04-April-2016 – North Fort Myers Fla. – Classical Christian Academy middle school and high school Odyssey of the Mind teams made it to state competition in Orlando, where middle school received 10th place and high school achieved 6th place. The school’s elementary OM team placed third at Regionals but did not advance to state. All three teams competed well, giving their best efforts and displaying a Christ-like attitude.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities.
The OM middle school team gave an out-of-this-world performance.
“Odyssey of the Mind really lets us expand our creativity and use our minds to the fullest potential,” said Jusolyn F., a third-year “Omer.” “Once you join an OM team, you automatically create a bond with your team. The whole Odyssey experience has been amazing for me, and I love being on the team.”
CCA has sponsored OM teams for the last five years, building upon past experiences and performing better each year. CCA teams keep flourishing every year with the help of excellent coaches.
“The coaches help us to be creative and push us to try our hardest and think outside of the box,” said Cameron S., second-year “Omer.”
Mrs. Tabitha Dillehay, who coached the elementary and high school teams, said she enjoys helping students grow.
CCA’s elementary OM team presented its Long Problem at Regionals.
“I like to watch the students’ minds, thinking creatively, out of the box, solving problems as a team,” added Middle School Coach Mrs. Sarah Flower.
In OM, teams choose one long-term problem they want to solve. Tasks and requirements are given to creatively challenge each team. Months worth of cooperation and problem solving come down to being judged on an eight-minute skit. Teams also must complete in spontaneous challenges, which provide opportunities for judges to see how well teammates work together to solve problems under pressure.
Proof that the OM program is growing: this is the first year CCA had a high school OM team.
Participation in CCA’s OM program has grown each year as other students watch the OM teams’ creative performances and hear of their successes. While OM demands time and energy, it is also a rewarding experience which helps students grow socially and intellectually.
This story was written by CCA student journalist Riley S.
About Classical Christian Academy:
Classical Christian Academy is the premier hybrid school in Southwest Florida. CCA offers families an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K-12 education option that blends the best aspects of private ad home schooling. Classical Christian Academy is a registered 501c (3) organization. For more information, visit www.discovercca.org and like CCA on www.facebook.com/DiscoverCCA.