Odyssey teams face tough challenge from junior high

Teams at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition in Holbrook on Feb.

24 found their toughest challenge was topping students from Kingman Junior High School.

An eighth-grade team coached by Daysha Roberts and assistant coach Marilyn Westercamp took first place in its division.

Team members include Jacob Wendt, Kendra Skousen, Meghan Smith, Stephanie McGiffert, Shayna Penrod, Christopher Williams and Jordan McMillon.

A grade 7-8 team coached by Jay Roberts took second place in its division.

That team was comprised of Ryan Abella, Seth Gibelyou, Angelica Amador, Rebecca Wageman, Amanda McCord and Mandy Walters.

"Odyssey of the Mind is for kids not into sports but who are quick thinkers," Daysha Roberts said.

"It teaches them to think spontaneously and solve problems found in today's world."

Both teams will advance to a state competition to be held in Sedona on March 24.

About 2,800 students are expected to compete there, Daysha Roberts said.

There were 45 teams at the regional event, Daysha Roberts said.

Each team had to do a long-term problem and spontaneous problem in the competition, though those problems varied by division.

Daysha Roberts provided this synopsis of a play called "Idiom Inspiration" her team presented for its long-term problem.

"A family of pits – the Pitt family – has found a home that smells.

The Pitts also smell really bad.

One of the Pitts, Terry (who is not the best thing since sliced bread) has been kicked out because he smells too sweet.

Stinky quotes one of the idioms, 'This skunk has nothing on me,' because the skunk doesn't smell nearly as bad as Stinky.

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