Area students compete at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Two Odyssey of the Mind teams from Loyalsock School District, one from Williamsport School District, one from Montgomery Area High School and one from St. John Neumann Regional Academy represented their schools and the state of at the 34th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals from May 22 through 25 at Michigan State University.

The local Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the World Finals with 825 other teams from around the world.

Odyssey of the Mind is founded on the idea of promoting innovative thinking and recognizes exceptional creativity through this competition. The teams worked since last October and had to compete, and place 1st or 2nd at their regional and state wide tournaments in order to be considered the best in their state. They worked hard and traveled far to attend this three-day event.

Along the way, they’ve made new friends, learned what they are capable of accomplishing, and stretched their creative abilities to new limits.

For the Loyalsock and Montgomery teams this was the 30th year of participation in Odyssey of the Mind. Loyalsock sent their first team to World Finals in 1989 and since then 30 teams have qualified to advance to World Finals. This is the fifth Montgomery team that has made it to world’s. This year’s team held a school record in the structure problem reaching 945 pounds support by just 15 grams of balsawood.

Williamsport High School also set a milestone, this was the second time Williamsport has sent a team to worlds, the last time was 19 years ago and their coach, Spring Moore, was a student on that team. St. John Neumann Regional Academy has sent teams to World Finals for 11 of the last 12 years. This year’s team is the youngest in their history, comprised of only 2nd and 3rd graders.