Weston students make it to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

The Silent JAAMS, following their performance of  a  silent movie to solve a long-term problem, at the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind competition, from left, Sylvie Hart, Maddie Revzon, Ava Greco, Arianna Carioto, and Jane Smith. — Sandra Hart photo

The Silent JAAMS, following their performance of a silent movie to solve a long-term problem, at the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind competition, from left, Sylvie Hart, Maddie Revzon, Ava Greco, Arianna Carioto, and Jane Smith. — Sandra Hart photo

A team of students from Weston Intermediate School will be representing Weston and the state of Connecticut at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Lansing, Mich., on May 20.

The intermediate school sent 14 student teams to the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Competition at Southern Connecticut State University on March 21.

The team known as “The Silent JAAMS” placed second in its division, qualifying it for the national finals. The Silent JAAMS are fourth graders Ava Greco, Jane Smith, Maddy Revzon, and Sylvie Hart, and fifth grader Arianna Carioto.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international education competition that provides creative problem-solving challenges for students.

Each team is faced with a long-term problem and a spontaneous challenge using concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The teams worked together to create solutions for their problem and challenge and made presentations to the judges and audience with no outside assistance.

The long-term problem for the Silent JAAMS team was to create a “Silent Movie” skit/performance, featuring a director character and a humorous villain. The characters were not allowed to speak, and the team played music on an instrument they created.

The spontaneous challenge for the Silent JAAMS was for each member to select one of four photos (an egg, dragon, stinky sneaker, jellyfish) and explain to the judges the reason why that item is a good luck charm. There were several rounds in this challenge, with members selecting different photos and giving explanations until their allotted time was up.

Woodstock Elementary School was the overall winner of the spontaneous challenge in Connecticut.

Rudd Anderson, teacher of the talented and gifted program at the intermediate school, spearheaded the Odyssey of the Mind program in Weston. The WIS PTO funded the registration fees for the teams.

The group is now raising funds for the national finals and a trip to Michigan. Their goal is to raise $10,800, and they are accepting donations online HERE.

For more information, call Catherine Revzon at 203-275-9888.

The Silent JAAMS and their Odyssey of the Mind medals, front, Ava Greco; back, Jane Smith, Maddy Revzon, Arianna Carioto, and Sylvie Hart. —Catherine Revzon photo

The Silent JAAMS and their Odyssey of the Mind medals, front, Ava Greco; back, Jane Smith, Maddy Revzon, Arianna Carioto, and Sylvie Hart. —Catherine Revzon photo

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