Seneca Ridge Team Wins OM World Championships

A team from Seneca Ridge Middle School took first place at the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships, held at Iowa State University late last month.

The Loudoun County School Board is scheduled to recognize members of the winning team at its meeting Tuesday.

The Seneca Ridge team was one of 13 from Loudoun County Public Schools competing in the Odyssey Worlds after capturing first or second place at the Virginia Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.

The Seneca Ridge team’s problem this year was to design and build a 15-gram structure using only balsa wood and glue that, when tested by placing weights on it during an eight-minute performance, supported 975 pounds. During the performance, the team had to transform the structure’s appearance to look like an animal, feed the animal and have the food supported by the structure during weight placement.

Members of the winning team are: Atash Barbic, Tia Bhatnagar, Peter Downey, Audrey Husted, Nikhil Mangat, Nikhil Mangat, Brice Sandidge and Jacob Wesoky. The team’s coaches are Tracey Downey, Carey Husted and Valinder Mangat.

Several other teams were also recognized for their performances at the state tournament, including teams from: Discovery, Kenneth Culbert and Pinebrook elementary schools; Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge and Harper Park middle schools; and Loudoun Valley, Woodgrove, Riverside and Freedom high schools.

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