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SCHOOLS: IRSD students win two Odyssey of the Mind state championships

Two Indian River School District teams captured state championships at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware on March 6.

A team coached by Lisa Forney took first place in the "Nature Trail'R" category for Division III (high school), while a team coached by Forney and Becky Burton won first place in the "Food Court" category for Division II (middle school). In addition, a district Division I (elementary school) team coached by Jeff and Terri Evan received the prestigious Renatra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity.

The Forney team that won the "Nature Trail'R" competition consisted of students from Indian River and Sussex Central high schools. Team members were Amanda Schultz, Carol Linde, Payton Saxton, Macy Lyons, Jessica Gude and Holly Kaufman. This team also took third place in the "Food Court" category for Division III.

The Forney/Burton team that took first place in the "Food Court" category consisted of students from Selbyville Middle School, Millsboro Middle School, Southern Delaware School of the Arts and Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Team members were Cory Burton, Jack Saxton, Farris Hauck, Logan Robinson, Matthew Lyons, Matthew Parsons and Josh Kleinstuber.

The Evan team that received the Renatra Fusca Award while finishing third in the "Food Court" category for Division I consisted of students from East Millsboro Elementary School, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Long Neck Elementary School and Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Team members were Andrew Evan, David Fike, Maggie Ford, Lily Zechiel, Lauren Thornberg, Brittany Ritter and Karrsin Mitchell.

Another district middle school team also took second place in both the "Nature Trail'R" and "Discovered Treasures" categories for Division II. Team members were Cameron Goff, Madison McCabe, Eliza Bomhardt, Natalia Elling, Randy Short and Mallory Nielsen.

Both first-place teams and the Renatra Fusca Award winners qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals to be held May 26-29 at Michigan State University.

Indian River School District students have won 32 Odyssey of the Mind state titles since 2000.

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