After spending her first two years of high school on another campus, Ava Casale decided to make a change. While she performed well both academically and athletically at her former school, she felt that something was missing. Fast forward a few months and the decision to transfer, and Ava says she found that something and so much more.
“I’m so happy to be here,” said Ava. “The environment at OLMA is so different from what I was used to. Everyone is very close and I feel like I actually have relationships with my teachers. They all know me and exactly what I need to succeed. I love every one of my classes and have made great new friends.”
Ava was one of five young women to transfer into the Class of 2020 this year. “It was great because there were a few of us who were new,” said Ava. “We were invited to the Big-Little Sleepover, assigned Big Sisters and immediately felt at home. I also started practicing with the soccer team which is a family all its own. We take care of each other and, while athletics here are very competitive, they are also still fun. I think a lot of that comes from the overall culture of the school.”
While we knew Ava was a talented athlete, we didn’t know just how great a leader she was — until our recent Powder Puff game. Led by Ava, the junior class team won the first round and then faced the seniors in the final. “We only had time to practice together for about an hour before the real thing,” said Ava. “That wasn’t much time, but I knew we would be okay. As quarterback, I asked them to trust me, and they did. We are a small class,so we all played the whole game, which gave us time to really gel. One play at a time, we worked together, trusted each other and got the win. It was so much fun. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.” Ava was named the team MVP.
In addition to her love of football, Ava also played soccer for OLMA this fall and will be on the basketball court this season. She also plans to play softball in the spring. “No one really likes to change schools half way though high school, but OLMA made it easy,” said Ava. “The transition was seamless and I’m so glad I made the move.” We are too, Ava. We can’t wait to see what you do next.