Thanna Oddo

By: Paula Green

Mover & Shaker of the Month: Thanna Oddo

Mover & Shaker of the Month: Thanna Oddo

 

          Seventeen year old, Avonworth High School senior Thanna Oddo has taken advantage of her skillful athletic abilities.   At the young age of four, she was enrolled in a YMCA soccer program where she quickly found her niche.   Over the past 14 years, she has continued to achieve and has taken command of a sport where she is a major record-setter for the Avonworth Antelopes.

        

Oddo playing for Avonworth High School's Soccer Team

Oddo playing for Avonworth High School’s Soccer Team

Thanna holds the school’s record for most career soccer goals at 67, and that is only the beginning of her incredible achievements.  She also possesses the record for most career assists, most goals in a season at 35, most game winning goals, most career points, most points in a season and most goals in a single game with six.  With impressive stats like these, it is no wonder that Thanna was twice named to the All-WPIAL Team in 2012 and 2013.

       She was a starter all four years and also served as team captain for two of those seasons.  Thanna plans to continue to play soccer when she attends college next fall.  She has verbally committed to West Liberty University in West Virginia (near Wheeling).  She wants to major in physical therapy or sports medicine.

       “It is an amazing feeling to know that my name will be linked to Avonworth girls’ soccer for years to come. 14 years of year-round soccer finally paid off.  Words cannot even describe how great it feels to look back at all the adversity I overcame to achieve this success.  I am very excited to move forward with my college team and set new goals for myself,” Thanna said.

      In addition to her superior performance on the soccer field, she also excels in the classroom where she carries a 4.0 GPA.  Last year, Thanna was inducted into Avonworth’s National Honor Society.   She is a member of the Latin Club, Key Club, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program.  She plays for Hotspurs United and was selected to the ODP team the last 2 years (ODP – Olympic Development Program).  She is also president of her church youth group.

      Thanna resides in Ohio Township with her parents, Lisa and John, and her 15 year-old brother Johnnie.