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St. Clare Walker Odyssey of the Mind advances to world finals

Members of the St. Clare Walker Middle School team are Kaydence Congleton, Jordan Hershberger, Autumn Satterly, Wyatt Evans and Eddie Tennant. Not pictured is team member Dominic Buzzell.

Middlesex High School (MHS), St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School and Middlesex Elementary School (MES) students competed in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition at Menchville High School in Newport News on Saturday, April 16. Students from all areas of the state faced off in a day of team problem-solving and spontaneous competitions.

All three Middlesex County teams competed in the Problem 5 category, Fur, Fins, Feathers, and Friends.

The MES team of Catie Lowe, Chessa Lowery, Ella Hodges, Carina Bednarczyk, Hali Valadez, Courtney Harrow, and Sara Hale, coached by Kendra Reiley, placed fifth in its division.

The MHS team, coached by Grace Smith, placed fourth in its division. MHS team members included Emma Barnhardt, Kimani Robinson, Alyssa Deel, Mackenzie White, Will Fochtman, and Noah Cannon.

The SCW team, coached by Kathy Ruark, placed second in its division and will advance to the World Finals in Ames, Iowa, on May 24-28, 2016. Team members include Autumn Satterly, Jordan Hershberger, Eddie Tennant, Wyatt Evans, Dominic Buzzell, and Kaydence Congleton.

For more than 25 years, the Odyssey of the Mind has promoted creativity by challenging students of all ages to solve divergent problems working through teamwork. The premise of founder Dr. Sam Micklus’ problem-solving approach to learning is that a group is a more powerful thinking force than an individual.  

“Middlesex County Schools is proud to offer enrichment opportunities such as Odyssey of the Mind to its many talented and dedicated students,” said Kim Waite, the coordinator of gifted education for Middlesex County Public Schools.

To learn more about Odyssey of the Mind, visit

posted 04.27.2016

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