Two teams from C.W. Davis Middle School won their divisions at the State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on March 29 at Columbus State University.
Both teams will advance to the World Finals on May 27-June 1 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
The Stackable Structure team from C.W. Davis won first by performing a coral-reef-based skit while testing an 18-gram, three-piece balsa structure, which held 800 pounds of weight. Team members are Mac Arendall, Ava Hager, Hannah Lee, Connor McCary, Emily Shewbert, Misa Suh and Sofia Torres. Kim Carroll is the coach.
The Not So Haunted House team performed a skit based on a haunted house of candy that lured children to enter through enticing props, such as a singing witch and special effects including the house growing two stories with moving characters. Team members are Liset Cruz, Lauren Henares, Grae Kiscunas, Brina Lykins, Brook Lykins, Jaydan Robinson and Jonathan Walls. Cheri Greer is the coach.
A team from the Da Vinci Academy received the “Renato Fusco Award,” which is awarded to the team with exceptional creativity. The award also carries an automatic qualifier to the World Finals. Team members are Kristina Nash, Roni Nash, Christi Diaz, Riley Catledge, Katie Burch, Avery Goss and Kinsey Lee. David and Staci Tunkel are the coaches.
Seven other Odyssey of the Mind teams competing in the state contest were from Hall County. They earned entry into the state final by placing in the regional contest March 1 at C.W. Davis Middle School.
Other teams were from Spout Springs School of Enrichment, Da Vinci Academy at South Hall Middle School, C.W. Davis Middle School, West Hall Middle School, Johnson High School and Friendship Elementary School.
The purpose of Odyssey of the Mind is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for everyone and to foster original and divergent thinking.