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Winfield produces winners at Odyssey of the Mind


Ten teams compete at regional Odyssey of the Mind; four go to state; three qualify for World Finals

Ten teams from Winfield schools participated in the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Feb. 27 in Colwich. Six teams brought home trophies, and four teams earned the right to participate in the State Odyssey of the Mind Competition on March 27 at Kansas State University in Manhattan. From the four teams competing at State, three earned invitations to participate in the World Finals May 26-30 at the University of Michigan.

Teams winning at regionals were:

First place -- Winfield Intermediate Nature Trail'R. Members: Trenton Ging, Bryan Eastman, Reuben Bowling, Matthew Falletti, Gaven Jellings and Kira Bortz. Coaches, James Ging and all parents.

First place -- Lowell Elementary Column Structure. Members: Sam Ross, Shay VanEtten, Elliot Judd, Tzar Bowlby and Chandler Olmstead. Coaches, Richard Cowlishaw and Justin Olmstead.


First place -- Winfield Intermediate School Discovered Treasures. Members: Breille Young, Bailey Bergagnini, Evan Singer and Caden Rhodes. Coaches, Jill Young and Kristi Singer.

Second place -- Winfield Middle School Food Court. Members: Kylee Wollard, Natacha Namphengsone, Kaitlin Williams, Stephen Steinbacher, Marshall Hopkins, Brennon Marcotte and Jake Glatting. Coaches, Laura Wollard and Paula Steinbacher.

Third place -- Irving Elementary Nature Trail'R. Members: Tori Leffew, Jance Burris, Jacob Helzer, Abbey Huff, Calee Belair, Megan Smith and Wade Baker. Coaches, Nikki Leffew and Janelle Burris.

Third place -- Winfield Intermediate School Food Court. Members: Mia Pentz, Abby Pentz, Israel Walker, Kedzie Hopkins, Lilya Woodburn, Darien Kohpay and Sierra Shultz. Coaches, Michelle Pentz and Dixie Woodburn.

Other teams participating at regionals were:

Irving Elementary Food Court. Members: Maddie Stanton, Jessica Phillips, Emma Bate, Anthony Allen, Aideen Tessmer and Jacob Webber. Coaches, Lisa Phillips and Micael Stanton.

Lowell Elementary Food Court. Members: Maddie Thayer, Abby Cantell, Madisyn Neal, Randi Hutto and Caleb Olmstead. Coach, Dylan Thayer.

Winfield Intermediate Food Court. Members: Alexa Callison, Annabelle Burtnett, Emma Smith, Brianne Hutto and Alley Pentecost. Coach, Rogene Frazee.

Winfield Middle School Discovered Treasures. Members: Sutton Wilson, Sage Judd, Jacob Pugmire, Isaac Tiguila and Tyler Morgan. Coach, Brenda Little-Wilson.

First and second place teams from regionals participated in the state competition. Of the teams that went to state, Lowell Elementary Column Structure placed second. Winfield Intermediate School Nature Trail'R placed second. Winfield Middle School Food Court placed second, and Winfield Intermediate Discovered Treasures placed third.

First and second place teams were invited to the World Finals. Winfield had three teams that were given that invitation.

"Due to the financial strain that would be put on the community to send three teams to World Finals, the Winfield Intermediate and Lowell teams showed real sportsmanship by declining their invitations," said Rogene Frazee local OotM organizer.

"It was really hard for these two teams to decline, but they should be commended for their sacrifice, as both teams decided to put their efforts into helping the middle school team raise funds to ensure they go to World Finals."


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