The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition was held at Iowa State University from May 23-26. Four teams represented Carroll by competing proudly and at the highest level. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative, problem-solving competitive program where teams of up to seven students work together to creatively solve one of five Odyssey problems issued at the start of the school year. The teams present their solutions during tournament competitions, and this year’s World finals included 815 teams from 15 countries.
The results for our Southlake Carroll teams are:
Carroll High School Team, back to back Texas State Champions and 5th time competitors at World Finals, happily placed 2nd in the Technical Problem, Division 3. This is the second time three students of this team have won second place in the technical problem. They are: Jenna Buckley, Nico Scalzo, Emilie Featherston, Nathalie Scherer, Annie Newman and Lindsey Weiss. Coaches: Cynthia Featherston and Micki Scalzo
Dawson Middle School Team, third time competitors at World Finals, placed 13th in the Vehicular Problem, Division 2. This team came in first in the spontaneous problem solving portion of the competition. They are: Brandon Burlison, Michael Dachniwsky, Madeleine Newman, Nate Ruelas, Weston Salanty, Daniel Weiss and Hannah Warner. Coaches: Ann Dachniwsky and Alison Weiss
Eubanks Intermediate School Team, Texas State Champions and first time competitors at World Finals, placed 14th in the Classics Problem, Division 1. They are: Sophia LeBlanc, Jenna Eads, Zack Marshall and Nolan Mikolasik (EIS), Aleksei and Jascha Weinberg (DIS) and Troy McNitt. Coaches: Margaret Weinberg, Aimee Mikolasik, and Kathy Marshall
Carroll High School Team, back to back Texas State Champions and second time competitors at World Finals, placed 20th in the Vehicular Problem, Division 3. They are: Ann Dahl and Allison Newman (CHS), Braden Anderson, Christie Ballew, Spencer Lankford, Mackenzie Murphy and Jack Veenker (DMS). Coaches: Megan and Carl Anderson and Shauna Newman
We are extremely proud of these very talented teams and are looking forward to next year’s season which will begin in September. In all, Carroll had 12 teams participate in the 2011-2012 school year and hope to see them all back again to take advantage of this wonderful program. If you are interested in forming a team (up to seven students per team) or want to learn more about Odyssey of the Mind, look for information about our program in the 1st Day packets which your child will receive at the start of the new year. In the meantime you can go to www.odysseyofthemind.com and our own Southlake Carroll website athttp://worknotes.com/TX/southlake/SouthlakeCarrollOdysseyoftheMind/ap1.aspx. The Southlake Carroll site will answer many of your questions and you can view the World finals performances as well.