CMS Odyssey of the Mind Team Win Big, Head to Michigan in May for World Finals

Odyssey of the Mind

Left to right: Julian Wang (WMS, 6th grade), Angelica Marin (6th grade), Marcus Mann (7th grade), Harry Manion (6th grade), Drew Hanna (6th grade), Lori Leibowitz (coach, GPS teacher), Deirdre Cunniffe (6th grade), Max Brazier (6th grade, missing) Contributed photo

Saturday, March 18 was an exciting day for the Greenwich Odyssey of the Mind team representing Central Middle School, who won first place for Problem 5, Division 2 at the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind state finals held at Southern Connecticut State University.

Thirteen Greenwich teams from eight Greenwich Public Schools competed this year in the state competition thanks to a partnership with Greenwich Alliance for Education. Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. OotM proves that students can have fun while they learn.

The Greenwich Odyssey of the Mind organization was launched in 2016 to expand the Odyssey of the Mind program in town. Last year, there were four teams representing several Greenwich Public schools which grew to fifteen teams this year. Thirteen teams decided to compete in the state finals.

The teams represented the following schools under the Greenwich Alliance for Education umbrella:

North Mianus School (2 teams)

Julian Curtiss (3 teams)

Hamilton Avenue (1 team)

Parkway School (1 team)

International School at Dundee (2 teams)

Western Middle School (1 team)

Central Middle School (2 teams)

GHS (1 team)

CMS winning teamCMS first place team members included Drew Hanna, Harry Manion, Deirdre Cunniffe, Angelica Marin, Marcus Mann, Max Brazier and Julian Wang (WMS).  Their coach is Lori Leibowitz.

They will be representing Greenwich and CMS at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Michigan, May 24-27, 2017.

The CMS winning team has started a GoFundMe page noting that they need help raising funds for the Michigan trip. It costs about $600 to stay on campus at the competition site per person, plus flights and the expenses to transport our competition props/materials.


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