Indian River entry ‘states’ its case at Odyssey of the Mind

MIDDLETOWN – The Indian River School District claimed a state championship at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at Alfred G. Waters Middle School in Middletown April 9.

A team coached by Jennifer Perry took first place in the “Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends” category for Division II (middle school).

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Indian River School District’s state champion Odyssey of the Mind team. Front row from left: Ethan Rakes, Olivia Hudson and Kayla Hurant. Back row ffrom left: Jennifer Perry, coach, Madison Johnson and Trinity Kelso. Not pictured: Kaila McCabe.

Members of the winning team are Kayla Harant, Madison Johnson and Kaila McCabe of Selbyville Middle School; Olivia Hudson and Ethan Rakes of Southern Delaware School of the Arts; and Trinity Kelso of Millsboro Middle School.

“Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends” required students to create and present a humorous performance depicting problem solving from the perspective of three different animals. During the performance, the animals helped a stranger, helped each other and solved a problem that threatened the survival of all animals.

Animals also sang and danced while showing curiosity, sympathy, frustration and joy.

Odyssey of the Mind was founded in 1979 by Dr. Sam Micklus of Glassboro State College.

The competition encourages students to find solutions to open-ended problems by utilizing creative problem-solving methods. Each year, five new competitive problems are presented and teams spend months working toward solutions.

There is a limit on the amount of money teams can spend on materials used in their creative solutions. During the competition, teams are also required to solve a spontaneous problem as part of their score. Millions of students from kindergarten through the collegiate level have participated in Odyssey of the Mind since its inception.

The Perry team qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals to be held May 25-28 at Iowa State University. The OM state championship was the Indian River School District’s 39th overall since 2000.

In addition, a district team coached by Mary Bixler placed third in the state in the “No Cycle Recycle” category for Division I (elementary school).

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