Once again, Rockford Public Schools will be represented at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition. Twelve teams competed at the State level on April 18. Five of those teams received honorable mentions (two Roguewood teams, a Valley View team and two North Rockford Middle School teams).
The following five teams have now advanced to the World competition to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from May 27-30:
Crestwood Team: Noah Barclay (Crestwood), Paige Barnard (Crestwood), Joey Benda (Lakes), Jessica Gerkey (Crestwood), Olivier Larente (Crestwood), Courtney Lemoine (Valley View), Blake McWatters (Assumption BVM). Coaches: Jan Barclay, Karla Lemoine, Marianne McWatters.
Valley View Team: Natalie Clum, Ethan Kolderman, Katie Lawton, Chase Lindeboom, Megan Lindeboom, Avery Sweeney, Paige Thompson. Coaches: Angela Clum, Joan Lawton.
RHS Team: Merry Buelken, Sammi Cook, Shannon Melick, Matt Nauta, Matt Rettinger, Brian Talsma, Evanne Zainea. Coach: Matt Zainea.
NRMS Team: Michaela Behrens, Katie Hollstein, Sarah Jamgotch, Christopher Lemoine, Daniel Nauta, Mark Veitengruber, Anaiah Zainea. Coaches Becky Behrens, Karla Lemoine.
Valley View Team: Logan Anderson, Calvin Garvey, Corinne Giersh, Giselle Goad, Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Makayla Schmetzer. Coaches: Sharon Anderson, Kelly Hoffman.
A total of 15 teams from Michigan will compete at the World level, with one-third of those teams coming from Rockford Public Schools.