KHS Odyssey of Mind team ad­vances to World Fi­nals

Prob­lem solvers placed sec­ond at state tour­na­ment

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

The Kutz­town High School Odyssey of the Mind team placed sec­ond at the Penn­syl­va­nia State Odyssey of the Mind tour­na­ment April 7 and ad­vances to the World Fi­nals, held at Iowa State Univer­sity on May 24 - 26.

“We are thrilled! Most of this team has been work­ing to­gether for five years and sev­eral of them have been to­gether for seven. This is the last year that this team will be to­gether as four of the team mem­bers are grad­u­at­ing in June. Com­pet­ing in the World Fi­nals will be a fan­tas­tic cul­mi­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them,” said Karise Mace, Di­rec­tor, KASD Odyssey of the Mind. “This will be their first trip to the World Fi­nals.”

The Kut­zown High School Odyssey of the Mind team mem­bers are Porter Holt, Kiana Har­ing, Asher Cooper, Nathan Hay­duk, Emma Kyle, Ju­lia Mace, and Madison Wolf. They are coached by Seth Nog­gle.

“These stu­dents are tena­cious prob­lem solvers and work so well as a team. They are ex­tremely cre­ative and hard­work­ing. They have earned third or fourth place fin­ishes at the state com­pe­ti­tion for the last sev­eral years which has pre­vented them from ad­vanc­ing to the World Fi­nals. How­ever, that has not dis­cour­aged them. In­stead, it has mo­ti­vated them to work harder,” said Mace.

She said the main goals of each com­pe­ti­tion are to work to­gether as a team to solve a prob­lem cre­atively.

“The hope is that this will re­sult i n fin­ish­ing well. This com­pe­ti­tion (at World Fi­nals) will be no ex­cep­tion,” said Mace. “They have al­ready learned so much! I am hope­ful that they will con­tinue to grow in their prob­lem solv­ing and team work skills. I also hope they’ll have a great time meet­ing oth­ers from around the coun­try and the world.”

Mace hopes this ex­pe­ri­ence helps them to con­tinue to build feel­ings of self-ef­fi­cacy and con­fi­dence.

“This is a phe­nom­e­nal group of young peo­ple. They are gra­cious com­peti­tors - build­ing friend­ships with those they beat and those that beat them. They lis­ten to and learn from one an­other. They are great peo­ple to have in our school dis­trict and our com­mu­nity. I am ex­cited to see all that they ac­com­plish as they move out into the ‘real world,’” said Mace.

The Kutz­town El­e­men­tary School Odyssey of the Mind team also com­peted at the state com­pe­ti­tion, plac­ing 7th. The KES team mem­bers are Klara Sch­nore, Egan Se­wall, Eli Sch­lap­pich, Hay­den Sch­lap­pich, Trent Sim­mons, Jack Mo­ri­ar­ity, and Ra­mona Slabonik. They were coached by An­nie Sch­nore, Scott Hand, and KU stu­dent, Alli Britt.

Both of these teams com­peted with their so­lu­tion to the fol­low­ing prob­lem, “An­i­mal House: Over the years, Odyssey of the Mind teams have de­signed struc­tures that changed into many un­be­liev­able shapes and sizes that bal­anced and held as much weight as pos­si­ble. This year, teams will turn their balsa wood struc­tures into an­i­mals! Since an­i­mals need to eat, they must be fed. The struc­ture will have its ap­pear­ance trans­formed and ex­plained dur­ing an orig­i­nal per­for­mance. Dur­ing the per­for­mance, the struc­ture must hold the team-cre­ated food while it sup­ports weights,” .https://www.odyssey­ofthe­mind.com/2018-long-termprob­lem-synop­sis/

Mace ex­plained that the struc­tures that the teams built were made of balsa and glue and weighed around 15 grams, which is about the same weight as a pen­cil. The High School team struc­ture held 875 pounds be­fore break­ing and the El­e­men­tary School team struc­ture held 185 pounds be­fore break­ing.

Fundrais­ing has be­gun to send the High School team to Iowa in May. To make a con­tri­bu­tion, go to GoFundMe page: https:// www.gofundme.com/kutz­town­odyssey.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Kut­zown High School Odyssey of the Mind placed 2nd at the state com­pe­ti­tion and ad­vance to the World Fi­nals. Team mem­bers are Porter Holt, Kiana Har­ing, Asher Cooper, Nathan Hay­duk, Emma Kyle, Ju­lia Mace, and Madison Wolf.

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