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Mind Sports Roundup

Editor’s note: Academic competition season is upon us! In Mind Sports Roundup, School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD districts and are not meant to be a comprehensive list. Please limit submissions to 150-200 words.

Cedar Springs

The Odyssey of the Mind team from Red Hawk Elementary is heading to Ames, Iowa for the world finals on May 23-26. The team entered in the category: Problem 3: Classics … Mockumentary! Seriously?

In this problem, characters find out that there are often two sides to the same story and do not always agree as they recount the classic story where they appeared. The team selects a classic from a list and presents different characters in a humorous, documentary-style performance.

The team selected “Alice in Wonderland” and used the theme of playing cards, red Coke cans, and a variety of recycled materials to build their set and costumes.

They recounted the tea party and croquet match scenes, adding in creative twists of conversations that took place behind the scenes. Filled with humorous puns, royal disputes, and testimony from an eyewitness by the name of Monical Man, the team took their audience on a eight-minute journey down a rabbit hole and through time.

The eighth-graders from the Caledonia Middle School robotics teams, from left: Maxwell Frejeris, Philip George, Grant Peek, Thomas Munson, Zac Eggleton and Colin Pearson
The eighth-graders from the Caledonia Middle School robotics teams, from left: Maxwell Frejeris, Philip George, Grant Peek, Thomas Munson, Zac Eggleton and Colin Pearson

Caledonia

Caledonia Community Schools had three teams compete in the recent 2018 VEX Robotics State Championships at Grandville High School.

Team 97311G, comprising eighth-graders Maxwell Frejeris, Philip George and Grant Peek, finished seventh after the qualifying rounds, allowing them to be captain of an alliance, which is a teamwork match. Their first pick in alliance selection was the other Caledonia Middle School Team 97311F — Raise the Bar, comprising eighth-graders, Zac Eggleton, Thomas Munson and Colin Pearson.The Raise the Bar team was also awarded the Innovate Award

Wealthy Elementary’s team from East Grand Rapids placed third in the Division 1, Problem 5 section at the Region 1 Odyssey of the Mind competition held at Northview High School. Pictured from left to right are third- and fourth-graders Joe Schulte, Gabe White, Ellie Hilgendorf, Farzona Urmonjonova, Nava Tabata, Fisher Swift, Ollie Cornell and coach Charlie White
Wealthy Elementary’s team from East Grand Rapids placed third in the Division 1, Problem 5 section at the Region 1 Odyssey of the Mind competition held at Northview High School. Pictured from left to right are third- and fourth-graders Joe Schulte, Gabe White, Ellie Hilgendorf, Farzona Urmonjonova, Nava Tabata, Fisher Swift, Ollie Cornell and coach Charlie White

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