Rockford OM teams get creative at world finals

Odyssey of the Mind teams from eight schools across the district traveled to Ames, Iowa, armed with creativity and plenty of perseverance and sportsmanship. Some of the teams created vehicles that changed emotions and appearances before your eyes, some teams solved a community problem with their “odyssey angels,” and some filled in the blanks in “to ___ or not to ___.” They came to the world finals stage with actors dressed in costumes created from old ties, garbage bags, advertisement pages, converted sheets, cereal box trees with spoon branches, full-length skirts woven completely from plastic bags, a dress that changed to a wedding gown before your eyes, and so much more! The 55 students, led by their dedicated coaches, acted, created and pin-traded, making new friends and sharing a memory-making experience  never to be forgotten.

World Finals 2012 was a creative extravaganza where more than 800 teams and 15 countries from all around the world shared their ideas and work. While only a few left with trophies, everyone came out a winner just by solving an Odyssey of the Mind problem and competing on the world stage.

Results from Rockford schools are as follows: Rockford High School placed eighth in Problem 1 and 18th in Problem 5; Cannonsburg Elementary School placed 10th in Problem 2; East Rockford Middle School placed 13th in Problem 3 and 14th in Problem 5; North Rockford Middle School placed 18th in Problem 5, 10th in Problem 3 and seventh in Problem 2.

The 2012-2013 problem synopsis are currently available online. Rockford Public Schools will begin the 2012-2013 year with information and a parent meeting in September. Look for more details online at Rockfordschools.org, “Odyssey of the Mind.”

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