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PMSD Odyssey of the Mind teams make their mark at World Finals

Four teams from Pocono Mountain School District showcased their skills and talents at the ultimate creative problem-solving competition, the Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) World Finals, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, May 26 to 29, 2022.


The competition at the World Finals included the best OOTM teams from across the United States and around the world. Pocono Mountain’s teams stood out in the competition, with the PM East Junior High School Life is a Circus team placing 5th out of 57 teams worldwide; the PM West HS Matryoshka Structure team placing 11 out of 32 teams, the PM East Junior HS Escape vroOM Vehicle team placing 14 out of 48 teams, and the Swiftwater Intermediate School Life is a Circus team placing 20th out of 59 teams. 


The path to get to the World Finals involved grueling competitions where teams had to present the solution to one of the 5 OOTM problems the teams selected earlier this school year to work on and their response to a spontaneous problem presented to them by the competition judges. Only the best teams qualified at the NEPA Odyssey championship in March to compete in states. The teams’ next competition was even tougher as they took on the best teams in Pennsylvania to qualify for the World Finals.


Congratulations to the teams from PM East Junior HS, PM West HS and Swiftwater Intermediate School on their outstanding performances at the OOTM World Finals.