The Jr High Ambassadors, for grades 6 – 8, include scholars who have received the Ambassador award as well as those interested in making an impact on our campus. Scholars meet twice a month to plan accolades, discuss campus issues and help brainstorm ideas to impart the odyssey culture at the Junior High level. These scholars strive to be leaders in the classroom and around campus. They are responsible for participating in monthly campus clean up and they also help to organize and carry out a variety of after school events such as the 6th grade social. A very special task performed by the Ambassadors is that of acting as “Shadow Scholars.” Ambassadors are assigned to prospective Odyssey scholars for a day of school as they help to ease the jitters that may accompany one attending a new school. Scholars wishing to join must attend the first meeting of the new school year and have two written recommendations from past teachers.
National Jr. Honor Society
“The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.” (NHS.us)
Odyssey’s NHS chapter requires scholars to volunteer for 20 hours each year and reflect on their experiences. As a group, we also put on a group service project. Last year we created an event called “Hunger Games Night” where high school scholars competed in various activities to win points for their district. The proceeds for the event were donated to the local Homeless Youth Connection, an organization designed to meet the needs of homeless kids in our area.
The application process for NHS begins during the scholar’s sophomore year. Applications are presented to a Faculty Council of five teachers who score the application based on Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service. Scholars must have at least a GPA of 3.0 to apply.
OIAIS Student Council for grades 9 – 12, is a group dedicated to creating and sustaining school spirit and tradition. As a new institution, our student council is tasked with creating a vision of what it means to be a Minotaur. Our council is scholar driven, events and activities emerge based on scholar wants and needs. The council is laying the groundwork for a lifetime of tradition.