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Tim and his fellow Odyssey of the Mind teammates, Anjelica, Ian, Rowan, Elizabeth and Sarah brought home a Second Place Trophy and the coveted Renatra Fusca Creativity award for their Mousemobile problem solution at Odyssey World Finals at the University of Maryland this past weekend.

We are so very proud of them and all of their hard work!

Here is a video of their award winning performance (note their 28 mousetrap powered vehicle).

Here are videos of the team receiving their Renatra Fusca award

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We spent the past couple days up in the Burlington area for Tim’s Odyssey of the Mind competition. Since the boys were off Friday we took advantage and headed up in the afternoon to hang out. The team, after months, weeks and long, long hours of work performed their project on Saturday afternoon. Even after being privy to the project in the works since we parents all had hands-on supervisory duties while the team was working, I am still amazed at how it all comes together for the real performance. Makeup, costumes, an incredible vehicle that wowed the judges, a great idea and well worded script – all combined to win the team its First Place award in their age division (high school) and the opportunity to participate in the World Final competition in May. Surprising to the team they were also awarded the overall creativity award for the design, engineering and construction of their vehicle, which was propelled entirely by 28 ordinary mousetraps. The vehicle traveled the distance of about 16 feet and did so with flare and ease. The trophy that they won is almost as tall as some of the team members.



Doesn’t he just look so darn happy? I had to check last night to make sure that he wasn’t wearing the medal to bed. I am pretty sure that it is going to be a fixture around his neck for a while.

Here is a picture of the medal close-up:

Renatra Fusca medal

Renatra Fusca medal

The winning team

The winning team

We are back from Burlington and the Odyssey States. It has been a very LONG day. I will post the video of the team’s performance, but that will take some time. For now, here are a couple pictures. Long and short of it, Tim’s team won the Renatra Fusca award – which also qualifies them automatically for an invitation to Worlds. The Renatra Fusca award is a special award given to the team in each division that displays the best creativity and style. To make the victory even sweeter, the team took First Place in their Division!dscn3813




CONGRATULATIONS TIMMY!!! We are very, very proud of you – you and your teammates did an awesome job!

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