Odyssey of the Mind Kickoff

What a great start to the 2019-2020 Odyssey of the Mind season in Johnstown!

large crowd of students and parents gathered to hear Odyssey kick-off presentationOn Tuesday, October 22, about 100 students and their families attended a Kick-Off meeting at Warren Street Elementary School. At the meeting, the students and their parents learned more about the program, heard about the expectations of being part of this extra-curricular activity, and spent time meeting with their teams. Many students were returning to the program, some for the start of their 5th year. Others were starting the adventure for the first time. In either case, the energy and excitement were high as students dove into teamwork activities with their peers.

one of the Odyssey teams gathers at a table to conferThis year the Johnstown Odyssey program is starting with 17 teams! Five are made up of students from Glebe Street; eight from Warren Street; three from Knox: and one from JHS. With a record number of teams, this is also the first year we have students registered to participate at the high school. In order to field all these teams, we needed many coaches. Thirty-three adult volunteers have stepped up to help guild these teams through the program. The adults attended a coaches’ training, provided by Odyssey Coordinator Kristin Meashaw, last week. The students of Johnstown would not be able to participate in this worthwhile program without these volunteers from within our school community.

With the program continuing to grow in Johnstown, we are proud to be hosting the Region 21 competition at JHS on March 14, 2020. Plans are underway to bring roughly 75 local teams to perform in our outstanding facility. Attendance usually reaches about 2000 people, where guests can watch performances throughout the day. The competition will be another way to show off some of the outstanding things that take place in the Johnstown School District and our local region. More information about volunteering and/or attending the competition will come out in the next few month.

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