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Seven Wakulla Teams Participate at State Odyssey Competition
Seven Wakulla County Odyssey of the Mind school teams that qualified for State competition participated against teams from across Florida at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on April 8, 2017.
Teams from Medart Elementary, Wakulla Middle, Riversprings Middle (two teams) and Wakulla High (three teams) competed at the State Finals.
The Shadeville Elementary Primary division team (grades k-2) also qualified for State but did not take the team of all first graders to Orlando due to their age in such a large environment.
Wakulla Odyssey teams beat out teams from public, private, magnet, charter, and home schools at the Emerald Coast Regionals in February to advance to State Finals.
The Medart Elementary team, coached by teacher Kendall Watson, selected the category of Performance with writing, producing, and acting. Their original play was put on by students Peter Arbogast, Matthew Ayotte, Maverick Stubbs, Zhaniya Reed, Parker Lawhon, and Kane Tucker.
Riversprings Middle School Team A, coached by teachers Laura Hume and Jessica Yarbrough, chose the Vehicle category where they had to design, build and run vehicles that traveled different routes to the same location. Team members are Legion Taylor, Ruby Sexton, Destiny Lamb, Luke Harden, James Thaxton, Troy Hallum-Kinsey, and Adam Sealy.
Riversprings Middle School Team B chose the category of Structure, also designing, building and testing a structure made only of balsa wood and glue that balanced and supported as much weight as possible. RMS Associate Dean Stan Ward and teacher James Daniels coached Bailee Bendeck, Gabe Dutton, Annika Gunnarsson, Jayven Hearns, Xander Johns, and Hannah Vossler.
Wakulla Middle also chose the Structure category of designing, building and testing a structure made only of balsa wood and glue that balanced and supported as much weight as possible. Teachers Christina DeProspero and Mallory Harrison coached Keira Cushard, Andrew Buchleitner, Tristan Silcox, Kaydee Anderson, Johnathan DeProspero, and Chase Morgan.
Wakulla High School fielded three teams, all led by Riversprings Middle School Associate Dean Nicholas Weaver. WHS Engineering teacher Chris Stearns also assisted.
WHS Team A chose the Technical category where they designed, built, and operated an original robot that demonstrated human characteristics when performing tasks. Team members are Nathan Cushard, Jake Greene, Zoie Hill, Ally Harden, Russell Fleming, Abigail Gray, and Jay Jacob. This team is advancing to World Finals in May (see separate article).
WHS Team C chose the Structure category of designing, building and testing a structure made only of balsa wood and glue that balanced and supported as much weight as possible. Team members are Devin Lehrmann, Carmen Zachry, Aidan Fox, and Zachary Boone.
“We are proud of our Odyssey of the Mind teams for making it to the State Finals. Students and coaches alike are to be commended for the time and creativity they have devoted to this positive effort,” says Superintendent Bobby Pearce.