Five Moon Area School District teams competed at the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition held on campus on Saturday, April 1.
The Moon Area High School Problem 5 Division III team (team 5069) placed second at the state level and will move on to the World Finals at Michigan State University May 24-27, 2017.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem-solving competition where students use their creativity and logic to answer a variety of long-term and spontaneous problems.
The advancing team, consisting of Julia Puhalla, Nicholas Ulven, Jack Iannamorelli, Matthew Spangler, Olivia Estright, Zachary Gribben, and Rachael Melton, also placed first at the state level in their division in solving the problem ”To be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.”
The cliffhanger problem challenged students to come up with a short and funny performance about a superhero that becomes responsible for protecting creativity from being removed from the world. The act also featured an accomplice to the superhero, a villain, and a choreographed scuffle.
During the awards ceremony following the competition at Robert Morris University on Saturday, Moon Area High School senior, Rachael Melton, received the prestigious 2017 Line Mountain Scholarship for $2,500. The scholarship is in memoriam of an Odyssey of the Mind team involved in a tragic accident in 1998.
Through the annual Line Mountain Scholarship, the creative spirit of the competition and preservation of the memory of the Line Mountain team help to propel one student in their academic endeavors. Students who completed the application this year also created a booth that answers the question “What is Odyssey of the Mind?”
Melton’s scholarship will go directly to Duquesne University this fall where she will be participating in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Good luck to those competing at the World Finals!