Odyssey of the Mind Team Competes at World Level

A group of seven Long Beach elementary school students traveled to Michigan in May to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. This prestigious event was attended by students from 25 countries.

 The students qualified for the global competition, which requires students to solve problems creatively, by placing second out of 19 teams at the state competition. They are the third team to make it to the world finals since 2011, when two teams achieved this elite opportunity. 

The seven students who comprise the team are Maryn Ascher, Samantha Breen, Sarah Gusler, Skyler Oberlander, Matthew O’Connor, Gabrielle Pine and Ariana Thomas. They spent time prior to the state and world events creating scenery, props, costumes, membership signs and other items.

 “We are very proud of our elementary school students and their teachers for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Superintendent of Schools David Weiss. “These students and our many other achievers demonstrate that goals can be reached through dedication and hard work.”