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IR School District captures state championships at DE Odyssey of the Mind competition


Two teams from the Indian River School District captured state championships at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware on Saturday. A high school team took first place in the "Nature Trail'R" category and a middle school team won first place in the "Food Court" category. An elementary school team also won the Renatra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity.

Note: regarding the IR Odyssey of the Mind competition.
On the Burton/Forney middle school team that won in the Food Court
competition there was another team member to mention:
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DISTRICT WINS TWO ODYSSEY OF THE MIND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Indian River School District is pleased to announce that two of its teams captured state championships at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware on March 6.

A team coached by Lisa Forney took first place in the "Nature Trail'R" category for Division III (high school), while a team coached by Forney and Becky Burton won first place in the "Food Court" category for Division II (middle school). In addition, a district Division I (elementary school) team coached by Jeff and Terri Evan received the prestigious Renatra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity.

Odyssey of the Mind was founded in 1979 by Dr. Sam Micklus of Glassboro State College. The competition encourages students to find solutions to open-ended problems by utilizing creative problem-solving methods. Each year, five new competitive problems are presented and teams spend months working toward solutions. There is a limit on the amount of money teams can spend on materials used in their creative solutions. During the competition, teams are also required to solve a spontaneous problem as part of their score. Millions of students from kindergarten through the collegiate level have participated in Odyssey of the Mind since its inception.

The Forney team that won the "Nature Trail'R" competition consisted of students from Indian River and Sussex Central high schools. Team members were Amanda Schultz, Carol Linde, Payton Saxton, Macy Lyons, Jessica Gude and Holly Kaufman. This team also took third place in the "Food Court" category for Division III.

The Forney/Burton team that took first place in the "Food Court" category consisted of students from Selbyville Middle School, Millsboro Middle School, Southern Delaware School of the Arts and Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Team members were Cory Burton, Jack Saxton, Farris Hauck, Logan Robinson, Matthew Lyons and Matthew Parsons.

The Evan team that received the Renatra Fusca Award while finishing third in the "Food Court" category for Division I consisted of students from East Millsboro Elementary School, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Long Neck Elementary School and Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Team members were Andrew Evan, David Fike, Maggie Ford, Lily Zechiel, Lauren Thornberg, Brittany Ritter and Karrsin Mitchell.

Another district middle school team also took second place in both the "Nature Trail'R" and "Discovered Treasures" categories for Division II. Team members were Cameron Goff, Madison McCabe, Eliza Bomhardt, Natalia Elling, Randy Short and Mallory Nielsen.

The "Nature Trail'R" competition required teams to design, build and drive a human-powered vehicle and camper on a camping trip. Once the vehicle arrived at the campground, the camper was disconnected and the vehicle traveled on a team-created nature trail. On the trail, the vehicle overcame an obstacle, cleaned up the environment, encountered wildlife and underwent repairs.

The "Food Court" category required students to create and present a humorous performance in which a food item is accused of being unhealthy and must defend itself among its food peers.

Both first-place teams and the Renatra Fusca Award winners qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals to be held May 26-29 at Michigan State University.

Indian River School District students have won 32 Odyssey of the Mind state titles since 2000.


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