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St. Clare Walker Odyssey of the Mind team advances to World Finals

Members of the team coached by Claire Evans and headed to the world finals are, from left, Natalie Cutler, Hali Valadez, Courtney Harrow, Chessa Lowery, Katie Lowe, Gracie Wynberry, and Sarah Hale.

St. Clare Walker Middle School (SCW) sent two teams to the Odyssey of the Mind state finals competition at John Champe High School in Aldie on April 1. Students from all areas of the state faced off in a day of team problem-solving and spontaneous competitions.

One of the SCW teams, coached by Kathy Ruark, placed seventh in its division. The team’s long-term problem was titled “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.” Team members included Eddy Tennant, Wyatt Evans, RuthAnne Key, Kaydence Congleton, Jordan Hershberger, Autumn Satterly, and Tanner St. Louis.

The second SCW team, coached by Claire Evans, placed second in its division. The title of this team’s long-term problem was “It’s Time, OMER.” Team members Natalie Cutler, Hali Valadez, Courtney Harrow, Chessa Lowery, Katie Lowe, Gracie Wynberry, and Sarah Hale will advance to the World Finals at Michigan State University May 24-27.

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.

“Odyssey of the Mind gives our students the opportunity to showcase their unique talents. It makes problem solving fun and helps foster collaboration and other real-world skills that they will use for the rest of their lives,” said Coach Evans. “The team is very excited for their upcoming trip to Michigan. Any donations to the SCW Odyssey of the Mind Team to help with travel, lodging, as well as competition expenses will be greatly appreciated.”  

Contact the office at SCW for more information at 758-2561.

To learn more about Odyssey of the Mind, visit

posted 04.12.2017

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