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Karissa O’Cain

What year did you graduate from HCS?



What are you doing right now…work, school family, etc.?

I am about to graduate from San Diego State University, I just finished applying to graduate school for Speech Language Pathology. I am working on campus at the children’s center and I specifically work with 3 year olds. Since San Diego is not far from home I am able to make it home alot to still spend time with family and my brother, Trevin, is also living in San Diego working a full time job so I am close to him.


What do you love most about HCS?

The friendships it gave me. Still to this day my absolute best friends are from Huntington Christian and I think that is because HCS really made us a family, it brought us close in many ways and now I can say that I have friends for a lifetime


What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.

accountable- I chose this word because I felt like the teachers I had there really pushed me and made me feel accountable and responsible for my future. They taught that the decisions I would make in the years coming would dictate my future and that motivated me to always try my best.


From your own experiences, why do you believe it was important for you to attend HCS?.

I think it was most important for me to attend HCS because it gave me a good foundation of morals but also people. I grew up surrounded by such a close knit group of people and some people would say that is why they did not like going to a private school, but I loved it. I felt like it made me feel so close to those I was growing up with and I also had so many influential teachers who I still think about to this day.


In what ways did HCS prepare you for high school and college?

I felt that the curriculum at HCS really prepared me for high school. To be honest I do not think anything could prepare me for college because the coursework was so much more demanding than anything I had ever encountered but I felt very prepared going into high school


How did HCS help to shape your faith?

HCS really forced me to bring faith into my everyday life at such a early age and I think that is partially why it is still a big influence in my life. It taught me that faith is not just going to church every Sunday but making God a part of my daily life. 


What would you tell a friend to encourage them to send their daughter/son to attend HCS?

I would tell them that attending HCS is still one of the decisions that I support most. When I transferred to HCS in 5th grade from another private school, I was very hesitant and fought my parents on it. But I am so happy that I went because I felt that I had a huge amount of support at very important part of my life and I walked away with some of the best friendships I have ever had. 

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