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Odyssey of the Mind

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Middle School students demonstrated their creature in showing how they can make him move as well as eat. Each member of the group had to contribute to each problem-solving situation and learn to judge what is the best idea for the group to follow. Monitoring the project is Middle School counselor Ali Vasher, right. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
MARCUS - Five Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn middle school students appeared in front of the MMC School Board to explain what they have been doing with their time together under the guidance of Middle School counselor Ali Vasher.

The students had recently competed at the state level on March 26 to win a second place. That was good enough for them to go on to compete at a world level. Students from many other countries will compete against each other at the finals in Ames from May 27-31.

The students have learned many skills when it comes to problem solving, learning to work together as a team, using critical thinking skills, as well as keeping a budget in line.

The students explaining to the board what they have been busy at were Taylor Johnson, Isaiah Petersen, Megan Hantsbarger and Jacob Simonsen. Chris Wester and Ben Barritt couldn't be there. Each student shared with the board how it is helping them grow and expand their learning skills. The board was impressed with their ability to speak with ease to a group of adults.

The group needs to raise a total of $4,500 in 30 days with $2,800 raised thus far. They are hosting a fund-raiser on April 30 in the MMC Commons where they will serve taverns, chips, dessert and drink beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The group will perform at 6:10 p.m. so others can learn how beneficial this program is. A free-will donation will be appreciated.

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