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Poquoson Odyssey of the Mind Team

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On Saturday, March 17, 2018 over 70 teams of students in grades 3-12 from the Hampton Roads area competed in the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament at Grafton High School.  Seven teams from Poquoson competed at the tournament.  Five of the Poquoson teams placed 1st and qualified for the State Finals on April 14, 2018 at Menchville High School in Newport News, VA.  The remaining Poquoson teams had a great showing with a 3rd and 6th place finish in the competition. 

Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is an international problem-solving competition that promotes creative thinking skills.  OotM encourages students to use unique and creative problem solving skills while working together as a team to find solutions.

Teams selected a problem from one of five categories:  vehicle, technical/performance, classic s, structure, or performance.  The challenges this year ranged from students designing, building, and running vehicles, to students creating three dimensional emojis to communicate a life story with no spoken language,  to students presenting an original performance where details are added, denied, exaggerated, and disputed, to students designing, building, and testing a structure made of balsa wood, and students presenting a humorous performance about an Intergalactic Hangout where all sorts of creatures from different worlds stop, eat, refuel, and relax.  After showing off the projects that they had spent months preparing, the teams were given spontaneous challenges and asked to solve problems that they had never seen until entering the competition room.   

The Poquoson Odyssey of the Mind teams all had remarkable showings in the competition with five 1st place finishes, one 3rd place finish, and one 6th place finish.  Congratulations to all of these teams and good luck to those that are moving on to the Virginia State Competition.

Poquoson Elementary School

1st Place – Emoji, Speak for Yourself:  Karen Lee, Nathan Heineman, and Marissa Turco – Coach:  Seung Joon Lee

1st Place – Animal House:  Carlton Gill, Mikayla McDaniels, Beau Baggett, Dylan Robinson, Skyler Weston, Mary Patterson, and Charlee Libby – Coaches:  Norman Remchuk, Kimberly McDaniels, Dara Libby, and Sondra Fan

6th Place – A Stellar Hangout:  Declan Murianka, Elizabeth Lamprecht, Emalee McAdams, Ethan Jordan, Cassidy Larson, Alexi Titko, and Brody Matthews – Coaches:  Donna Lamprecht and Colby Baker

Poquoson Middle School

1st Place – Animal House:  Cameron Brewer, Jason Norville, Karen Sperling, Kaitlyn Stone, Swayne Sparkman, AJ Smith, and Kristopher Holloway – Coaches:  Norman Remchuk and Sandy Brewer

1st Place – A Stellar Hangout:  Braden Wright, Kate Lee, Cooper Martin, Jonathan Rust, Kennedy Charles, Mackenzie Titko, and Victoria Lamprecht – Coaches:  Donna Lamprecht and Ashley Charles

3rd Place – Triathlon Travels:  Connor McDaniels, Colton Wojewoda, Kate Elliot, Ella Tinsley, Olivia Gilmore, Sienna Donavant, and Ella Clarke – Coaches:  Troy Wojewoda, Chris McDaniels, and Elisabeth Baggett

Poquoson High School

1st Place – Animal House:  Zachary Register, Sydney Baggett, Elisabeth Baggett, Sondra Fan, Colby Baker, Brody Weston, and Eleanor Patterson – Coach:  Norman Remchuk

Elisabeth Baggett, Sondra Fan, and Colby Baker not only participated for the PHS team; they were co-coaches for PES and PMS teams.  They spent countless hours teaching young OMERs skills such as creative problem solving, risk taking, divergent thinking, and the importance of working as a team.