HCS Odyssey of the Mind Team Heads to Worlds

Holy Cross School’s Division 1, Problem 3 Odyssey of the Mind Team Heads to World Competition

Dover, DE: On Saturday, March 25th,Holy Cross School’sDivision 1, Problem 3 Odyssey of the Mind “Classics…It’s Time, OMER” team finished first place in the state’s 37th Annual Odyssey of the Mind competition at A. G. Waters Middle School in Middletown, DE. 

“Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages (K-12 and college). It provides teams with the opportunity to learn creative problem solving, teamwork, brainstorming, self-reliance, and respect for individual strengths — unique, unforgettable experiences that will serve them in every aspect of their lives now and in the future. Teams of five to seven students develop a theatrical and engineering solutions to a specific situational per one of six Long Term Problems over several months, then present their long term solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division. Teams have much fun practicing for a Spontaneous Problem, where the students develop brainstorming skills to solve problems given at the competition,” according to delcaps.org, the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind website.

At the regional competition on Saturday, March 11, 2017, Holy Cross’ team had an overall score of 317.49 points which was enough points to move on to the state competition.  Coached by Holy Cross parent, Mr. Abhishek De, the team got to work and improved their performance by 23 points to surpass the five teams that had previously scored above them for the win on March 25th.  Team members include fifth graders Asmita De, Kayla Tabalon, Mason Boyles, and Tristin O’Leary, and fourth graders Ayush Patel and Sage Sawhney.

“They really did what teams need to do after regionals – improve”, explained Bonnie Blades, one of the state’s Division 2 and 3 Odyssey of the Mind judges.  “I am so happy for them!  They
 were delightful in long term so I was hoping they did well in spontaneous!”

The World Competition will be held this year at Michigan State University from May 24 – 27, 2017.