NEW CASTLE – Craig County elementary students learned how to use their minds to come up with creative problem solving, and on March 1, competed against other students in a regional tournament.
It was the first time in years that McCleary Elementary students competed in Odyssey of the Mind, according to their principal.
Although the McCleary team didn’t place in the top three teams in the competition in Rocky Mount, Principal Gennifer Miller said the students did an outstanding job in their first OM competition.
They were Victor Meadows, Valerie Worrell, Sara Drewry, Jaela Hutton, Emma Todd and Autumn Hutchison, who were coached by teacher Melinda Huffman.
“I am very proud of them. This is the first time in many years that McCleary has been represented at this competition, and the students did a fantastic job. It was the first time for Melinda Huffman to coach an Odyssey team,” Miller said. “She did a fantastic job with the students and I appreciate all of her dedication and time.”
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. Although they have a coach, that person cannot help them come up with their project nor their solutions when they go on to competition.
OM competitions are held on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the United States and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.