A team from Southbridge Fellowship Church in Raleigh was the top-performing local squad at the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
The Southbridge team received a third-place trophy in the middle-school division for the “Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends” problem. Teams had to create and present a humorous performance depicting problem solving from the perspective of three different animals.
In their eight-minute performance, the Southbridge team had a bat with expanding wings, a seahorse made out of soda straws and a 7-foot penguin made out of push broom bristles work together. According to the skit, “they landed on Idiom Island and saved the world from Global Cooling caused by a large outbreak of Hipsters!”
Other students portrayed Kathy the kitty (a news anchor), a wise old owl, a shaggy dog and the vintage turtle complete with a steel drum musical shell.
The team members are Madyson Hastings, Kellen Hileman, Abigail Mabe, Alli Moore, Caden Moore, Kate Sherman and Noah Treichler. The coaches are Andy Moore and Ryan Treichler.
Three members are homeschooled, three attend Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh and one attends Hilburn Academy in Raleigh.
More than 830 teams were expected to attend the 37th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which were held May 25-28 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.
A total of 11 teams from the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind’s Eastern Region, including eight from Wake County, qualified for the World Finals.