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McGraw OM Teams Soar at Regional Tournament

McGraw Odyssey of the Mind Teams Soar at Regional Tournament

On Saturday, March 24, McGraw’s eight Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the Poudre River Region OM tournament at Fossil Ridge High School. Our teams truly did their best with amazing performances. Our students demonstrated all the qualities of an IB learner through their behavior. We are so proud of them! 

Thanks to our dedicated coaches for their dedication and the time they have spent facilitating, inspiring and allowing their teams to take ownership for solving the OM problems they were presented with. Thanks to McGraw teachers who have allowed OM teams to use their classrooms for weekly meetings. Thanks also to McGraw staff members and parents who served as judges, volunteers and “roadies”/the “McGraw cheering section” at the tournament. Finally, thanks to Mitzi Berger, who has provided excellent support and guidance to coaches and teams as our McGraw Parent Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator.

Our three Primary Division teams all did a terrific job during their spontaneous and long-term problem performances. For Primary Division OM teams, the regional tournament is the final celebration of months of meeting and working together. The McGraw Primary OM Teams are:

  • “We’re Cooking Now” Team 1: Alex Cashen, Ben Cashen, Jorden Gonzalez, Frieda Ebel, Heidi Zwicke, Archie Hall, Carson Wangnild; Coaches – Tasha Brewer and Carl Cashen
  • “We’re Cooking Now” Team 2: Ripley Savage, Hanna Benz, Alex Papadopoulos, Symon Paige, Waylon Williams, Barrett Allen, Kelsey North; Coach – Kelley Savage
  • “We’re Cooking Now” Team 3: Leah Chen, Levi Kuti, James Koenig, Sinti Yockey, Colten Marko, Robert Berger, Kyla North; Coaches – Matt and Britney Kuti, Sherri Yockey, Becky Chen, Gwen Koenig, Mitzi Berger

Our five Division 1 (3rd-5th Grade) teams competed against strong competition, and the opportunity to advance to the State OM tournament in April. Here are the results for our Division 1 Teams:

  • “Triathlon Travels” – 3rd Place, advanced to state OM tournament, team members: Ivan Chen, Leo Foote, Asher Klaver, Atticus Klaver, Layton Stolz, Anisha Raja, Ryan Matheny; Coach – Kristen Foote
  • “Emoji, Speak for Yourself” – 2nd Place, advanced to state OM tournament, team members: Callen Solley, Neena Wittemyer, Barrett Moran, Jayani Raja, Carmela Foote, Elizabeth Green, Dorothy Berger; Coaches – Becky Rosetti, Nancy McElwain and Corey Green
  • “Mockumentary! Seriously?” – 5th Place, team members: Madeline Paige, Nora Ebel, Laila Yockey, Katie Williams, Ellie Schkade, Jason Papadopoulos, Parker Smith; Coach – Stephanie Paige
  • “Animal House” – 1st Place, advanced to state tournament, team members: Maiti McCausland, Elsa Ebel, Ansley Prescott, Drake Solley, Ben Koenig, Riley Crabb, Caleb Emery; Coaches: Damon McCausland and Deidre Sewell
  • “A Stellar Hangout” – 3rd Place, advanced to state tournament, team members: Calloway Prescott, Alana Trumbo, Charlotte Wicks, Lily Bunnell, Morgan Dirks, Mariah Gonzalez, Dean Bradley; Coaches: Paula Prescott and Casey Trumbo

McGraw also received two OMER’s awards, given to teams or individuals who demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, exemplary behavior, or exceptional talent:

  • Our “Triathlon Travels” team was awarded an OMER for demonstration exceptional teamwork and resilience to overcome a major issue to successfully complete their long-term problem performance. At the beginning of the performance, the team’s vehicle (the central part of the performance) broke and become inoperable. The team members quickly huddled and came up with a plan to complete the performance to the best of their ability with a broken vehicle. The team’s determination to never give up resulted in them still achieving a 3rd Place finish (out of 10 teams) and a trip to the state tournament.
  • Greg Ebel, a McGraw parent volunteer at the tournament, was awarded an OMER for his exceptional skill, patience, sense of humor and kindness preparing Primary (Grades K-2) teams to enter the performance area. He was able to help calm many nerves and ease the fears of young students who were performing at their first OM tournament.

Best wishes to the McGraw teams who will compete at the State Odyssey of the Mind tournament on Saturday, April 7 at Erie High School, near Longmont. We are all cheering for you! The tournament schedule, including team performance teams, will be posted one week before the tournament at