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NO. R-179.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Crossett Brook Middle School Odyssey of the Mind state championship team.


Offered by:  Representatives Minter of Waterbury and Dostis of Waterbury

Whereas, Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an academic competition that challenges students to solve problems through the development and performance of multifaceted presentations, and

Whereas, the 2007 Vermont state championship tournament was held at Champlain Valley High School on March 10 and attracted over 100 OM teams from schools throughout the state, and

Whereas, the challenge presented to the participating students was to create a humorous performance, not exceeding eight minutes in length, depicting a self-centered character who takes advantage of others on three occasions but is ultimately caught, and

Whereas, one of the four teams that represented the Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, and was comprised of students Fallon Gallagher, Tyler Miles, Al Mireault, Yuka Oiwa, and Cosmo Rappaport, incorporated the challenge scenario into the specific theme of commercial television’s exploitation of public consumers, and

Whereas, the students’ underlying premise was that the media has goals, namely to gain money, power, “and to destroy all human imagination to control the masses,” and

Whereas, over 300 team-member-created computerized images were projected as animated commercials onto individuals playing the role of a television, and

Whereas, the judges were so impressed with the team’s ingenuity and innovative approach to the challenge that they awarded the Crossett Brook team the first place prize, and, in addition, they awarded this outstanding group of young brainstormers the overall tournament champions designation and the Ranatra Fusca trophy for exceptional creativity, and

Whereas, the team is fundraising in order to participate in the OM world finals to be held in East Lansing, Michigan in late May, and

Whereas, coaches Gina Mireault, Michelle Miles, and John Gallagher in association with faculty member Stacey Blue enabled these youngsters to explore and reach new plateaus of creativity, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Crossett Brook Middle School Odyssey of the Mind state championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each youngster named in this resolution, and to Stacey Blue at the Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont