Today’s News: Monday September 23, 2013


  • Go ODA football. Nice game on Friday. The Thunder won 42-0!
  • Cross-Country had a good meet on Saturday. They’d like to thank Mr. Lemieux for coming out to cheer them on.
  • BIG volleyball game of the season this Tuesday. Come see our girls battle Mooney. It’s sure to be a lively crowd. Come show your Thunder Nation love!
  • Sports Photos: Fall Sports. This week. See captains for order forms and details.

The Arts

  • Source Theater, the group that presented a short drama on the topic of drug abuse, is again hoping to work with ODA. If you are interested in acting with them or writing for them, see Cammy Harris.
  • Read though for Exhibit This! Tuesday, Sept. 24 3:15-4:30
  • Way to go arts students who are distinguishing themselves as artists in the community. Caroline Whitten is auditioning to get into the Pearlman Music Association. Those who are selected will get to play in a concert with famed violinist Itzhak Pearlman! Abbey Graham and Catherine Williams are auditioning for All-States Orchestra, a rigorous process and prestigious appointment. Good luck, ODA musicians.

Service Opportunities

  • Help build a playground at the Visible Men Academy in Bradenton. VMA is a charter school that was the vision of former ODA principal Neil Phillips. The school is open for disadvantaged young boys in Bradenton. They are doing amazing things in creating community and opportunity for young people. On October 12th, they will be assembling the school’s first playground with equipment from KaBoom. They need some help. See Mr. Miller for more info.
  • Volleyball Concession Stand needs volunteers for Tuesday’s big game against Mooney. The more volunteers, the more likelihood students can rotate out to see some of the big game during breaks. See Ms. Giraud for details.
  • Kiarra Womack will be selling treats to raise money for her chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s mentoring program. The group mentors young African American girls and will be taking a trip to Jacksonville University this year. See her for details on how to help the group.


  • Key Club has a meeting on Wednesday at lunch in Mr. Lemieux’s room.
  • Students interested in photography should see Sierra Van Such about a photo service club she is starting.

Thank You’s

  • Ms. Evans thanked the student body for help executing a great Convocation last week. Special thanks to student musicians and event ambassadors. Nice job, everyone!

Special Events

  • Homecoming Meeting. More details forthcoming.
  • Dodgeball tournament is this Saturday. Get your waivers in! Go to Jump and Fun’s website to see electronic waiver your parents need to fill out. Bring $10 to jump and play dodgeball. Thank you, Student Council, for clarifying the rules for us!