Poth Elementary advances to Odyssey WORLD FINALS
Poth Odyssey team members are (from left) Miles Korzekwa, Connor West, Elijah Nelson, Catherine Henke, Sarah Theuret, Blake Moody, and Bryan Garza.
By Kenya Barrientos
Youth and success often go hand in hand; just look at what young minds have done and created this past century. The Poth Odyssey team’s success may seem smaller, but keep in mind, they’re fifth-graders. For the first time in the school district’s five years participating in Odyssey, a group composed of Sarah Theuret, Catherine Henke, Blake Moody, Connor West, Elijah Nelson, Bryan Garza, and Miles Korzekwa, led by sponsor Lisa West, has advanced beyond state into World Finals, which includes students from more than 800 schools nationwide and from 25 other countries.
On April 12, the Odyssey crew and their families traveled to Houston’s Spring Woods High School to attend the Mad Hatters Tea Party and State Tournament Team Mixer. Here, the state participants were able to eat, play, and win pins to trade at World Finals.
The following day was filled with anticipation and great performances by more than 100 schools. At 11:20 a.m., the Poth team performed “It’s How You Look At It,” the long term problem. After a quick lunch, they returned for the spontaneous problem, where the young students have to complete a task, within a restrained time, which they weren’t prepared for.
The only thing left to do after the problem was to hope until 6 p.m. for the awards ceremony. In the end, the group didn’t need any luck because their months of hard work showed off; the group earned second place in their division.
The scores broke down like this: 183.51 for long term, 40.30 points for style, 95.00 points for the spontaneous problem, and a total of 318.81 points.
The World Finals will take place at Michigan State University May 22-25. The entire team will be traveling to Michigan, and our entire community wishes them luck.
Junior Journalist Kenya Barrientos is a senior at Poth High School. She is a member of the FCCLA and Book Club and participates in UIL literary criticism, current events, and social studies. The daughter of Carlos and Veronica Barrientos plans to major in journalism after high school.