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All Piedmont OM Teams Place at State with 2 Headed to World Finals photo

All Piedmont OM Teams Place at State with 2 Headed to World Finals

 All 3 Piedmont teams had GREAT performances at the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind State competition on April 5. After placing 1st or 2nd at the Regional competition the bar was raised and all teams rose to the challenge. They each scored well in the long term problem they've been working so hard on for the last few months. All three did well in the style portion of their scoring which covers specific aspects of creativity, design, humor, etc. that the team chooses). The spontaneous problem portion is always hard and you never know how you actually did until AFTER awards. Since it is "spontaneous", team members do not know the problem before going in with judges and for fairness all teams get the same spontaneous problem but are unable to talk about it with anyone until...after awards. Teams have worked hard and also raised spontaneous scores which is great! After taking care of their long term and spontaneous portions of the day team members and families enjoyed the warm day outside talking with each other, playing ball, grilling out and watching other teams from around the state perform. When it came time for the award's ceremony this is how Piedmont fared:

Our Driver's Test team ended up in 1st
The Not-So-Haunted House team placed 3rd
It's How We Rule placed 1st

Absolutely amazing!! All of our OMers have so much to be proud of. It also means that 2 teams will be going on to the World competition in Iowa at the end of May!

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Staff Wins Annual Student-Staff Basketball Thriller photo

Staff Wins Annual Student-Staff Basketball Thriller

 After a defeat last year and an early minor injury (we love you Mr. Starnes!), Staff team won an intense battle in this year’s Student-Staff Annual Basketball Game Friday night. Scoring was closely matched for most of the game, and the crowd cheered for baskets made by both their fellow students and their teachers. High scorers for staff included 6th grade teachers Mr. Braketa, Mr. Goodman and Ms. Dills, and Technology Services’ Mr. Webb. Eighth graders Hunter Tyson, Kelli Fagala, and Luke Burnett were top scorers for the students. When the tense game went into double overtime, all were on their feet, shouting and cheering. The final score was 46-40. We are already looking forward to a re-match next year!

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