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Gifted students fare well at meet

By Todd G. Higdon
Neosho Daily News

Granby, Mo. -
Quest students from the Gifted Program at East Newton School District did very well at a recent competition.

In fact, two of the teams will be heading to College Heights, Md., on May 31.

The students attended the competition on Saturday, April 26, in Rolla. Students received a first place trophy and medal in DinoStories, a second place trophy and medals in Road Rally and third place medals in Tee Structures. Both teams of DinoStories and Road Rally members are getting ready to head to the International Finals in College Heights, Md.

"The students will then have competition from all over the world," said Livvia Seufert, coordinator of the gifted program at East Newton. "There will be people from Australia, Great Britain, China -- lots and lots of different countries.

The world competition will have more than 800 teams and more than 18,000 people. We are taking third and fourth graders from both the Triway and the Granby elementaries."

Students going to world competition are Anthony Garnett, William Styron, Megan Arthur, Bayli Judd, Jaide Bradshaw, Dana Palmer and Katrina Eubanks.

Ironically, this is the first time that the gifted students have participated in the Odyssey of the Mind competition.

According to information provided by the school, "Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition that has both long-term and spontaneous problems. The long-term problem allows the student to work on one of six different problems. The students are not allowed to ask for advice or suggestions from anyone outside of their group. A coach may guide the students, but cannot interfere with any building of their projects or coaching of the skits evolved. They can only provide guidance or how to use tools and other items that are needed for solving their problems."

"We are excited about going," said Seufert. "It is just phenomenal."

The students will be riding on a coach bus, similar to a tour bus, with a group from Carthage and Jasper who will also be attending the event. They will leave May 30 and after they finish the competition, students will have one day to spend in the nation's capitol, Washington D.C.

Seufert said the students will have the opportunity to see some of the sights, and hopefully the Smithsonian.

And for the students, well, Seufert said they are pretty excited.

"I have not seen many of them walk on the floor lately, they are still on cloud nine," said Seufert. "They are very excited about going."

Seufert said the experience will last a lifetime, as will skills learned.

"Thinking skills are one of the most important things that we can teach our kids, as far as how to handle problems, we want them to be able to think," Seufert said.

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