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Living - May 2, 2008

Of Note

The Odyssey of the Mind Team from Sycamore Valley Elementary School, called "The Extreme Babies," took their supped up, motorized, baby buggy on an Odyssey Road Rally in March. The team had to design, build and operate an original vehicle to compete in four different sports related events. This team of fourth- and fifth-grade students placed first in their division and moved on to the Odyssey State Competition in Brentwood on April 5.

Other teams to move on from this area were from John Baldwin, Rancho Romero and Alamo elementary schools, Charlotte Wood Middle School, and San Ramon, Monte Vista and California high schools.

Seven Monte Vista High School juniors competed in the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament in March and won first place. Then April 5, they went to the State Tournament and placed first again, solving the problem of "The Eccentrics." This problem required the team to create and present a humorous performance about three Eccentric Characters that demonstrated odd behavior, peculiar mannerisms, and unconventional dress. The characters, who seemed to be misfits, solved the problem and as a reward, a celebration was held in their honor where they ended up launching a new fad. The students will represent California at the World Competition at the University of Maryland from May 31-June 3.

The San Ramon Valley High School Odyssey of the Mind team will be going on to compete in the World Tournament after it successfully competed in the state competition. The team chose the "Road Rally" problem, which challenged it to design and build a vehicle that was battery powered and could transport a team member and perform certain functions along the way. The team has been working on this problem since last fall and successfully competed at the Regional Tournament in March.

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