WESTFIELD, NJ – Members from the World and State Champion Odyssey of the Mind Teams were honored during Tuesday evening's Westfield Board of Education Meeting.
“On behalf of the board I want to congratulate you, not only on your phenomenal championship, but on your teamwork, creativity and commitment and the many, many hours that you guys have spent to achieve such great success,” Board President Gretchan Ohlig said.
The Odyssey of the Mind is an international education program for students from kindergarten to college. Teams are challenged to solve a variety of problems that range from STEM initiatives to interpretations of literary classics. All teams are tasked with performing a skit that showcases spontaneous problem solving, creativity and teamwork.
The board first recognized the younger of the two teams comprised of students from Tamaques Elementary School and Edison Intermediate School. The team came in first in regionals and first in states for their skit that involved a family bringing home a robot and teaching it how to flip a burger, kick a ball and pick up a handkerchief. Team members include Catherine Collins, Joey Gamba, Avery Keith, Ariana Keith, Miller Moore, Zach Preucil and Kevin Warren. The board also recognized the coaches, Aaron Keith and Donna Kenney.
The older team from Edison Intermediate School was also honored for earning the title of World Champion in the 2017 Odyssey of the Mind World finals competition at Michigan State University. Teammates include Hannah Cherry, William Crall, Audrey Heber, Ian LeWarn, Fiona North, Amanda Rosenthal and Meredith Rosenthal. Coaches Ellen Cherry and Susan Rosenthal were also recognized for their dedication to the team. Together the team had to create three unique vehicles to travel from a multilevel parking garage to a secret meeting point without being stopped.
The team competed against over 850 teams from across the world to earn the title. This Thursday the team will be honored with a ceremonial resolution at the State House during the State General Assembly.
“Thank you for representing Westfield in such a magnificent way,” Ohlig said.