We are delighted to announce that over these next few months, our brave scholars will be taking flight across the globe to pursue passion and mission!
These endeavors are born of scholars' individual interests, commitments, and their callings. They’ve put in additional work and time even when it’s been difficult. Their character has shined, and they are making a difference. And for some, they're stepping out, taking a risk, and engaging with the society and culture for the first time.
This is the month of February. Let’s agree to support them with all our hearts because we are OSOTA and we are truly better together.
Here are the different groups and events where OSOTA scholars will rise to the occasion.
March 3-4 Lakeland, FL.
LCS Festival Participants
Team Lead: Mrs. Greaver
The LCS Festival is an opportunity for our scholars to perform in a competitive environment with other schools both artistically and academically. Winners in grades 11 and 12 are given invitations to take their performances to the next level and compete in the National Fine Arts later in the year! The competition was fierce with over 1400 students participating last year, and 70+ OSOTA scholars winning home with medals or ribbons.
March 10-12 Lake Buena Vista, FL.
OSOTA Chess Club
Team Lead: Mrs. Adorno
The OSOTA Chess Club will be competing in the 2017 Florida State Scholastic Championship on March 10-12 at Wyndham Hotel on International Drive in Orlando. OSOTA club members have been competing in chess tournaments for two years and have been getting better and better. We had four chess players attend the USCF National K-12 Chess tournament in TN and all players took home a win, with David Rodriguez, placing 1st place in his division and Andrew Tiansay placing 5th. There are hundreds of high-ranked players at these tournaments, and their win is a tremendous reflection of the skill levels of the OSOTA players. This will be our second time at this tournament. Last time, four players competed. This year, we could have up to 20 players.
March 15 - 17 - New York, NY
Team Lead: Mrs. Rice
The yearbook team will be heading to New York to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 93rd annual Spring Scholastic Convention. This national gathering of student editors and faculty advisers to newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, video productions, and online media will be held at Columbia University from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17, 2017. Our scholars will be entering OSOTA’s 2016-2017 “Reinvented” Yearbook and meeting with the Creative Director of NBC studios. They have been personally invited to meet with the entire creative team and have been offered a Q&A, detailing how they got to where they are in creative dream jobs and the path to success. This is an incredible experience, one that they will never forget.
May 24 -27 Washington, DC.
8th Grade Graduating Class
Team Lead: Ms. G & Mr. Moore
Each year scholars in 8th grade take on Washington DC. This is an incredible experience for scholars to see our nation’s capital. They have the opportunity to experience history and see it taking place at the same time. It’s also an wonderful time for friendships to grow tighter and futures to grow brighter.
July 19 - 26 El Salvador, Central America
11th & 12th Summer Missions
Team Lead: Mr and Mrs. Waisanen
One School of the Arts has partnered with People of Purpose to take scholars to El Salvador, Central America on a missions trip this summer.
The dates of the experience is July 19-26th and total cost is $1,450 which covers airfare, lodging, transportation, food, and all ministry materials.
Our scholars will be involved in doing school assemblies, going to an orphanage, feeding programs in the villages, and conducting church services with an emphasis on dramas, music and sharing their testimonies.
Please consider supporting these scholars. We are so proud of their courage. Thank you!
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