We would like to acknowledge the efforts of many students and faculty who
have helped to make this project such a beautiful success. As always, a generous thank
you to Mrs. Donna Leppo for helping to proofread the final draft of the text and to assist
with binding and duplicating the copies. Thank you also to Mrs. Hankins, Mrs. Bilger
and Mr. Weidow for all their tech support. For helping to judge nearly fifty scary middle
school short stories, we wish to thank Ms. Sarah Bare, Ms. Laura Groseclose and Mrs.
Peggy Beidelman, our Lower School judges, and Mr. Rose, Mrs. Metzger and Mr. Gordon
who judged the Middle School submissions. Thanks also to Mrs. Smith and the Skipjack
and Schooner classes for submitting a variety of Lost in a Cave stories. Thank you to Mr.
Gordon and the Windjammers for their unique collection of odes. And to Mrs. Beidelman
and the Sloops for their poetry. To Mrs., Riordan and the Ketch thank you for the many
chinquapins and to all the Language Tutors who had their students participate we also ex-
tend our many thanks
We would like to thank Katie and Ms. Sara Bare for their painstaking efforts in
crafting our beautiful cover. Brynn and Riley deserve our special appreciation for their
many illustrations that are found throughout the magazine. Thanks also to those students
who helped with editing, typing copy and conducting research especially: Jack, Patrick
and Grace. Tucker also did a fine job with the Table of Contents and Sadie and Nikki
created our dedication to Charlie . A final thanks also go out to our photographers: Grace
and Riley. We also wish to thank Mrs. Siobhan Budnitz for her beautiful pictures of
Antietam National Battlefield. We hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed
From All the Staff
Cover Art by Katie
Moderators: Mr. Philip Bender Mr. Jason Gordon
Back Row: Katie, Sadie, Riley, Patrick, Tucker,
Brendan, Mr. Bender, Jack .
Front Row: Augie, Grace, Isabella , Brynn, Nikki,
Our Staff Page
Artwork by Brynn
Mrs. Metzger: Last year I got to cross the Odyssey Fun Run finish line with him
He came into homeroom one morning. He was jumping in the class room.
He was excited about the Jets winning. I said why are you so excited, he said
the Jets won and he said you can always be happy about something.
Mr. Rose: In Sloop Homeroom he was always really excited to play the games we had
in the morning. He didnt care who played. He just wanted to play.
Mrs. Bilger: He always had a smile on his face.
Mrs. Achziger: He said thats not their names because his class was saying what their
names are and people were giving fake names.
Mrs. Scher: Charlie was always smiling every time I saw him. He was always happy.
Mr. Kroll: I remember when they made him all-time quarterback at recess.
Mrs. Lemieux: Whenever I passed him in the hallway, he always had a smile.
Mrs. Montgomery- Loy:
He was always smiling, every morning when we would build things on the
computer and he loved playing. He would be so happy when able to play it.
I remember his laugh.
Cooper: He was always funny, fun to be around
Harrison: He shadowed me around the school.
Liam: Charlie would always tell funny jokes in Tutoring
Ryan: I remember how he would smile and play football all the time at recess
Henry and Mr. Hutzler,
Philippe, Jack and Sam: Red solo cup I fill you up. Lets have a party
I know this is hard to believe but not every student comes to math class
with a smile on his face. This was not true for Charlie. He came to math
class every day with a smile, an upbeat attitude, and his incredible sense of
humor. His positivity was contagious and he is dearly missed.
I loved how Charlie always had a smile on his face. I loved his work ethic
and how he cheerfully made up everything he missed. He always made the
group he worked with more fun!
Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a
dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it. __ Sai Baba
On December the 8th friends and
family of Charlie Neave gathered at
Sparks Elementary School for the
first annual Charlie Neave Run. In
spite of the bitter cold and snow,
almost 900 people came to support
the cause. The money that was raised
will be used as financial aid to
support families who would other-
wise be unable to attend Odyssey. It
was a memorable day for all who
Friends and family of Charlie Neave gather to remember and honor Charlie.
More than 886 people participated in the run.
Gray, Mia and Tess pose for
Table of Contents
Selected Scary Stories
Will Wheres the Rope 14-15
Christian The Haunted Mansion 16-17
Katie Waking Rage 18-21
Sadie The Old House 22-23
Brynn The Creepy Painting 24-25
Declan The Cabin 26-28
Henry The Trip 29
Patrick Its Cold Out Here 30
Page and Sara Just Another Scary Story 31-32
Ryan A Figure in the Mist 33
Katie The Skeleton Key Chain 34
Cody The Spooky House 35
Cece The Disappearance 36-37
Twill The Trapped Boys 38
Connor All Alone 39
Lydia The Scary Story of the
Poetry in Season
Sofia Autumns Senses 43
Riley Happiness is.. 44
Henry Ode to Assateague Island 45
Henry Ode to Canada 46
Jonathan Ode to the Real World 47
Kyle Ode to Homework 48
Riley Ode to a Kitty 49
Harrison Ode to Soccer 50
Brendan Ode to Ice Cream 51
Will Ode to the Grinch 52
Brynn Ode to Santa 53
Josh The Ocean 54
Jack Disney 55
Jake Winter 56
Months of the Year
Race Car Driving
Remembering Our Family Stories
Declan A Visit to the Past
Remembering Thomas Francis Meagher
Augie My Great-grandfather's Story 65
Happy Holiday Wishes 66
Lower School Winners
Middle School Winners
It is as much fun to scare as to be scared Vincent Price
Artwork by Brynn Peddy
Wheres the Rope? by Will
In 1915 just when World War I was starting, a disease hit in Germany
causing peoples hearts to stop and then start again in 48 hours. To keep people
from being buried alive, the government made it a law to have a rope that goes
down into the coffin so that if someone was still alive, the person could pull the
rope and a bell would go off. This happened to a lady but something went
wrong and the rope wasnt set up. Her last words were, Wheres the rope!!? before she
One month later her house was sold to a 34 year old German
named Vilhem. On his second night he heard a scratching outside, EEEEEEK
EEEEEK. He went to his window and looked at his yard, and his fence was sway-
ing back and forth. Nothing was there so he figured it must have been a raccoon
trying to break the fence, so he went back to his bed and fell asleep.
In the morning he went outside to check the fence and the wood fence
was torn apart and spread all over. He had a new fence put in that was twice as
large. That night at 11:30 PM he heard the noise again only it lasted longer,
EEEEEEK!! EEEEEEEK!!! He checked the window but there was nothing there! His