By Amy Barbour
The FANTASTIC news: A team of 5 seniors and 2 juniors at Wake Forest High School has won competitions at the Regional and State Final levels of Odyssey of the Mind, earning them the right to advance to World Finals at Michigan State University on May 20th! These students have worked incredibly hard, learning more than they ever thought possible about critical thinking, teamwork, resource management, responsibility, and deadlines, as they have formed a creative solution and engaging presentation to solve a pre-defined technical problem. At the State level, they won 1st place in Spontaneous Problem-solving and 2nd place overall in Division III. With these achievements, they have qualified to join over 800 teams from around the world as they compete in the 36th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals!
The next CHALLENGE: Up to this point, the team has been able to cover costs incurred in constructing and presenting the solution and travelling to the various competition venues by working with their Drama class friends to complete projects and services to earn the needed money. Now that they have earned the coveted invitation to compete at World Finals in Michigan, they have to find their own funds to represent their school, our town, and our State at the National and International level.
The team needs to raise funds for registration fees, transportation, and lodging for each member as well as the coaches (volunteers) in order to get to the World Finals event.
Here’s ANOTHER LESSON for the team: The deadline to submit registration fees is Friday, April 24th! At this time, they will need to pay the first $2,500 of the estimated $10,000-$11,000 needed in order to register to participate in the World Finals. Without the registration, Wake Forest will not be represented and one of the two North Carolina high school teams from our region will not be able to present their solution at the 2015 events. What a fabulous opportunity for these students to venture out as ambassadors for Wake Forest and North Carolina!
How YOU can BE PART of the ADVENTURE: If you can, we would appreciate your joining to celebrate all the hard work it has taken to reach the level of State champions – and rally around our team to help them reach their first goal of paying the $2,500 registration fee so they will have a fighting chance at getting to World Finals. If you can help them make that goal, we can continue to work hard to get them all the way to World Finals!
The GREAT NEWS for patrons: 100% of the proceeds (the part we receive outside of gofundme costs) will be used to cover expenses of the team as they continue their pursuit of Odyssey of the Mind excellence! Contact me for further information or questions.