Where Are They Now?

OMS FEATURED ALUMNI

 

GREG MURRAY, Class of 2014

westgs2015“I’m studying Environmental Science and Policy at Clarkson University. I hope to finish the necessary coursework to obtain a minor in biology, environmental health sciences and business. I did my first target term at OMS when I was in 8th grade in 2010. I then was part of the full winter term throughout high school until I graduated in 2014. I have competed in the MacConnell Division with the Clarkson Alpine Ski Team for two seasons now and finished fourth in the division both seasons. On the national level I’ve had two top twenty finishes in giant slalom. I think that OMS has prepared me for a higher education in a way that’s different than most people. The rigorous training and racing schedule forced me to be efficient with my time, as well as taught me how to manage my time to fit my academics into my daily schedule. I think that a lot of students entering into their freshmen year of college are overwhelmed with the amount of freedom they have and the time management skills that I developed from my time at OMS prepared me for the amount of work that a higher education requires.”

 

COURTNEY RUGGIERO, Class of 2001

“I attended OMS from 1999 to 2001. After high school, I went to Bates College for my undergraduate degree and later Brown University for my Masters degree. I just recently finished a 6th year degree in education leadership at Sacred Heart University. I currently live with my husband and son in Fairfield, CT. I have been teaching 8th grade social studies in Westport, CT for the past 7 years. OMS is a very meaningful and influential part of my life that I credit many of my successes to. Beyond the obvious improvement to my skiing, OMS gave me a level of independence that I do not think most high schoolers receive. When I went to OMS, I lived with a host family that, at the time, I did not know extremely well. I had to adapt to a new situation and I didn’t have my parents there as my usual crutch. I think this helped me immensely when I went to college, especially when I studied abroad. I feel like OMS prepared me for being out of my comfort zone and finding ways to adapt to new situations. I also feel like OMS gave me a great drive and focus in all areas of my life. Ski racing itself is a great way of learning the skill of grit. There is a lot of ‘failure’ in ski racing and learning to deal with that helps you to have resilience and perseverance. There is also a lot of time-management developed through the sport and the school. To be successful you have to be able to balance your academic and athletic schedule while being held accountable to high standards in both fields. There was not a way to ‘slip through the cracks’ in a small school like OMS and therefore, you had to be very focused in order to remain on top of things. All of these skills are integral to being a successful student, teacher, mother, and person in general. I am constantly relying on them and utilizing them in my everyday life.”