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All Newport OotM teams finish first place

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2008 2:44 PM CST

The Newport Odyssey of the Mind teams pulled off a rare occurrence Saturday at regional competition at Pocahontas as the three teams finished in first place in their problem and divisions.

The team coached by Craig and Sherrie Rohlfing finished first in DinoStories, Division II.

Those team members are Katlin Shumate, Harrison Boyce, Lexie Avance, Shelby Jo Carden, Abby Jones, and Evan Rohlfing.

DinoStories is the technical problem this year and requires students to come up with a team-created theory as to what caused the extinction of dinosaurs.

The team must tell the story through a skit as well as presenting it in a technical presentation requiring the technical elements of sound, movement and visual change.

The high school team coached by Neal Pankey finished first in Division III of DinoStories. Those team members are: Laci Cockrill, Katlyn Snetzer, Alyson Rohlfing, Sandy Smith and Hannah Robison.

The junior high team coached by Neal Pankey finished first in Division II of The Eccentrics.

Those team members are Jacob and Dalton Conditt, John Mark Robison, Abby Ratton, Sissy Boyster, Allison Victory and Mindy Linvell.

The Eccentrics is the performance based problem and requires students to come up with a team-created problem in one of the earth's systems that three eccentric characters must solve.

They must also come up with a new fad and a celebration in honor of the three eccentric characters.

Odyssey of the Mind teams compete in three areas - long term, style and spontaneous.

Tracey Metzger, a former Odyssey of the Mind team member from Newport, was presented with an Omer Award for demonstrating the true spirit of Odyssey of the Mind.

Tracey, the daughter of Sandy Hefner and Wayne Metzger, served as head judge in The Eccentrics at regional competition. Tracy was severely injured in a car accident on the Sunday before competition, but still managed to judge at regional competition despite having to use a walker to maneuver.

The three Newport teams will compete in state competition April 12 at Arkansas State University - Beebe. The top teams in each division of each problem at state competition will advance to World Finals to be held this year at the University of Maryland from May 31 - June 3.

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