Odyssey of the Mind World Finals took place this past week from May 22 – May 25 at Michigan State University. It was the largest tournament to date with 899 teams attending from 20 countries and 40 states. Competitors qualify by placing 1st or 2nd for their problem division in their State or Country Championship Tournaments; so the caliber of teams attending World Finals was very high (China’s Country Championship Tournament alone hosted over 600 teams).
Manhattan Beach qualified 4 teams to represent SoCal that all placed within the top half of their respective fields.
Pacific Elementary: Problem 3, Division 1, 27thPlace
In this year’s most popular and fiercely contested problem, Pacific’s “Classics” team placed 27th in their field of 73 world-class competitors.
Team: Grace Swenson, Brandon Warren, Rosie Hoyle, Jack Ingram, Oliver Stern
Coach: Terri Warren
Pennekamp Elementary: Problem 4, Division 1, 16th place
Pennekamp’s “Structure” team broke into their top 20 with an awesome 16th place finish.
Team: Ty Ahrens, Charlotte Fan, Zachary Green, Peyton Kuo, Sierra Wolbert, Matthew Yap
Coach: Brian Fan
MBMS: Problem 2, Division 2, 13th place
MBMS’s “Technical” team also cracked their top 20 with an amazing 13th place finish.
Team: Miles McPhee, Shawn Oh, Allison Custer, Lily Stern, Maddie Johnson
Coach: Andrea Custer
MBMS: Problem 4, Division 2, 2nd place; Ranatra Fusca Award
MBMS’s “Structure” team had a stunning 2nd place finish. They also won a Ranatra Fusca award for outstanding creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking. One of the highest honors a team can receive, only 6 Ranatras were awarded this year at World Finals (across all problems and divisions).
Team: Brian Chiu, Andrew Fan, Ashlyn Green, Luke Green, Ella Kim, Abigail Seo
Coach: Brian Fan
Pacific Elementary – Problem 3, Division 1, 27th place
Pennekamp Elementary – Problem 4, Division 1, 16th place
MBMS – Problem 2, Division 2, 13th place
MBMS – Problem 4, Division 2, 2nd place; Ranatra Fusca Award
Official results can be seen at: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/wf2019/world-finals-2019-scores/
Our sincere thanks to all of the family, friends, and MB staff that helped all of the kids along on their incredible journey and congratulations to all of the teams that participated in Odyssey this year!
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