While OLMA sophomore, Lia D’Orio, prefers not to be the center of attention, there’s a lot about this young woman that is certainly derserving of the spotlight. For starters, she is thriving as part of the Class of 2020, despite the fact that her original plans for high school did not include OLMA. “I was all ready to go somewhere else, but decided to shadow at OLMA,” said Lia. “I shadowed in 7th grade and then again when I was in 8th, and had great experiences both times. I also spent a day at the school that I had planned to attend and figured out pretty quickly that it just didn’t feel right.”
While Lia is successful across the board academically, she is a bigger fan of Chemistry than she ever thought she’d be. “I want to be a Kindergarten or First Grade teacher,” said Lia, “I didn’t think I’d like the sciences as much as I do, but Ms. Hop is a great treacher and really funny. The right teacher really does make a difference.” Amen to that.
In addition to her studies, Lia is an accomplished dancer. She also runs as part of OLMA’s indoor track tream. While relays are her favorite, Lia also ran the 300-, 200- and 55-meter races, as well as competed in the high jump. She’s also a member of Mr. J’s Ping Pong club and loves every minute of that friendly competition.
Lia is also a fan of Mini-Mesters. “Mini-Mesters are a great idea and allow us to experience something totally new,” she said. “I’m signed up for Culinary Arts with Mr. Coyle and can’t wait for it to start.” As this school year begins to draw to a close, Lia says that she can’t believe she’s about to be a junior. “It’s going by so fast,” she said, “but I am looking forward to the new classes I’ll be taking and the new teachers I’ll have next year.”
When asked about why she thinks middle school girls should consider OLMA, her first word was sisterhood. “We are all really close here, so the sisterhood is real,” said Lia. “Even if you’re the only one coming from your school, which was the case for me, don’t worry. It’s really easy to make friends here.” Lia is living proof of that!