Baker students heading to Odyssey of the Mind competition

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Students from Baker School’s Odyssey of the Mind celebrate following their performance at a regional tournament. From left are Jaclyn Tipton, Daniel Thornton, Nastya Bateyera, Coach Fiona Lukas, Eileen Brown, Coach Sophie Lukas and Kayleigh Patterson. The students, along with another group from Baker School, will attend the state Odyssey of the Mind competition on April 6 in Orlando.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 06:04 PM.

BAKER — Two of three north Okaloosa County teams going to a state competition next month to display their teamwork skills are from Baker School.

Brittany Rock, Victoria Voorhees, Adrian Smith, Blake Phillips, Hunter Carnley, Rage Lafata, Elizabeth Lukas, Jaclyn Tipton, Daniel Thornton, Nastya Bateyera, Kayleigh Patterson and Eileen Brown will represent two of 64 Odyssey of the Mind teams competing April 6 in Orlando.

Odyssey of the Mind — or OM — challenges students to work together and solve problems using critical thinking methods. Each team must select from one of five problems on Options range from designing gadgets to performing a skit within a given period.

Rock, 18, and her team of mostly seniors must build a structure that can support a certain weight — using just balsa wood and glue.

"You can't solve the problem any ordinary way," she said. "It has definitely taught us to look at things from a different perspective."

The second team, which comprises younger high school students, must script a skit involving a documented architectural structure and at least two musical performances.

"During the play, there are three works of art that are stolen and are recovered by two characters," Thornton, 16, said.

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