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The 411: Youth

Odyssey of the Mind travels to Michigan

Odyssey of the Mind travels to Michigan
(From left) Brian Garza, Blake Moody, Miles Korzekwa, and Sarah Theuret perform at the World Finals in Lansing, Mich.

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June 12, 2013
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By Jenifher Escobedo

Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that supports creative problem solving opportunities for students ranging from kindergarten through college. Team members solve problems such as showing their own interpretation of literacy classics or building their own mechanical devices. Thousands of teams from the U.S. and about 25 other countries participated in this extraordinary program.

On May 22-25, Odyssey of the Mind presented the 34th World Finals. More than 825 teams were lucky enough to compete on the world stage. One of the lucky teams was Mrs. West’s GT class from Poth Elementary School: Brian Garza, Catherine Henke, Miles Korzekwa, Blake Moody, Elijah Nelson, Sarah Theuret, and Connor West.

They flew into Detroit Tuesday night and drove to Lansing, Mich. They went to the Henry Ford Museum’s Greenfield Village on Wednesday. They were invited to the opening ceremony Wednesday night and competed in the spontaneous problem Thursday morning. They also went to the Creativity Festival Thursday afternoon and attended the Float and Banner Parade Thursday night, where the class walked to represent Texas.

They watched a team from Shanghai, China, perform Friday morning. They competed in problem 5 “It’s How You Look at It” Friday. The judges said the skit was “hilarious” and “a great way to end the day.” The team was also complimented by the head judge on their good sportsmanship when they helped out another team whose prop broke right before they were to perform.

The team traveled to the city of Holland on Saturday and visited a beach on Lake Michigan, a Dutch village, and Windmill Island Gardens. The closing ceremony was Saturday night, and the team ended up placing 17 out of 51 teams! They later attended a pre-teen party and flew back home on Sunday.

The team, their parents, and Mrs. West all had an extraordinary adventure, and we are all proud of them for a successful year.

Junior Journalist Jenifher Escobedo is a Poth High School senior. The daughter of Juan and Celia Escobedo hopes to attend beauty school after graduation.

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