Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999


Kenmore students win

   A team of fifth grade students from Kenmore Elementary took first place in the state Odyssey of the Mind competition at Wenatchee High School on April 17.

   The students won the ratiOmetric competition and have qualified to compete at the World Finals Tournament to be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 26-29.

   Odyssey of the Mind is a school-based program for students from kindergarten through college that fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills. It features an annual competition at local through international levels. Through solving problems, students learn lifelong skills, such as working with others as a team, evaluating ideas, making decisions, and creating solutions while also developing self-confidence from their experiences.

   The Kenmore team consists of fifth grade students Nathan Bogusz, Kenny Eiford, Dylan Fast, Kyle Frichtl, Ian Hubert, Brian Schultz, and Tommy Steward. Coaches are parents Janice Botusz and Ann Frichtl.

   In the ratiOmetric event, the students designed, constructed, and tested a structure built of balsa wood and glue in eight minutes. The structure was scored based on its efficiency, which is determined by dividing the number of pounds the structure supports by the number of grams the structure weighs. The team then presented their structure in the context of a skit to demonstrate the team's problem-solving skills.

   The team estimates the trip will cost $6,600 to send the students, coaches, and chaperones to the three-day competition. The students' families are currently working to raise funds for the trip.