First the state…next, the world.
Over the weekend two teams of students from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School competed at the Odyssey of the Mind state finals competition at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando.
A total of 16 teams from around the state presented creative problem-solving abilities to answer questions in a method that utilized technical knowledge and theatrics.
Each team had to prepare the answer to one question in advance, but also had to tackle a “spontaneous” question asked on the spot by the judges.
Students accepted for the Odyssey team build critical-thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
Team A, consisting of coach Courtney Cummings and members Sydnee O’Donnell, Rebecca Kerigan, Janel Kerigan, Jimmy Cummings, Cailyn LaPlante and Grant Whiten, was awarded first place and will advance to the world finals on May 28-31 to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, I.A.
Those students will compete against other state winners along with students from China, Poland, South Korea and Mexico.
Team B, consisting of members Katie Nobles, Dell Pickett, Celeste Creamer, Sara Hoffman, Steven Kerigan and Emma Doran and coach Sharon Hoffman, took home third place in the competition.
“We were thrilled for a Port St. Joe team to win,” said Odyssey coach and math and physical science teacher Sharon Hoffman. “I think that’s pretty impressive.”
Hoffman praised the program for offering an alternative activity to athletics and thanked the district its support in helping the team travel to the events.