Harmony Captures 1st Place in Odyssey of the Mind Virtual Finals


A team from Harmony Middle School won the Odyssey of the Mind Virtual World Finals in Problem 5 Division 2, Life Is a Circus.

The team is composed of eighth-graders Avery Wood, Isabella Krimsky, EJ Banta, Gwenyth Mayo, Emma Edwards and Eve Clarke. They are coached by Lovettsville Elementary gifted resource teacher Heidi Mayo (Gwenyth’s mom), who has coached these students in Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competitions since the students were fifth-graders.

Life is a Circus! requires teams to create a performance about a young person enjoying a regular life, who wakes transported into a circus world. In the circus world, animals perform unexpected tricks, a clown and circus acts are featured and a ringmaster announces the activities. The young person returns to the regular world thinking it was all a dream until they see a mysterious figure that turns out to be from the circus.

The Harmony team bested teams from around the world to claim this honor. The virtual OM competition was judged between April 16 and May 4 with the results being announced on Saturday, May 7.

Seven other Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) teams placed in the virtual world competition.

These teams included:




Hamilton Elementary School

Life Is a Circus!

19th Place, Division 1

Legacy Elementary School

Escape vroOM

Ninth Place, Division 1

Blue Ridge Middle School

Escape vroOM

Seventh Place, Division 2

Farmwell Station Middle School

Escape vroOM

Ninth Place, Division 2

Cardinal Ridge Elementary School

Odyssey ReOMvention

Ninth Place, Division 1

Discovery Elementary School

Matryoshka Structure

Fifth Place, Division 1

Cedar Lane Elementary School

Matryoshka Structure

Seventh Place, Division 1


Teams from the United States, China, Poland, Switzerland, India, Japan, Russia and Singapore competed in this event.

Founded in 1978, Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their solution to the problem at a competition.

Published May 23, 2022