Dixon students place 4th in world competition

Odyssey of Mind

The Dixon Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team, led by art teacher Beth Howard, took fourth place after the recent world competition. Team members include Sophia Hayes, Leilani Tolliver, Peyton Redmyer, Makayla Williams, Keifer Vogler, Seth Smith and Jared Hendricks.

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM.

A team of seven Dixon Elementary School students and their coach secured fourth place in the Odyssey of the Mind world competition.

The event pitted 800 finalist teams from around the globe against each other in a battle of creativity and wits in Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State University.

Students were tasked with a problem and pushed to find a solution without any adult help. In the Dixon team’s case, it was to create every aspect of a play, from designing a musical element and creating scenery and costumes to writing the script and forming seven unique characters.

“These kids are so creative and full of energy,” team coach Beth Howard said. “It took a lot of energy to keep them all wrangled in one direction. Everybody would get excited about new ideas, so I helped them stay focused on the goal.”

Dixon Elementary has been competing in the Odyssey of the Mind for more than 10 years, and this year marks the third time the school was been selected for the world competition.

The group was comprised of fifth graders Seth Smith, Keiffer Vogler, Jared Hendricks, Sophia Hayes, Peyton Redmyer and Makayla Williams, and one fourth grader, Leilani Tolliver. This was the first time any of the students had participated in Odyssey of the Mind. 

The team finished in second place after competing regionally at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

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