Odyssey of the Mind team places in Top 5 (twice!) at World Finals

B-P’s Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) team comprised of seniors Rhys Floyd, Erin Morrison, and Ava Naple, and juniors Caylie Bleyl and Avery Fenton, finished in the top five in two events at the World Finals.

The BPHS team, coached by Dave and Megan Floyd, advanced to the World Finals after placing second at the state championship in both problem 2, “Hide in Plain Sight,” and problem 5, “Opposites Distract.” B-P’s team prepared one solution that solved both long-term problems.

“It truly is an incredible accomplishment just to make it to World’s competition,” said Megan Floyd. “For them to go four times in their career and place in the top five in both problems this year, B-P has much to be proud of with this team.”

The competition took place May 22-25 at Michigan State University and pitted the B-P squad against 55 teams from countries all over the world, including Germany, Poland, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Qatar, Mexico and the United States.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program. Each participating team spends months preparing an eight-minute skit that solves one of five “long-term” problems, then in the “spontaneous” portion of the competition, team members solve problems they have not seen before.