Girls’ Spotlight: Hannah Pola

Per the usual, the camera slowly clicks on. The videographer smiles as she sees the familiar object light up. She holds the camera up to her eyes, squints, and looks through the frame. Standing directly in front of her is Hannah Pola, a smiling girl with beautiful red hair.

Videographer: Ah! You startled me. How are you, Hannah?

Hannah: I’m doing well!

Videographer: It’s so beautiful here in Oman! Are you ready for the interview to start?

Hannah: Yes, let’s go.

Videographer: How long have you been doing TPS and what classes are you in?

Hannah: This is my first full year of TPS, but I did a single term last year. I’m taking English 1 with Mrs. Day, Physical Science with Mr. Ream, Life Science Honors with Mrs. Selby, and Art and Artists with Mrs. Lake.

Videographer: Ah, okay. That sounds like a lot of fun. And you’re 12 years old?

Hannah: Yep! I’m in 7th grade.

Videographer: Oh, okay. Which class do you enjoy the most?

Hannah: I enjoy Art and Artists the most, because I love being creative.

Videographer: Nice! I love painting and drawing too. What do you want to do when you grow up?

Hannah: I haven’t fully decided what I want to be when I grow up, but I think that I want to either be a teambuilding trainer like my dad is, or run/work in a dog boarding house and kennels.

Videographer: That makes sense.  Do you have any siblings?

Hannah: I have a 9-year-old sister and a 7-year-old brother.

Videographer: Interesting. Have you always lived in Oman?

Hannah: No, I’ve only lived in Oman for 4 years. Before that I lived in Yemen for 7 years, and for the first year of my life I lived in my home country, Australia.

Videographer: What do you think about Oman now that you live there?

Hannah: I like Oman, I feel that to me it is just like any other home, with obvious differences. One of the things I like about Oman is that because the locals speak Arabic and there are quite a few people from other countries, I have so many opportunities to learn about cultures around the world.

Videographer: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Hannah: One of my favourite Bible verses  is Genesis 28:15: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.”

Videographer: That’s really cool! What do your parents do for a living? Are they missionaries?

Hannah: My parents are missionaries, but my dad also runs a teambuilding training business.

Videographer: Where’s your favorite place to go in Oman?

Hannah: Some of my favorite places (out of many) are the many beautiful beaches. I love scuba diving, so sometimes I go diving with my dad, and I go camping often with friends and family. We just drive right up to whatever beach we like the look of, pitch our tent, and then have an awesome time!

Videographer: What place do you want to travel to that you haven’t been yet?

Hannah: ​I would love to visit Norway and most other Scandinavian countries like Denmark or Finland.

Videographer: Do you have any pets?

Hannah: I have a cat called Milo, inspired by the movie Milo and Otis.  We’ve had her about 3 years. We also have a hamster called Neville, but he tends to be neglected and forgotten.   

Videographer: Do you want to speak any new languages, or do you only want to speak English?

Hannah: It would be cool to be able to speak Norwegian, as my best friend is from Norway, so I could speak with her in her own tongue. I would love to speak any new language, but the effort of having to learn it puts me off. I would love if I could click my fingers and learn it straight away!

Videographer: How do you feel that you are going to make an impact on the world?

Hannah: I think (hope) I will make an impact on the world by training people to train others, so that in a hundred years all the managers of big companies will be able to run their businesses well.

Videographer: How do you think that God will use you for His purpose?

Hannah: I think God will spread the Gospel using me and will show people the Light of Jesus through me.

Videographer: Thank you so much for talking with me! I hope you have a great rest of your day.

Hannah: You too!

Videographer: Bye!

Hannah: Bye!


  1. Wow, you did a great job on this!!

  2. I would love to visit/live in Norway and learn to speak Norwegian, too! I find that Norway is just so interesting (such cool history!) However, the winters are bad lol:) But great job!!