Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have suspended campaigning – a week ahead of election day – due to Hurricane Sandy.
Early voting in Maryland and Washington, D.C., has been canceled due to the storm, and Hurricane Sandy’s reach could extend into three other key states – New Hampshire, North Carolina and Ohio.
In Virginia, election officials eased absentee voting requirements for residents affected by the storm.