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June 22, 2010 > Mission San Jose High attends Odyssey World Finals

Mission San Jose High attends Odyssey World Finals

Submitted By Judy Lu
Photos By courtesy of Judy Lu

Mission San Jose High School Odyssey of the Mind teams have an enviable track record of winning at California State tournaments and advancing to compete at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. It is difficult to realize how talented Mission San Jose High School students are unless involved in the program. Team members are not only creative and hard-working, but also goal oriented. They brainstorm, discuss and work around each other, to come up with the best solutions for the team's performance.

With great anticipation of an educational and exciting journey and with MSJHS teacher, Dr. Charlie Brucker serving as chaperone, three Mission San Jose High School teams departed for East Lansing, Michigan to participate in the 31st Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Over 840 teams from the U.S. and abroad, gathered to share their solutions to problems, during the World Finals held on May 26 -29 at Michigan State University.

The first team, coached by Arthur Jeng, was composed of seven team members: Arthur Jeng, Richie Zeng, Christina Shih, Audrey Wu, Erik Chen, Eugenia Chung, and Aileen Lu, who competed in two problems - "structure and classical." This team was the first California team to compete in two problems at World Finals.

The second team coached by Meili Hsu, was comprised of: Karen Hsu, Peter Gao, Jordan Zhang, Mary Lan, Jenny Tang, William Tsay, and Carl Gao. This team competed in "technical problem," in which the team needs to make an aviation object and complete many required tasks. This team placed eighth at the World Finals.

The third team, coached by Judy Lu included: Tina Tseng, Richard Lu, Arjun Vijayakumar, Alex Li, Chelsea Dass, Elaine Kuo, and Robert Wang. Competing in "vehicle problem," this team placed fourth at the World Finals and set the best competition record in Mission San Jose High School history at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

While experiencing advanced levels of challenge in creativity, problem solving skill, and performing, team members also had fun socializing with teams from other states and countries.

They were exposed to the eye-opening creativity of performances from international teams as well as teams from other U.S. states. They saw an elaborate peacock costume by the Singapore team and a 12-legged moving object connected by 154 joints from the Virginia team. They also saw how an eight-inch balsa wood structure held 1,300 lbs as demonstrated by teams from New Jersey and China.

Also, MSJHS team members had lots of fun associating with other teams, trading pins and exchanging problem solution techniques with teams from Singapore, Japan, Korea, Germany, and Russia as well as other U.S. states.

The World Finals has been such a positive and enjoyable journey for the Mission San Jose High School team members that they all expressed their commitment to continue with the Odyssey of the Mind program next year.

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