Odyssey of the Mind

2011 Odyssey World Competition - May 2011

The 6th grade team turned in their strongest long-term solution of the season and finished in the top half of their division and problem in long-term.  They were the youngest in their division, competing against 7th and 8th graders from around the world, and at their second World Finals, they proved once again that they are an exceptional team.

At their fourth consecutive World Finals, the 8th grade team performed at their usual high level and came in 12th overall in the world, presenting a world-class long-term solution and displaying stellar style.  As they prepare to move into the next division, these children bring with them a wealth of technical skills, creative ability and a rare level of teamwork and experience.

These two teams competed against teams from not only around the country, but against teams from countries such as China, Singapore, India, and Poland.  Both teams came away with invaluable experience, working well under extreme pressure and representing themselves and their school at the greatest possible level.  Both teams would like to thank all those who supported them in their efforts to attend World Finals this year.

This past Odyssey of the Mind season was an incredible success, thanks to the efforts of all seven teams that participated and turned in amazing results across the board. Thanks to all of these teams’ coaches, parents and supporters for helping these children learn about their true potential and how truly amazing they really are.


6th Grade Team


8th Grade Team - 12th Place Overall in the World

2 Odyssey Teams Advance to World Competition - April 2011

Sarasota Christian School sent an unprecedented five teams to the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition.  Sarasota Christian’s primary team performed their long-term solution beautifully and participated in the Awards Ceremony with other primary teams from around the State of Florida.  The school’s 5th grade team made an admirable showing at their first state competition, coming in 9th place, demonstrating first-rate teamwork and gaining invaluable competition experience.  The 2nd/3rd grade team came in 6th place, just missing a ribbon by less than one point.  What makes this team’s performance even more impressive is that they are 2nd and 3rd graders competing against other teams made up of children as old as 5th graders.

The school’s veteran 6th grade team made a huge impact on their new division by pulling out a second place victory and earning the opportunity to compete at World Competition at the University of Maryland over the Memorial Day weekend.  The amazing 8th grade team completed a 3-year sweep of their division and problem by finishing first after presenting a truly stunning solution to their problem.  This team has also earned the opportunity to compete at World Competition in May against children from around the globe.

As two of Sarasota Christian School’s Odyssey of the Mind teams head to World Finals at the University of Maryland, they would like to thank all of those who have so generously donated towards their trip.  The teams would like to recognize their following Silver Sponsors:

  • Commercial Refrigerator Door Co
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
  • Kiwanis Club of Sarasota
  • Torrington Brush Works

Thanks again to all those who have helped make this invaluable trip for these children a reality!

8th Grade States 

8th Grade Team - 1st Place

6th Grade States

 6th Grade Team - 2nd Place

5 Odyssey Teams Advance to State Competition - March 2011
SCS is so excited to be the school with the most teams from their region heading to the state competition.

First Place Regional Champions going to State Competition:
8th grade coached by Jeff Kral and Karen Ferguson
6th grade coached by Cathy Quiros and Susan Kral
2nd/3rd grade coached by Lynne Streitmatter and Kim Byers
Third Place Winners and going to State Competition:
5th grade coached by Bobbi Workman and Laurie DeLoach
Primary Team Winners going to States Competition:
K-2nd graders coached by Patti Thirion
Strong performances were also turned in by our 6th grade LeTour Guide team coached by Jim Chagnon and by our 4th grade Unhinged Structure team coached by Andy Cappar.

OMER Award Recipient (teams must be nominated for this award - only 3 were given)
6th grade Good as Gold...ber team coached by Cathy Quiros - Given by the Spontaneous Judges

Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; 
let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:5

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.