The Freedom High School Odyssey of the Mind team defeated 57 other teams to win the top prize in the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships.
It placed first in long-term, first in spontaneous and second in style to outpace the reigning world champions from New York.
Members of the team include: Sarana Adhikari, Virginia Campbell, Manisha Kusuma, Michael Munley, Apekchha Pradhan, Alexander Rodriguez, and Aditi Shukla. Bill and Judy Munley coached the Freedom team. The Loudoun County School Board will recognize the students and coaches at its meeting Tuesday.
Another dozen teams from Loudoun County Public Schools placed in the top 30 in their respective divisions. Steuart W. Weller Elementary finished third and Belmont Ridge Middle School sixth. Teams from Hillside Elementary and Potowmack Elementary finished in 13th place, and Emerick Elementary placed 14th. Other Loudoun teams that placed were Round Hill Elementary (18th place), Heritage High (18th place), Harmony Middle (25th place), Moorefield Station Elementary (27th place), Sycolin Creek Elementary (27th place), and Harper Park Middle (28th place).
The Loudoun students competed against teams from 38 states and several countries in Europe, Asia and Central and South America.
The teams thanked the support of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, which donated $10,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation to help cover the cost for the students to travel to the Odyssey of the Mind world competition.