Dixon Middle School

Molly and Jocelyn from Dixon Middle School were our guest speakers this Tuesday morning representing the seven member team for ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ at their school who are coached by teachers Patty Browne and Erik Gruner at the school.

Odyssey of the Mind is an International Organization over 40 years old that promotes creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork for students in elementary school through college. School teams work through problem solving activities that may require critical thinking as well as impromptu role playing. Both Molly and Jocelyn were enthusiastic about their team at Dixon Middle School and their opportunity to participate in this stimulating program.

Although Odyssey of Mind teams at each school participate throughout the school year, teams that are so motivated can enter the Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in their state each year. For North Carolina Teams there are regional tournaments across the state. The Dixon Middle School Team participated in the Coastal Region Tournament in Kill Devil Hills, on February 26 where they were the first place team in that tournament. So, the Team went on to the North Carolina State Competition at Western Carolina University on April 2, where they placed second in their division. As qualifiers from the the North Carolina State Competition, the Dixon Middle School Team, all seven of them plus their advisor and parents will travel to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on May 25-28, 2022 to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Molly and Jocelyn emphasized that while the team is anxious to travel to Iowa State University next month the trip will be costly c.a. $12,000 and one of the reasons they gave their presentation to us this morning. Many members present chose to contribute directly to the Team’s trip to Ames.

If you would also like to make a contribution through the Kiwanis PayPal site please follow this link. In the memo box, please list “Dixon Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team”

Go Bulldogs and Odyssey of the Mind Team!

Good luck in the World Finals!