Friday, April 27, 2007

Sacred Heart Catholic School of Saratoga in World Finals for “Odyssey”

Saratoga, CA April 11, 2007 -- Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, will represent California at the World Finals Competition for Odyssey of the Mind. Odyssey of the Mind is a NASA sponsored competition based on both spontaneous and long term problem solving. 800 teams from all over the world are participating in this 4-day event, May 23-May 27 in Michigan.

Sacred Heart’s team of seven 4th & 5th graders earned its place in world competition at the Odyssey California State Finals on March 31 in Visalia. The Championship team scored 341 out of a possible 350 points to earn the first place position. This was more than 60 points ahead of the second place team. They beat out 1,100 other teams on the way to the World Finals.

The students performing at World Finals will be Sacred Heart fifth graders Shannon Carte, Madison Miller, AnnaClaire Marley and Alexandra Murphy, and 4th graders Clay Kellinger, David Lucas and Tyler Morales.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that fosters critical thinking, innovative problem solving and team building among participating students from kindergarten through college. According to its website (, "it has grown into such a huge event because it makes learning fun while giving kids the chance to explore their imaginations and express their creativity."

Each year, Odyssey of the Mind publishes 5 new problems to solve. The students do all the work - from scriptwriting to building to devising sets, costumes and props - and must do it within a given budget and without outside assistance. The coaches are there to help only with brainstorming, providing materials and moral support. Millions of children around the world have been working hard all year to perfect their solutions to the 2007 problems and competing within their regions, hoping to advance to the World Finals.


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