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Poquoson Odyssey of the Mind Teams Sweep Regional Tournament
By Nancy E. Sheppard

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On Saturday, March 16, 2019, 77 teams of students in grades 3-12 from the Hampton Roads area competed in the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament at Menchville High School. Six teams from Poquoson competed at the tournament. All six of the Poquoson teams placed 1st and qualified for the State Finals on April 6, 2019 at Manassas Park High School in Manassas, VA.

Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is an international problem-solving competition that promotes creative thinking skills. OotM encourages students to use unique and creative problem solving skills while working together as a team to find solutions.

Teams selected a problem from one of five categories: vehicle, technical/ performance, classics, structure, or performance.

After showing the projects that they had spent months preparing, the teams were given spontaneous challenges and asked to solve problems that they had never seen until entering the competition room.

Poquoson Elementary School
1st Place – Hide in Plain Sight: Nathan Heineman, Jacob Heineman, Hunter Martin, Peyton Bradley, Declan Murianka, Ruby Philbeck, and Evan Stillion
1st Place – Structure Toss: Carlton Gill, Mikayla McDaniels, Beau Baggett, Charlee Libby, Evelyn Smith, Skyler Duckworth, and Ayla Weidemann

Poquoson Middle School
1st Place – Classics…Leonardo’ s Workshop: Kennedy Charles, Elizabeth Lamprecht, Victoria Lamprecht, Cassidy Larson, Karen Lee, Kate Lee, and Emalee McAdams
1st Place – Sturcture Toss: Cameron Brewer, Jason Norville, AJ Smith, Kristopher Holloway, Dylan Robinson, and Ethan Jordan

PMS and PHS Team
1st Place – OMER to the Rescue, Again: Colton Wojewoda, Connor McDaniels, Ella Tinsley, Ella Clarke, Kate Elliot, Cooper Martin, and Sienna Donavant

Poquoson High School
1st Place – Structure: Elisabeth Baggett, Colby Baker, Zachary Register, Brody Weston, Kaitlyn Stone, Avery Baker, and Sean Stanton


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