LANSING, Mi. (WYMT)- Almost 900 teams from across the globe competed this past week at the 40th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Lansing, Michigan.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program for students in kindergarten through college.
This year, two Eastern Kentucky teams brought home exceptional honors.
Both the college students on the Corbin Music Alumni Association team and the high school students on the team from Corbin High School chose to create a solution for a problem called “Leonardo’s Workshop,” for which students had to re-create 3 of Leonardo da Vinci’s artworks and present them in an 8-minute skit.
The Corbin Music Alumni Association team tied with a team from China for 2nd place in their division, placing only behind a team from Poland.
Corbin High School brought home an astounding 5th place finish in their division.
However, they also received the coveted “Ranatra Fusca” – which is awarded to teams or individuals whose projects demonstrate exceptional creativity and/or risk-taking. Only 4 Ranatras were awarded at the 900-team event.
Their team used unconventional mediums in the recreations of their artwork, including soap, egg yolks, and even used chewing gum.
Both teams are coached by April Laun, parent of one of Corbin High School’s team members, and Nicole Brock, Assistant Principal at Corbin High School.
Dewitt Elementary, Knox County Middle School, Barbourville High School, and Corbin Middle School also advanced and competed at this year’s World Finals.
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