Fifty Bulldogs attend Missouri State camp
Odessa High School football team attended camp the week of June 8-10 on the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield. It was the second year Odessa has attended the camp, which is led by Dave Steckel, Missouri State head coach. Steckel, former University of Missouri defensive coordinator, is starting his second year at Missouri State.
Bulldog coach Mark Thomas said he liked the timing of the camp, which was held from Wednesday through Friday. "That allows more players to attend because it is easier to get away than on a weekend," Thomas said.
Thomas also likes the makeup of the teams his squad faces. "There are a lot of different size schools. We are one of the smaller ones but get to go up against Columbia Battle, Lee's Summit and a couple of Class 5 schools from St. Louis." Thayer, a Class 1 school, also was in Springfield and had a good squad according to Thomas. Read more in The Odessan.
BOD takes trip of a lifetime
to march at Walt Disney World
TRIP OF A LIFETIME | Odessa Band of Distinction marches through Disney World as the iconic Cinderella Castle stands in the background. Band members said it was the trip of a lifetime!
On May 30, 106 students of the Odessa High School Band of Distinction and chaperones boarded two charter buses and began a seven-day adventure to Orlando, Fla.
Band of Distinction was invited to march at Disney World's Magic Kingdom and even though the heat and humidity were high, students in full uniform held their chins high as they represented Odessa.
"It was absolutely amazing!" Alex Wood said. "Marching in the Disney Parade was an incredible opportunity and I can't wait to return in four years!" Alex and twin brother, Reese, were selected in eighth grade to participate. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa Chamber of Commerce Rodeo
NOT A LITTLE LAMB | Bella Miller clings to her sheep during the mutton bustin' Saturday.
Local students represent WCE
on national Rural Electric Youth Tour
A total of 103 high school students participated in Missouri's 53rd annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour June 10-16 to Washington, D.C.
Local delegates were Odessa High School students Alli and Abby Bertz, Mayview, who were sponsored by West Central Electric Cooperative, Higginsville.
The seven-day tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today's pressing issues. Read more in The Odessan.
Summer tutoring program wraps up in Wellington
SUMMER TUTORING| Students gathered at the conclusion of the Community Christian Center Summer Tutoring Program in Wellington. Program is for pre-kindergarten through sixth-graders.
Fifth annual Summer Tutoring Program for pre-K through sixth-grade students wrapped up June 17 at the Community Christian Center (CCC) in Wellington.
More than 60 students participated in this year's summer program. Funds for the program are provided by the CCC through the Missouri State Youth Opportunities Program, a part of the Department of Economic Development.
Program also provides summer employment for 20-22 local teachers and provides bus service for students so they may attend. Read more in The Odessan.