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108 - CAPE GAZETTE, Frida June 13 - June 19, 2003 SCHOOL & EDUCATIO00 I Cape Region students compete in Odyssey c f the Mind HOB students experience the world By Gina Kaye Traveling to Iowa for the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) world competition was-an eye opening event for third and fourth graders from Milton. Seven H.O. Brittingham Elementary School students, ages 8 to 10, were among the youngest to participate in the OM world finals at Iowa State University. The excite- ment of the OM world competition was magnified, for these youngsters as they comCacross many "firsts." %W e had a lot of first time experiences on - ah,,ti, ip; Beth,Josph,one-,of--the'eam coaches, said. The trip to the world finals was enriching in itself, but it also held many other impor- tant adventures for the students. Some of HOB's OMers boarded an air- plane for the first time, skated at an ice arena for the first time, swam in an Olympic size swimming pool for the first time, rode on a train for the first time and slept in college dormitories for the first time, "They loved dorm life," Joseph said. Third grader Hannah Williamson said her favorite part of going to the world competi- tion was staying in the college dorms. "The boys were in one room and the gifts were in another room and we had phones that we could call each other on," she said. The students also enjoyed the traditional OM pin trading where they bargained for the most wanted pins, especially blinkies - pins with blinking lights. They also partook in the creativity festi- val crazy games held at the competition and the OM kids' night party held at the end of the week for all the students. Sussex Academy sends teams to Iowa Submitted photo H.O. Brittingham Elementary stu- dents pose in a pyramid at the Odyssey of the Mind world finals in Iowa. Shown from top to bottom and (l-r) are Shannon Desmond, John Mere, Hannah Williamson, James Cook, Devin Trotman, Kyle Joseph and Alex Maloy. "The party was from 9 to 12 at night so the kids thought they were larger than life staying up that late," Joseph said with a smile The team from H.O. Brittingham partici- pated in the "Scene from Above" competi- tion sponsored by NASA where they were required to build three cars that met certain requirements. Continued on page 109 By Gina Kaye Students from Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences got a taste of the world when they traveled to Iowa for the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) world competition in May. Two teams from Sussex Academy, including 14 students in sixth to eight grade from all over Sussex County, showed off :their Creative talents at Iowa State 4d.niversity as they competed against 5,000 OM scholars from around the world. "There were students from all over," said OMtr Sarah Clark. "We met people from ;'anada and Pennsylvania, but students from Japan couldn't come because of SARS." During the world competition the stu- dents stayed busy polishing their skits before acting them out in front of judges. The "Scene from Above" team captured 10th place out of 42 teams by dazzling judges with their three required cars and their creative long-term skit. Team member Justine Rider said the cars were supposed to deliver items and change the scene of the skit. Furthermore, the cars had to meet size requirements and one car had to move through an internal power source while the other two cars were pro- pelled by external sources. The team displayed their cars during their long-term skit in which they decorated themselves with black nail polish and antennas to get into their alien characters. "We used aliens because they are move advanced than humans," Rider said. The "Scene from Above" asked judges to focus on their rhyming yet historically accurate script, their intricate handmade Columbus ship and their Tshirts that spelled Submitted photo Sussex Academy students are all smiles at the Odyssey of the Mind world finals in Iowa. Standing in the back are (l-r) Chris Dalton, coach Linda Stephenson, Joy Stephenson, coach Tim Cisco, Justin Lesko and coach Lori Dalton; (middle row) coach Peggy Naylor, Sarah Clark, Sally Woods and Kylie Cisco; (second row) Paige Valeski, Grace Naylor and Josh Rash; (front row) Justin Rider, Sarah Smith, Kyle Dalton and Nathan Rider. Lying in front is Allie Pedigo. out Mission America when the team turned around. The "Know it All" team had to create an all knowing character that had artificial intelligence and knew answers to all ques- tions asked of him but responded to them indirectly or in code. The omniscient robot, named Howl Einstein, helped the team place 33rd out of Continued on page 109 The bigg Even though the rain forced this year's graduation ceremony to be held in the gymnasium, spirits were high. The graduates looked beautiful in Columbia blue and gold gowns as they filed in and out of tiglt spaces. Proud teachers led the way with multitudes of family and friends looking on from the bleachers. At Cape, the teachers .from every building are invited to attend the high school graduation and given special privileges. Our seats were right on the floor of the gym next to the rows of graduates. It was a perfect place to view their reactions to the evening's events and to reminisce about their lives at this critical juncture. The line of seats adorned by Cape's teachers included teachers from every grade level. It reminded me that it really does take a team effort, a long line of picture in the business of education SCHOOL JOURNAL Sarah Sprague, delivered a mysti- cal and wonderful message from a book, "The Hungry Caterpillar". She compared the caterpillar's journey to the graduates' experi- ences and then released many but- terries into the gym, amazing everyone. How creative! How metaphorical! How Sarah! Neeru Peri, class valedictorian, talked about being herself and what an amazing young woman she has turned out to be! Poised and self-confident on the dais, I was thinking that there isn't any- thing that Neeru couldn't do, and probably all at once! There was a drum roll as Andy Olenderski ascended the podium to receive his diploma. A fitting tribute from one drummer to another. Andy was awesome in the band and all around a terrific student. Parents cheered as students received their diplomas. There Diane Albanese teachers year after year to educate students. From kindergarten through 12th grade, teachers work to help students reach high goals. Graduation was the ultimate goal and we were lucky enough to be there to witness it. The senior class president, were tears, cheers and welcoming hugs At last the difficult senior year is over and their child would be going onto other things. This was a happy occasion that signi- fied the end and new beginnings for all of the graduates Congratulations were heard all around. At the end of the ceremony the teachers were dismissed first to form a receiving line on either side of the hallway This was the first time I had been a part of the indoor ceremony and it was close but still comfortable. They call this the Walk of Success and the teachers were the first to greet the students as they exited the gym. The formal lines quicldy broke down as students shook hands and hugged teachers who helped con- tribute to their success. The good- will was tangible. I can safely say that everyone was beaming that night. Students were so proud and relieved that school was over and they had graduated. Teachers were happy to be an important part of the process. Parents were beaming as they greeted their grown-up chil- dren with flowers and balloons. The place was full of tender emo- tions. The graduation ceremony crys- tallizes the bigger picture in the business of education. As teach- ers, we often get stuck in a rut, teaching daily in a classroom and forgetting the major goals. In this case the goal is to get students to believe in themselves, to study, reach high goals. Not a problem! Like Sarah Sprague's butterflies, they have emerged as beautiful creatures ready to take on the world. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.