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Problems, Solved Creatively

Students experienced the joy of success when they competed in the Odyssey of the Mind tournament. The team finished in 2nd place and qualified for the Northern California tournament.
by Lesley Schooler
  • Students competed Saturday, February 29
  • Students rehearse their performance.

On Saturday, February 29, students competed at the San Francisco Bay Odyssey of the Mind tournament, held at Concord High School. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

Teams are given a series of five problems to solve in a short amount of time. In this instance, student teams had only eight minutes per problem.

While teams have adult coaches, the students are responsible for all planning, collection, and construction of materials and writing the presentations, which often include humor and musical elements.

By taking second place in its age group for Problem #2 Net Working, our Carondelet team advances to the Northern California Association tournament and will compete again on Saturday, March 28 in Sacramento.

Lauren Roach ’22 noted, “A big thing we learned through this experience was anything is possible. We did so much better than I expected we would do with the amount of time we had to finalize everything.”

Our team consisted of sophomores Mychael Carroll, Amy Everett, Arianna Fabian, Gracie Mendoza, Lauren Roach, and Ashmin Sidhu and junior Victoria Click. The team was coached by math teacher Anne-Marie Cabral. 

Good luck later this month!


Anne-Marie Cabral
Mathematics Teacher


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