• 54°

Military magazine publishes Odum’s work

Lauren Odum, at center, receives a commendation for her essay from Bob Jones High School Principal Sylvia Lambert and Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler. (CONTRIBUTED)
Lauren Odum, at center, receives a commendation for her essay from Bob Jones High School Principal Sylvia Lambert and Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – “On the Move,” a publication of the Military Child Education Coalition, published Lauren Jewel Odum’s essay that documents pros and cons of a military child’s life.

Odum graduated from Bob Jones High School in May.

“Lauren’s experiences offer great insight into challenges these students face,” Karen Sargent said. Sargent works with college and career counseling.

Odum has lived in Heidelberg, Germany, along with Hawaii, Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. She attended 10 different schools.

In her essay, Odum wrote, “The arrival of a new season was closely trailed by arrival of a new moving truck … filled with boxes, the vessel for which my family would spend two weeks packing a year’s worth of memories. …”

“However, in the face of adversity, I have accepted the inevitability of such frequent transitions and have grown substantially, both mentally and socially,” Odum wrote.

She better appreciates diversity. “I’ve been blessed to live all over the world and visit the most beautiful places with the most beautiful people. I have friends and family in every corner of the world,” Odum said.

Once, she flew in the back of a cargo plane from Germany to the United States to visit relatives. “The aerial view of Germany (was) absolutely stunning,” she said.

However, military life can prevent “a sense of belonging,” especially in a small town like Madison where “everybody knows everybody. At schools like Bob Jones, strongest bonds are made through extracurricular activities. Being rejected before you have even had a chance is an especially painful pill to swallow,” Odum said.

Luckily, she stepped out of her “comfort zone” and joined the cheer team, Beta Club, Key Club, Student Senate and drama productions.

“Overall, being in a military family has equipped me with life skills early on that have made me the person I am today. The positive definitely weighs out the negative,” she said.

Her parents are retired Maj. Marcus J. Odum and Kathy L. Odum. He works as acquisition manager with the Missile Defense Agency. She is a registered nurse.

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

James Clemens High School

Wyche earns full-tuition scholarship from Cameron Education Foundation

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

Huntsville

Rookie Rally Chess Tournament returns to Blossomwood

Huntsville

Arts Huntsville awards $280,000 in grants to area arts organizations

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast reflects on MCS’ 25th anniversary

Madison

Regions Bank on Madison Blvd robbed again

Madison

JAN. 20 DEADLINE: Madison Visionary Partners asking for nominations for first annual MVP awards

Madison

Damaging winds, flooding possible tonight

Madison

Community remembers Donald Spencer’s public service

Madison

Water main break postpones Bob Jones vs. Austin basketball games

Madison

Library sessions to offer backyard planting tips to novice gardeners

Madison

Editorial: King’s words speak to all

x