Odyssey of the Mind

This year SCS had a record number of participants.  Fifty-two students participated making up eight teams coached by 17 parents.  The teams prepare all year for the Regional Competition in March.  Five teams advanced to the State Competition in April.  Three of those five teams earn first place in their problem and division at States advancing them to the World Competition in May where two teams placed in the top 3.


World Competition - May 2012

SCS Teams Rank 2nd & 3rd in the WORLD!

SCS sent three Odyssey of the Mind teams to the World Competition in Iowa, which was the most teams being sent by any school in the state of Florida.  Over 800 teams participated in the competition and over 22,000 people attended the final evening awards ceremony.

The school's 7th grade team, competed for the third year in a row in the world arena.  The team performed at an exceptional level in all three scoring elements and placed 2nd in the world in its problem and division.

SCS's 9th grade team competed for the fifth year in a row and entered a new division this year, becoming the youngest in its division and competing against other teams made up of stduents in 9th through 12th grades. This SCS team, a Florida Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award winner, placed 3rd in the world in its problem and division. (The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind.  It is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity and is a way to acknowledge and encourage creative thinking and risk-taking.)

SCS's 6th grade team competed at this level for the first time and had a great performance, placing 19th in its problem and division.

7th Grade Team

2nd Place in the World in their problem and division

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Coach George Alberici, Coach Susan Kral, Jarrett Shamp, Caleb Streitmatter, Dr. Sam Micklus (founder of Odyssey of the Mind), Marina Alberici, Emma Kral, and Brittany Swart

 

9th Grade Team

3rd Place in the World in their problem and division

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Gabe Streitmatter, Reid Ferguson, Dr. Sam Micklus, (Odyssey of the Mind founder), Gunnar Kral, Becca Brigham, Chloe Thirion, Jilissa Zoltko, Bailey Williams, and Coach Jeff Kral.  Not pictured Coach Karen Ferguson

 


Special Thanks to Our Team Sponsors

7th & 9th Grade Team Sponsors

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Charles & Chase
Haney Developers
Ralph W. Holjes, CPA
Jackson Hewitt Technology Services
Lacey Realty, Inc.
Lyn Allen, Inc
Dr. McAninch, Pediatric Dentist
Performance Electrical Services
Sarasota Christian School
Sarasota Neurology
Torrington Brush Works

6th Grade Team Sponsors

The Bonner Family
Michael J. Bell, Esq.
B & I Contractors
Brock 360 Full Circle Pest Management
Barbara Carlton
Casto Southeast
J. P. Lacey Enterprises, LLC
Old Dominion Freight Line
Sarasota Christian School
Greg Steube
Valek Insurance

State Competition - April 2012

SCS sent five teams to the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition.  All performed at a high level, with three teams placing first in their problem and advancing to the World Competition May 23-26!  SCS is sending the most teams to Worlds than any other school in the State.

The 9th grade team also received the most prestigious award called the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. It represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind.  It is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity and is a way to acknowledge and encourage creative thinking and risk-taking.

6th Grade Team

1st Place in their problem and division.

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Kyle Crowley, Colin Schoening, Sam De Loach, Paul Stephen Hutchinson-Maltagahti, Emmalie Brock, Callie Schlabach, Katie Bonner.  Not shown are coaches Stephanie Crowley and Maureen Schoening

7th Grade “Veterans” Team

1st Place in their problem and division.

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Marina Alberici, Coach Susan Kral, Caleb Streitmatter, Jarrett Shamp, Emma Kral, Coach George Alberici, Brittany Swart

9th Grade Team

1st Place in their problem and division.  Also earn prestigious Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award.

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Coach Jeff Kral, Gabe Streitmatter, Reid Ferguson, Chloe Thirion, Becca Brigham, Jilissa Zoltko, Gunnar Kral, Coach Karen Ferguson, Bailey Williams


Regional Competition - March 2012

Sarasota Christian School sent eight teams to compete against about 180 teams from the region which consists of schools from Sarasota south through Naples.  All eight of Sarasota Christian’s teams performed at an exceptional level, with five of the seven competitive teams earning a trip to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition to be held on UCF’s campus in Orlando on April 14th.   This is the second year in a row that the school has sent five teams to Orlando, and the first year that it has sent a high school team.

In summary, the school’s K/1st grade team performed at an extraordinary level, gaining invaluable experience.  SCS’ 3rd grade team came in third in its division for weight held in an extremely technical problem, and the school’s 4th/5th grade team came in 4th overall in its division and problem.  The remaining five teams that will compete at the State Competition are as follows:

Primary Team

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Rhett Thirion, Ashton Pires, Garrett Sennott, Tyler Shank, Holden Schlabach, Savannah Yoder, Courtney Stutzman Not Pictured Coaches Patti Thirion, Andrea Stone, Pamela Sennott

3rd Grade Team

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Luke Underwood, Devlin Hall, Griffin Schlabach, Davis Schlabach, Ryan Shank, Faith Rice, Mackenzie Stutzman, Coaches Julie Shank and Brad Schlabach

3rd/4th Grade Team

Came in 3rd place in their division/problem and earned a chance to the State Competition for the 2nd year in a row.

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Jaena Shamp, Karissa Byers, Tori Miller, Lance Quiros, Emma Johnson, Carson Yoder, Josh Streitmatter Not pictured: Coaches Kim Byers and Lynne Streitmatter

4th/5th Grade Team

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Emerson Morris, Leah Crowley, Rebekah Shenk, Ryan Moore, Kevin Brock, Fisher Schlabach

6th Grade Team

Came in 1st place in their division/problem, having competed against children as old as 8th grade and earned a chance to compete at the State Competition for the 2nd time.

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Colin Schoening, Samantha DeLoach, Kyle Crowley, Paul Stephen Hutchinson-Maltaghati, Katie Bonner, Emmalie Brock, Callie Schlabach Not pictured:  Coaches Stephanie Crowley and Maureen Schoening

7th Grade Girls Team

Came in 3rd place in their division/problem, earning a chance to compete at the State Competition for the 1st time.

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Penny Gomez, Michelle Gallatin, Claudia King, Olivia Valek, Lexi DeHart, Bailee Mast, Coaches Jim and Gala Chagnon

7th Grade “Veteran” Team

Came in 1st place in their division/problem, earning a chance to compete at the State Competition for the 4th time.

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Jarrett Shamp, Brittany Swart, Emma Kral, Marina Alberici, Caleb Streitmatter Not pictured: Coaches George Alberici and Susan Kral

9th Grade Team

Came in 2nd place in their division/problem, having competed against children as old as 12th grade and earned a chance to compete at the State Competition for the 6th time.

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Coach Jeff Kral, Gabe Streitmatter, Reid Ferguson, Becca Brigham, Chloe Thirion, Gunnar Kral, Jilissa Zoltko, Coach Karen Ferguson, Bailey Williams

 


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.