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Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind results

Students from across Kentucky participated in the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament April 18 at WKU. (WKU Photo by Michael McDowell)

Students from across Kentucky participated in the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament April 18 at WKU. (WKU Photo by Michael McDowell)

Teams from several Kentucky schools have advanced to the World Finals in the 2009 Odyssey of the Mind competition.

More than 60 teams from schools in Bell, Boone, Calloway, Campbell, Fleming, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Knox, Lincoln, McCracken, Oldham, Trigg, Warren and Whitley counties competed Saturday in the state tournament at WKU.

Students in elementary, middle and high school divisions competed for spots in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals on May 27-30 at Iowa State University. Each team in the state tournament presented up to an eight-minute skit to show their solution to one of five competitive problems.

The top two finishers in each problem advanced to the World Finals. Results are available online .

The problems included: building vehicles for a NASA-sponsored “Earth Trek” Problem; humorous performances involving a mechanical animal creature and its “Teach Yer Creature”; a Classic problem involving “The Lost Labor of Heracles”; building structures weighing 18 grams (approximately the weight of two paper clips) that can handle “Shock Waves” while weights are placed on them; and a team-created “Superstition” with a humorous skit that explains how the superstition came to be.

Teams in the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament had to present a solution to one of five problems. (WKU Photo by Michael McDowell)

Teams in the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament had to present a solution to one of five problems. (WKU Photo by Michael McDowell)

Top finishers for each problem follow:

Earth Trek: Beechwood and Middlesboro Intermediate in Division 1; North Oldham Middle team A and Flemingsburg Elementary in Division 2; Dixie Heights High in Division 3.

Teach Yer Creature: Middlesboro Intermediate and Murray Middle in Division 1; Beechwood in Division 2; Knox Central High and Ryle High in Division 3.

The Lost Labor of Heracles: Girdler Elementary and Middlesboro Intermediate in Division 1; Eminence and Gray Middle in Division 2; Beechwood, Murray High, Trigg County High in Division 3.

Shock Waves: Middlesboro Intermediate and Mann Elementary in Division 1; North Oldham Middle team A and Turkey Foot Middle team A in Division 2; Lincoln County High and Middlesboro High in Division 3.

Superstition: Middlesboro Intermediate and Harmony Elementary in Division 1; Girdler Elementary and Flemingsburg Elementary in Division 2; Beechwood and Ryle High in Division 3.

Contact: Joan Coates, Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind Association Director, at (859) 384-3821 or kyodyssey@fuse.net

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