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OLMA Student Spotlight: Meet Riley McNelia, Class of 2019

By September 26, 2018 OLMA Headlines

While she is in no rush to see her time as an OLMA student come to an end, senior, Riley McNelia, is laying the groudwork for a successful future after high school. While Literature is at the top of her list of favorite courses this year, it’s her Business class that has taken her by surprise. “While I’m new to all of this, I’m doing well and really like the class,” said Riley. “I don’t know what type of business interests me the most, but I’m pretty sure it’s the field I want to pursue.” Riley says that she’s looking into Rowan University as a possible college choice. Rowan’s Rohrer College of Business may very well be a perfect fit.

Riley definitely has the smarts that great business schools look for. So far, she has earned honors in every semester of her high school career and we’re quite sure this year will be no exception. She credits much of her success to her teachers. “Our teachers are always there for us,” she says. “We can go to them anytime, which isn’t the case in many larger schools. I know that they’ve made a huge difference in my life and I will really miss them when it’s time to move on.”

While Riley works hard, she also likes to play hard, preferably on the Volleyball court. “I’m a middle hitter and have played all four years,” she said. “I just love the sport.” She also plays on a club team, but it’s her time with OLMA that she cherishes the most. That sentiment seems to run in the family as Riley’s older sister, Mackenzie (Class of 2017) and younger sister, Delaney (Class of 2021) are also volleyball players — and proud to wear their green and gold.

Riley is looking forward to the rest of her senior year. She’s especially excited about her class trip to Disney and, of course, going to semi and prom. She’s also happy about the classes she’s taking and her choices of Debate and Archery for clubs.

When asked what she would tell a prospective student about why she should consider OLMA for high school, Riley immediately returned to the subject of the educators in her life. “I would tell this student about my teachers and the one-on-one support they’ve given me,” she said. “It really makes a difference.”

Indeed, it does. Have an amazing year, Riley. We can’t wait to see what you do next.