Fisher Odyssey of the Mind Team Qualifies for Worlds!
A Tradition of Excellence Continues
The Ewing Schools has a strong tradition of achievement in the arts, academics and athletics, and for many years an important part of that was the school district’s outstanding performance in Odyssey of the Mind.
Earlier this month, another chapter was written in that history as Fisher Middle School’s Odyssey of the Mind team qualified for the World Championships being held at Michigan State University May 22-25, 2019!
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Interestingly enough, the Fisher squad got to compete on some home turf, as Ewing High School hosted the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, April 6th. The FMS team has qualified for the state championship at the Coastal Plains Regional tournament on March 2nd at Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School. The team competed against other regional state team champions, who had placed first and second to advance to the state tournament and went on to claim second place in the state, which earned the FMS students a slot at the prestigious World Championship!
The problem the team had to solve had the following guidelines: Imagine how inspiring Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop must have been. Teams were asked to portray Leonardo DaVinci’s workplace in an original, creative performance that included Leonardo DaVinci, a patron, and a naysayer. The team had to recreate a DaVinci painting, make a three-dimensional representation of one of his works, and recreate another DaVinci work in any form the team wanted. There had to be an original “debunked” creation that DaVinci “invented” but discarded because it was mocked.
Faced with this challenge, the Fisher team spent months creating their solutions and did an outstanding job presenting them on the day of the regional tournament placing first in the long-term solution category and tying for first in the style category. The team missed first place by a mere 1.60 points. At the state finals the team placed second with a solid combined total score of three hundred eight points!
The team of FMS students heading to Worlds consists of Maggie Morrison, Nich Benedetti, Amelia Washington, Eva Washington, Shelby Edouard, Alex Rivera and Brielle Jenkins.
“We are very proud of our students,” FMS Principal Dr. Maggy Hanna stated. “It was a pleasure to watch them compete and they are outstanding ambassadors of our strong academic program. I wish the very best of luck, and times, at the World Championship!”
At the Coastal Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament the Ewing Public Schools was represented by additional outstanding teams from each of our district schools. Interesting enough, each of these teams competed in the same problem, Opposites Distract.
The Ewing High School Odyssey of the Mind team, consisting of Seniors David Treder and Greg Silagy along with Juniors Hanna Stutzman, Morgan Tiziker, Kelley Davison, and Isabella Pschar and had a terrific showing at the Coastal Plains tournament and tied for third place after performing a fabulous solution to the Opposites Distract long term problem #5 involving talking fruits and vegetables, a chef and a devilish egg. The scenery creatively mimicked a refrigerator, sink, and kitchen island. “The EHS coaches were incredibly proud of their team because of their cohesiveness and unity was reflected in their attention to detail and creative use of kitchen supplies,” EHS Principal Ed Chmiel stated.
Fisher Middle School 2019 Odyssey of the Mind Teams with Coach Butera:
FMS Problem 5 Team Members: Lina Abtouche, Sarah Ashenfelter, Alan Chausse, Catherine Hawkins (Evie), Franchesca Edouard, Kailey Jacobs
The Antheil Elementary School Odyssey Team was comprised of Audrina Monique Cohall, Eric Green, Jayla Little, Eva Mastroianni, Joel Parsons, Alexandria Shaltis and Anaya Williams. The squad worked very hard over the past couple of months writing a script and creating props. Students' creativity and engagement shined throughout this process. “This was a special group that was always putting their best work forward,” Principal Jen Whitner stated. “The coaches and Antheil school could not be prouder of the dedication and work of these students.”
Lore’s Odyssey of the Mind team earned 3rd place in the Division I competition at the Coastal Plains Regional Tournament on March 2, 2019. Lore OotM team members are Michael Hood, Kadence Owusu-Mensah, Kellen Fisher, Kaitlyn Owusu-Mensah, Harley Pryor, Dylan Rutkowski and Jack Storie. The team performed an eight minute skit for the problem “Opposites Distract”. Students worked for months writing the script and designing their costumes and set. Two weeks prior to the competition, the team met daily to complete the set and rehears their lines. The judges were impressed with the team’s skit, saying they “loved the costumes” and “loved the set and humor.” The team coaches, Mrs. Pschar and Ms. Mamo, are very proud of the students’ hard work and well deserved 3rd place finish.
Parkway School Odyssey of the Mind team competed with a group of six, first-year members, and was able to come together as a team, and create an outstanding and memorable performance. Putting their brains together this season has created strong and healthy friendships. The members: Tori Steever, Trent Steever, Paityn Jackson, Nevaeh Charles, Teagan Clarke, Paul Fink, Jr. and Jon Smith, had such a fun time in Odyssey of the Mind, this season, and they look forward to seeing what next year problems have in store for them!