3 LCPS Teams Honored at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Three Odyssey of the Mind teams from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) received top honors at the 40th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals held on May 25th at Michigan State University.


A Loudoun Valley High School team won first place in “Hide in Plain Site,” the technical problem.  Harmony Middle School’s classics team won fifth place in “Leonardo’s Workshop.”  Belmont Ridge Middle School’s team was honored with the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award for their solution to the “Opposites Attract” problem.


A total of 892 teams representing 16 countries took part in the World Finals.  Tom Coate, Loudoun County’s regional director for Odyssey of the Mind, said he’s extremely proud of how well all the teams from Virginia, and especially those from Loudoun County, did at this highly competitive event. “It clearly reflected all the hard work that the students did throughout the year and the support they had from their coaches and parents. As one of the over 400 volunteer judges at the event, I was extremely impressed by the creative solutions from teams all over the world.”


One of those volunteer judges from Loudoun County was honored at World Finals for his contributions to the Odyssey of the Mind program. Dennis Godfrey, a former regional director for Loudoun County and state director for Virginia, was the recipient of this year’s Odyssey Spirit Award, which was presented during the Opening Ceremonies on May 22nd. The Spirit Award is presented to “an individual involved in the Odyssey of the Mind program who, through personal action, demonstrates the encourage­ment and development of cooperation, self-respect, and the appreciation and understanding of others.”