Class of ’24 Senior Spotlight: Ona Musoll-Buendia

Name, city of residence:

Ona Musoll-Buendia, San Jose

Grade you started at Mount Madonna School:


What inspires you?

My mother inspires me. She does what she loves and works hard at it, never giving up when things are hard.

What is your favorite subject in school, and why? 

My favorite subject in school is science because I love to learn about how the world works.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be? 

If I had the power to change one thing in the world, it would be to stop greenhouse gases from going into the atmosphere.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go, and why would you choose that

I would go to Italy, because I love Italian food and the architecture there is amazing as well.

Name one big challenge in your life right now:        

One big challenge in my life right now is feeling ready to leave for college. I struggle with change and going to college is going to be by far the biggest change in my life as of right now.

What is your dream job and why?

I don’t really have a dream job yet; I want to take college as an opportunity to explore different things and hopefully find something that I love that I want to do for the rest of my life.

What are your three favorite things? 

My favorite things include pasta, sheep, my dog Yuna and sleep.

Favorite book: 

My favorite book is “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys, because it brought up a lot of emotions for me and not many books make me cry like that one did.

What do you want to do after high school? 

I want to go to college and get a good education, exploring as many things that I can and find what I love.

Something that you are proud of – and why:

I am proud of how much I have grown over years I have been a student at Mount Madonna.

Something that makes you smile:

Something that makes me smile is coming home after a long school day and greeting my dog Yuna!

A favorite Mount Madonna School (MMS) memory:

My favorite MMS memory is when my class was in Washington, D.C. and we were sitting in the hostel together playing cards, singing and playing music.

Top three most played songs on your favorite playlist: 

“Where The River Flows” by The Scorpions, “My Tears Ricochet” by Taylor Swift and “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas\