Small classes, caring teachers and the classmates she calls her sisters are what Kendall Silva says she likes best about OLMA. Now in her junior year, Kendall still remembers shadowing Kate Olsen, Class of 2016, when she was in 7th grade. “I really liked it a lot and went home and told my mom that this is where I wanted to be,” said Kendall. If given the chance, Kendall said she’d do it all over again. “OLMA is a perfect fit for me,” she said.
An OLMA Tennis player and OLMA Crew coxswain, Kendall says that she loves competing. “I love tennis and as a coxswain it’s my job to to hype up the girls on race day,” she said. “I take that job very seriously as they count on me to keep them going during the race.”
While she’s just beginning her college search, Kendall is hoping to pursue a career as a speech pathologist or a pediatrician. She volunteers at the Inspira Medial Center every week and has a part-time job caring for young children while their parents work out at the Fitness Connection, also operated by Inspira.
Kendall says that her favorite class so far this year is Anatomy. She’s looking forward to the Job Shadow Program coming in March. “I’m hoping to have the opportunity to shadow a Speech Pathologist, or another professional in the medical field,” said Kendall. “It’s a great way to learn.”
Speaking of hands-on learning, Kendall is also excited about Mini-Mesters. “I love to cook, especially bake, so I’ve decided to take the Culinary Arts course,” she said. “I can’t wait to get started.”
When asked if there was something about her that people may not know, Kendall replied that she was adopted from South Korea when she was three months old by her parents, Jeanette and Jose. “My older brother, Julian was also adopted, so I think that’s pretty special.” She hopes to visit South Korea again one day, but knows that she’s already very much at home.