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May 31, 2012
– The C. J. Hooker Middle School’s “Odyssey Angels” Odyssey of
the Mind team showed its creative talents when it placed
12th out of 57 teams --
7th in performance --
at the 33rd Annual Odyssey of the Mind World
Finals on May 23-26 at Iowa State University.
Teammates Mackenzie Kurek, Kate Laskoski, Freddi
Semel, Darcy McDowell, Abigail Lewis, Reilly Miller and Kelly Fellenzer,
under the guidance of coaches Beth Laskoski and Kathy Kurek,
competed alongside hundreds of teams from
countries around the world including Canada, China, Germany, Hungary,
Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, and
The team participated in a pin
trading ceremony and Float and Banner Parade, and met the members of
their Buddy Team from Mexico as well as other OMers from all over the
About Odyssey of the Mind
There are two components to Odyssey of the Mind: long-term and
For long-term, students must create an eight minute
skit in response to a problem synopsis given beforehand. These change
every year and fall into five general categories: mechanical/vehicle,
technical performance, classics, structure and performance.
According to the Odyssey of the Mind website, teams
who participated in the “Odyssey Angels” long-term problem had to create
and present a performance where a group of students travel throughout
one or more team-created places where they encounter negative
situations. These “Odyssey Angels” change what they find and turn them
into positive situations.
On their journey, they help two individuals with
different problems and help save an entire community from a bad
situation. One Odyssey Angel cannot speak, and another has a special
The members of the C. J. Hooker Middle School team
took a unique approach to their solution problem. The Virus (Reilly
Miller) and her sidekick (Abigail Lewis) are draining all the energy out
of Tech Town. The Odyssey Angels (Kate Laskoski and Mackenzie Kurek)
must help a Couch Potato (Darcy McDowell) and a book suffering from
Scholaticosis (Freddi Semel/Kelly Fellenzer)* before they can defeat the
virus and return the energy to their community.
During the spontaneous portion of the competition,
five students from each team participate in an on-the-spot problem that
is verbal, hands-on or verbal hands-on. For example, during a hands-on
spontaneous problem, students may be asked to use certain materials to
create a catapult that will project marbles.
* Original team member Freddi Semel was unable
to attend the State Competition. Her spot was filled by classmate Kelly
Fellenzer. All seven girls competed
at the World Finals in Iowa.