After placing first at the Silicon Valley Tournament, the Holy Spirit Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) team competed in the State Tournament at University of California Riverside on April 2 and placed second among other teams from all over California.
This victory earned Holy Spirit an invitation to represent the State of California at the World Finals, where they will compete against teams from almost every U.S. state and 24 countries such as China, India, Poland, Mexico and Canada. The 37th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will take place at Iowa State University May 25-28 and more than 800 teams will be there representing the best solutions to five unique problems. This competition, which emphasizes creativity and teamwork, has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide.
“Millions of kids have been working hard all year perfecting their solutions to OotM problems and competing within their regions and states… Only a few will advance to World Finals — these teams represent the best of the best creative minds. While the competition is fierce, there is also a feeling of camaraderie among competitors. Many students form life-long friendships that span the globe. At World Finals, teams have the chance to learn about other cultures through a common goal… to be as creative as they can!”
Visit www.odysseyofthemind.com/wf2016 for more information.
Team members Hannah Votaw, Andy Apodaca, Mateo Scipioni, Ellen Duncan, Mia Apodaca, and Bianca Scipioni are very excited about the opportunity to learn from other teams. They feel honored to represent Holy Spirit School and the State of California at this international competition.
What is their next creative problem-solving opportunity? They say it’s raising funds to make the trip. When their coaches ask how they plan to do it they say, “We will just have to think outside the box!”