Ferrisburgh School team in state's No. 1 slot

Odyssey of the Mind. Youve heard the name but you may not know much about this popular international, interschool game. Odyssey of the Mind has been a worldwide educational phenomena since 1978. The game was created by Dr. C. Samuel Micklus, professor emeritus at Rowan University in New Jersey, to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. With Odyssey, students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. In 2006, there were new Odyssey of the Mind teams from Cornwall Elementary and Ferrisburgh Elementary. A third and fourth grade team from Ferrisburgh won first place and is now off to the National Odyssey of the Mind Competition. The Mary Hogan Elementary School team, although not placing high enough to make it to the nationals, did place in the number 5 spot, according to Emily J. Joselson. The Mary Hogan team was made up of fourth graders Adam Joselson, Hannah Stoll, Elliott Abbott, and Perry DeLorenzo and fifth graders Olivia Cacciatori and Harrison Miller. Students were coached by Middlebury College students Lindsey Sick and Jenny Erwin. The Mary Hogan team had to solve a problem titled "Around the World in Eight Minutes." The team created and presented a performance about a trip around the world. Below are the top 10 Odyssey school-team rankings in Vermont: 1. Ferrisburgh Central School, 2. Crosset Brook School, 3. Ludlow Elementary School, 4. Sheldon Elementary School, 5. Mary Hogan Elementary School, 6. Manchester Elementary-Middle School, 7. Williston Central School, 8. Clarendon Elementary School, 9. Manchester Elementary-Middle School 10. Milton Town School.

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