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Teams participate in Odyssey of the Mind competition

Teams from Langley Elementary School, Spratley Gifted Center, and Hampton High School participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 4.  Teams from throughout the region participated in the event.

The team from Langley competed in Problem 1, Catch Us If You Can.  The team was charged with creating three different vehicles each with different methods of propulsion, along with a student-created skit and original props.  The team won third place.  Team members are:  Jaris Crosby, Mason Holleran, Megan Kearney, Tien Nguyen, Lazar Suzic, and Ashlynn Wallace.

Melanie Martin, the OM sponsor for Langley said, “The team worked hard for months after school to create their solution to the problem, as well as practice for a spontaneous challenge at the tournament.  They proudly represented Langley Leopards in their tie-dyed and uniquely designed t-shirts.”

Students from Spratley earned sixth place overall.  According to the middle school coach, Danielle Smith, the students spent a year writing a script, building their set, props and costumes.  They rehearsed many hours after school, including Saturdays.  The team consisted of the following students: Alyssa Jo Lemley, Camielle Wilson, Hannah Bunting, Corbin Smith, Astrid Cain, Rowan McAddo, and Kaylee Lukkarila.  Kalli Lemley served as the elementary school coach.

The Hampton High OM team placed third in the regional competition.  Team members are: Jhane Robinson, Monica Nguyen, Maia Griffith, Aniyah Jackson, and Haley Roberts.  They competed in the Problem 5 Category - “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.”

The Hampton High team is still fairly young as this is only their second year in competing in the OM competition.


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