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MAKING THE GRADE: Students ask school board for name change

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WESTON, Wis. (WAOW) -

A group of students in Marathon County worked to get the name of their school changed.

A new elementary school was opened this year in the D.C. Everest School District, giving children the ability to learn at their own pace with hands-on projects.

But the students had one problem.

"We didn't have a name that we really liked or represented us, so we brainstormed and we planned and we talked to our principal," said Samantha Andersen, a fifth grader at the school.

The school was originally called D.C. Everest K-5 Multi-Age Elementary School.

The students made a video to tell their principal why they wanted the change.

The kids came up with a handful of names, but one stuck. Odyssey Elementary School.

"Odyssey represents the journey that we take through life, time and development," said Emily Weber, a fourth grader at the school. "Everyone can take their own journey."

That mission led the students all the way to the school board.

"They were really impressed that we actually had a presentation," said Weber.

Not only did the students' name change get the thumbs up, they also received excitement from the board about their new mascot.

"We thought, what about otter because they connect so they don't float away and connecting is one our core values," student Gracin Dittmar said.

Their teacher, Pam Gresser, was very proud of all of her students for using their voices to make a difference.

The Odyssey Otters are Making the Grade!

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