Derek O’Dell graduated in May from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. He is a member of the Phi Sigma Society, which promotes study and research in the biological sciences.
Derek was on the Dean’s List, served as President of the Chess Club for three years, and was the Webmaster for the Pre-Veterinary Club, as well as its Team Captain in the Relay-for-Life.
He is the son of Roger O’Dell and Joanne Hawley of southwest Roanoke County, and graduated from Cave Spring High School in 2005.
Derek will remain in Blacksburg to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Derek continues to recover from the tragedy at Virginia Tech. He was shot on April 16, 2007, while attending German language class in Norris Hall.
-Submitted by Roger O’Dell