Written by Jeyma Garcia
Odle Middle School students and their community celebrated the end of the Fall Athletic Season at a banquet on Friday, November 20th. They gathered to honor student athletes’ hard work and improvement on the field and also in their classrooms, as students. Student athletes from four sports were united in this event – co-ed cross country, girls’ golf, girls’ soccer, and boys’ soccer. Though no Odle teams advanced to the tournament finals, the students still felt empowered to do their best on the field and worked diligently to improve their play regardless of the score.
“I had a great experience playing for Odle, even though there were some ups and downs throughout the season, because I had great coaches, teammates.”-Fernando Torres (MVP Boys Odle Red)
The banquet’s main purpose was to provide the students with an opportunity to have fun and celebrate with their teammates and coaches. The participation and support of several parents contributed greatly to the success of the event. They showed their generosity by donating food for the event and by watching their students have fun with each other and receive their awards. The athlete speakers expressed what it meant for them to work together as teammates and never give up.
“It was fun playing against other teams because we tried our best every game and I improved my communication with my teammates.” -Giselle Munoz (Girls soccer)
“I learned that sometimes winning isn’t everything.” -Sammy Figueroa (MVP Girls soccer)
Without the generous support of volunteers from our sister school, Sammamish High, the event could not have happened. About half of them are Odle Alumni who were eager to give back to their community by showing up and engaging with current Odle students and their parents. As a result this event was not only a celebration for our current students but a celebration of the wider Odle family. On this one night all of us came together and celebrated the growing sense of community in the entire Odle family.