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Students Taste Secret Ingredients

Maria Ross, Staff Writer
February 19, 2016
Filed under Student Life

Laugh along with us as we watch three ODA juniors unknowingly taste different substances from our cafe. At the end of each mystery liquid watch them guess what they just consumed. Their reactions are priceless! Here is how Brett uses these substances in the kitchen. Browning Agent: This is actually...

Dougherty Departs from ODA

Dougherty Departs from ODA

Chloe Ruppert, Staff Writer
February 17, 2016
Filed under Student Life

Among the many rumors of the changes for next year at ODA, last week at Assembly Mr. Mahler confirmed one of the rumors: our current head of Upper School, Mrs. Dougherty, would be leaving for Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan after this school year. This change has come as a shock...

Are the Advanced Placement Mock Exams Actually Beneficial?

Are the Advanced Placement Mock Exams Actually Beneficial?

Matt Jones, Staff Writer
February 12, 2016
Filed under Student Life

It’s February now, and for most students at ODA, academic life is finally regaining momentum after a long Christmas break. The average student is usually only concerned with only a periodic test or quiz every week or so, and a few other petty assignments to supplement their coursework. But for the...

Swinging Swaffles with SWAs

Swinging Swaffles with SWAs

Emily Dixon, Staff Writer
February 12, 2016
Filed under Student Life

It’s a Tuesday morning and you get to school and realize you really need help with your English paper. How can it possibly be fixed? Then you realize that you can make an appointment with a SWA in the Writing Lab, and also get a “swaffle” while doing it. The Writing Lab is not only great for stude...

Are Ivy Leagues Overrated?

Hailey Schlotthauer, Staff Writer
February 11, 2016
Filed under Student Life

If you’re a sophomore or junior, you received an email from Mr.Harding about the Suncoast Ivy League Fair this week. Schools like Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Princeton, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Georgetown will all be there.  Different...

How Students Tackle Super Bowl Sunday

How Students Tackle Super Bowl Sunday

Rachael Kramer, Staff Writer
February 5, 2016
Filed under Student Life

What do you think of when you hear the word “Sunday?” What may come to mind is boring, lazy, or a day filled with homework you set aside all weekend. Well, this Sunday is much different than any other. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, for some it's arguably the best Sunday of the year. But what actually...

The Internet Closes Tomorrow

The Internet Closes Tomorrow

Emily Dixon, Staff Writer
February 5, 2016
Filed under Student Life

Before most teenagers even get out of bed, they’ve heard iTunes wake them, they’ve checked Facebook, scrolled through Twitter to see what was posted in the night, and they’ve texted a classmate about homework. Once out of bed, a teen might take a call from a parent reminding him of an appointmen...

Blood Drive Basics: How to Save Lives Like a Pro

Blood Drive Basics: How to Save Lives Like a Pro

Chloe Ruppert, Staff Writer
January 29, 2016
Filed under Student Life, Uncategorized

Who would have thought that some kids on February 8th will come to school with more blood than they will leave with? Nationwide, about 14 million units of blood are donated each year. Many people do not know that 25% of the blood donated to the Suncoast Blood Bank comes from high school donors. This...

Catching Up On My Zzzz’s

Catching Up On My Zzzz’s

Nicholas DiMare, Staff Writer
January 29, 2016
Filed under Student Life

This school year has been filled with all sorts of new adventures. One being the STEM center. The STEM center has been a place on campus to encourage the idea that students with good grades can enjoy the reward of relaxing during school hours. Some might ask how much can you really relax during school...

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Misha Fazlutdinov, Staff Writer
January 15, 2016
Filed under Student Life

As you might know, the name Fazlutdinov is not English or French, it is Russian. I visited my country of origin this winter and the past summer and want to share some pictures. Have you ever wondered what secret agents' headquarters look like? Well, the FSB--the Federal Agency of Safety-- (formally...

Dead Turkeys Bring Gratitude

Dead Turkeys Bring Gratitude

Rashona Banks, Staff writer
November 20, 2015
Filed under Student Life

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. School is almost out and many people are going away for the week long break. When thinking of Thanksgiving many automatically think about the grand feast with friends and families. This is the time when many families meet up and make great food together or spend...

A Proposal to the Modest

A Proposal to the Modest

Jackie Olson, Guest Columnist
November 18, 2015
Filed under Student Life

This satirical piece was submitted as an assignment for Ms. Betz's AP Language and Composition class in 2014-2015 after students read "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift. Some readers may find the piece has a particular resonance as seniors explore the lengths and limits of privilege. In the y...

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