A high school and a middle school team from Scholars Academy and MacIntyre Park Middle School will compete at the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from May 23- 26.
The high school Scholars Academy team that includes Matthew Cline, Reid Harbin, Jax Hodge, Bo Miller, Ella Millere, Erin Quick, and Alston Stevenson won first place with “Stellar Hangout” (Performance problem) at State Finals and will be advancing to World Finals. They are currently the reigning 3rd place team in the world in their problem and division for 2017.
The middle school Scholars Academy and MacIntyre Park Middle School team that includes Donovan Brooks, Dillion Brown, Acire Golden, and Will Roberts won second place with “Animal House” (Balsa wood/structure problem) at State Finals and will also be advancing to World Finals.
Three other teams scored high enough at region competition to compete in the State Finals at Columbus State University. A team made up of Jerger Elementary students and one homeschool student included Olivia Barnes, Kyra Clatto, Henry Edge, Audrey Murray, and Lilli Watson; they competed in “Triathlon Trials (Vehicle problem). A high school Scholars Academy team also competed in the “Triathlon Trials” problem; team members included Winston Cornish, Ben Dozier, Fred Drayton, Jack Edge, Ryan Jones, Max White, and Oliver Yant. A high school Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School team that included Semira Davis, Wyndham Drayton, Bre’Yannah Frazier, Tian Green, and Yasmine Lane competed in “Emoji...Speak for Yourself” (Technical problem).
“In the past five years, Odyssey of the Mind has allowed me to come out of my shell and experience new things with amazing people. Also, it has helped me to look at not only people, but the world itself with a new, creative perspective. During the years, OM has taught me that through hard work and determination, you can achieve anything you desire to accomplish,” said Quick, a junior at Scholars Academy who is headed back to World Finals for a second time with her team.
“We wanted to represent MacIntyre Park Middle School because they didn’t have a team, and I had fun doing something I’ve never done before,” said Brooks, one of the students advancing to World Finals.
All eight of the teams that competed regionally this year were overseen and coached by Kimsey Hodge. A Primary team (K-2nd grade) made up of students from Scott and Jerger Elementary Schools was primarily coached after school by former Scholars Academy OM teacher, Katie Chastain. Tracey Edge, a parent volunteer, helped Hodge coach the Elementary team (3rd-5th grade). Theater Tech teacher at Scholars Academy, Marc Cramer, assisted Hodge with the middle and high school teams.
OM students agree that the class, preparation sessions, and competitions deliver great personal, soft skills such as communication and problem solving.
“I think that OM has made me a better person. I’ve learned about teamwork and working with people for a long period of time,” said Lane who has been in Odyssey of the Mind since 7th grade.
“You don’t have to be good at everything. Our entire team brought different things to the table to help us succeed,” said Wyndham Drayton, who has been in the OM community for three years.
Contact Kimsey Hodge for questions about the community-wide event at the Thomasville Amphitheater on May 12 or how to contribute to other fundraising efforts (firstname.lastname@example.org).