Editor’s note: Senior Standouts are selected by their respective schools, and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Photos courtesy of Cornerstone Photography.
Khai Berry attended Oaks Christian for four years and is a proud captain of the Oaks swim team. In the days ahead he looks forward to continuing his passion for classical music for piano.
This winter, Khai will be traveling to London, England to study philosophy, politics, and economics at University College London and said he is excited at the prospects of new people, a new city, and a new life.
Khai already has performed in many notable concert halls including the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, and Disney Music Hall, Zipper Concert Hall and Thayer Hall at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles.
Khai gives credit to Oaks teacher Valerie Johnson for being instrumental in his life during his high school years. But had it not been for the sacrifices of mom and dad, nothing could have been achieved. he says. Their encouragement and guidance has been invaluable.
In his four years of high school Khai said he has witnessed a foundational change in spirit, faith, and goals within himself.
Olivia Lucchese says she is grateful to have been a part of the Oaks Christian community for seven years, and credits her mother and father for giving her the tools to succeed.
“My dad’s goofy, easygoing attitude has taught me not to take myself too seriously and to enjoy life in the moment,” said Olivia, 17.
In high school, when she wasn’t preparing for an upcoming calculus test or working on physics or chemistry labs, she was either on the softball field or taking part in her other many extracurricular activities. Olivia was named the 2018 Female Student-Athlete of the Year for Oaks Christian.
While at the school, she started FemSTEM (a female STEM mentorship program), served as the National Honor Society Service Chair, and co-led the Relay for Life club for two years.
Olivia will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall and plans to pursue a degree in bioengineering with a pre-med emphasis, all while playing on MIT’s varsity softball team.
She hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in prosthetics for veterans and Paralympic athletes.
Charlie Koudsi attended Oaks for the last three years and made the most of his time there.
He has always challenged himself to take intellectually s t imulat ing classes, and even petitioned for the creation of the multi-variable calculus class.
Next year, Charlie plans to study Applied and Computational Math at the University of Chicago, a place where his love of economics and math will collide.
Additionally, Charlie was a member of the Honor Board and the Mock Trial team during his time at Oaks Christian, both valuable experiences that forced him to grapple with morals and ethics.
Charlie said he’s appreciative of his teachers and family for always challenging him to be the best version of himself.
Jake Mouchawar wants to pursue acting and spent practically his entire seven years at Oaks Christian School performing on stage in one fashion or another.
Jake started sixth-grade in Intermediate Choir and went straight to Advanced Vocal Ensemble the next year. In seventh grade he played Little Jake in a production of “”Annie Get Your Gun.”
Jake, 18, won a Jerry Herman acting award his junior year for his performance as the sinister but lovable villain Sebastian in “Cinderella.” This year he was the International Thespian Society’s Thespian of the Year.
He’s excelled in the classroom, too—twice being named a dean’s list recipient and once a headmaster’s list recipient. Jake plans to study acting at Emerson College in Boston, Mass., but he eventually wants to get a masters degree in education so he can teach theater arts.
His greatest inspiration?
Mom, of course.
“There were many moments in my life where I could have wandered away or given up, but she kept me grounded and focused,” Jake said.
Nick Sinopoli had a wild ride in high school.
From apprehensive freshman and to mature, confident senior, Nick feels he has grown immensely because of the environment at Oaks Christian.
Next year, he will pursue International Relations and ROTC at American University in Washington D.C.
Nick was actively a part of Honor Board, the TEDx Executive Board and a college ambassador to expand his leadership skills. As for athletics, Nick has competed on the swim team since sixth grade. He became the team captain as a junior, continues to lead as a senior and says he loves every minute of his time in the pool
Nick thanks his mother and father for pushing him through his limitations and life’s challenges to make him a stronger person.