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Simis team places 14th in world finals

Getting ready to perform their long-term problem, in full costume, are members of Carson Bilger’s third-grade Odyssey of the Mind team from Madison Simis, including, from left: front row, Colin Lifshitz, Sabrina Case, Ivanna Grgic and Brianna Stenke; back row, Jeffrey Takeuchi, Addison Case and Sam Luba (submitted photo).

Getting ready to perform their long-term problem, in full costume, are members of Carson Bilger’s third-grade Odyssey of the Mind team from Madison Simis, including, from left: front row, Colin Lifshitz, Sabrina Case, Ivanna Grgic and Brianna Stenke; back row, Jeffrey Takeuchi, Addison Case and Sam Luba (submitted photo).

Carson Bilger’s third-grade Odyssey of the Mind team from Madison Simis competed in the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals at Michigan State University May 22-May 23, placing 14th in a field of 65 teams.

Bilger’s team qualified for the World Finals based on a second-place tie for “Problem Five: Silent Movie” at the OM State Tournament in Tucson on March 28. Team members had to create and present a performance depicting a character who is the producer of a silent movie featuring a humorous villain character that commits three silly acts of “villainy.”

The seven third-grade students on Bilger’s team represented Arizona as they competed against more than 800 teams from countries all around the world. Their high ranking in the tournament is particularly impressive considering that they were often competing against older students.

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