Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their solution to the problem at a competition. Western Sky's 7th and 8th Grade Team won 2nd place at both Regionals and State Competitions! Congratulations to this team with coaches Mrs. Barton & Mr. Hansen.
The problem this year was "Opposites Distract." Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams had to create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance, this character lures others into silly arguments. The arguments had to be presented using different dramatic styles and include attention-getting effects. In the end, the group learns that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before he/she takes control.
Team members must be creative and willing to put in many hours to plan, practice, and present their performance. We are proud of this team who showed that hard work pays off!
A few of the team members present when the Governing Board recognized their achievements.