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Teams advance to Odyssey finals


State tournament down, world matchup next

Teams from eight Northern Kentucky schools have qualified to participate in Odyssey of the Mind's World Finals in May, after placing at the state tournament last weekend.

Local students showed off their creativity and knowledge with elementary, middle and high schools teams from across the state at the competition, which was held April 14 at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

As part of the program, which was designed to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college, teams compete on problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

"Odyssey of the Mind is great for students because it teaches them skills businesses are looking for," said Joan Coates, association director for the Kentucky chapter. "Teams learn to work together to problem solve ... and they learn to look at the big picture. It's not your typical academic competition."

Odyssey of the Mind's Kentucky chapter is broken up into three regions, including the central region, which encompasses Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

This is Kentucky's 25th anniversary in the program.

Teams from each division that placed first or second on each problem qualify for the World Finals competition, which is set for May 23-26, at Michigan State University.

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