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Odyssey Scholars Program

As with Homer's Odysseus, our Odyssey Scholars set out on an epic journey of learning and discovery developed around an area of study which they are passionate about. Odyssey Scholars will challenge themselves academically, intellectually, and creatively by designing a two-year course of study that will culminate in a major public presentation. This program combines the elements of Independent Study, Senior Experience, and research (capstone) projects. Students may apply for the program at the end of Sophomore year. View the program brochure here.
Sandia Prep's 2017-2018 Odyssey Scholars are (from back row, left to right) Abby Crouch '19, Jake Blanchfield '19, Colin Miller '19, and Emma Mannal '19. Read about the scholars below and follow their project blogs here.
Abby Crouch '19

"My name is Abby Crouch, and I am one of four Odyssey Scholars. The focus of my two-year Odyssey Scholar project is studying people who have been marginalized in society, including people who have faced prejudices and have overcome them. By incorporating interviews with individuals who fit my topic, I plan to tell their stories through journalism. My mission is to educate people on views, cultures, and ideas that they don't easily relate to, but can hopefully learn to accept."
Jake Blanchfield '19

"I have been a student at Sandia Prep since the eighth grade. I decided to transfer from another independent school in Albuquerque, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. After learning that I was accepted to the Odyssey Scholars Program, I was thrilled to get started. My ultimate goal is to learn all there is to know about online business. I have created an online e-commerce business, and every day I strive to learn more and further my online business. During the remaining duration of the Program, I hope to deepen my understanding and gain a fresh outlook, spending many hours getting hands-on experience, as well as developing new ideas to offer to the global discussion."
Emma Mannal '19

"Hi, I’m Emma Mannal. I am a junior at Sandia Preparatory School and recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from a quaint town on the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in fashion and design. At age eight, I created my first dress, with absolutely no experience. With nothing more than a stapler, some fabric scraps, and a vision, I designed my first outfit. Since then, I have evolved tremendously as a designer, and have decided to pursue my love of fashion here at Prep. Over the next two years, I will have the opportunity to learn about the business behind the beautiful garments we see, on and off the runway. By using social media and marketing to develop my own personal brand, I hope to catch glimpse at the inner workings of the fashion industry."
Colin Miller '19
"I am Colin Miller and I am a junior at Sandia Prep. In a phrase, I love to act. I feel absolutely free on the stage, and it is the one place where I have not a care in the world. As much as I love the theatre, academics comes first. I am vastly aware of the importance of research, turning in timely work, and digging deeper to find as much information about a subject as I can. I maintain at 3.85 GPA at Sandia Prep and hope that will rise this Spring. The Odyssey Scholars project that I will be working on for the next two years is a two-man stage play that I will write, direct, and perform, along with my mentor and very good friend, Darryl Bryant, MFA. This play will have a main focus on autism and how the arts affect those with autism – especially the performing arts. I plan to have the performance(s) at a small theatre in town, and all of the proceeds will go to an autism center to continue assisting those with autism and the families of those with autism. I am so pleased to be working on this project because it has always been my dream to write, direct, and star in a stage play. This opportunity will assist me in gaining more responsibility as a person, and I hope will continue to further my career as an actor/director/writer. Thank you so much for supporting this project, and I hope you will come see the finished product."