It's been a long journey since his first classes in Guatemala (in Spanish), then public schools in Michigan and Texas, followed by several years of private tutoring and homeschooling in Ankara, Turkey until the Oasis International School opened three years ago.
Oasis has around 300 students from 35 different countries, and the warm relationships among teachers and students in such diversity created a great environment for all kinds of learning. Reports are that he'll be remembered as a fun and inquiring student, an entertaining classmate, a leader, and a good friend. In case you can't tell from the photo, his parents are nauseatingly proud! (click to enlarge if they don't look happy enough)
Andy's lifelong dream has been to enter the film industry, and he was voted by his class as "most likely to win an Oscar". He starts a film making program in Houston this fall, and though we will miss having him around every day, we know he'll put his creativity and unique perspective to good use.
So, without becoming too mushy, we congratulate you, Andy, and wish you much success and many wonderful surprises ahead!