– by Haston H, senior –
After Christmas break, FBTA students from 4th to 12th grade are hurled into one of the busiest times of the year. From speech classes to debate run-offs, there is always a bizz-buzz about the school. Students eagerly prepare for the chance to represent their school during ODACS competition using their God-given talent.
“While this is a scary and busy time, it is also one of the most exciting times of the year as well,” said Liza F, senior.
All of this busy work does not go to waste. Many students of FBTA will be competing in the annual Old Dominion Association of Church School (ODACS) regional and state competition. This competition has a multitude of different categories, ranging from preaching to arts and crafts, which gives the students a great opportunity to flourish under stress and pressure, but hopefully successful times.
Elementary students compete at a regional level only, which is held at FBTA with three other schools. High school and junior high students compete at both regional and state levels, with the opportunity for high school students to move on to the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) national competition if they win at the state level.
“I like how I have the option to compete for my school in a category I know I can excel in,” said Ava J, junior. She is competing in debate, woodworking, and other fine art categories, which are things she has competed on previously.
From racing around competing in events to watching friends take the stage, there is a ton to do and watch on ODACS days.
“I may have not been competing very long, but I have loved every minute of it,” said Emilie G, 6th grade. She referenced the fun she had making her craft project last year, which was a giant, life-sized paper mache turtle named Crush. She is also super excited about her craft project this year, but wants to keep it a secret from the general public.
“The students did such a great job with the circumstances surrounding the play, so I know that they will do just as good, if not better, in ODACS,” said Mrs. Darby, project manager.
This may be a busy time of year, but the students always try to perform to the best of their ability. Students may not always take home first place, but it is a great learning experience in handling pressure and striving to be their best.