Sunday, June 20, 2021

Carroll Odyssey of the Mind Teams Continue Tradition at World Finals

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

Carroll OM Teams Headed to State Finals

Carroll High school p3d3The North Texas Region Odyssey of the Mind Tournament was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at Carroll High School.

Seventy-two teams from North Texas competed for the chance to advance to State Finals held in Waller Texas in April. Eighteen CISD teams with an impressive 125 Dragons will advance in all five Problems across three age divisions. Every CISD team competed at the highest level, impressed the judges and spectators with their creativity and teamwork.

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. At the State Finals, teams will present their solutions for a chance to finish as one of the top two teams, with the goal to advance to the World Finals in May.

Click here to see a list of the teams.

Click here to view the photo album on Carroll ISD’s Flickr page.

Carroll Sending Eight Teams to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

odyssey_thumbnailEighteen Carroll Odyssey of the Mind teams competed recently in Houston at the Texas State Finals Tournament. All the teams worked hard and presented amazing solutions to challenging problems. Below are the top finishing teams at the State Tournament.

FIRST PLACE & RANATRA FUSCA AWARD: CSHS Vehicular Team, Division 3
FIRST PLACE: CSHS Technical Team, Division 3
FIRST PLACE: CHS Drama Team, Division 3
FIRST PLACE: DMS Vehicular Team, Division 2
THIRD PLACE: EIS Vehicular Team, Division 2
FIRST PLACE: CMS Classics Team, Division 2
FIRST PLACE: DIS Technical Team, Division 1
FIRST PLACE: DIS Drama Team, Division 2
RANATRA FUSCA AWARD: EIS Drama Team, Division 1

Two teams earned the coveted “RENATRA FUSCA” Award. The “RENATRA” is the highest recognition of creativity in the Odyssey Program.  The only two “RENATRA” awards given at the tournament were given to Carroll teams. The HS Vehicular Team and the Eubanks Intermediate School Drama Team were honored for extreme creativity and brilliance. Winning a “Renatra” is an automatic ticket to the World Finals.

Only 33 teams of the 147 teams at the State Finals tournament advance to World Finals. Carroll will send eight teams to the World Finals, held on the campus of Iowa State University May 25-28.

 

Problem / Division / School / Achievement Coaches Team Members
Vehicular ProblemDivision 3

SC Senior High

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

RENATRA FUESCA WINNER

 

Carl Anderson Braden AndersonMackenzie Murphy

Claire Roirdan

Nate Ruelas

Andy Van Noy

Jack Veenker

Sarah Wassef

 

Technical ProblemDivision 3

SC Senior High

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

 

Inna DietrichJalaja Hemanth Ethan ConnollyLexi Dietrich

Venezia Guzman

Akash Hemanth

Trevor King

Divya Kumar

James Stewart

 

Drama ProblemDivision 3

Carroll High School

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

Kathy Marshall Sarah ChapinJenna Eads

Olivia Hooper

Zack Marshall

Jake Marshall

Logan Mikolasik

Chloe Moore

 

Vehicular ProblemDivision 2

Dawson Middle School

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

Heather King Rachael ClementsSophie Dietrich

Lizzie Garcia

Akshaya Hemanth

Miranda King

Abi Kumar

Marissa Vazhappilly

 

Classics ProblemDivision 2

Carroll Middle School

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

Diana DiCesareShelli Nickel Kiera DiCesareLuke Engelhardt

Kaitlyn Guesner

Heloise Hoffmann

Tanner Hunt

Emma Johnson

Sydney Nickel

 

Drama ProblemDivision 2

Durham Int.

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

 

Christine Pierret Madison BradfordSarah Chen

Gabby Dugger

Audrey Nelson

Olivia Pierret

Stephie Smith

Alysha Walsh

 

Technical ProblemDivision 1

Durham Int.

FIRST PLACE

WORLD FINALISTS

Sarah StoklasTonya Walker Ryan AdamsonGraham Davidson

Leonard Fu

Ethan Phan

Jackson Power

Johns Stoklas

Jackson Walker

 

Drama ProblemDivision 1

Eubanks Int.

RANATRA FUSCA AWARD

WORLD FINALISTS

Geetha PanchapakesanCrystal Johnson Andrew BalsonAllison Chang

Giulio Fausti

Ashwin Iyer

Grace Johnson

Aman Panjabi

Jack Richmond

 

Vehicular ProblemDivision 2

Eubanks Int.

THIRD PLACE

 

Kim Goff Camden GoffKayle Nguyen

Diego Pena

Ana Prince

Michael Ubis

Zach Wassef

Anthony Zhou

Carroll Teams Set Odyssey of the Mind Tournament Record

OM PRESS RELEASEOn Saturday, April 11 Carroll ISD’s 19 Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the State Finals Tournament in Houston. A record 13 teams received medals and 10 teams will advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May.

Two teams were awarded the coveted “Renatra Fusca” Award.  The “Renatra” is the highest recognition of creativity in the Odyssey Program.  The only two “Renatra” awards given at the tournament were given to Southlake Carroll teams.  Congratulations to the Carroll Senior High Technical Problem Team and the Dawson Middle School Vehicular Team for extreme creativity and brilliance winning the “Renatra” Awards.

To advance to the World Finals, the top teams from across the State of Texas competed and only the top two teams in each Problem and Division earn the privilege of competing at the World Finals Tournament, held on the campus of Michigan State University May 20-22.  Any team earning a “Renatra” also earns the privilege of competing at Worlds.

Click here to read other stories about the recent competition.

Click here to view photos of the event posted on @Rockenquest timeline.

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament Results

The 2014 North Texas Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament was held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Carroll High School. Southlake Carroll teams represented 19 of the over 70 competing teams.

The top 4 teams in each Division and Problem advance to State, this includes 13 Southlake teams.  The State Tournament will be held in Houston in April.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. The solutions must be created, designed, built and presented by only the 7 students on the team. No outside assistance is allowed.
Teams have been working since the start of the school year to solve one of 5 problems distributed internationally by Odyssey of the Mind. They compete within their age division, by presenting an 8 minute long term solution as well as competing in “spontaneous” problem. They are judged on the creativity of their solution along with the quality of their overall presentation.

We are proud of all Southlake Odyssey students. The teams headed to the State Tournament are:

Vehicular Problem:

  • Rockenbaugh Elementary School coached by Hilary Hale and Charlotte Sasek – 2nd Place Division 1
  • Carroll Elementary School coached by Cristina Sierra – 3rd Place Division 1
  • Carroll Elementary School coached by Ann Gill and Michelle Freeman – 4th Place Division 1
  • Dawson Middle School coached by Brady Warner and Inna Dietrich – 1st Place Division 2 and OMER Award
  • Southlake Carroll High School coached by Ann Dachniwsky – 1st Place Division 3

Technical Problem:

  • Walnut Grove Elementary School coached by Shelli Nickel and Samantha Khazzam – 1st Place Division 1
  • Eubanks Intermediate School coached by Michelle Moore and Keith Buckley – 2nd Place Division 2
  • Southlake Carroll High School coached by Shauna Newman and Megan and Carl Anderson – 1st Place Division 3

Classics Problem:

  • Durham Intermediate School coached by Leah Swanson and Diana Dicesare – 2nd Place Division 1
  • Dawson Middle School coached by Kathy Marshall – 2nd Place Division 2
  • Southlake Carroll High School coached by Inna Dietrich – 1st Place Division 3

Drama Problem:

  • Carroll Elementary School coached by Denise Khan – 2nd Place Division 1
  • Rockenbaugh Elementary School coached by Margee Rodgers and Tim Sabo – 3rd Place Division 1

Special Congratulations:

  • Old Union Elementary School Primary Team coached by Meredith Opat – OMER Award

CHS Hosts Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Carroll ISD will be hosting the North Texas Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament, to be held at Carroll High School on Saturday, Feb. 22.This will be the largest Regional Tournament in the Carroll ISD area in years. Carroll ISD teams will represent a record 22 (from every CISD campus) of the 74 teams competing.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.Last year, 4 of 17 Carroll ISD teams, representing RES, WGES, DMS and CHS, advanced to World Finals and 3 of those teams placed in the Top Ten in the World.

North Texas Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament Director, Cynthia Featherston, CISD Quest Director, is working hard to make this a great experience for the 500-600 Odyssey of the Mind team members who have been working hard all year and will converge on CHS to compete at the highest level of creativity. With over 120 Carroll kids competing, the entire Carroll ISD and Southlake community is welcome to attend the tournament. Click here to view tournament schedule.

Record Number of Carroll Teams Compete in Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Carroll ISD will host the North Texas Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Carroll High School. Friends, family and members of the community are welcome to watch the competition from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. that day. The event will be one of the largest Regional Tournament hosted in the area. A record number of Carroll teams will compete. 22 teams from every campus in CISD will be among the 74 teams in the tournament.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Students bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and other countries participate in the program.

Last year, 4 of 17 Carroll teams, representing RES, WGES, DMS and CHS advanced to World Finals and 3 of those teams placed in the Top Ten in the World.

“We are working hard to make this a great experience for the 500-600 Odyssey of the Mind team members who have been working hard all year and will converge on CHS to compete at the highest level of creativity,” said Tournament Director and CISD Quest Director, Cynthia Featherston. “We wish our Southlake Carroll Odyssey of the Mind Dragons the best of luck!”

Carroll Teams Leave Their Mark at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

2013 WGES OM Team

Four teams from Carroll ISD participated in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition Thursday, May 23-26 at Michigan State University. A pair of  first time teams from Walnut Grove Elementary and Rockenbaugh Elementary placed in the competition.

2013 RES OM Team

827 teams from 12 countries competed at this year’s World Finals.

Each Problem and Division competes against an average of 50 teams and experiences a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and share ideas and creativity with thousands (over 5600) of kids from around the world, all of whom who have worked incredibly hard to shine at the highest level.

Event highlights include:

  • The Walnut Groves Elementary Team competed in the Drama Problem/Division 1 and received an 8th place finish
  • The Rockenbaugh Elementary Team competed in the Vehicular Problem/Division 1 and placed 32 out of a field of 55
  • The Dawson Middle School Team competed in the Vehicular Problem/Divison 2 and came in 7th place
  • The Carroll High/Senior High School Teamcompeted in the Technical

    2013 DMS OM Team

    Problem/Division 3 and received 5th place

For complete tournament results, click here.

2013 CHS OM Team

Carroll OM Teams Headed to World Finals

The Texas State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament was held Saturday, April 13 in Houston. Over 120 teams from Texas competed for the chance to advance to World Finals at Michigan State University in May. Southlake Carroll Odyssey of the Mind is proud to announce that a record breaking 12 teams represented CISD in five Problems in all three age divisions. Every CISD team competed at the highest level, impressed the judges and spectators with their creativity and teamwork. Four teams are going on to World Finals, three of which are State Champions in their Problem/Division, and one of which earned a spot at World Finals by receiving the Renatra Fusca Award. This award is the highest award in the Odyssey of the Mind Program and is awarded for exceptional creativity.

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 then present their solutions during tournament competitions, with the top two scoring teams within each problem and age division advancing to the highest level, which culminates at World Finals competition in May. 

The four teams advancing to World Finals are: 

Walnut Grove Elementary School – 1st Place – Drama Problem, Division 1

  • Brianna Swanson
  • Kyle Swanson
  • Emily Bates
  • Kiera Dicesare
  • Elena Pulliam
  • Kaitlyn Guesner
  • Sydney Nickel

Rockenbaugh Elementary School – Renatra Fusca Award – Vehicular Problem, Division 1

  • John Marvel
  • Alfred Hale
  • Justin Sasek
  • JJ Pino
  • Angeli Patel
  • Alex Khazzam (WGES)
  • Sydney Fraser (WGES)

Dawson Middle School – 1st Place – Vehicular Problem, Division 2

  • Michael Dachniwsky
  • Hannah Warner
  • Nate Ruelis
  • Brandon Burlison
  • Madeleine Newman
  • Weston Salanty
  • Raquel Gourley

Southlake Carroll High/Senior High School – 1st Place and Renatra Fusca Award – Technical Problem, Division 3

  • Nico Scalzo (CSHS)
  • Nathalie Scherer (CSHS)
  • Braden Anderson
  • Jenna Buckley
  • Mackenzie Murphy
  • Allison Newman
  • Jack Veenker

For a complete list of all Southlake teams and there competition results, please click here.

State Finals 2013 from Carroll Dragon TV on Vimeo.