First Street School team's 'Odyssey' continues

By: Misty Alarcon, Special to The News Messenger
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By Misty Alarcon Special to The News Messenger Three First Street School teams competed Feb. 26 in the Capital Gold Region Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition. Sixteen students in third to fifth grades began practicing for this competition in November. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition where student teams choose a problem, create a solution and then present that solution in a competition against other teams. In addition to presenting the solution for their long-term problem, teams are given a spontaneous problem to immediately solve. Teams are scored on their creativity, teamwork and how well they met the their problem’s requirements. Students come up with all the ideas for the solution to the problem and complete the work by themselves. These students worked hard and did a great job at the competition. The three teams were Extreme Mouse mobiles, Unhinged Structure and As Good As Gold…berg. Larry Newsome coached Extreme Mouse Mobiles’ Madison Welburn, Idris Newsome, Maliha Newsome, Eshaan Kajani and Rebekah Milligan. Patricio Sepulveda coached Unhinged Structure’s Grace Poley, Jacob Barquet, Brady Compaan, Emily Compaan and Cristobal Sepulveda. Kim Bruce and John Fisher coached As Good As Gold…berg’s Amaya Fisher, Kenny Lucas, Cherish Bruce, Viviana Lopez, Ariana Fisher and Josh Albornoz. The First Street School Unhinged Structure team advances to the state competition on March 26 in Brentwood. Congratulations to all three teams for their hard work and creativity and good luck to the Unhinged Structure Team at the state competition. Go Roadrunners! Misty Alarcon is a third grade teacher at First Street School.