The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition was held May 23-28 on the campus of Michigan State University. Over 800 teams from across the USA and around the Globe competed in Regional and Statewide tournaments to earn a chance to compete against the most creative problem solvers in the World. Teams of seven students compete in one of five Long-Term Problems (Vehicular, Technical, Classics, Structural or Performance) and in a Spontaneous Problem Challenge.
Carroll began this year with 22 teams at the North Texas Region Tournament and 18 of those teams advanced to the State Finals in Houston. At the state finals, 10 teams finished in first or second place to earn a trip to World Finals.
This year, Odyssey tradition was restored by the Carroll Middle School team with a second place trophy. Fifteen years ago, the first Odyssey team from CISD competed in the Classics Problem and also brought back Silver Medals. Five years ago, Carroll High School brought home a second place trophy, so now the tradition has been restored.
2nd Place Problem 3 “Classics” in Division 2
Carroll Middle School with team members: Kiera DiCesare, Sydney Nickel, Heloise Hoffmann, Tanner Hunt, Emma Johnson, Diya Panjabi and Lizzie Garcia. Coach: Diana DiCesare & Shelli Nickel
6th Place Problem 1 “Vehicular” in Division 1
Durham Intermediate School with team members: Grant Ogle, Jope Iluyomade, Andrew Balson, Julia Dietrich, Madison Petty, Vanessa Vazhappilly and Cody Williams. Coach: Diane Ogle & Roslyn George
6th Place Problem 2 “Technical” in Division 3
Southlake Carroll High/Senior High School with team members: Lexi Dietrich, Venezia Guzman, James Stewart, Akash Hemanth, Trevor King, Cara Connelly and Ethan Connelly. Coach: Inna Dietrich
10th Place Problem 2 “Classics” in Division 3
Southlake Carroll High School with team members: Reilly Buckley, Katie Moore, Kayla Grosskopf, Catie Pratt, Kayin Jones, Eric Lovenburg and Cole Ragsdale. Coach: Keith Buckley & Michelle Moore
16th Place Problem 5 “Performance” in Division 1
Rockenbaugh Elem School with team members: Livi Kao, Kate Fancher, Abbie Fordyce, Chloe Criswell, Ava Burke, Riley Govek and Maria Mazey. Coach: Peter Kao & KatyJo Fordyce
17th Place Problem 5 “Performance” in Division 1
Carroll Elem. School with team members: Jaiden Mehta, Harrison Moore, Dylan Mehta, Ayden Patel, Kennedy Nguyen, Adam Forst and Kenneth Warren Fambro, III. Coach: Niraj Mehta
19th Place Problem 2 “Technical” in Division 1
Rockenbaugh Elem. School with team members: Khushi Gohel, Dhruv Gohel, Swati Shankar, Noemie Houtekei, Sanjana Senthil and Praneel Veerabathina. Coach: Suman Gohel & Maha Shankar
24th Place Problem 4 “Structural” in Division 1
Carroll Elem. School with team members: Sonia Naidu, Alisha Naidu, Ethan Menezes, Eva Menezes, Tonio Castillo, Joel Hansen and Juliet Scot. Coach: Saroja Mummini & Sabina Menezes
27th Place Problem 2 “Technical” in Division 2
Durham Intermediate School with team members: Jackson Walker, John Stoklas, Ryan Adamson, Samhith Dharani, Connor MacLean, Graham Davidson, Ethan Phan. Coach: Sarah Stoklas & Tonya Walker
34th Place Problem 2 “Technical” in Division 2
Eubanks Intermediate School with team members: Ashwin Iyer, Grace Johnson, Allison Chang, William Ward, Nicolas Veit, Ben Fleming, Alfred Hale. Coach: Geetha Panchapakesan & Crystal Johnson