Odyssey High School Is Finalist In XQ: The Super School Project Contest

The XQ Superschool Team from left, Ken Holmes, David Daniel, Michele Alterr, radical media NYC representative, Bill Hargraves, Marvel Harrison, Kurt Steinhaus and radical media NYC representatives. Courtesy photo
By XQ Superschool Team

It is with great excitement that we share, the Los Alamos Team creating “Odyssey High School” in the XQ competition is ine step close to realizing the vision of expanding the possibilities of education for our students.

The team just received notice that we are in the top 50 finalists out of more than 1,400 teams, from the XQ Institute in Oakland, Calif.:

“Congratulations! After a thorough review of all semi-finalist applications, we are thrilled to inform you that we have identified Odyssey High School as a Finalist in XQ: The Super School Project contest.

At every stage of XQ: The Super School Project contest—from the first submission of concepts to the final submission of applications—we have found ourselves awed by the quality of your ideas, the depth of your dedication, and the breadth of your accomplishments. Tens of thousands of people raised their hands to lend their expertise. More than a thousand teams dove into what has become the largest open call in history to rethink high school!

It’s been humbling for us. We’ve read and marveled at all the applications—hearing student voice in the ideas, witnessing bold thinking in the approaches, seeing rigor and high expectations that will advance the lives of youth. There were many compelling and innovative ideas, making the task of selecting Finalists a difficult one. Your selection as a Finalist is a testament to your extraordinary commitment to build a better future.

The announcement of winners will be made August 4, 2016.”!

A heartfelt thank you from the Odyssey team goes to our community for your continued support and enthusiasm. More than 400 community members joined us for the documentary showing of “Most Likely to Succeed”, another hundred LAPS personnel joined the Superintendent for ‘Dinner and a Movie’ to watch the film; droves of locals checked out the XQ bus when it came to town; interested folks review a new idea about

education weekly and show up at the Coffee Conversation each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Smith’s Starbucks; many more have contributed their innovative ideas to the conversation and sharing support through signing up for the Facebook page, Los Alamos Super School Project.!

The potential of winning this competition has been made possible by the collaboration and grit of a dedicated group of educators and community members integrating their focused efforts with the LAPS District and the LAPS Board and above all else, listening to student voices.