Alumni Spotlight: Class of 2021’s Olivia Denbo is ‘Doing What I Think I Will Enjoy’


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Ukiah High News wants to tell the stories of Wildcat Nation’s alumni and understand how they have bloomed and blossomed or withered and wilted in their adult life.

Olivia Denbo, a member of the Class of 2021, looks back at her time at Wildcat Nation fondly and as a full-fledged adult now finds herself a student at Mendocino College, an employee of the local movie theatre, and a part-time babysitter.

Denbo told us she’s working to find something meaningful to do with her life. Looking back at Ukiah High, the school’s medical preparation program inspired her to consider working in the medical profession. She said, “I’m not sure if health is the exact direction I’m taking my career, but it is something I feel drawn too. Even if I don’t know the specifics, I’m just doing what I think I will enjoy.” 

Part of the middle college program as a member of the program’s first graduating class. As a graduating member of a new program, Denbo said she endured classes “constantly changing to find what worked best in our college classes.”

Remember her English classes, Denbo “I always enjoyed English.” She said she is currently taking English courses at Mendocino College that require extensive writing.

Looking back at her time as a member of Wildcat Nation, Denbo said crosscountry was an activity that allowed her to open up more and meet new people. She told us the cross country team allowed her to grow as a person and become more social.

As for adulthood, Denbo is still trying to determine which four-year university she will attend after Mendocino College. Despite these challenges, Denbo always the optimist told us she is “doing great.”

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