SUMTER COUNTY ELEMENTARY WINS FIRST IN DIVISION I AT ODYSSEY OF THE MIND COMPETITION
Students at Sumter County Elementary School quickly learn to conquer any challenge. On Saturday, March 19, 2011, a team of seven students and their coaches, parents and other supporters, travelled to Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, to participate in one of three area competitions. Winners at these first contests will travel to State Competition at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, on April 16, 2011. The team hopes to renew the proud of legacy of Odyssey of the Mind in Sumter County and attend World Finals on Mary 27-30, at the University of Maryland.
Over six months ago, the annual process began as students selected from one of five creative problems. They chose Problem 3, the Classics problem and competed in Division I. Their selection, "Le' Tour Guide," required teams to create and present an original performance where a classic character acts as a Tour Guide. The tour will make three stops including one that will be at a team-created location. During the tour, an inanimate object will show signs of life, the Tour Guide will give the wrong explanation about something, and will give a creative explanation about why it is important to guard and secure a worthless item. Coach Daniel Carpenter further explains the creative process for these students. He said, "In the past two weeks, this team met for over 70 hours of after-school set construction and script perfection; it paid off. They understand the proud legacy of Odyssey of the Mind in Sumter County Schools. I shared that with their attitude and drive for success, we will be joining Dr. Brooks' theme of 'A New Beginning.' They took the challenge seriously. I cannot thank these students, their parents, our administrators and others who have worked together to make this program renewal become a reality," said Coach Daniel Carpenter.
Team member, Jasmine Dew, could not attend the competition due to a death in her family. Learning of this death, she trained another team member to deliver her foreign language parts and activities in the eight-minute performance. For this gesture, the team received an Omer Award, "for meeting and exceeding the goals of the Odyssey of the Mind creative problem-solving competition," or the Spirit of Omer, the mascot of Odyssey of the Mind.
On this Division I team were: Prerana Kumar, Madyson Seeley, Colby Felton, Peter Nordwall, Ethan Shufflebarger, Ozi Ghimire and Jasmine Dew.
Shown on steps of a gym at Parkview High School, from first row, left to right, Colby Felton, Ethan Shufflegarger, Ozi Ghimire, second row, Prerana Kumar, Peter Nordwall, third row, Assistant Coach Carrie Heath, student, Madyson Seely and Coach Daniel Carpenter.