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Odyssey of Mind team takes third at State


Members of the Odyssey of the Mind team.

Members of the Odyssey of the Mind team.

By Judy Reed

A first-year Odyssey of the Mind team at Cedar View Elementary did something this year that is rarely seen—they finished second at regionals, then went on to take third place at state.

Team members Ethan Griffee, Hannah Anderson, Nate Slager, Ella Buttermore, Riley Robb, and Judy Visser were coached by Tanja Griffee and Aaron Anderson. Regionals were held February 27 at Greenville Middle School, where they placed second and earned a silver medal. The state finals were held March 19, at Thornapple Kellogg Schools in Middleville, where they placed third, and received a bronze medal.

The problem they competed in was called, “No-Cycle Recycle.” They had to build a car and perform a skit involving recycling and repurposing trash items.  

“They are an amazing group of kids,” said Coach Griffee. “They worked hard and did great as a team. I am extremely proud of them for their accomplishments!”

Regional Director Linda Blackmore, of Cedar Springs, was surprised at the progress the group made for being a first year team of fourth and fifth graders.

The program is overwhelming, and so I usually tell the coaches to have two goals: survive and have fun,” explained Blackmore. “They just need to get through it the first time, to learn the ropes. But then they went on to state. That hardly ever happens. It’s an accomplishment against the best of the best at state finals—to not only be there, but to place as well. It’s only happened maybe once in the 20 years I’ve been doing this,” she said.

Blackmore said that she’s hoping to get more teams from Cedar Springs involved in Odyssey of the Mind. Teams can be created at any grade level, from grades K-12, and grade levels can have more than one team, as Cedar View did this year. If anyone is interested in getting involved, contact your building principal, or contact Blackmore at region2@michiganodyssey.com.

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Sand Lake Elementary going to World Finals


Team from left to right-Zach Princer, Megan Wozniak, Ali Walkwitz, Grace Erdman, Sofia Muholland, Gavin Longcore and Taden Gleason.-1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals.

Team from left to right-Zach Princer, Megan Wozniak, Ali Walkwitz, Grace Erdman, Sofia Muholland, Gavin Longcore and Taden Gleason.-1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international competitive program which emphasizes creative problem solving.  Team members work together to design and create their own original performance which includes creating costumes, props, sets, writing scripts and building mechanical devices.  Thousands of teams compete annually throughout the U.S. and in 25 countries around the world.

At this year’s regional tournament all three of Tri County’s Sand Lake Elementary teams advanced to the state finals. The teams each created unique solutions which included a TC Pizza delivery vehicle which was guided by a track and needed to overcome obstacles, a performance which took the audience into a video game world and provided an interpretation of the myth of Pandora’s Box and a side splitting play which combined chemistry and math humor into a silent movie theme.

Tri County was proud to have received a 1st place finish in the Vehicle problem, a 2nd place finish in the Classics problem and the coveted Renatra Fusca award for exceptional creativity in the Theatrics problem. MacNaughton Elementary also sent two primary teams to the regional tournament. While these were non-competitive teams, we have high expectations for them in the future.

On Saturday, March 21, the teams competed at the state finals and the 5th grade Vehicle problem team finished 2nd and will be advancing to the 2015 World Finals hosted at Michigan State University this May 20-24, for the first time in Tri County School’s history!

Visit the team’s go fund me account to help their trip:  http://www.gofundme.com/pzr58k.  They are also collecting pop cans and loose change. If you are interested in donating your pop cans or loose change you may contact Tory Mulholland by email: petetory13@gmail.com.

All three teams after State Finals! Coaches-Tory and Pete Mulholland and Dave Princer (Not pictured). Team- Taden Gleason, Zach Princer, Gavin Longcore, Sofia Mulholland, Grace Erdman, Ali Walkwitz, Megan Wozniak -1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals. Coaches- Jennifer and Spencer Gould (Not pictured). Team- Ava Longcore, Kendal Gould, Isabel Schuster, Katie Busch, Alexis Gleason, Trenton Laskey, Madalynn Laskey. Coach- Tyana Ford (Not pictured). Team- Ilana White, Emma Carlson, Voca Ford, Samantha Patin, Jesse White, Trace Laskey.

All three teams after State Finals! Coaches-Tory and Pete Mulholland and Dave Princer (Not pictured). Team- Taden Gleason, Zach Princer, Gavin Longcore, Sofia Mulholland, Grace Erdman, Ali Walkwitz, Megan Wozniak -1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals. Coaches- Jennifer and Spencer Gould (Not pictured). Team- Ava Longcore, Kendal Gould, Isabel Schuster, Katie Busch, Alexis Gleason, Trenton Laskey, Madalynn Laskey. Coach- Tyana Ford (Not pictured). Team- Ilana White, Emma Carlson, Voca Ford, Samantha Patin, Jesse White, Trace Laskey.

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Odyssey of Mind team takes second at regionals


Cedar View Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team is made up of 4th graders Henry Matthew and Blayke Darling and 5th graders Katia Corwin, Ryllie Rivard, Taylor Warner, Sarah Martin and Rebecca Yaklin. Coaches are Jennifer Rivard, Kathy Corwin, Jill Matthew and Angel Martin.

An Odyssey of the Mind team made up of students from Cedar View Elementary competed in Regional competition at Greenville High School Saturday, March 24, and placed 2nd in their division.

The team has been working on practicing spontaneous problems, as well as their long-term problem, Ooh-Motional Vehicle, since November. For their long-term problem, the students had to come up with a vehicle that had 2 propulsion systems and 4 emotions.  They decided on a Cedar Springs Red Flannel Parade theme, making their vehicle into a red hawk and making cardboard replicas of the Kent Theater, Crown Trophy, Library and Post Office.

Their second place finish at Regionals advances them to State competition at Davenport University in Caledonia on Saturday, April 21.

Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that fosters creative thinking and problem solving skills, involving students from kindergarten through college. Students learn to work with others as a team, evaluate ideas, make decisions, and create solutions while developing self-confidence from their experiences. Odyssey of the Mind was created by a New Jersey professor in 1978 and now expands beyond the US to 30 countries.

 

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