NO. R-278. House concurrent resolution congratulating the Crossett Brook Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team on its outstanding Vermont and world competition performances.
Offered by: Representatives Minter of Waterbury and Dostis of Waterbury.
Whereas, the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competition challenges students’ ingenuity and creativity, and
Whereas, students work independently to create, design, and implement a solution for a long‑term problem, and
Whereas, they spend time practicing spontaneous problem solutions, both verbal and hands‑on, and
Whereas, in January, an OM team of seven 5th and 6th graders, including Tyler Miles, Cosmo Rapoport, Jesse Perrault, Mike Flynn, Yuka Oiwa, Fallon Gallagher, and Al Mireault, was established at the Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury and began to work under the direction of coaches Gina Mireault, Michelle Miles, John Gallagher, and Stacey Blue on a long‑term laugh‑a‑thon problem, and
Whereas, the school had never participated in the OM competition before and found the process extremely challenging, and
Whereas, the youngsters were required to create a humorous eight‑minute skit with elements consisting of mime, reflection, puppetry, song, and dance, and
Whereas, the students’ presentation at the state competition held on March 19 at the University of Vermont impressed the judges who awarded them second place in the laugh‑a‑thon division for their age group, a result far better than they had anticipated, and
Whereas, the second‑place finish made the Crossett Brook Middle School OM team eligible to compete in the OM world competition held in Boulder, Colorado from May 21 to May 25, and
Whereas, in less than two months, the students raised the funds to travel to Colorado, and
Whereas, at Boulder, each team was required to perform solutions for both a spontaneous and a long problem for the judges’ review, and
Whereas, at the closing ceremonies, the Crossett Brook students were thrilled to learn they had placed ninth out of 58 teams in their division, and
Whereas, the team scored in the top 10 percent of the over‑700 teams from around the world that participated in the OM world competition, and among the 16 teams from Vermont, Crossett Brook scored first, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates the Crossett Brook Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team and its coaches on the team’s outstanding Vermont and world competition performances, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ken Page, the educational leader at Crossett Brook Middle School.
The Vermont General Assembly
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