May 21, 2008 Edition

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WR Odyssey of Mind team
headed to 2008 World Finals

The Walnut Ridge Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team placed second at state competition, which allowed them to qualify for the 2008 OM World Finals. Team members are (front) Logan Brady; (standing, from left): Wayne Wallace, Brittney Pinkston, Shalia McCall, Alex Long and Range Weeks. ~ Submitted Photo
Kathryn Caldwell
TD Intern

TD Intern The Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team at Walnut Ridge Middle School is making a trip to the 2008 World Finals at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. This is the second trip to the World Finals for all but two members of the team.

The OM World Finals consists of 57 teams from various states and 25 different countries. To qualify for the World Finals, the team won first place at the regional competition and second place at the state competition.

The team will be flying out of Memphis on May 30 to travel to the University of Maryland. As a bonus, Lloyd Clark, seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher at WRMS, will be giving the team members and chaperones a tour of Washington, D.C.

According to the Odyssey of the Mind website, Odyssey of the Mind is a chance for students to use their creativity in problem solving. This creativity is used in a variety of ways such as building a mechanical device and interpreting a literary classic. OM is a very competitive program and encourages the students to be the best they can be and respect the ideas of others.

Team members are Alex Long, Shalia McCall, Wayne Wallace, who are completing the eighth grade, and Logan Brady, Brittney Pinkston and Range Weeks, who are completing the seventh grade. Others attending are Tonda Brand, coach, and her son, Brighton, Ruth Pinkston, assistant coach, Lloyd Clark, Linda Long and Susan Weeks.

The team is very excited about this trip. "I think it's a great opportunity," said Brittney Pinkston, a first-time participant in the world competition. Shalia McCall, also a first-time participant, said she is most looking forward to "meeting people from other countries."

Logan Brady said he is most excited about "going to D.C.," while Range Weeks is excited about the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum there.

"I am very proud of the students. They are all very talented," Brand said.

She said she would like to thank the Lawrence County School District, the parents for allowing their students to compete at the World Finals and also First National Bank, Pulaski Bank and Regions Bank for their support of the students' efforts.

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