Morningside Elementary is the oldest school in Port Saint Lucie and has a long, deeply rooted tradition of excellence. Recently, students Aliza Ahmed, Erika Austria, Kendrick Carpenter, Nichapa Dancharnjitt, Noah Hamilton, Angela Witz-Schaffer and Charley Willoughby represented Morningside Elementary, St. Lucie County School District, the Regional Competition and the State of Florida at the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition in Ames, Iowa, May 27-31, 2014.
A splendid performance by Morningside’s Odyssey of the Mind team ranked them 2nd in the world overall with a perfect score in the spontaneous competition! What a life changing opportunity and experience for these outstanding individuals to meet and greet other students who came from all over the world. Congratulations to the team and all of those that supported their amazing efforts leading to success.
Odyssey of the Mind, often called OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined problem (the Long-term Problem); and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also participate in the Spontaneous competition by generating solutions to a problem they have not seen before. Odyssey of the Mind is administered by Creative Competitions, Inc. (CCI).
The Odyssey of the Mind program was co-founded by C. Samuel Micklus and Theodore Gourley in 1978 at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in Glassboro, New Jersey. That first competition, known as "Olympics of the Mind", involved teams from 28 New Jersey schools. The program is now international, with teams from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, DoDDS Europe, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan, regularly competing in addition to teams from the United States.
PHOTO: Second place winners from Morningside Elementary at OM World Competition.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) June 2014