Woodward North's Odyssey of the Mind Teams had another strong showing at the State Tournament April 7 at Columbus State University where they competed in three categories; Long Term, Style, and Spontaneous. The Triathlon Travels team (Coach Leena Smith, Carson C., Coach Eric Brown, Dylan I., Layla P., Rumana S., Alisha S., Kendall B., Hailey C., and Coach Nadia Mohammed) and the Animal House team (Tanay I., Director Tonya Milton, Ansley C., Nora A., Krish R., Nitin R., Coach Prashant Iyengar, Aidan C., and Coach Kristen Chapmanboth) won the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind State Championship for their problem and division. Both teams have qualified to compete at the World Finals tournament at Iowa State University at the end of May.
The Stellar Hangout team (Harper C., Aleena S., Kya McM., Arjun P., Lane T., Rohan B., and Jeet K. with coaches Kamy Merithew and Ashley Tharp) placed fourth in the competition. This team is made up of seven first-year Odyssey of the Mind team members and two first-year coaches. Thirty-one teams competed in this problem across the state of Georgia.
More than 825 teams from around the world will compete in the 39th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork and has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide.