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Wolftrap Shines at NoVa Odyssey of the Mind

Fifth and sixth graders garner accolades at regional tournament.

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The sixth grade team (back row, from left): Lauren Carl, Alicia Pane, Carina Anderson, Alexander Stephens, William Wilson, (front row), Leigh El-Hindi and Elena Ergener.

Several teams from Wolftrap Elementary School competed at the NoVa North Odyssey of the Mind Region 9 Tournament, which took place at Oakton High School on Saturday, March 9.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program in which students apply their critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills to produce an original performance or presentation in a variety of areas including: mechanical/vehicle, technical performance, classics, structure and performance. Students then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and international level.

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The fifth grade team (back row, from left): Michael Shi, Kiran Gowda, Lauren Van Stone, Katarina Stefanik, (front row) Andrew Margiotta, Ruhi Mehta, Wendy McHone.

Wolftrap Elementary's Division I Team of fifth graders competed for "Problem 1" with their Pet Project submission. The group placed first and will advance to the state tournament in Aldie, Va., on April 13. The team consists of fifth graders, Kiran Gowda, Andrew Margiotta, Wendy McHone, Ruhi Mehta, Michael Shi, Katarina Stefanik and Lauen Van Stone and is coached by Rachelle Stefanik and Tracy McHone.

The school's Division II team competed for the "Problem 3," category with their project “ARTchitecture: The Musical,” for which the group received the third place award. On the team are Alexander Stephens, Alicia Pané, Carina Anderson, Elena Ergerner, Lauren Carl, Leigh El-Hindi and William Wilson. The team is coached by Anna Pané and Leslie Carl. The group competed in Division II for the first time against sixth, seventh and eighth graders from across the county.