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Upper St. Clair Patch: Upper St. Clair Students Fare Well In International Competition June 1, 2018

Mexico, Poland, Singapore, China and – Upper St. Clair? Yes, two Upper St. Clair teams finished in the top 10 in a recent international competition, the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University.
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LancasterOnline: Shattering expectations: Fritz Elementary places in the top 10 at Odyssey of the Mind world finals May 30, 2018

As they practiced their performance on Saturday morning, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Fritz Elementary School competing in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals noticed something was off.

The energy and passion that propelled them to this point wasn’t there.

So they formed a circle and encouraged one another, pointing out the strengths of each of the seven team members. As teacher and coach Jason Zimmerman said, “it wasn’t about self-motivation, it was about team motivation.”
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LNP / LancasterOnline.com: Fritz Elementary students thirst for a good showing at this week’s Odyssey of the Mind world finals May 21, 2018

Imagine this: King Tutankhamun — better known as King Tut — is keeping all of Egypt’s water to himself. The townspeople are desperate for hydration. So a pair of twin brothers, with no more than the raggedy clothes on their backs and a few cheap, salvaged materials, challenge the pharaoh to a triathlon to take back their water.

And they win.

It takes quite the imagination to envision such a story, but that’s exactly what seven Fritz Elementary School students have done. They’ve made it to the world finals of the international problem-solving competition Odyssey of the Mind — for the second consecutive year — by doing so.
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Main Line Media News: Tredyffrin-Easttown Odyssey of the Mind team earns spot in World Finals May 9, 2018

In its second year of competing in the Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) competition, the team of seven fourth-graders from New Eagle Elementary (NEES) won first place at the PA State Finals for Division 1, Problem 5.

It is one of two Pennsylvania teams in its division and category to advance to the international World Finals competition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Nearly 800 teams composed of more than 5,000 first- to 12th-grade students from 20 countries will compete at this event.
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Montgomeryville Patch: North Penn’s Odyssey Of The Mind Team Advances To World Finals April 20, 2018

Student teams from North Penn performed admirably at the Pennsylvania State Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) earlier this month, with one advancing to the world finals next month at Iowa State University.
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WFMZ-TV: Lehigh Valley teams going to World Finals in scholastic competition April 19, 2018

Two groups representing one local school district are getting ready to compete on the world stage in a unique event, the Odyssey of the Mind 2018 World Finals.
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The Abington Journal: Abington Heights Middle School team makes Odyssey of the Mind World Finals April 16, 2018

A group of fifth-graders from Abington Heights Middle School advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, the largest creative problem-solving competition in the world.
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NorthcentralPA.com: Two WASD Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to 2018 World Finals – April 16, 2018

Two Williamsport Area School District Odyssey of the Mind teams will head to the 2018 World Finals after securing first-place wins at the state round on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Pocono Mountain East Campus.
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Yadley Voice: Pennsbury Teams Demonstrate Creative Problem Solving During Odyssey Of The Mind CompetitionMarch 27, 2018

More than 130 students from Pennsbury School District competed in the Southeast Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition held at Pennsbury High School on Saturday, March 3rd.
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Blue Ridge TV13: Odyssey of the Mind at Pocono Mountain West – March 19, 2018

Area school students are harnessing their creativity to find innovative ways to solve problems. It’s all part of an exercise called the “Odyssey of the Mind.” More than seven hundred students from 40 area schools competed in the Northeast Regional Competition Saturday at Pocono Mountain West High School.
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WNEP: Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition – March 17, 2018

TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa. – More than 700 students from all over the area are hoping their creativity will lead them to a state title.


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Hampton teams qualify for Odyssey of the Mind state competition – March 13, 2018

Two Hampton Township School District teams qualified for the state competition thanks to top finishes at the Western Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 3, at Moon Area Middle and High Schools.
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WNEP: Odyssey of the Mind – March 7, 2018

WILLIAMSPORT – Students at Cochran Primary in Williamsport hope their treasure map will lead them to gold. A gold medal that is. Second and third graders have worked hard preparing for this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition.
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WNEP: More than a Week Without Power in Pike County – March 10, 2018

At Delaware Valley High School near Milford, students competing in Odyssey of the Mind, a team engineering competition, worked on their projects. With the competition next week, the storm forced them work from home, leaving them behind.
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Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury to host Southeastern Pennsylvania Odyssey of Mind Saturday – March 1, 2018

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Pennsbury High School is hosting the Southeastern Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday.
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WNEP: Williamsport Area Students Head to Global Creative Competition – May 23, 2017

WILLIAMSPORT – To build a winning team, 10-year-old Tyler Williamson believes sometimes you need to build your friendships first.

“I’ve known him since I can remember honestly. He’s my neighbor you work with our dads,” said Tyler Williamson.

The friends in fourth and fifth grade at Curtain Intermediate School in Williamsport are also team members. They compete in a global competition, Odyssey of the Mind.
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WNEP: Odyssey of the Mind State Finals in Berwick – April 12, 2014

BERWICK – Students from all over Pennsylvania competed on Saturday at the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals held at the Berwick Area High School in Columbia County.
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WNEP: Students Compete in NEPA Odyssey Tournament – March 8, 2014

TOBYHANNA – Kids put their brains to the test in the Northeast Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament in Monroe County. About 100 teams competed in the creative problem-solving tourney at Pocono Mountain West high school on Saturday.
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