Nine HISD Schools Win at State Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Students from Horn Academy pose as pirates for part of their Odyssey of the Mind competition.

Students from Horn Academy pose as pirates for part of their Odyssey of the Mind competition.

Fourteen schools participated in the state Odyssey of the Mind competition on Saturday, April 13, 2013 and students from nine of those schools will advance to the World Finals in May.

Odyssey of the Mind has become the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide, and HISD teams have been working hard to on their projects and presentations since October.

Students that received honors this past weekend included teams from Condit, River Oaks, Twain, Travis and Walnut Bend elementary schools; Pin Oak and T.H. Rogers middle schools; the Horn Academy; and Bellaire and Carnegie Vanguard high schools. Shadowbriar Elementary, West University Elementary, Poe Elementary and Sharpstown International School also participated in the state competition.

The winning teams received a first or second place ranking in their divisions during an awards assembly on Saturday.

1st Place:

  • Horn Academy
  • Carnegie Vanguard High School
  • River Oaks Elementary School
  • Walnut Bend Elementary School
  • T.H. Rogers
  • Bellaire High School

2nd Place:

  • Twain Elementary
  • Condit Elementary
  • Pin Oak Middle School

“They worked so well together and kept building on ideas. They came up with something really amazing, and I can’t get over how well they’ve done,” said Angela Brown, Odyssey of the Mind coach and parent volunteer at Horn Academy.

Up next for these nine schools is a trip to Michigan for the 34th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals on May 22. Over 800 schools from around the world will compete in the World Finals and will demonstrate their creativity, team-work, and problem-solving skills in front of a panel of judges.

For more information on the World Finals, visit the Odyssey of the Mind website.