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NCHS’ Shadow Ostas is ready to lead

Student body presidents - First in a series

Posted: September 18, 2015 4:59 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Recently elected North Central High School Student Body President Shadow Ostas hopes to attend West Point and has chosen the paralegal field as her military occupational specialty.

North Central High School (NCHS) Student Body President Shadow Ostas did not spend her summer at a beach, a lake or even at home. Where she did go cut into her first two weeks of the new school year, however.

“I missed the first two weeks of my senior year for basic training. I joined the National Guard and was in their program called Split Ops (Split Training Option) -- you are still in high school but will be going back to school for your senior year. So I went to basic training the whole summer and missed the first two weeks of senior year. It was good, it was fun … it was hot,” Ostas said. 

Ostas underwent basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. The high school senior, who hopes to attend West Point, said many factors went into deciding to enlist in the National Guard and spend her summer in basic training.

“I did it because I knew I could do it -- I could do the physical challenges. It was mentally challenging but I could get through it. I did it for my country and for my father,” Ostas said.

Ostas is the youngest of six siblings and the only one to follow in her father’s footsteps. He served in the Army as a master sergeant and also in the Special Forces. 

“I don’t think I’ll ever do that,” Ostas said referring to Special Forces, “But he has high expectations for me.”

Ostas said she also hopes basic training helps her meet another goal. 

“I run cross country. I really want to break the school record so bad, I can just taste it. It’s a little under 24 minutes, so I needed the physical discipline this summer,” Ostas said. “And it did help. Last week, I ran my best time ever.”

This year, Ostas is bringing her competitive nature to her office as NCHS’ student body president at. She served as class president for her freshmen, sophomore and junior years.

“I want to do a lot more in the school -- more events and more fundraisers,” Ostas said.

She also hopes to create more school spirit with students and hopes to have a bonfire as the first major student government event.

“I think school spirit is important,” Ostas said. “I want to leave behind a legacy. That’s another reason I want to be student body president. I want to do something for the school that people will remember.”

Ostas is a member of ROTC, Beta Club, cross country, FFA, FCA and Noble Knights among other clubs. 

One of Ostas’ favorite clubs is Noble Knights -- an anti-bullying club. She said she believes bullying is a problem among people her age and she “hates bullying.”

She also believes that student involvement is important.

“It lets others know what type of person you are and that you want to actually be involved in your school. It shows that you care and that you are not just coming to school to sit in a class all day -- you want to be here,” Ostas said.

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