Rockford Odyssey of the Mind
Rockford’s Odyssey of the Mind teams were among competitors for state titles on Saturday, April 16, and 10 of the 11 teams sent to state finals placed in sixth and above. Five teams placed third to sixth, receiving honorable mention status at state finals, and five teams will be advancing to world finals, placing first or second. This is another record set for Rockford Odyssey of the Mind, 10 out of 11 teams receiving honors. The Cannonsburg Elementary B team took ninth and was coached by Susan Witte. With this accomplishment, the team did not place but still scored a top 10 win. The Cannonsburg Elementary team A took a sixth-place win under the direction of Coach Karen Dufendach. This earned them an honorable mention. The Valley View Elementary team A had an amazing performance which won them a third-place win. They were coached by Joan Lawton and earned the placement of bronze medalists. North Rockford Middle School’s team C earned a sixth-place win. They are coached by Joni Colovos, Shari Waldvogel and Michele Ferguson. This earned them an honorable mention. Rockford High School took third place and were recognized as bronze medalists. Roguewood Elementary team A earned a fifth-place win under Coach Wendy Goushaw. They also earned an honorable mention. North Rockford Middle School’s (NRMS) A team brought home an amazing second-place win under Coach Catherine Behrendt and will continue on as a world finalist team. North Rockford Middle School’s B team also wowed judges and brought them a second-place win under Coach Deb Playford. They will also go on to compete as a world finalist team. Belmont Elementary earned their place in world competition by taking a first-place win under Coach Terry Younker. Also going on to compete in the world finals was the Roguewood Elementary B team with a stunning first-place win under the guidance of Coach Jen Masternak. Finally, the East Rockford Middle School team, which also has NRMS team members, brought home highest honors with a first-place win under Coach Sue Hagedorn. They will be joining the Rockford “crowd” that will compete against other Odyssey of the Mind teams from around the globe as a world finalist team. The following teams were recognized with special awards: • Roguewood Elementary team […]
Rockford teams took plenty of wins in regional competition March 19 at Greenville Middle School. Rockford sent 24 competitive teams and five primary teams—grades kindergarten through second, non-competitive. Advancing to state finals on April 16 at Davenport University are the following. In Division I are the following teams that took first place: Cannonsburg Elementary School Team A, Belmont Elementary School and North Rockford Middle School Team B. Advancing after a second-place win is Roguewood Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a third-place win are Roguewood Elementary School Team A and Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B. Advancing after a fourth-place win is Valley View Elementary School Team A. In Division II, North Rockford Middle School Team A took first, East Rockford Middle School Team B took second and North Rockford Middle School Team C took third. In Division III, Rockford High School took first place. Teams that placed—honorable mention—but will not advance are Crestwood Elementary School, East Rockford Middle School Team A, North Rockford Middle School Team B, Roguewood Elementary School Team B, Crestwood Elementary School and East Rockford Middle School. Four Rockford teams and one Rockford parent also received special awards. John Merchun received an Outstanding OMer award for his volunteering positive attitude. Cannonsburg Elementary School Team B received an Outstanding OMer award for their problem- solving under pressure. North Rockford Middle School Team A received the Coveted Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity, and Roguewood Elementary School Team A received the Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity in their performance. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems—great and small—for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.” Odyssey organizer Linda Blackmore said, “Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to […]
Six Rockford Odyssey of the Mind teams participated in the world finals competition held at Michigan State University in East Lansing from May 26 to 29. Rockford has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind for 22 years and, for the first time, all teams competing at the world level placed in the top 10. Teams competing and their placements are as follows: • Cannonsburg Elementary: second place • North Rockford Middle School: second place • Roguewood Elementary: fourth place (honorable mention) • Rockford High School: fifth place (honorable mention) • Parkside Elementary: seventh place • North Rockford Middle School: 10th place.
Teams have returned from their trek to Iowa May 27-30, 2009. Making the trip with the five Rockford representative teams, were 850 other teams, from the United States, and over 13 countries. Rockford placed the highest of the Michigan teams, bringing home a trophy and silver medals for their second place finish, topped by Singapore by only five points. The team members from North Rockford Middle School are Michaela Behrens, Katie Hollstein, Christopher Lemoine, Daniel Nauta, Mark Veitengruber, Anaiah Zainea, Sarah Jamgotch, with coaches Becky Behrens, Karla Lemoine. Valley View Elementary also placed in the top ten, taking the honorable mention status, with a new team of third grade students, placing sixth at the World Finals are: Chase Lindeboom, Ethan Kolderman, Katie Lawton, Megan Lindeboom, Paige Thompson, Avery Sweeney, Natalie Clum with coaches Joan Lawton, Angela Clum. Other Rockford teams placed in the top 15 for each of their problem solutions. In 13th place are Valley View Elementary School students Makayla Schmetzer, Logan Anderson, Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Calvin Garvey, Corinne Giersh, Giselle Goad- Sharon with coaches Anderson, Kelly Hoffman. In 15th place are Rockford High School students Sammi Cook, Merry Buelken, Shannon Melick, Matt Rettinger, Matt Nauta, Brian Talsma, Evanne Zainea with coaches Matt Zainea, Lesley Zainea, Phoebe Borst. In12th place are Crestwood Elementary School students Blake McWatters, Noah Barclay, Olivier Larente , Jessica Gerkey , Joey Benda , Courtney Lemoine Paige Barnard , with coaches Marianne McWatters, Jan Barclay, Karla Lemoine.