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Local schools shine in international contest

Though Bear River High School recently won the top honors at the Odyssey of the Mind world finals in Maryland, other schools across Nevada County also secured high positions in the international problem-solving contest.

Lyman Gilmore School finished 22nd among more than 60 teams in the middle school category, said Sue Madigan, one of the coaches who trained the Lyman Gilmore team. Magnolia School came in eighth among 59 teams and a second team from Bear River came in 18th out of 45 teams in their respective divisions, said Leslie Lohse, who was the assistant coach of the team from Magnolia and Bear River.

“It was a wonderful broadening experience for my daughter to interact with people from other cultures (at the competition),” said Inger Avery, mother of 11-year-old Brita Avery, a sixth-grader at Lyman Gilmore. “Participating in Odyssey of the Mind, she has learned teamwork and to think creatively. Her public speaking abilities have also improved.”



Students at Lyman Gilmore, Magnolia and Bear River began working on the problems they solved at the contest since last October, coaches said.

The Lyman Gilmore team and the second Bear River team chose to solve the problem called “DinoStories.”




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“They had to create a humorous story on how dinosaurs became extinct,” Madigan said. “The presentation had to include two technical components.”

The team from Magnolia solved a problem called “Road Rally,” where students made a vehicle out of plywood.

“The vehicle had to have wheels so that it could move on the ground and a student had to drive it,” said Michele Uppman, who coached the team. “The students wrote their own script, made their costumes, props and background scenery.”

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving contest where students use a variety of artistic, technical and theatrical ways to solve a problem they’ve chosen and present their solution in the form of a skit, according to Uppman.

The teams from Magnolia, Lyman Gilmore and Bear River consisted of:

Magnolia – Michael Collyer, Connor White, Jacob Goldstein, Malkam Goldstein and Joel Stroeve.

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Lyman Gilmore – Brita Avery, Grace Baggett, Olivia Neilsen, Jake Sullivan and Trevor Villwock.

Bear River – Kara Dodd, Kaitlyn Dwelle, Kathryn Fuller, Nicole Nelson and Bill Otwell.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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