Middle school team places second in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

In back, from left, are winners Andrew Hopkins, Catie Shelly, Lindsay LeCoq, Thomas Navarro and Jack Arndt. In front, from left, are winners Spencer Arndt and Nick Pittman.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A team of middle-schoolers from Johns Creek’s Holy Redeemer Catholic School took home second place in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University in May.

The students faced competition throughout the year from various teams in Georgia and around the world. Over 800 teams from the U.S. and 30 countries competed at the championships.

Odyssey of the Mind is founded on the idea of promoting innovative thinking and recognizes exceptional creativity through the worldwide competition. Teams at the finals worked for months on one of five problems and were considered to be the best in their state or country.

Beginning in September 2011, the Holy Redeemer team of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders dedicated time before school and on weekends to reaching the world finals, which required winning regional and state competitions throughout the year.

At the world championships, the group of seven Holy Redeemer students competed against 56 other teams in their division. Their solution tackled the concept of our dependency on technology. With creative engineering, acting and humor, the team was able to bring home the second-place trophy.

“I’m so proud of all of our students that have competed in Odyssey of the Mind this year,” said Kim Woods, coordinator for the OOTM program at Holy Redeemer. “I think Odyssey of the Mind will have a bright future at our school.”

Holy Redeemer team members included Jack Arndt, Spencer Arndt, Andrew Hopkins, Lindsay LeCoq, Thomas Navarro, Nick Pittman and Catie Shelley.

More information about Odyssey of the Mind can be found at www.odysseyofthemind.com.

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