Odyssey of the Mind Team Headed to World Finals

Congratulations to the MSM Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team, who placed first at the state competition in North Little Rock on Saturday, March 30. With its first-place win, the team will advance to the OM World Finals held at Michigan State University May 22-25 where it will compete with teams from countries around the world.


This year’s team chose to solve the problem “Leonardo’s Workshop”, which challenged the students to develop and present a performance that tells an original story about Leonardo da Vinci that takes place within the famous Italian painter’s workshop and features pieces of his work. The team’s extraordinary creativity and problem-solving skills earned them top scores for their performance and in the Style and Spontaneous portions of the competition. For the second consecutive year, the team also won a coveted Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, which is presented to a team or individual for demonstrating outstanding creativity. Only three were awarded at this year’s state competition.


Mount St. Mary Academy has participated in the international creative problem-solving program for more than 20 years. Since 1999, the MSM team has regularly been awarded first or second place in regional and state competitions. This marks the eighth straight year the school’s OM team has advanced to the World Finals.


We wish these talented girls the best as they represent MSM and Arkansas on the international level next month: Emily Delfos ’19, Abby Yanosick ’19, Isabella Boyd ’20, Audrey Caruthers ’20, Anna Palmer ’20, Josie Fitz ’21, Emily VanEcko ’21 and Mary Owen ’21 (manager).

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.