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It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Tornado…in Florida?

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Tornado…in Florida?

Marisa Bregg, Staff Writer; Analytics Editor
January 25, 2016
Filed under News, Uncategorized

If you haven't heard about the historic weather incident that took place Saturday evening, then get back on earth and get yourself updated. From about 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., a huge storm came through with record breaking winds, as fast as 125 mph. Multiple tornadoes of level F2-3 struck from Siesta Key to...

ODA Gets Their Report Card

ODA Gets Their Report Card

Maria Ross, Staff Writer
January 16, 2016
Filed under News

This December, all the students got report cards and now the school is getting one too. FCIS is visiting our campus for the accreditation of our school. You may be wondering what this is and why it matters. The FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) was founded in 1954 as an organization devoted...

Why you Shouldn’t Step on the Seniors’ Turf

Why you Shouldn’t Step on the Seniors’ Turf

Emily Dixon and Nick Dimare
January 15, 2016
Filed under News

'On a cold morning at ODA when you are walking all the way from the Thunderdome to the college counseling office, you want to get to the warmth as fast as you can. You see a short cut from the Quad to get to the college counseling office. Do you dare? This may seem like a weird question for some,...

Discrimination in Our Community: How ODA Battles Discrimination

Discrimination in Our Community: How ODA Battles Discrimination

Mikhail Fazlutdinov, Staff Writer
January 14, 2016
Filed under News

You may remember a day early in December that was full of substitutes and missing students. Eight students and seventeen faculty were away from school attending the People of Color Conference in Tampa, organized by a group of educators including four ODA teachers. In addition to the ODA organizers, a...

What Really Happens After ODA

What Really Happens After ODA

Marisa Bregg, Analytics Editor
January 8, 2016
Filed under News

For most students, the main goal of getting an ODA education is to get into college and do well there. But does the hard work that you put into high school really pay off? Despite a demanding curriculum at ODA, many soon-to-graduate seniors fear the unknown. "I am mentally prepared because I am hoping...

Bubbles Becomes Bella…a New Family Member

Bubbles Becomes Bella…a New Family Member

Sasha Brun-Wibaux, Staff Writer
March 16, 2015
Filed under News

And….. The Banyan Ball Puppy goes to the Schlotthauers! At the end of the Banyan Ball on Saturday night, the Schlotthauers were able to call Bubbles--now Bella--theirs. ODA parent, Tina Schlotthauer, and her family had been taking care of Bella since Wednesday of last week after another ODA family,...

Banyan Ball Takes Root

Banyan Ball Takes Root

Anthony Varga, Staff Writer
March 13, 2015
Filed under News

You may be aware that this Saturday marks the school’s annual Banyan Ball. Banyan Ball is ODA’s main fundraising event that raises money for the school to develop and expand the school. Anywhere from $250,000-$450,000 is raised through ticket sales and auctions that take place online before the...

Hunting for Instagram Followers

Hunting for Instagram Followers

Joie Eckhard, Staff Writer
February 10, 2015
Filed under News, Student Life

With Instagram playing such a big role in the lives of students, it would only makes sense to use it as a method to deliver news. Without the length of an entire story, but still including important information, the ODA Bolt Instagram account has been put in place to report the noteworthy happenings around t...

Koffman Cares for Kittens

Koffman Cares for Kittens

Sarah Karp, Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2015
Filed under News, Student Life, Uncategorized

Imagine being surrounded by six one-day old kittens and your only job is to play with them and give them love and affection. This is exactly what ODA junior Sydney Koffman has been doing for the past four years. Back in the eighth grade, Koffman got involved with an organization called Be the Change....

ODA Welcomes Wallenda: King of the High Wire

ODA Welcomes Wallenda: King of the High Wire

Kimmy Comito and Sarah Karp
January 30, 2015
Filed under News, Student Life, Uncategorized

ODA students walked into Monday morning assembly thinking that it was going to be just another monotonous Monday. Little did they know that they were in for a high flying assembly guest. King of the high wire, Nik Wallenda shocked all of the students when he walked out from behind the bleachers to...

To Midterm or Not to Midterm? That Seems to be the Question This Week

To Midterm or Not to Midterm? That Seems to be the Question This Week

Sarah Karp and Joie Eckhard, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer
December 18, 2014
Filed under News, Uncategorized

Cramming for a test the night before that will cover all the material that was taught that semester seems very stressful. Preparing for four to six midterm exams the week before by staying up until 1:00 A.M. drinking coffee to stay awake is beyond stressful! This year, for the first time, Mr. Mahler,...

Forever Wanderlusting

Forever Wanderlusting

Sarah Karp, Editor-in-Chief
December 18, 2014
Filed under News, Student Life, Uncategorized

Being in a new environment for the first time can be nerve racking for some people. Whether it be going to a new school, moving to a new town, or going on a vacation, change can be overwhelming. However, for someone who has the "travel bug" change is exciting. For many people, traveling is a materialistic...

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