Odyssey of the Mind Travels to World Finals

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Written by Ellie Mumaw, The Woodgrove Outlander

Woodgrove’s two Odyssey of the Mind teams are off to the World Finals in Ames, Iowa May 25-28. The teams are led by coaches Kin Ramsey and Cynthia Morris and the freshman team consists of the following Woodgrove students: Kelly Klimek, Olivia Haller, Sara Beth, Erin Ramsey, Adeline Furlow, Lilly Cantall, and Aidyn Morris. The junior team consists of: Harrison Furlow, Elyse Morris, Patrick Ramsey, Ben Taylor, Joe and Molly Warndorf, and David Zhang.

The freshman and junior teams both made it through regionals and states. The freshman team won first place among high schools and the junior team was granted prestigious Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, which is given to teams with tremendous creativity at competition.

Woodgrove’s junior team had travelled to Worlds last year at Michigan State University and placed 24th in the world. This year the competition is being hosted by Iowa State University. They will be competing against 800 teams from approximately 25 countries around the world.

Freshman Olivia Haller, says “This is my first year of Odyssey. I’ve never done this before but I’ve known about half of the girls before I started this year. It’s so cool being able to go to the hardest, most impressive competitions in Odyssey of the Mind in my first year of being on the team!”

Although this is all very exciting, the housing at the University of Iowa is $575 per person for a four day stay, and with a two teams adding up to a total of 14 kids and two chaperones per team, the costs can definitely add up quickly. The costs of hotel stays, gas money, and food also needed to be added in. The teams have a Gofundme account ( https://www.gofundme.com/2rxkaqs4 ) where anyone can donate money to help fund their trip.

Haller says “We are almost half way to our goal for donations! If we can’t raise the money through donations, we will fund the trip ourselves…with the help of all of our parents of course.” There is also a fundraiser at the Purcellville KFC on the night of May 17th to help raise more money.