Odyssey of the Mind creativity rules in April winter wonderland

Crestwood Elem placed 1st and recieved a Ranatra Fusca creativity award. Front row left to right: Sophia Stauffer, Dominic Meinke. Second row left to right is   Hazen Zaine and Bryce Kliewer. Standing back row left to right ( glasses) is Jenna Broderick, Michelle Moore and Maddie Lyals.

Crestwood Elem placed 1st and recieved a Ranatra Fusca creativity award. Front row left to right: Sophia Stauffer, Dominic Meinke. Second row left to right is   Hazen Zaine and Bryce Kliewer. Standing back row left to right ( glasses) is Jenna Broderick, Michelle Moore and Maddie Lyals.

Seventeen creative, hard working Rockford Odyssey teams spent the weekend in Traverse City competing against the best, brightest and most creative kids the state of Michigan has to offer. Over 180 teams which counting fans and family adds up to nearly 5000 people enjoyed the weather, hotels, views and restaurants in Traverse City.

The day began early with teams making their way through dark and snowy roads to arrive at the competition as early as 7 am!  They were decked out in costumes, crazy hair styles, and carrying sets created of keys, socks, Pringle cans, carpet tubes, duct tape, candy wrappers, melted crayons, cut up pop cans, pvc pipes and so much more!

The teams are competing for the top two slots in their problem and division to earn them a trip to the World FInals in late May. Each team must present a “long term” solution, answer a “spontaneous” challenge, and finish it all off with “style.”

The most coveted award Odyssey of the Mind has to offer is dubbed the “Ranatra Fusca” and is given out ONLY if a judging panel agrees unanimously that a team has  displayed a HIGHLY CREATIVE solution. Typically 1 or 2 Rantras are given out at the awards ceremony but ROCKFORD teams overall received three Ranatra awards.

Rams are out of this world – or as odyssey would say “out of the BOX” creative thinkers! Teams placing first or second and/or earning the Ranatra Fusca  in their division and advancing to World FInals  are:

Taking first place  and the Ranatra Fusca were Crestwood Elementary and East Rockford Middle School. Rockford High School teams took two first place wins. North Rockford Middle School, Cannonsburg Elementary and Rockford High School all took second place. Cannonsburg team also took the Ranatra Fusca award.

Two teams placed 3rd (bronze medals), Cannonsburg Elementary on Problem three and East Rockford Middle School on problem three. Three Parkside Elementary teams took fourth place wins and two Roguewood Elementary teams took sixth place wins.

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