Acton students solve the problem

March 9, 2013


Teams from Acton Elementary School competed at the Odyssey of the Mind regional problem-solving competition in Tyler last Saturday.

Several students are advancing to the state contest.

The three teams qualifying for state on April 12-13 at Spring Woods High School in Houston are:

Wesley Barefoot, Landon DuBois, Graham Garrison, Ethan Gustafson, Justin Lloyd (placed second in Problem 2).

Jamie Babbe, Abby Davalos, Ashlynn Durdin, Taylor Lawrence, Chloe Layland, Jody Sonderer, Tiffany Wynne, (placed first in Problem 3).

Lacy Criswell, Alexander Funk, Kambriegh Kirby-Hale, Julie Smith, McKenna Smith, Kennedy Tackett, Matthew Walters, (placed second in Problem 5).

Also placing fifth in Problem 5, but not advancing were Emma Grace Brown, Joe Dias, Tucker Judge, Kylie Pickett, Caroline Rezsofi and Madisen Williams.

The regional contest also featured two AES primary teams of younger students that took part, but are not eligible to advance:

Team 1 – Abby Boyd, Spencer Burnfield, Tony Castrejon, Katie Lou Funk, Zach Layland, Abby Stone.

Team 2 – Lucas Hyde, Wade Molinari, Brady Pomeroy, Madison Roman, River Seymour, Lilli Williams.

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.

Coaches for the teams are teachers Brandy Lillagore, Ruth Matheny, Shanna McPherson, Angie Molinari, Connie Oelschig and Deborah Sullivan.

Also serving as volunteers were principal Anna Roe, assistant principal Karla Willmeth, as well as teachers Phyllis Bolton and Carrie Sonderer and aide Courtney Keathley.

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