the opportunity to travel all over the world and to serve in Afghanistan. Now, I'm living and working in the Boise area of Idaho and am enjoying life going to church and spending time with family. I have an awesome girlfriend and a dog that is my best bud.

CLASS OF 2017

HARRISON HUANG

Harrison Huang - Participated in Science Olympiad and IB at Great Oak. Attended University of California Irvine and graduated in 2020 with a BS in Computer Science. I currently work as a software engineer at Microsoft. I spend a majority of my time running and mentoring a new student organization that builds technical solutions for local non-profits for free (ctc-uci.com)

CLASS OF 2019

CHLOE BEL - BEGUIN

Chloe Bel-Beguin - Participated in the Equestrian and Swim Teams, French NH, IB Peer Tutoring and Makers Club while at Great Oak. I attended the University of Toronto and will graduate in 2023. I successfully moved to Canada and landed my first internship after my first year. I am currently involved in a couple teams on campus including the Hyperloop Team aiming to participate in the European Hyperloop Competition this summer and the Student Developers Club (Google) participating in the Solution Challenge. Thank you Great Oak for three great years and opening doors to amazing opportunities!