Before attending Wesleyan Christian School, Jasmine Odell self-described herself as a “mess” with little interest in doing well academically.


Today, the high school senior maintains a 4.04 GPA, keeps busy in fine arts programs and remains engaged in school activities and the community.


A panel of judges selected Odell as the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Patriot Auto Group, and Truity Credit Union September Student of the Month.


“I’m so thankful for being selected as student of the month. It’s a huge honor, and I’m blessed to be considered for this,” said Odell.


She said an outreach trip to Guatemala has helped inspire here to one day become a nurse and do mission work all over the world.


“I want to do prenatal nursing in college and go places where women aren’t treated very well and they don’t have very good resources for babies,” said Odell. “I just think it would be great to tie mission work and nursing together. It just seems like a dream job for me, and I feel totally called to do that.”


Odell is a recognized leader for various activities within both Wesleyan Christian School and Christ Community Church. As chaplain of volleyball her junior year, she led devotions and prayer.


This year, she served as team captain, a role she without a doubt cherished.


“Our season is sadly over, but it was a great experience, and I got my first block in our last game. Being 5’ 2”, that was a good note to end on,” she said.


Along with cheering on her teammates, Odell helps lead the praise and worship team for the WCS Chapel and is a member of the WCS select ensemble choir that ministers throughout the community.


She has also had starring roles in school musicals every year and is an accomplished vocalist. Last year, the school’s music director relied on Odell’s leadership abilities to direct vocal warmups and get actors started on dance and musical numbers effectively and on time.


The skills have served her well as she co-leads the school’s weekly praise and worship teams and also leads in the weekly chapel service.


“All my teachers are great here, and each of them has just helped me better my character,” said Odell.


Odell’s abilities are also evident outside the school, as she is deeply involved in worship service at Christ Community Church, helping others prepare for Sunday services.


And during the summer, Odell leads one of the ‘Slimed’ programs for pre-K through first grade girls, teaching the girls the importance of respect and responsibility.


As the school prepares for a capital campaign, Odell has volunteered to act as student spokesperson, helping produce a student video that will be a centerpiece for the campaign.


“I love this school, and I can’t imagine who I’d be without the influence of my teachers. I love the teachers, because they don’t get paid very well, but you know they’re here for your better interest,” said Odell. “They really do care about my grades and helping me achieve, and I really appreciate that. “