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When There’s a Will, There’s a Way

When There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Andrew Chiritescu, Contributing Writer

May 10, 2019


Filed under News, Top Stories

Did you know that most Saturday mornings our school’s tennis courts are bustling with people,  cheers, and many laughs? I didn’t know either, until several years ago when my older brother started volunteering with Sarasota’s Buddy Up Tennis program, which I also joined as a freshman. Last ...

Upperclassmen Offer Advice to Freshman

Lucy LaCivita, Staff Writer

January 27, 2019


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High school is a long journey and can be approached in countless ways. As an incoming freshman, it can frustrating trying to figure out what high school path is suitable for you. Sports? Arts? SAT? GPA? College? Am I too stressed? Should I be more stressed? The ODA community is known for their open arms, a...

Makers Club Seeks to Create the Next Generation of Tech Professionals

Makers Club Seeks to Create the Next Generation of Tech Professionals

Jack Malcolm, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


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Most people think of 3-D printers and laser-cutters as futuristic machines that only top professionals have the access and understanding to use. The Makers Club seeks to change that assumption for its members. The leaders of the club teach students how to use the machines provided by ODA to build projects...

Decomposition is Better Than it Smells

Decomposition is Better Than it Smells

Patrick M. Olson and Jack Malcolm

December 4, 2018


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The Gardening Club, a new group at ODA, has been working on creating a safe, clean, and secure environment within ODA and around it. This week the Gardening Club is using composted waste in to nourish the soil at the edge of the woods at the back of campus. Rather than throw away trash where it will...

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


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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


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•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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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