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Memorial Students Win Local Odyssey Of The Mind Division I Championship

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A group of Memorial Elementary students finished in First Place in Division I (Grades 3-5) at the Western Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind competition, held on Saturday, March 7 at Keystone Oaks High School.  They competed against 11 other teams.

Please click here to see some photos from rehearsals and the competition.  Good luck, Division I Team at States! #BPProud  
 
 
      
Members of the Memorial Team are fourth graders Michael Blessing, Sam Elsberry, Jackson Hornfeck, Lily Tinney and third graders Travis Bushmire and CeCe Roberto.  They will now compete in the State Odyssey of the Mind competition, which will be held at Lock Haven University on April 4.
      
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program and competition for students in grades K-college.  It fosters teamwork, divergent thinking, risk-taking and creativity as students work in small teams to solve open-ended problems.  Through Odyssey of the Mind, the students learn to think on their feet, analyze results and see things differently.  While they are coached by adults, the students must do everything themselves, from writing/performing their presentation, to making their own costumes, scenery and props.
 
The Division I team created a skit set in a magical forest to send messages from the past to the future, to explain how computer networking works. 
      
This is the second year for Memorial to field an Odyssey of the Mind Team.  Last year the team finished in Second Place locally and Third Place at States.
 
Additionally, Memorial fielded a Primary Team, comprised of second graders Charlie Clark, Anna Elsberry, Justine Johns and first graders Emma Dunn, Rich Rostauscher and Adeline Smeltz.  While the Primary Team is not ranked and does not compete at States, the team received high marks. But competing at this level helps them make the transition to Division I when they reach third grade.
 
The Primary Team's skit evolved around a fashion show for insects, featuring a praying mantis, bee and spider modeling different fashions.
 
Coaching the Division I team were parents Katie Anderson and Evelyn Charles.  Coaching the Primary Team were parents Jennifer Tinney and Barbara Dunn
 
The teams are sponsored by the Bethel Park Education Foundation, LaFace and McGovern Associaes, Stoltenberg Consulting and the Big Fish Contracting Company.