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Rockford shines in Odyssey of the Mind competition

By Jeannie Gregory

The Rockford area was positively represented in the regional competition of Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday at Greenville Middle School.

Rockford sent 18 competitive and seven primary teams for the event. Rockford competed in the Central Michigan Region 13 division and an impressive 11 Rockford teams placed high enough to move on to the state competition.

The primary level is pupils who are in kindergarten through second grades and the competitive level features third-graders through high school pupils.

Five Rockford elementary schools were represented in the Nature Trail'R Division I competition. Roguewood Elementary claimed the top score with 301.8 points. The team was followed closely by the Parkside Elementary team with 299.42 points. Belmont, Crestwood and Lakes Elementary Schools followed in fourth, fifth and sixth places.

In Nature Trail'R Division II competition, the team from North Rockford Middle School claimed first with 350 points. Greenville Middle School followed in second with 253.46 points.

In the Discovered Treasures Division I competition, Valley View Elementary School claimed first with 323.45 points. The team from Roguewood Elementary claimed seventh with 218.98 points.

In the Discovered Treasures Division II competition, Assumption BVM Catholic School claimed second place with 327.24 points, just behind Greenville Middle Schools first-place finish.

Food Court Division I found the four Rockford teams in the top four spots. Cannonsburg Elementary claimed first with 324.37 points, followed by Valley View Elementary, Roguewood Elementary and Parkside Elementary. Assumption BVM Catholic School placed sixth, followed by Valley View Elementary in eighth place and Valley View Elementary School in 10th.

In Food Court Division II North Rockford Middle School Team A placed first with 346.08 and North Rockford Middle School Team B claimed second with 302.77. The team from Assumption BVM Catholic School placed third with 287.85.

In Food Court Division III Rockford High School claimed first with 350 points.

Rockford claimed two prestigious awards on the day. The Cannonsburg Elementary earned the Outstanding OMER Award - which is awarded for their unique and perfect portrayal of the character, "Granny-Ola." Another Parkside Elementary team received the Ranatra Fusca Outstanding Creativity Award for their creativity, humor and character acting throughout their entire performance. The Parkside team will now move on due to the prestigious honor.

According to Odyssey of the Mind coordinatior Linda Blackmore, Parkside's Ranatra Fusca is the 12th team that Rockford has sent to the state finals with the prestigious designation.

The number of winning teams that advance to the state finals are determined by the number of teams registered in a division.

The 11 Rockford teams that qualified will compete at Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Ave., Grand Rapids, April 17.

Go creative Rams!

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