Christina Ouimette '09

by Ryan Dixon '11

'Diesel' Powered

As her family life spiraled from strained to cracked to broken, senior Christina Ouimette found identity and refuge in school.

“I loved school,” says the western Massachusetts native. “I went to Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, Essex Aggie. I could tell you about my school forever. You have your academics one day, and your Ag classes on alternate days. It’s broken down to three majors, plant science, animal science, and environmental science. I concentrated on environmental science. It’s broken down by year, so sophomore year is woodlands and wetlands, junior year is marine biology, and senior year is hazmat training and AP exams.”

Christina takes a breath, her eyes looking back. “We have a fish barn on campus, so we raise Atlantic Salmon that we eventually release into a river. We raise Large-Mouth Bass, Red-Belly Turtles, Flounder…We collect a lot of data, do wetlands surveys…We don’t have regular tests.”

The exam at the end of sophomore year was a seven-day, 62-mile canoe trip down the Merrimack River. It consisted of shoreline surveys, water-quality testing, and macro invertebrate surveys, an experience Christina calls “one of the coolest weeks of my entire life ever.”

“At the end of the trip they got us all together and gave everybody an award, a nickname. Mine was Diesel,” she laughs. “I never gave up, I always kept going. From point A to point B, I was like, let’s do it!”

Although Christina originally wanted to go west for college, she decided on GMC in part for the environmental emphasis. Arriving directly from high school, she contributed to UNICEF early, dug into the arts and education programs, and held several jobs to pay the bills, eventually becoming orientation leader. She served as interim director of student involvement during a search for the position in 2008.

Now president of the College Programming Board—a group that coordinates college events—Christina is intent on improving the group’s processes and ensuring students get the entertainment and social experiences they need.

Next semester, the arts education major with an environmental science minor plans to student teach to finish her degree. She is also studying for her Praxis exams and working on installing recycling programs at Poultney’s elementary and high schools.

“My passion is to help and educate,” she says. “I’m learning how to teach with art and work with the elementary level, teaching kids at a younger age things that will effect them when they grow older.”

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Women's Basketball
Tuesday, 2/24
vs. Maine Maritime Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
Tuesday, 2/24
vs. Johnson State, 7:30 p.m.


Zhang Siyu
4:30 p.m., Terrace 124

Tai Chi
5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kayak Pool Session
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Student Conservation Association Information Session
4 - 5 p.m., East Room

2:30 - 3 p.m., Chapel

LEAD Series
6 p.m., Gorge Atrium

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

African Dance
7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Faculty Colloquium: Prof. Vangie Blust
12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
2 - 3 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Dr. Alan Betts
3 p.m., The Gorge

Vinyassa Flow Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Karate Club
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Tribal Belly Dance
7 - 8:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Earth Week Planning Meeting
7 p.m., Terrace 124

The Grift
9 p.m., The Gorge

Morning Yoga
9 - 10 a.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Career Conversation: Amy Stilkey '95
4 - 5 p.m., Booth Lounge

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Mixed Martial Arts
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Prof. Ellen Oxfeld
4 p.m., Terrace 124

Second Annual Kids Art Exhibit Opening
6 p.m., Withey Lobby

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Hot Day at the Zoo
9:30 p.m., The Gorge

Vinyassa Flow Yoga
12 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Robbie Printz
9 p.m., The Gorge

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