Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.
Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
2 J-L Odyssey of the Mind teams off to world competition
JOHANNESBURG — The Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools district has 12 middle school students who are poised to compete against Odyssey of the Mind teams from around the world later this spring.
In Odyssey of the Mind (OM), students compete to solve long-term projects, technical and on-the-spot spontaneous competitive problem-solving sessions with teams from around the state, nation and world.
Johannesburg-Lewiston sent 14 teams to the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in Traverse City Feb. 25 and five teams advanced to the State Finals in Middleville March 18.
The two J-L Middle School teams are advancing to the World Finals at Michigan State University for a four-day event starting Tuesday, May 23.
Nikki Neuenfelt, co-coach of the Odd-a-bot team, said she and others are excited for the team.
“They have worked so hard this year and to make it to World Finals is a great accomplishment,” Neuenfelt said. “It has been amazing to watch our team grow as OMers as well as individuals over the last six years."
Both teams are also hosting an international team through OM’s "Buddy Team" program.
While sending two teams is fantastic for the district, it means the accompanying cost is doubled. The district is planning to raise roughly $13,000 to send both teams to the finals.
A fundraiser is set to be held at Paul's Pub, 10757 M-32, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24.
Holly Atkinson, owner of Paul's Pub, is donating a meal of a salad, entree and dessert for attendees.
Anyone interested in attending and supporting the teams can contact Kim Samkowiak at (989) 370-2323 or email@example.com.
Anyone interested in donating toward the J-L teams' World Finals expenses may send checks payable to J-L OM, c/o Kim Samkowiak, 10854 E. M-32, Johannesburg, MI 49751.
Congratulations J-L OM Teams!
Good Luck OM Teams!
These teams competed on February 25th, 2017 in Traverse City at the OM Regional Tournament.
Coach: Kay Boughner and Sally Nowak
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2016 World Finals
Johannesburg-Lewiston High School OM team headed to World Finals; fundraiser on tap April 29th
JOHANNESBURG — An Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team of Johannesburg-Lewiston High School students will advance to the OM World Finals after placing second at the state tournament in Middleville March 19th.
Congratulations to our High School OM Team for getting 2nd place in both Spontaneous and Long Term at states this last weekend in Grand Rapids. They will advance to Worlds in Iowa in May. Great Job team!!!!
Saturday, February 27th we attended the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition in Traverse City.
Johannesburg building took 5 competitive teams all which are advancing to the State Finals.
Lewiston School took 5 teams. 3 competitive and 2 primary teams. They have 2 teams that will advance to the State Finals
Congratulations 2016 OM Team Members & Coaches!
A team from Johannesburg-Lewiston Middle School had a memorable time
The finals took place May 28-31, 2014 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The J-L team of Hannah Collins, RaeAnn Kievit, Maddy May, Alyssa Bartle, Destiny Sherbonda and Morgan Paton placed 22nd out of 58 teams in their division. The team was coached by Cyndie Kievit and Cindy Bagnasco.
The team left for the tourney May 27 with an escort by the fire department.
During the first day at the finals, the team toured the Iowa State campus, and checked out the competition sites and into their dorms.
The J-L team also had applied to have a buddy team and was paired with another all-girl team from Singapore. Both teams enjoyed the experience. One evening, the two teams went to Walmart where they spent most of their time in the candy aisle.
Pin trading was big at World Finals, too. This is where countries, states, schools and even some individual teams create their own unique pin and bring them to the tournament. Team members then display and trade the pins throughout the competition.
The girls also were able to see all the different ways in which all the competing teams chose to solve the same problem.
To get to the World Finals, the J-L team took first place at the Regional Tournament, advancing to the State Tournament, where they tied for second, which led them to the World Finals.
Johannesburg OM team headed to World Finals
JOHANNESBURG — An Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team of eighth-grade Johannesburg Middle School students will advance to the OM World Finals after tying for second at the state tournament in Traverse City on March 29.
OM is open to anyone who would like to join!
Anyone wishing to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind program