MILFORD — Delaware Valley School District will send four teams to the national competition after it swept the Theatrical category on all three levels. DV also won first place in the Technical category in Pennsylvania’s Odyssey of the Mind statewide competition.
The district sent 10 teams April 11 to Berwick High School to compete, making the two-hour each way trip in buses.
The Theatrical first places went to Dingman Delaware Elementary School, Dingman Delaware Middle School, and Delaware Valley High School. The Technical first place went to Delaware Valley Elementary School.
The winners will go on to World Finals competitions in Michigan State University May 20 to 23.
“All school districts that are participating will send teams to perform,” said Superintendent John Bell in a phone call before the state tournament. “The trip coordinator Gloria White Rumberger from Dingman Delaware Elementary School is the Odyssey of the Mind NEPA Association’s Regional Director.”
Luann Charity, who works in Delaware Valley School District’s support, and is NEPA Odyssey of the Mind’s secretary, said the events are not only creative, but also foster friendships between kids who would otherwise not get a chance to mix.
“It’s great to see them spontaneously talking to each other and having fun,” she said.
Pennsylvania is divided into six regions, with each region conducting its own regional tournament, and training for coaches and judges.
The Northeast Pennsylvania region for Odyssey of the Mind’s Facebook page explains it’s an international creative problem-solving competition.
Teams come from all over the world to compete in the finals in Michigan.
By Anya Tikka