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Odyssey of the Mind shows its mettle in Iowa

The Middle School’s Odyssey of the Mind team traveled to Iowa State University May 24–27 to participate in the World Odyssey of the Mind competition. Among the sixty teams from China, Singapore, Japan, Poland, Canada, and the United States competing, Pennington’s team placed seventeenth.

The students worked over seven months to solve an assigned problem requiring them to build, ride on, and drive a no-cycle, recycling vehicle. The vehicle had to pick up discarded items, adapt them in some way, and then deliver them to places to be re-used. The vehicle traveled without pedaling for propulsion. In addition, the driver had an assistant worker riding on the vehicle who helped process the trash items being repurposed. Finally, there was an unplanned stop along the way to perform a random act of kindness.

The team members who competed in Iowa were seventh-graders Mason Brown, John Craig, and Sahil Navani, and sixth-graders Tyler Anderson, Miami Celentana, Ariana Colner, Elliot Overhiser, and Sydney Shah. The School joins the coaches, Dr. Stephanie Heyeck and Ms. Susan Wirsig, in being very proud of these students!

Although a Middle School team “has been fortunate to earn a spot in the World competition in each of the five last years,” Head of Middle School Todd Paige said, “this year’s result is the best to date. And five of the eight members are in sixth grade!” The success and youth of the team bodes well for the future.

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