Odyssey of the Mind to Compete in World Championships

By Susan A. Neufeld

Lake Arrowhead,CA – The Lake Arrowhead Elementary Odyssey of the Mind  technology team is headed for the World Championships, at Michigan State University.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students, from kindergarten through college. Through solving open-ended problems, students develop creative-thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations.  Teams throughout the U.S., and more than 20 other countries, participate in the program.

The Odyssey of the Mind Program is part of the GATE program at Lake Arrowhead Elementary.


The team members are: Tomas Viramontes, Chris Whitty, Lilly Richardson, Ryan Terreri, Hunter Ball and Leah Lirs.  The team coach is Denise Calaprice Whitty.  This team has been participating in this after school program since October of 2016. They log about 4 hours a week, in order to fulfill a vast array of technical requirements required by this Technology Problem, more specifically known as the  Odd-a-Bot problem.


Now the team’s current goal is to raise funds for registration, travel, participation and lodging at the World Finals competition, which is $9,500 for the entire team.

The students have worked hard and are very motivated to make it to the World finals, and have been brainstorming with fundraising ideas. One fundraising event planned is one at the Tudor House, Friday evening April 21, 2017 starting at 5:30 pm.

A Gofundme page has also been established for the young students, who have worked so hard to achieve this goal. https://www.gofundme.com/mountain-odyssey-team-to-world