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Judie Horka, OM Regional Director, (515) 242-7940
Liz Kurt, Coordinator, Conference Services, (515) 294-6885
Anne Dolan, University Relations, (515) 294-7065


AMES, Iowa -- About 200 student teams from 34 Iowa communities will compete in an Odyssey of the Mind regional competition Saturday, March 14, at Iowa State University. A minimum of two teams in each problem and age group will advance to the state competition Monday, March 23, at Grinnell College. Winners at Grinnell earn the right to compete in the OM World Finals May 27- 30, hosted this year by the Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem-solving competition that emphasizes creativity and teamwork. Participating students hail from more than 12,000 elementary and secondary schools in all 50 states and about 20 foreign countries.

The five long-term problems competitors will tackle this year are:

In addition to solving the long-term problems, for which students have weeks to prepare, teams also test their quick-thinking skills by solving spontaneous problems in the few minutes allotted. Teams will compete in one of three age categories. "OMers," as they are called, range from kindergartners to high school seniors.

The regional competition, which is open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in ISU's Forker Building; Marston, Carver, Lagomarcino and Pearson halls; and the auditoriums in MacKay, Kildee and LeBaron halls. Closing ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. in room 175 of the Forker Building.

Teams from these Iowa communities and schools are scheduled to participate:

Ames: Ames Middle School, Ames High School, Meeker Elementary, Northwood Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Fellows Elementary, Sawyer Elementary, St. Cecilia School, Mitchell Elementary

Anthon: Anthon Oto Community School

Carlisle: Carlisle Community School

Carroll: Kuemper Catholic School, Carroll Middle School, Kuemper High School, Carroll High School

Centerville: Centerville Talented and Gifted Program

Chariton: Chariton Kiwanis Club

Charter Oak: Charter Oak-Ute School

Clear Lake: Clear Lake Middle School

Clive: Sacred Heart School

Coon Rapids: Coon Rapids-Bayard School

Dallas: Melcher Dallas Elementary

Davenport: Central High School

Des Moines: Greenwood School, Edmunds Academy of Fine Arts, McCombs Middle School, Holy Trinity School, Hiatt Middle School, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Callanan Middle School, Merrill Middle School, Des Moines Home Schoolers, Brody Middle School

De Soto: ADM Intermediate School, ADM Middle School

Earlham: Earlham Schools

Fairfield: Maharishi School

Guthrie Center: Guthrie Center Elementary, Guthrie Center Secondary School

Indianola: Indianola Senior High

Johnston: Johnston Middle School, Johnston High School

Mapleton: Maple Valley Community Schools

Martensdale: Martensdale St. Mary's School

Mason City: Mason City Talented and Gifted Program, Mason City Middle School, Newman Catholic Elementary

Milford: Okoboji Middle School

New Hampton: New Hampton Community School

New Sharon: North Mahaska Talented/Gifted Program

Panora: Panorama Gifted/Talented Program

Pleasantville: Pleasantville Schools

Redfield: West Central Middle School

Stuart: West Central High School

Thornburg: Tri-County Community School

Urbandale: Urbandale Elementary, Urbandale Middle School, St. Pius X School, Urbandale High School

Waukee: Waukee Elementary, Waukee Middle School

Webster City: Webster City Middle School

West Des Moines: West Des Moines ELP Program, Valley High School, Dowling High School, Indian Hills Junior High


Note to editors

: For the time and building location of a specific school's performance(s), contact Anne Dolan, (515) 294-7065.

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