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Odyssey of the Mind Teams Prepare for Regional Competition


February 2, 2018


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


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


The first round of competition is Regionals on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Crestview, Florida.  Regional winners go on to State competition in Orlando on April 14.


State winners go directly to World Finals on May 23-26, 2018, this year at Iowa State University. Last year, over 800 teams participated from 33 U.S. states and 15 countries.


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.


“Long Term Problems” include technical, mechanical, communication, structural, and performance aspects.  In addition, points for teamwork are key to winning the competition.


Student teams also have limited time to solve a “Spontaneous Problem”, one they have never seen before the day of each competition. Riversprings Middle School hosted both November and January Saturdays for teams to practice their problem solving and teamwork skills working on prior years’ published spontaneous problems.


Crawfordville Elementary’s team is coached by Heather Hatfield and Kirsten Brazier. CES Odyssey participants are Cole Randolph, Emma Larson, Ellie Hazen, Kelsey Sanders, Abigail Lee, Sydney Baker and Sam Bruce. They chose the Performance Long Term Problem.


Medart Elementary is fielding a Primary team (Grades K-2) coached by Betsy Jones and Traya Terranova. Students Gus Barwick, Temperance Hill, Hayden Jones, Allison Kinsey, Madeline McGuire, Isaac Murray, and Emma Solburg produce and act in a cooking show.


The Medart Elementary Intermediate team (Grades 3-5) is coached by Melissa Jackman and Sandra Whaley. Team members Isabella Ayotte, Fletcher Brown, Alexis Green, Brooklynn Green, Kyrin Hand, Logan Hand, and Skyler Harrell chose the Vehicle Long Term Problem.


Riversink Elementary is coached by Cassandra Burnham and Molly Jones. The team is X’zaveria Robinson, Maddie Callaghan, Bradley Vaughn, Genna Dietrich, Ryleigh Musgrove, Abigail Davis, and Aubrey Wessinger. They chose the Structure Long Term Problem.


Shadeville Elementary is fielding a Primary team (Grades K-2) coached by Amy Seidler. Students Alexa Weaver, Brian Ford, Lea Jones, Seth Ward, Ashleigh Dollar, Jacob Perry, and Savannah Giddens produce and act in a cooking show.

The Shadeville Intermediate Team (Grades 3-5) is coached by Kerry Adams. Team members are Raena Taylor, Emil Bendeck, Kendall Coleman, Brody Beam, Sophie Stalvey, Colt Giddens, and Emily Zak. They picked the Classics Long Term Problem.


Riversprings Middle is coached by Jessica Yarbrough and James Daniels. The team is Madalyn Stewart, Hannah Vossler, Presley Jones, Taylor Thorne, Dean Daniels, Joslyn Eures, and Adam Sealy. They chose the Performance Long Term Problem.


Wakulla Middle is coached by Katrina Roddenberry. Team members are Abbi Hatfield, Tristan Silcox, Chase Morgan, Dawn Moody, Peter Arbogast, Matthew Ayotte, and Amara Cotroneo. They picked the Performance Long Term Problem.


Wakulla High School is fielding 3 teams, all coached by Sophina Andrade with input from some WHS science and math teachers, plus Robotics teacher Christopher Stearns. 


WHS Team 1 chose the Vehicle Long Term Problem. Members are Nathan Cushard, Zoie Hill, Jake Greene, Russell Fleming, Abigail Gray, Ally Harden, and Jay Jacob. 


WHS Team 2 took the Performance Long Term Problem. They are Giselle Almanzor, Keira Cushard, Makenna Roddenberry, Celestia Walker, Travis Morgan, and Makenna Callaghan.


WHS Team 3 has the Structure Long Term Problem. Members are Carmen Zachry, Mackenzie Crockett, Devin Lehrmann, Gracie Bruce, and Aidan Fox.


Says Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “Creative problem solving is a life skill that everyone can use practice with. Participating in Odyssey of the Mind is one of many great opportunities offered in Wakulla County schools that prepares our students for life outside of the classroom. We wish all of our teams good luck.”