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Lore Odyssey of the Mind Team Qualifies for States!

Immediate Release

March 7, 2022

Odyssey of the Mind is back, and a team from the Ewing Schools is once again back on top and heading to the state championship!

Odyssey of the Mind, abbreviated OotM, is a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also participate in the spontaneous portion of the competition by generating solutions to a problem they have not seen before. While the long-term problem solution often takes many months to complete and involves various elements of theatrical performance, construction and design, the spontaneous portion occurs on the day of the competition.

The Lore Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) team nervously woke up early on Saturday morning and left at 6:00AM to travel to Woodstown to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind Coastal Plains Regional Tournament. 

With COVID restrictions still in place, no audience members were permitted to support the team in the long-term problem and only team members and coaches were permitted to enter the school building for the competition.

 The Lore OotM team competed in the Division 1 Long Term Problem:  Life is a Circus in the Performance Problem category.  The problem to be solved is below.

Sometimes life seems like a circus! Teams will create a performance about a young person enjoying a regular life in our world who wakes up one day to discover they somehow were transported into a circus world. In the circus world there will be original animals performing unexpected tricks, a clown, circus acts, and a ringmaster that announces the activities. The young person returns to the regular world thinking it was all a dream until they see a mysterious figure that turns out to be from the circus.

The traditional end of day ceremony to announce the winners was held virtually Sunday evening over Zoom and over 300 people attended the virtual event.  The Lore School OotM members were thrilled to be with their families and hear the great news that they had won their division and would be heading to the New Jersey Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament at Princeton High School on April 9th.

“We are very proud of our students and appreciative of our coaches,” Lore School Principal Kelly Kawalek stated.  “They worked very hard during a challenging time to prepare for regionals, and to see them win their division was wonderful.  I know they have had a great learning experience, and they will be outstanding representatives of Lore School at the state competition.” 



Lore Odyssey of the Mind team members:  Colton Bush, Jake Bush, Samantha Johnson, Chidera Nkemka, Eden Riordan, Alexandra Tucker and Norah Velez 

Lore Odyssey of the Mind Coaches:  Tori Pschar and Stephanie Mamo