Three Manatee County school teams head to world competition

April 9, 2013 

Three teams from the Manatee County School district earned trips to the "Odyssey of the Mind 2013 World Finals" next month at Michigan State University.

Student teams from Rowlett Elementary School and Southeast High School had strong finishes at the state Odyssey of the Mind competition held in Orlando over the weekend.

Two teams from Rowlett Elementary placed first at the state competition and earned spots in the upcoming World Finals.

One team from Rowlett was coached by Samantha Robinson and Jodie Folds, and included team members: Jake Widdon, Areryn Sachs, Rob Woithe, Kyle Wampler, Justin Needham, Campbell Shaw and Kaitlyn Bush.

The other team from Rowlett was coached by Kathy Gabanic and Jan Arthur, and included team members: Bella Brush, Hailey Maurer, Taylor Murphy, Emma Bivona, Reagan Williams, Selah Swanson and Elizabeth Bernate.

The qualifying team from Southeast High was sponsored by Michael Brooks and included team members: Mallory Robinson, Dorothea Hopkins, Lacey Sanchez, Kevin Weger, Beth Young, Emma Rissman and Iris Lopez.

In addition to those teams, Wakeland Elementary School of International Studies and Johnson Middle School also competed in Orlando.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college, according to Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

The World Finals will be held May 22-25, 2013, in East Lansing, Michigan, at Michigan State University.

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