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Norwalk Students Make Worlds in Odyssey of the Mind

NORWALK, Conn. – Two Norwalk schools did so well in the Connecticut state finals of Odyssey of the Mind that they’re going to the World Finals in May.

Two teams each from Rowayton Elementary School and Roton Middle School will spend the next six weeks preparing for the World Finals, which will be held at Iowa State University this year.

Nine teams from Brien McMahon High School, Roton Middle School, Naramake School and Rowayton School participated in the 2012 Connecticut State Finals, all of which finished in the top five in their categories.

The Odyssey of the Mind competition consists of creative problem solving for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The competition involves selecting from five long term problems that they develop a theatrical and engineering solution for. They are allowed a coach to provide guidance, but they cannot provide assistance that might affect the solution.

The four teams selected for the world finals spend the next six weeks fine tuning their performances and trying to raise funds to offset the costs for the trip to Iowa.

The following four teams placed in the Connecticut Finals and are heading to Iowa:

• 1st Place, Odyssey Angels Division II: Annie Artell, Nicolas Capece, Jordan Good, Andrew Herbert, Alexis Rosa and Abigail Sanchez from Roton Middle School.

• 2nd Place, Weird Science Division II: Parker Biele, Olivia Fassett, Cate Herbert, Derek Lue and Keara Meyerson from Roton Middle School.

• 1st Place, Ooh-Motional Vehicle Division I: Julia Arsenault, Julia Curtin, Jamie Hogan, Rachel Smith, Jason Tagariello and Emmet Towey from Rowayton Elementary School.

• 2nd Place, Odyssey Angels Division I: Anna Makover, Peter Meyerson, Emma Mulligan, Shelby Oak, Victoria Parizot and Alex Vineyard from Rowayton Elementary School.

If you would like to make a donation to help the teams, mail checks to Roton Middle School (mark OM on check), 201 Highland Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854 or Rowayton School PTA, 1 Roton Ave., Norwalk, CT 06853 .

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