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
These Dragons experienced a truly global competition along with 827 other teams from 17 countries. World Finals is a three-day tournament, in which teams compete against an average of 50 or more other teams in their age divisions and chosen problems.
Competition includes a Long Term solution as well as a Spontaneous problem, and all 833 teams will have had to exhibit World Class problem solving abilities and creativity in order to represent the very best of their individual countries and states at this World Finals. Carroll’s six teams, which include three state champions, made up almost 20% of the Texas teams at World Finals 2014.
Division One (1st-5th grades):
Durham Intermediate School – Classics problem – Texas State Champions – 14th Place at 2014 World Finals
Kylie Swanson – 4th grade – WGES
Brianna Swanson – 5th grade – DIS
Kiera Dicesare – 5th grade – DIS
Kaitlyn Guesner – 5th grade – DIS
Sydney Nickel – 5th grade – DIS
Elena Pulliam – 5th grade – DIS
Isabelle Gilbert 5th grade – DIS
Coaches: Leah Swanson, Diana Dicesare
Walnut Grove Elementary School – Technical Problem – 28th Place at 2014 World Finals
Payton Nickel – 2nd grade
Alex Khazzam – 4th grade
Sydney Frasier – 3rd grade
Sophia Abiodun – 3rd grade
Lizzie Garcia – 4th grade
Lissa Close – 4th grade
Bella Khazzam – 3rd grade
Coach Shelli Nickels
Rockenbaugh Elementary School – Technical Problem – 29th Place at 2014 World Finals
Alfred Hale – RES
Justin Sasek – RES
David Guess – RES
Hutton Seltzer – RES
Ryan Strange – RES
Olivia Pierret – JES
Alysha Walsh – JES
Coaches: Hilary Hale, Charlotte Sasek
Division 2 – Grades 6-8
Eubanks Intermediate School – Technical Problem – 14th Place at 2104 World Finals
Katie Moore – 5th grade
Reilly Buckley – 6th grade
Zach Palmer – 6th grade
Kayla Grosskopf – 6th grade
Kayin Jones – 6th grade
Madeline Murphy – 6th grade
Eric Lovenburg – 6th grade
Coaches: Michelle Moore, Keith Buckley
Division 3 (High School)
Carroll High School – Texas State Champion – Vehicular Problem – 17th Place at 2014 World Finals
Raquel Gourley – 7th grade – DMS
Michael Dachniwsky – 9th grade – CHS
Hannah Warner – 9th grade – CHS
Sarah Wassef – 9th grade – CHS
Coach: Ann Dachniwsky
Carroll High School – Texas State Champions – Technical Problem – 9th Place at 2014 World Finals
Madeleine Newman – 9th grade – CHS
Braden Anderson – 10th grade – CHS
Mackenzie Murphy – 10th grade – CHS
Jack Veenker – 10th grade – CHS
Jenna Buckley – 11th grade – CSHS
Allison Newman – 11th grade – CSHS
Nathalie Scherer – 12th grade – CSHS
Coach: Megan and Carl Anderson, Shauna Newman
Look for information about starting an Odyssey of the Mind team for the 2014-2015 season at http://worknotes.com/TX/southlake/SouthlakeCarrollOdysseyoftheMind/ap1.aspx and http://www.odysseyofthemind.com.
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.
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:
Problem/Division 3 and received 5th place
For complete tournament results, click here.
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
Rockenbaugh Elementary School – Renatra Fusca Award – Vehicular Problem, Division 1
Dawson Middle School – 1st Place – Vehicular Problem, Division 2
Southlake Carroll High/Senior High School – 1st Place and Renatra Fusca Award – Technical Problem, Division 3
For a complete list of all Southlake teams and there competition results, please click here.
Carroll ISD Odyssey of the Mind teams made an impressive showing at the Texas State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in Houston recently. Competing against over 115 teams from across the state; all six Carroll teams received state honors and four teams advanced to the World Finals held at Iowa State University in May.
Organizers say every Dragon team competed at the highest level, impressed the judges and spectators with their creativity and teamwork. The results are listed below, an asterisk (*) denotes advancement to the World Finals.
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative, problem-solving competitive program where teams of up to 7 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 2 top scoring teams within each problem and age division advancing to the highest level, which culminates at World Finals competition in May.
Organizers say they are particularly proud of two Carroll High School Seniors who have exemplified excellence and were awarded the 2012 Texas State Odyssey of the Mind Scholarship; Emilie Featherston, a CISD OMer of 10 years, and Lindsey Weiss, a CISD OMer of 4 years. Emilie Featherston extended her excellence by receiving the national Odyssey of the Mind – Jimmie Jones Technology Award Scholarship for her impressive technical expertise and awards. The Southlake Carroll Odyssey of the Mind family applauds the dedication these OMers who have exhibited the true OMer spirit over many years, and we wish them all the best in their future creative endeavors!!!
Southlake Carroll has excelled in the Odyssey of the Mind program since 1999 and has enjoyed great success each year. This year we had 16 teams join in September and compete at the North Texas Regional tournament. 6 advanced to the Texas State Tournament (1 team was brand new to competition, 1 had only competed 2 years, 1 was a 3rd year team ), 4 of those will represent Southlake Carroll at World Finals. We are so proud of every team that makes up the Southlake Carroll Odyssey of the Mind family!!! What we are most proud of, is that all 16 teams have exemplified the OMer and Dragon Spirit in the best way since their first creative days in September and have learned teamwork, innovation, and that they should never under estimate the power of duct tape, power tools and their own creativity!!!
Click here for more information on Odyssey of the Mind and what the program can do for young minds. Coordinators are planning the Annual OM Information Night for next September. Visit the Odyssey of the Mind website for details.