Teams rise to top in regional, state Odyssey of the Mind

May 5, 2013 

The “ARTitecture” team from Davis Drive Middle School will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships later this month. From left are team members Nathan Mulder, Isabelle Muise, Andrew Lopez, Tom Bonin, Varsha Gopal, Sarah Lawrence and Cheri Caggia.

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Teams from Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Raleigh and Davis Drive Middle School in Cary were among several first-place winners from Wake County in the Eastern Region Odyssey of the Mind Competition in Chapel Hill this spring.

More than 240 teams from across the region competed to solve problems in five categories, and the top two teams in each category were invited to compete at the state competition at East Carolina University last month.

First-place teams from Wake County at the elementary school level came from Brassfield, Davis Drive, Green Hope, Laurel Park, Partnership and Penny Road elementary schools. Teams from Brassfield, Mills Park, North Ridge, Sycamore Creek and Joyner earned second place.

At the secondary level, teams from Carnage Middle, Davis Drive Middle, Green Hope High, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Forest-Rolesville High earned first place. Teams from Davis Drive Middle, Enloe High, Ligon Middle and Wake Forest-Rolesville High earned second-place titles.

Competing on the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy team were Nicolas Wentworth, Ansh Sawant, Jack Pierce, Zackary Singletary and Brandon Yarborough.

From Davis Drive Middle School, the “ARTitecture” team of Tom Bonin, Cheri Caggia, Varsha Gopal, Sarah Lawrence, Andrew Lopez, Isabelle Muise and Nathan Mulder earned a first-place title and on two different second-place teams were Alex Chung, Anu Joy, Arjun Keshava, Matthew Rossi, Mason Rowland, Matthew Schmithorst, Alex Shostak, Rachel Chen, Namrata Jumani, Claire Manning, Michael Mizak, Ruda Nighot, Megan Phillips and Ruchi Sarkar.

The ARTitecture team from Davis Drive Middle placed second in the state competition last month, earning them an invitation to compete in the World Championships later this month at Michigan State University. They will be joined by teams from Carnage Middle, Green Hope High, Partnership Elementary and Sycamore Creek Elementary.

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