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Two Westfield Teams Advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

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The Wilson School team with Dr. Sam Micklus, founder of Odyssey of the Mind. Credits: Suzanne Rosenthal
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The McKinley School team with Dr. Sam Micklus, founder of Odyssey of the Mind.
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EWING, NJ — Teams from McKinley and Wilson Elementary Schools in Westfield advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals after the 40th annual New Jersey State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held at the Ewing High School Sunday. 

Westfield was represented at the state tournament by five teams registered through Edison Intermediate, McKinley, Tamaques/Jefferson and Wilson schools. The top competition teams from all three New Jersey regions came to competed Sunday for the honor of representing New Jersey at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. 

The McKinley team competed in the Technical Problem, Tamaques in the Classics problem and both Edison Intermediate School and Wilson School had two registered teams of seven students that completed in the Vehicle Problem and Performance Problem. 

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Teams who are advancing to World Finals include:

Wilson — Vehicle Problem: Third-grader Emma Crall, fifth grader Ted Crall, fifth grader Michael Fisher (a Franklin student), fifth grader Jake Park, third grader Logan Partridge, fifth grader Neil Shastri and fifth grader Chole Yu (a Tamaques student). Their coaches are Hillary Crall and Steve Yu.

McKinley — Technical Problem: Fourth grader Christian Buonopane, third grader Collin Foerst, fifth grader James Foerst, fourth grader Grace Matus, fifth grader Lincoln Meyers, fourth grader Madeline Smith and fourth grader Logan Welsh. Their coaches are Cara Foerst and Suzanne Welsh.

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from May 23 to 27. Competition teams from more than 35 countries are expected to compete in their chosen long-term problem category and a spontaneous problem-solving exercise. Long-term problems are scored for their ability and creativity in solving the technical aspects of the problem as well as their script and stage presence, and style aspects such as scenery, props and costumes, all of which are produced solely by the children on the teams.

For more information, visit Odysseyof the Mind.com or email WestfieldOdyssey@gmail.com.

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