Odyssey of Mind Teams Fundraising to Attend World tournament in Michigan

Post date: May 22, 2013 5:44:40 PM

In early April, eight teams from schools in Wells-Ogunquit CSD competed in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament in Sanford. Three of those teams received First Place in their respective divisions and qualified to represent Wells and Ogunquit in the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, May 21st-May 25th.

In just a couple of weeks, thirteen students and three coaches will need to raise $16,000 through various fundraising activities to pay for transportation, room and board costs.

Fundraising includes an ‘ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Pancake Breakfast to be held Saturday, May 11th from 8:30 to 10:30 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunk at 138 York Street (Route 1). Tickets are $5 in advance and can be obtained from any Odyssey of the Mind Team member or coach. On the day of the breakfast, admission is $6 at the door.

On May 18th, team members and coaches will hold a car wash at Wells Junior High School. Since teams will be conducting an ongoing bottle drive, those planning to attend the car wash may bring their returnable bottles and cans to donate.

Additionally, there are raffles taking place at town events and at other locations to take a chance on winning a prize that includes four Red Sox tickets and gift cards from local businesses.

According to one of the fundraising organizers Margaret Borkowski, any donation to support Odyssey of the Mind is appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to help send the Wells-Ogunquit teams to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, please make a check payable to : Wells-Ogunquit Odyssey of the Mind and send it in care of Deb Taylor, Team Funds Coordinator, 130 Natanis Ridge, Wells, Maine or visit our secure web-site at http://www.gofundme.com/2Lecg4.

Odyssey of the Mind team members and coaches from WOCSD attending the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals are as follows: Zack Pierce (10th grade), Ben Wright (10th grade), Nate Ouellette (10th grade), Hunter McDonnell (10th grade), Coach Matt McDonnell, Julianne Fitzpatrick (10th grade), Abigail Moulton (10th grade), Hannah Bragdon (10th grade), Maddie Taylor (10th grade), Jenna Ingalls (10th grade), Coach Gail Moulton, Ezra Davis (3rd grade), Michael Moseley (3rd grade), Jack Kaszubinski (3rd grade), Anavi Curtis (3rd grade), Kara Borkowski (3rd grade) and Coach Keith Borkowski.

According to the website, www.odysseyofthemind.com, “Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.” At the 34th Odyssey of Mind World Finals, 800 teams from the United States and about 25 other nations are expected to participate.

Caption: Team members of one of the teams from WOCSD planning to attend the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals: Third graders Anavi Curtis, Jack Kaszubinski, Michael Moseley, Ezra Davis, and Kara Borkowski.