Students Achieve Success in 2019 Virginia Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament

News Release
April 09, 2019

Students from six Fairfax County public schools earned top honors at the 2019 Virginia Odyssey of the Mind state tournament held last weekend in Manassas Park. First and second place teams from the state competition will advance to the world competition in May at Michigan State University. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program for students in kindergarten through college.


First place winners included:

  • Hide in Plain Sight, Division I – Chesterbrook Elementary.
  • Hide in Plain Sight, Division II – Carson Middle.
  • Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop, Division I – Sunrise Valley Elementary.
  • Structure Toss, Division II – Cooper Middle.
  • Opposites Distract, Division I – Oak Hill Elementary.
  • Opposites Distract, Division III – South County HS.

Other winners included: 

  • OMER to the Rescue Again, Division I – Glen Forest Elementary, second place; Springfield Estates Elementary, third place; Forestville Elementary, fourth place.
  • OMER to the Rescue Again, Division II – Kilmer Middle, second place; Floris Elementary, fifth place.
  • OMER to the Rescue Again, Division III – South Lakes High, third place.
  • Hide in Plain Sight, Division I – Sangster Elementary, seventh place.
  • Hide in Plain Sight, Division II – Clermont Elementary, fifth place.
  • Hide in Plain Sight, Division III—Langley High School, third place.
  • Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop, Division I – Floris Elementary team B, fourth place; Floris Elementary team A, fifth place.
  • Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop, Division II – Springfield Estates Elementary team A, fourth place.
  • Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop, Division III – Langley High, seventh place; South County High, ninth place.
  • Structure Toss, Division I – Chesterbrook Elementary, seventh place; Cherry Run Elementary, eighth place.
  • Opposites Distract, Division I—Haycock Elementary, second place.
  • Opposites Distract, Division II—Frost Middle, second place; Oak Hill Elementary, fifth place.

Modeled on interscholastic sports, Odyssey of the Mind provides creative competitions to students working on teams, challenging them to develop creative solutions to broadly-defined problems as they learn problem-solving, brainstorming, and teamwork. The Long Term Problem portion of the competition challenges teams to create a theatrical and engineered solution to a specific problem over several months, presented as a performance with costumes, props, and a demonstration of the solution. The Spontaneous portion of the competition provides teams with a problem on competition day; typically, they have a five-minute time frame to complete the solution. Team members are challenged to think on their feet and solve problems quickly without any outside influence.


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For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.