Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Voters in Colorado will decide today whether two Democratic state senators will get to keep their jobs.
State Senator Angela Giron and state Senate President John Morse face recalls after they helped to pass gun control laws in the state following the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater.
The legislation led to a backlash from gun rights activists, who gathered signatures and forced the recall elections.
The National Rifle Association has contributed more than $300,000 to oust the lawmakers, while gun control supporters, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, donated more than $300,000 to groups fighting the recall.