A dozen student teams have earned coveted spots at the 38th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, held May 24-27 at Michigan State University.
More than 825 teams from around the world will participate in this event, which emphasizes creativity and teamwork.
An all-girls team from Hillside Elementary placed first at the Region 16 competition and subsequently went on to win the first-place trophy in problem 2 “Odd-a-Bot,” Division 1 at the Virginia competition. The team includes students Ananya Balachander, Sania Desai, Shravya Etta, Samhita Gupta, Siri Kunuthur, Talya Moorman and Raina Tandon.
A team from Harmony Middle School also won first place at the Virginia competition. Its members are Kristina Ayers, Claire Eddy, Stephanie Haak, Kevin Hallissey, Alessia Jones and Connor Lanham.
Other schools sending teams to the world competition are: Belmont Ridge Middle School, Emerick Elementary, Freedom High School, Harper Park Middle School, Heritage High School, Moorefield Station Elementary, Potomack Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Sycolin Creek Elementary, and Steuart Weller Elementary.