By Shannon Quinn & Ella Jones
We are writing on behalf of our delegation at Odyssey Charter School’s Youth and Government program, currently located at Odyssey Charter High School in Wilmington, Delaware. We are a new delegation, only a year old, and we currently have 30 acting members who are all new to this program as well. Ours is a very unique delegation, not only because of its youth, but also because all members are brand new to the political scene. This experience as members will be giving us insight we’ve never gotten into the world of politics, and it’s all incredibly new to us. It may be new territory, but all of us are eager to learn more about the world of politics and bring new, fresh ideas to the table.
Odyssey Charter School is, much like our delegation, brand new. It has only been open 12 years, its doors opening in 2006. OCS first opened as an elementary school with a mathematics and Greek language-based curriculum. While it still continues to focus in on our Greek and mathematics studies, it has grown to expand on other topics of learning such as business and, as of this year, drivers ed. Our 10 graders will be the first to graduate in 2 years as the class of 2020, as the high school itself is only 2 years old. One very special aspect of our school is our Greek studies program. Our school hosts teachers from Greece, who come to America to teach our Greek Studies classes. Not only that, OCS is linked and in collaboration with schools over in Greece as well. For example; we have done collaborations with The Primary School of Nemea and the 2nd Gymnasium of Nafplion. These collaborations included teleconferences and joint studies of US and Greek art, along with a variety of other projects based around relations between the US and Greece. OCS is constantly growing and expanding our grade levels and campus sizes, as well as implementing new and more flexible teaching styles that challenge those of non-chartered public schools.
Odyssey just implemented the Youth and Government program this year, and already many of our fellow students have jumped at the opportunity to participate in our American political system. As OCS grows, we hope that this program will grow with it, and that our delegation will grow from just three, to an expansive team.