Local students will compete in Odyssey of the Mind world championship

April 29, 2004

Jennie Rogers Elementary School's team of six students won first place while Bate Middle School's team of five won second place in state Odyssey of the Mind competition, qualifying them to compete for the world championship in their age divisions May 29-June 1 at the University of Maryland.

The 11 students and their teachers and chaperones will travel to College Park in May.

Requirements for the competition range from creating works of art that come alive to riding team-made vehicles and recycling trash into new products. Teams are scored for originality and innovation, so each solution is vastly different.

Both Danville teams chose the problem called Featured Creature that requires them to create and present an original performance about mythological creatures. They must choose a mythological creature from a list and make the audience aware of its characteristics. They also create their own "mythological" creature and present a legend that includes that creature and its unique physical characteristics and special power. The performance includes a stage set that changes. All of the set and costume design and preparation is done by students.


The teams must also prove their ability to think on their feet by solving a short-term spontaneous problem presented to them on competition day.

Competing for Jennie Rogers Elementary School are Katie Wood, Kenzie Wood, Keaton Pearce, Wright Williams, Dylan Crowe, and Nate Johnson. Competing for Bate Middle School are Ashley Howe, Molly Pittman, Kathleen Pope, Joseph Fons, and Ross Hempel.

Danville Schools has sent at least one and as many as six teams to world finals every year for more than 20 years.

The trip will cost the two teams a total of $9,500, which includes transportation, room and board.

Anyone interested in supporting the teams may contact Gail Thompson at Jennie Rogers Elementary School or Jason Routin at Bate Middle School.

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