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Prep Students Advance to State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Two Georgia Military College Prep School Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament held on March 13th in Flowery Branch, Ga. Both teams scored well enough to advance to the state competition which will be held on April 10 at Columbus State University. Team members Chad Freeman, Jasmine Mack, Shekinah Umuna, Hunter Newell, Sarai Mapp, Heather Norton, and Hannah Gibb earned first place in Division II for their interpretation of “Discovered Treasures” (Problem 3). Team members Liam Fairbrass, Alex White, Bronte Joseph, Jeff Conner, and Analese Bridges earned second place in Division II for their interpretation of “Nature Trail’R” (Problem 1). GMC Prep had two additional teams compete in February at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament in Lilburn. All four teams will advance to the State Finals. GMC Prep has been competing in Odyssey of the Mind competitions for the past four years. In 2009, one of GMC’s teams advanced to the state competition, earning first place and an invitation to the world finals at Iowa State University where they placed 6th in their division. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Teams of students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Each team had to solve a problem and present their solution to the problem in the form of an 8 minute skit. According to the website, www.georgiaodyssey.org, students work in teams to learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining self- confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget to learn to manage money. They see that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem and that sometimes the process in more important than the end result. The “Discovered Treasures” team is pictured left to right, Hunter Newell, Jasmine Mack, Hannah Gibb, Sarai Mapp, Heather Norton, and Chad Freeman (Shekinah Umuna not pictured). The “Nature Trail’R” team is pictured left to right, (front) Bronte Joseph and Jeff Conner; (back) Liam Fairbrass, Analese Bridges, and Alex White. ###