Coach: More Odyssey of the Mind advisers needed

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 05:57 PM.

Team members have trained their improvisational skills to handle spontaneous situations.

"It truly helps them to think quick on their feet," coach Eric Mitchell said.

Motivating the team

Competing at the state level is nothing new for the team, Mitchell said.

"Half of the students will be returning to state from last year," he said.

Although the group had no competitor in the regional division, Mitchell had to keep his team focused because lack of a competitor, as he knew, wouldn’t guarantee qualification for the state competition. To do this, he told team members they were competing against Tate High School in Escambia County.

"The day before the (regional) competition, he was like, 'Hey, there is no Tate,’" Peacock, 13, said. 

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