WESTFIELD, N — Two Westfield Odyssey of the Mind elementary school teams competed at the World Finals Competition recently at Iowa State University.
The team representing Wilson Elementary School (which included a student each from Franklin and Tamaques Schools) took home fifth place. Team members were Emma Crall (Wilson, third grade), Ted Crall (Wilson, fifth grade), Michael Fisher (Franklin, fifth grade), Jake Park (Wilson, fifth grade), Logan Partridge (Wilson, third grade), Neil Shastri (Wilson, fifth grade) and Chloe Yu (Tamaques, fifth grade). Parent coaches were Hillary Crall and Steve Yu.
Wilson School competed in the vehicle problem and out-ranked teams from countries including China, Singapore and Poland in this world-wide competition.
The first-time team from McKinley Elementary School placed 19th in the technical problem. Their team consisted of Christian Buonopane (fourth grade), Collin Foerst (third grade), James Foerst (fifth grade), Grace Matus (fourth grade), Lincoln Meyers (fifth grade), Madeline Smith (fourth grade) and Logan Welsh (fourth grade). Parent coaches are Cara Foerst and Suzanne Welsh
Following the 40th Annual New Jersey State competition in April, Westfield was excited to have two teams advance to the World Level of competition. At World Finals, about 50 of the best teams from across the globe competed 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 about Odyssey of The Mind contact Westfieldodyssey@gmail.com.