West U Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to State Finals

March 8, 2012

University Elementary School's 5th Grade Odyssey of the Mind team celebrates after winning first place in the Division I To Be or Not To Be Category at the Odyssey of the Mind Houston Area Region Tournament. From left are: Sophie Gillard, Andrew Alexander, Jack Shea, Brett Hauser, Elise Anthony, Clara Brotzen-Smith and Gracie Piland.

Two West University Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament after winning 5th place and 1st place at the Odyssey of the Mind Houston Area Region Tournament on March 3.

In the Division I Weird Science category, the West University Elementary School 4th grade team took fifth place. Coached by parents Mark Plagens and Tahir Faruqui, the team includes fourth-grade students Mehak Batra, Meredith Betti, Samantha Chon, Natasha Faruqui, Nora McQueary, Laurel Plagens and Elena Rabin.

The West University Elementary 5th grade team, coached by parent Rani Shea, includes students Andrew Alexander, Elise Anthony, Clara Brotzen-Smith, Sophie Gillard, Brett Hauser, Gracie Piland and Jack Shea who earned 1st place in the Division 1 To Be or Not to Be category.

The Odyssey of the Mind teams will now advance to the State Finals on April 14.

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