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RMA Odyssey of the Mind teams fare well

DEB PETERSON
The two Odyssey of the Mind teams representing Rocky Mount Academy performed well in the recent regional competition held at the Dunn Center. Competing against public and independent schools in the area, RMA's sixth-grade team took first place, and the third-grade team took third place.

Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that attracts students all over the world from kindergarten to college-aged. It provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems and to give spontaneous responses to a challenge. Rocky Mount Academy students get involved in OotM as an extracurricular activity. This year, both RMA teams happened to select the same problem, "Discovered Treasures," to solve.

"We are very proud of our third grade team," RMA Headmaster Tom Stevens said. "In their first Odyssey of the Mind competition, they did quite well to place third. We hope that they will want to continue doing OotM because this experience will serve them well in future years."

This team consisted of Lillie Daughtridge, Caroline Gay, Mac Lord, Haven Ross, Elizabeth Strickland, Ann Sumner Thorp, and Virginia Wooten. They were coached by RMA parents Kristie Gay, Liz Lord and Sharon Thorp.

The sixth-grade team included Allison Barnes, Stephen Cooper, Elizabeth Gay, Emma Grace Sprinkle, Jack Thorp and Olivia Turnage.

All of these students competed in OotM last year and used their experience to craft a winning solution to this year's problem.

They, along with their coaches Laurie Cooper and Sharon Thorp, will now go to the state meet on April 10 at Wingate University.

The entire sixth-grade team also was awarded the OMER award for outstanding sportsmanship.

This special award is given to individuals or teams who demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, exemplary behavior, or exceptional talent. All nominees are reviewed by a panel of judges.

"We are just as proud of the sixth-grade team for winning the OMER as we are for all the hard work that they put in to winning first place. We stress character so much at Rocky Mount Academy, and it makes us proud that these students conducted themselves in such a way that they were recognized for their behavior," Stevens said. "We wish them good luck at States."

Rocky Mount Academy is an independent school with grades PK-12. Its mission is to prepare students for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that they will encounter in life and college.

The school achieves its mission by focusing on its core values of academics, character and community.


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