Elementary students advance at Odyssey contest

March 22, 2014



Two teams of students from Acton Elementary School are advancing to the Odyssey of the Mind state contest.

They were among seven AES teams and another from Oak Woods School exploring problem-solving skills during the North Texas tournament last month at Southlake Carroll High School.

Advancing were teams led by teacher Katie Agor and Brandy Lillagore. Separately, a non-competitive primary squad coached by Ruth Matheny won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, which is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, either through some aspect of their problem solution or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution.

Students competing were:

AES – Coach Katie Agor (4th place): Tony Castrejon, Vanessa Castillo, Alonzo Lopez, Max McPherson, Wade Molinari, Madison Roman, Liberty Vaughn

AES – Coach Katy Grimes (non-competitive primary team): Gage Alderman, Blair Brown, Abigail Boyd, Abigail Hall, Zach Laylan, Derek Marquardt, Emily Ortiz

AES – Coach Brandy Lillagore (3rd place): Jamie Babbe, Wesley Barefoot, Emma Grace Brown, Abby Davalos, Alexander Funk, Taylor Lawrence, Matthew Walters

AES – Coach Ruth Matheny (non-competitive primary team, Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award): Konner Babiash, Ryan Fleming, Lucas Hyde, Madison McElhaney, Ryan Ray, Abby Stone, Kannon Ward

AES – Coach Shanna McPherson: Noah Brown, Spencer Burnfield, Katie Lou Funk, Brady Pomeroy, Cayden Shattuck, River Thomas, Lilli Williams

AES – Coach Connie Oelschig: Lacy Criswell, Ethan Gustafson, Eliot Hall, Alana Rhodes, Courtney Smith, Adam Stone, Kennedy Tackett

AES – Coach Maggie Walton: Piper Bolton, Katie Callahan, Kambreigh Kirby-Hale, Caroline Rezsofi, Julie Smith, McKenna Smith, Christopher Van Randen

Oak Woods – Coaches Sheri Doucet and Laura Meek: Connor Corb, Logan Hall, Hannah Humphrey, Jonathan Jenkins, Anna Moninger, Avery Thomas

This marks the third year for AES to participate in the competition, while this was the first for Oak Woods.

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.

The state competition will be held on Saturday, April 12.

It will take place at Spring Woods High School in the Houston area.

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