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The Liberty High School Odyssey of the Mind team was excited as they arrived at World Finals to compete with 827 teams from around the country and the world.
Staying on campus at Michigan State University, the team of seasoned Odyssey of the Mind veterans put together a solution that placed 6th in the world. This is the 34th annual competition and more than 8,000 participants from around the world came together for an epic week of competition, camaraderie and fun.
The Liberty students have been working since November to complete their solution to the technical problem, “The E-Mail Must Go Through!” They were judged in three areas — the presentation of the solution, their team’s artistic “style” — and how they solved a problem on the spot (referred to as “Spontaneous”).
In addition to the competition, the team participated in the Creativity Festival, manning the Virginia booth. The team was a hit, drawing crowds with their offer to do push-ups for participants who were successful in the activity at the booth.
The team is composed of six students, four of which are graduating this year. Audra VanDerwerker, Joey Delledera, Autumn Foster and Amanda Pace are the graduating seniors; Cade Skalka and Nol Eagle are juniors. All the students involved in Odyssey were delighted to be part of World Finals and represented Liberty High School and Bedford with pride and happiness.
Bedford County Public Schools has offered Odyssey of the Mind for many years. Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that helps students develop creativity, problem-solving, and team work.