Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Carroll Sets Record at Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

It was a great day of creative solutions for Carroll’s 18 “Odyssey of the Mind” teams on Saturday in Waller, Texas at the State Finals Tournament.

A record 15 teams medaled and 10 teams are advancing to “Odyssey of the Mind” World Finals in May.

To advance to Worlds, the top teams from across the State of Texas competed and only the top two teams in each Problem and Division compete at World Finals, held on the campus of Michigan State niversity May 24-28. Congratulations to all our Southlake Carroll OM teams, you’ve impressed and inspired your coaches and community.

Below are the Carroll teams who placed in the top three, earning medals at the state finals tournament.

Problem / Division / School / Achievement Coach/Coaches Team Members
Vehicular Problem

Division 1




Diane Pierce Ogle Grant Ogle

Jope Iluyomade

Andrew Balson

Julia Dietrich

Madison Petty

Vanessa Vazhappilly

Cody Williams

Vehicular Problem

Division 2



Anne Vanderbush Lindsay Vanderbush

Abigail Balson

Lillian Cooper

Avani Koganti

Tin Lau

Blayne Williams

Neha Boyapati

Vehicular Problem

Division 3

Southlake Carroll HS



Heather King Miranda King

Akshaya Hemanth

Marissa Vazhappilly

Rachel Clements

Ella Driskill

Sophie Dietrich

Lauren Hendler



Technical Problem

Division 1

Rockenbaugh Elem



Suman Gohel Khushi Gohel

Dhruv Gohel

Swati Shankar

Noemie Houtekei

Sanjana Senthil

Praneel Veerabathina

Technical Problem

Division 2

Eubanks Int



Geetha Panchapakesan

Crystal Johnson

Ashwin Iyer

Grace Johnson

Allison Chang

William Ward

Nicolas Veit

Ben Fleming

Alfred Hale

Technical Problem

Division 2

Durham Int



Tonja Walker

Sarah Stoklas

Jackson Walker

John Stoklas

Ryan Adamson

Samhith Dharani

Connor MacLean

Graham Davidson

Ethan Phan

Technical Problem

Division 3

SC Senior High




Inna Dietrich Alexis Dietrich

Venezia Guzman

James Stewart

Akash Hemanth

Trevor King

Cara Connelly

Ethan Connelly

Classics Problem

Division 2

Carroll Middle



Diana DiCesare

Shelli Nickel

Kiera DiCesare

Sydney Nickel

Heloise Hoffmann

Tanner Hunt

Emma Johnson

Lizzie Garcia

Diya Panjabi

Classics Problem

Division 3

Southlake Carroll HS



Keith Buckley


Reilly Buckley

Katie Moore

Kayla Grosskopf

Catie Pratt

Kayin Jones

Eric Lovenburg

Cole Ragsdale



Structure Problem

Division 1

Carroll Elem




Saroja Mummini Sonia Naidu

Alisha Naidu

Ethan Menezes

Eva Menezes

Tonio Castillo

Joel Hansen

Juliet Scot

Structure Problem

Division 2

Durham Int.


Tanuja Reddy Vivek Reddy

Pierce Ogle

Jackson Dockal

Samad Rizvi

Andrew Chen

Vansh Shah

Azlaan Shafi

Drama Problem

Division 1

Carroll Elem



Niraj Mehta Jaiden Mehta

Harrison Moore

Dylan Mehta

Ayden Patel

Kennedy Nguyen

Adam Forst

Kenneth Warren Fambro, III

Drama Problem

Division 1

Rockenbaugh Elem



Peter Kao Livi Kao

Kate Fancher

Abbie Fordyce

Chloe Criswell

Ava Burke

Riley Govek

Maria Mazey

Drama Problem

Division 2

Eubanks Int.


Anne Bean Catt Gill

Elizabeth Fong

Amelia Chand

Trey King

Katie Chon

Matthew Fisher

Nahita Kamireddy

Drama Problem

Division 3

Southlake Carroll HS


Kathy Marshall Zack Marshall

Jake Marshall

Chloe Moore

Sarah Wassef

Sarah Chapin

Olivia Hooper

Logan Mikolasik


Odyssey of the Mind Teams Compete at World Finals

odyssey_thumbnailCarroll ISD sent eight teams to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals recently at Iowa State University. Several countries were represented in the event, including Africa, China and Poland.

Click here to see the photo gallery of teams.

CSHS Problem 1 Div. 3  5th place (out of 40 teams)
Jack Veenker, Sarah Wassef, Mackenzie Murphy, Nate Ruelas, Andy Van Noy, Claire Riordan, Braden Anderson, Coach Carl Anderson

CSHS Problem 2 Div. 3  7th place (out of 48 teams)
Trevor King (CHS), James Stewart (CHS), Lexi Dietrich, Divya Kumar, Akash Hemanth, Venezia Guzman, Ethan Connolly (DMS), Coach Inna Dietrich

CMS Problem 3 Div. 2  8th place (out of 68 teams)
Kiera DiCesare, Sydney Nickel, Kaitlyn Guesner, Tanner Hunt, Emma Johnson, Heloise Hoffman (DIS), Luke Engelhardt (EIS), Coach Diana DiCesare & Shelli Nickel

DMS Problem 1 Div. 2  11th Place  (out of 60 teams)
Abi Kumar  (CMS), Rachel Clements (CMS), Marissa Vazhappily  (CMS), Lizzie Garcia (DIS), Miranda King, Sophie Dietrich, Akshaya Hemanth, Coach Heather King

CHS  Problem 5. Div 3  12th place (out of 52 teams)
Zack Marshall, Jennas Eads, Sarah Chapin, Olivia Hooper, Jake Marshall (DMS), Chloe Moore (DMS), Logan Mikolasik (DMS), Coach Kathy Marshall

EIS Problem 5 Div. 1 24th Place (out of 70 teams)
Grace Johnson (DIS), Ashwin Iyer, Giulio Fausti, Allison Chang, Jack Richmond, Aman Panjabi (WGES), Andrew Balson (WGES), Coach Geetha Panchapakesan & Crystal Johnson

DIS Problem 2 Div. 1 25th Place (out of 55 teams)
Jackson Walker, John Stoklas, Ryan Adamson, Jackson Power, Leonard Fu, Graham Davidson, Ethan Phan, Coach Tonja Walker & Sarah Stoklas

DIS Problem 5 Div. 2  30th Place  (out of 65 teams)
Olivia Pierret, Madison Bradford, Audrey Nelson, Sarah Chen, Stephie Smith, Alysha Walsh, Gabby Dugger, Coach Christine Pierret

Carroll's Odyssey of the Mind Tournament Results

Carroll ISD Odyssey of the Mind teams competed against teams from other north Texas schools in a weekend tournament on Saturday, March 3. The tournament was held at Carroll High School started around 12:30 p.m. and ended 4 p.m.

Over 35 teams from the North Texas region competed during this event, for the chance to advance to the State Tournament in Houston. 13 teams from Carroll ISD proudly represented 8 Carroll schools, and 6 of these teams secured their spot at state. Every team, many of which were brand new teams and coaches, did a great job and impressed the judges and spectators with their creativity and teamwork. They also had fun.

The results for our Carroll teams are as follows (teams marked with an asterisk (*) indicates the team advanced to State):

Primary Division

Carroll Elementary School: Elizabeth Fong, Kevin Liu, Declan Rae, Anvitha Sharma, Colin Gray, Harrison Moore


Vehicular Problem, Division I:

Rockenbaugh Elementary School, 3rd Place: Ryan Colvin, Matthew Vinson, Peyton Lawrence, Hunter Freeseman, Robbie Pino, Joshua Oldroyd, and Faraz Asim. Coaches: Michael Colvin and David Vinson


Vehicular Problem, Division II:

Dawson Middle School*, 1st Place: Brandon Burlison, Michael Dachniwsky, Madeleine Newman, Nate Ruelas, Weston Salanty, Daniel Weiss and Hannah Warner. Coaches: Ann Dachniwsky and Allison Weiss


Vehicular Problem, Division III:

Carroll High School*, 1st Place: 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


Technical Problem, Division I:

Old Union Elementary School*, 2nd Place: Josh Neely, Caroline, Jackson, and Audry Fouras, Anna Leigh Alford, Aiden Johnson, Ethan Smith. Coaches: Colleen Neely and Peggy Forcelli

Carroll Elementary School, 3rd Place: Katie Moore, Logan Mikolasik, Madelyn Murphy, Jake Marshall and Jack Palmer (CES), Blake Burlison and Reilly Buckley (RES). Coaches: Michelle Moore and Keith Buckley

Johnson Elementary School, 4th Place: Gus Milhizer (WGES), Sage Frock (JES), Ankith Karapati, Josette Chang, Reagan Larimer (DIS), Avani Sharmar (CES). Coaches: Barbara Milhizer and Judith Cannon

Rockenbaugh Elementary School, 7th Place: Andrew Oliver, Owen Stroud, Brett Belleville (RES), Eden McDowell and Olivia Pierret (JES). Coaches: George Oliver


Technical Problem, Division III:

Carroll High School*, 1st Place: Jenna Buckley, Nico Scalzo, Emilie Featherston, Nathalie Scherer, Annie Newman and Lyndsey Weiss. Coaches Cynthia Featherston and Micki Scalzo


Classics Problem, Division II:

Eubanks Intermediate School*, 1st Place: Sophia LeBlanc, Jenna Eads, Zack Marshall and Nolan Mikolasik (EIS), Aleksei and Jascha Weinberg (DIS) and Troy McNitt. Coaches: Margaret Weinberg and Kathy Marshall


Drama Problem, Division I:

Walnut Grove Elementary School*, 1st Place: Brianna and Kylie Swanson, Emily Bates, Elena Pulliam, Kiera Dicesare, Kaitlyn Guessner. Coaches: Leah Swanson and Scot Bates

Carroll Elementary School, 3rd Place: Jetta Thompson, Cristina and Helen Capriglione, Hanna Khan, Maddie Palmer, Molly Forst (CES), and Mariah Johnson (JES). Coaches: Jeff Thompson and Giavanni Capriglione


Rockenbaugh Elementary School, 5th Place: Daniel and Janie Burnham, Riley and Parker Silfies, Ansley Bryan, John Marvel. Coaches: Marilyn Burnham and Cameron Bryan

The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. For more than twenty five years, this unique program has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems for a lifetime. Click here for more information regarding the Odyssey of the Mind program.