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Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund Keeps Knocking it out of the Park

Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund Keeps Knocking it out of the Park

Alex DiMare, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Athletics, News, Top Stories

The baseball season is in full swing which means the Out-of-Door Academy’s annual baseball tournament, The Emmons Classic, is right around the corner. This year will be the third annual event sponsored by the Emmons family; however, the Emmons have been involved in more ways at the school than ...

Jazz Under the Stars adds More Musical Diversity

Jazz Under the Stars adds More Musical Diversity

Christian Ramos, Staff Writer
March 21, 2017
Filed under News, Uncategorized

A long held tradition of The Out-of-Door Academy is an annual performance called Jazz Under the Stars. Jazz Under the Stars is an event where members of the ODA community can relax in the quad with a blanket while enjoying popcorn and other snacks, listening to jazz music played by ODA students. Dif...

Rock. Paint. Senior. Shoot.

Rock. Paint. Senior. Shoot.

Nicholas DiMare, Staff Writer
March 21, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

•Senior parking. •Permission to leave for lunch early. •Permission to show up late and leave early (if schedule permits). •A rock? Each year, Head-of-School, David Mahler, gives graduating seniors a gift that will become part of their legacy on campus. This year, Mr. Mahler gave the...

So It Begins!

So It Begins!

Sereena Feeney, Staff Writer
March 17, 2017
Filed under News

It’s time to give an assignment to our teachers. Here's the rub: how well they perform may make or break your chance of getting into your dream college. Will they pass or fail the test of writing you a great letter of recommendation? Why do colleges want teacher recommendations? Colleges value ...

A Letter to ODA’s New Hires

A Letter to ODA’s New Hires

Christian Ramos, Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under Announcements, News

Dear Incoming New Teachers, We hope you are aware that you have some big shoes to fill as you become a member of the ODA faculty. Each academic department has its own character which the student body knows and loves. The traits and eccentricities that define a department make it easy to hook...

Exchange Students Venture to America

March 15, 2017
Filed under News, Uncategorized

The Exchange Experience   What does it mean to be a Chinese exchange student in the United States of America? Ten brave souls took it upon themselves to find out. The students, all hailing from Beijing, China, left home to venture into a true American experience. The students took the ...

A Blank Canvas…Endless Possibilities

A Blank Canvas…Endless Possibilities

Sereena Feeney, Staff Writer
March 3, 2017
Filed under News

At the beginning of the 2015 school year, the upper school made a big adjustment in how teachers share information about classes with students. We shifted from the ODA Portal which could simply house and organize information to a LMS called Canvas. What is a LMS, you ask? LMS stands for learn...

Free Period: Free or Open?

Free Period: Free or Open?

Nick Saranczak, Staff Writer
February 27, 2017
Filed under News, Uncategorized

Is your free period free or open? "It's open,"  says Interim Upper School Division Head, Adam Seldis. "It's semantics." When students hear free, they take it out of context. Unlike most public schools, ODA gives students a period during the day to relax and catch up on work that they need...

Climbing Creates New Friendships

Climbing Creates New Friendships

Grace Dunn, Staff Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under News, Uncategorized

Imagine being high in the trees, wearing a harness that’s connected to a cable, climbing through a ropes course. Your friend who uses a walker on the ground is ten paces ahead of you on your current challenge known as an element. Many in the sophomore class experienced this unusual phenomenon first han...

ODA Says Ni Hao to Exchange Students

ODA Says Ni Hao to Exchange Students

Hunter Bogumil, Staff Writer
January 19, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

What if you had a chance to move to China and become sort of, well, Chinese for a short period of time. If you had the opportunity to travel half-way across the globe to a Chinese high school and live with a Chinese family how would you do it? Would you reinvent yourself? Would you consider changing your name...

Singing Across Languages

Singing Across Languages

Tyler Barlow, Staff Writer
January 18, 2017
Filed under Arts, News, Uncategorized

Over the past couple years the chorus department has been performing songs in a variety of different languages. From Swahili to French, the chorus students have been exploring different cultures through music. Learning a song in your own native language is difficult enough. Now add in memorizing the...

Ethan Bertrand: For the Love of the Game

Ethan Bertrand: For the Love of the Game

Nick Saranczak, Staff Writer
January 13, 2017
Filed under Humans of ODA, News, Uncategorized

Ethan Bertrand is a Junior at the Out-of-Door Academy who had transferred from Manatee High School. Ethan said "I transferred from Manatee because I felt like I would get a better education here than I would at Manatee. I grew up playing a variety of sports until I started playing club lacrosse. I would...

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