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Whiz kids go national

Magnolia School students sold snacks at the track meet at Bear River High School Friday to raise money for trips to two academic competitions. Seventh-grader Katherine Carlsberg (left) and sixth-grader Kerri Lohse sell candy to Magnolia eight-grader Kandas Flowers.
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A group of Magnolia School students will show their best know-how and team spirit at nationwide competitions in Colorado and Tennessee next week.

They hope to show that tomato crates, pieces of cardboard, fabric and wood, and old rolls of films and other recyclable materials are all one needs to put on two skits, each six to eight minutes long.

A team of seven girls will travel to the University of Colorado, at Boulder to portray the story of Dracula at the Odyssey of the Mind world finals. Some 690 teams from throughout the United States and overseas are expected to compete Wednesday through May 25.

At the same time, a second team – six girls and one boy – will be at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville at the Destination ImagiNation world competition, where some 8,000 students are expected to participate.

That team will portray a group of people stranded in bodies of animals who gain access to a magic potion that turns them back into humans. The main prop is a 6-foot-tall wooden machine with an “arm” that picks up a bottle that contains the potion.

The students started working on the project last fall.

Katherine Carlsberg, 12, who is going to Tennessee, said they had to find new ways to do things, including learning to work as a team.

On Friday, the students manned the concession stand at the Bear River High School track meet to raise money for the trip. They will have a car wash today in front of El Dorado Savings Bank on Combie Road.

So far, the students have raised some $3,500 for the trip, their teacher, Michele Uppman, said Friday. Pleasant Ridge School District has also set aside $7,000 for the project, she said. The plane tickets are purchased, and Uppman hopes enough money will be raised to reimburse parents who bought them.

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