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Wakulla County Odyssey of the Mind Teams Prepare for Competition

Riversprings Middle School volunteers to host new Nature Coast Regionals on February 16


November 30, 2018


Ten Wakulla County public school Odyssey of the Mind teams are gearing up for their initial round of competition in this international creative problem-solving challenge that saw the first Wakulla team go to the World Finals two years ago.


Teams have been designing, building, writing and practicing since the beginning of this school year.


Odyssey of the Mind is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by Industrial Design professor Dr. Sam Micklus to encourage students to “think outside the box” in finding creative solutions.


Problems include technical, mechanical, communication, structural, engineering, and performance aspects.  Teamwork is a key element to success.


Odyssey is for students in grades kindergarten through college, with scholarships offered at the higher levels.


Says Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “For the first time in our eight years of competition, Wakulla is hosting the Regionals.  Before this year, our teams had to travel before dawn over 170 miles to Crestview to compete in the Emerald Coast region west of here.  The Wakulla teams had already put in a day’s work just getting their students and their props to Crestview.”


“I applaud Riversprings Middle School for volunteering to host this newly created, closer Florida region. The inaugural Nature Coast Regional Tournament will consist of teams from Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.”


Competition starts at the Regional level on February 16, 2019 at RMS.


Qualifying teams then go on to State competition in Orlando at the University of Central Florida on

April 6. 


State winners go directly to the World Finals where over 800 teams from 33 U.S. states and 15 countries will be competing at Michigan State University May 22-25.


Students work in teams of seven all school year to solve one of five “Long Term Problems”, and present their solution at the Regional competition. Student teams also have limited time to solve a “Spontaneous Problem”, one they have never seen before.


On November 10, RMS hosted over 200 students, coaches, and volunteers from the Nature Coast teams so they could practice their spontaneous thinking skills. Students prepared by working on prior years’ “Spontaneous Problems”.


Crawfordville Elementary’s team (grades 3-5) is coached by teachers Kirsten Brazier and Heather Hatfield.  Members are Sam Bruce, Kyle Randolph, Sydney Baker, Sylvia Boykin, Tucker High, Aaron Jones, and Trinity Eugene.


Medart Elementary is fielding three teams, all working on different problems. The Primary team (grades K-2) is coached by teacher Traya Terranova. Members are Emma Solburg, Bronson Sweatt, Seth Ward, Brayden Britt, Gus Barwick, Isaac Murray, and Pierce Vearil.


There are two MES Elementary teams (grades 3-5). Coached by teachers Sandra Whaley and Melissa Jackman, students are Trenten Barwick, Anarosa Callejas, Corbin Ferreira, Alexis Green, Kyrin Hand, Gabriel Harrell, and John Sanders.


The other MES Elementary team is coached by teachers Betsy Jones and Glenda Hance.  Members are Hayden Jones, Logan Hand, Hunter Hartsfield, Allison Wilsey, Isabella Ayotte, and Brooklynn Green.


Riversink Elementary is coached by teachers Audra Stokley and Molly Jones with volunteer help from School Board member JoAnn Daniels.  Elementary team members are Lillian Watters, Aubrey Wessinger, Jenna Burke, Bilal Agha, Ronin Taylor, Ivy Dozier-Beckstead, and Violet Sexton.


Shadeville Elementary is coached by teachers Amy Seidler and Kerry Adams. Elementary team members are Brody Beam, Jackson Crow, Kiley Lafferty, Kaylie Kosek, Emily Zak, Ella Zak, and Cadence Gouker.