AN "OMER" AWARD FOR SUMTER COUNTY ELEMENTARY ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM At the awards ceremony at any Odyssey of the Mind competition, students and other supporters are tired from a full day of creative problem solving. Three teams from Sumter County School traveled to Lilburn, Georgia for the first stop on what is always hoped to be the beginning of a trip to State Finals in Columbus, and on to World Finals in Ames, Iowa.
This year, a team from Sumter County Middle and Sumter County Elementary School will make the journey to Columbus State University., on April 14, 2012. The travel trailer, loaned by Central Baptist Church, will again be making the trek to Columbus. It will be carrying the backdrops and props for winners from Sumter County Schools.
Before announcing the winners of the competition in Lilburn, the "Omer" Award, the second highest award in Odyssey of the Mind, was presented to two teams for their exceptional creativity and teamwork in solution of their chosen problem.
Despite the hot day in Lilburn, the non air conditioned performance arena and the time selection placement of the team from Sumter County Elementary School, the ENTIRE LONGTERM JUDGING TEAM scripted the award for team excellence. It read, "It began on a plane...most of us have been there....you have the businessman or scientist who just can't stop talking...the poor guy who JUST WANTS TO WATCH THE MOVIE (and said so MANY times), and a plane so realistic that the overhead bins actually functioned (though already full before our passengers could take their seats). Their solution explaining how the desert became "painted" blended a combination of history, humor, and some awesome technical effects. The audience got to "see"the desert be painted in light and hear the story of how a BB King "blues" tape is related to the Painted Desert. ....No, we can't explain it further...you had to be there. Essentially, we were captivated by their 8 minute "show of shows." The critics "raved," the audience "cheered," and the Judging Team laughed continuously as this team carried us on their journey. With a witty dialogue, some awesome props, and some 'cool' technical elements, we ended our day with a team that epitomized the OMER experience of fun, creativity and problem solving. This "OMER" goes to the SUMTER COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. "
The many representatives from Sumter County cheered. Later to come was the award as the top team winner in their Problem and Division....for the third of three consecutive years.
Celebrating their "OMER" and a FIRST PLACE in their division and problem, members of the Weird Science team from Sumter County Elementary pause, momentarily, for a photo.