S-E's Odyssey Of The Mind Team Wins World Title

By: Jessica Lewis

SHERBURNE – Students in Sherburne-Earlville’s Talented and Gifted program have a lot to feel good about, not the least of which is their recent success at the world finals of a creative competition.

In a journey that began early in the school year, teams from S-E and many other schools throughout the country have been competing in a extensive problem-solving contest. Odyssey of the Mind is a competition that focuses on creative problem solving. S-E sent nine teams to the regional Odyssey Competition on Feb. 24, and of those nine, six came in first place for their respective division and problem and went on to compete in the state competition. Winners from the state competition went on to compete in the World Finals, with the S-E middle school team coming in first and the high school team placing third for their respective categories and divisions.

“With unwavering passion, unrelenting enthusiasm and undeniable energy, Sherburne-Earlville has preserved and promoted all that Odyssey of the Mind fosters; that is brilliant creative problem solving, extraordinary teamwork, and personified curiosity,” said S-E Talented and Gifted Teacher and Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator Jonathan Sherry.

Odyssey of the mind presents students with a problem, and they work throughout the year to find a solution, which they present at the competitions.

“We first had to choose our teams and audition to get into the program. That was in September, and it was really the preliminary problem,” said high school team member Adrian Enscoe. Both the high school and the middle school teams worked on a problem called “The Large and Small of it.”

“The Large and Small of It is an Odyssey of the Mind technical problem. You must have three different sets that change, and small sets that resemble them. We came up with three large wooden sets, the first one a scene in the woods, the second one a farm that changes using gears and the third a newspaper article that changed using a waterwheel powered by an exercise bike,” explained Haley Muth, a member of the middle school team.

The students presented their problem-solving solution and were scored based on several criteria. “I think that our creativity and technicality in solving our problem helped us to win our extraordinary awards,” said another middle school team member Mary Longman.



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