This 34th annual event brings together over 8,000 participants from around the world, and the stage is set for an epic week of learning, competition, camaraderie and fun. Michigan State University this past weekend hosted one of the largest World Finals events ever, boasting 827 teams from 13 countries and 33 U.S. states, bringing 16,000 visitors together for one amazing creativity competition!
The energy and enthusiasm inside the Breslin Student Events Center during the Opening Ceremonies of the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals was nothing short of magical. The Breslin was filled to capacity with cheering, kids and fans ready to celebrate their creativity! Let the challenges begin!
As Odyssey teams from all over the world and across all four divisions (elementary through college age) dig in and begin to execute their painstakingly planned team performances, tensions and excitement are running high. So much work goes into creative solutions and themes for each of the five problems that when the time comes to perform on the world stage, sweaty palms, big-time nerves and a quickened pulse are not out of the question! (for the coaches too!)
When the awards ceremony began, the teams were a mix of relief and tension but loaded down with new friendships, lifetime memories and souvenir pins from all over the world!
Rockford began the 2012-13 school year with 22 teams, 17 of which continued on to the State Finals. Nine of those 17 earned a spot to compete at World Finals this year!
Five of the nine Rockford World Finalist teams were recognized at the Awards ceremony with two teams earning the badge “World Champions”! One team earned a bronze medal for 3rd place and two other teams received honorable mention status- in 5th place!
Congratulations to ALL our teams, for ALL their hard work! See you at the Start of Summer Parade!
A special THANK YOU to ALL our sponsors who helped us get to World Finals and make special memories NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN!
Dr. Mike Shibler and Rockford Public Schools, Genesis Salon
and Day Spa, Pegasus Sports, Grand Rapids Opthamology, Dr. Dater and Cadorette DDS, Studio D2D , C.A.T. Services, RockSolid Solutions, LLC, NRMS, RFC, RHS, ERMS student councils, RHS Staff, Gabriel Group, Dance Dimensions, Cedar Animal Hospital, Grandma Sheila, Lake Michigan Credit Union, MacAire, Independent Bank – Rockford, Lipe Industrial Services, Valley View, Roguewood, Crestwood and Cannonsburg PTO,
Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, Williams Orthodontics, TC Heartland, LLC, DTE Energy, Ameriprise, Ameridae Kennel, LLC – Cannonsburg, Wolverine Worldwide, Helmholdt +Company LLP, Rick Koryto State Farm Insurance, Merrill Technologies Group, Lily Rose Photography, Rockford Ambulance, Dr Gary Fowle Family Vision Care, NETech Corp, Nvint Inc, Drs Brieden and Miller, Amanda McGrail Salon, Honey Creek Inn, Knape Industries Inc., Transnation Title Agency and Leading Edge Realty – Justin Goushaw.
To learn more about the Odyssey of the Mind program – please check out Miodyssey.com or Odysseyofthemind.com, or ask your building principal.
2013-2014 – To discover how you and your student can get involved, coach or join a team please plan to attend the RPS Information Meeting on September 18th at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium 7-8:30 pm.
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