Studying the past to be prepared for the future

Oak Mountain High School senior Evie Bell spent a lot of her time in high school running with her friends and teammates at cross country and track practices and meets.

“Some of my favorite memories also include watching my dad coach the football team on Friday nights, early morning study crams with my friends before school, the trips down to the state outdoor track meet with the team, and staring at my friends with confusion when we both don’t understand what is going on in class,” Bell said.

During her time in high school, Bell said some of her proudest accomplishments consisted of making some of the best friends she could ask for.

“The hope is that I was able to leave a positive impact, and being able to take with me the life advice that I have learned over my four years at Oak Mountain,” she said.

Bell said her favorite subject is U.S. and World history because there is a lot to learn from past situations and decisions.

“What we learn can help us with how we handle the future,” Bell said.

When senior year was cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Bell said she was “extremely disappointed.”

“We aren’t going to be able to do many of the senior activities that we had been looking forward to all these years,” Bell said. “After my initial reaction, I was able to move on and try to make the best of a situation. There really isn’t any point to be upset about something you have no control over, so you have to move on and continue to make the most of it. Life goes on.”

One of the best pieces of advice Bell said she has received was that knowledge is the accumulation of information, and wisdom is putting the knowledge into use.

Some things Bell will miss about her time in high school include “just about every day my friends and I eat lunch in our old AP U.S. History teacher’s classroom,” Bell said.

“We’ve spent our lunchtime there for about the last three years. We always had a good time laughing and having interesting discussions. Our teacher always welcomed us, and we were always able to relax and have fun on our break from the day.”

Bell plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point over the next four years and then will be commissioned into the army as a 2nd lieutenant.

Bell is the daughter of Cris and Kim Bell.