Three Wesley Chapel teams competing at world finals

Three teams from Wesley Chapel are heading to Iowa State University to compete at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, in Ames, Iowa. Some competitors from all three teams already know what it’s like to compete on the world stage. That’s because they were members of Wesley Chapel Elementary, which brought home the top prize. The students on last year’s Wesley Chapel Elementary … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

They took on the world — and they won

Wesley Chapel Elementary’s “Catch Us If You Can” team has returned as champions from the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which took place at Michigan State University. The victory thrilled the team’s members — Jake Piller, Sam Cappelluti, Isabell Barrios, Mina Melaika, Rowan Heyman, Jason Sherman and Justin Acosta, and the team’s coaches — Janet Heyman and Veronica Acosta. Before … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel team ready to take on the world

They’re just in elementary school, but these children are already learning about the trade-offs in life. They’re also getting a firsthand experience regarding the importance of preparation, and they’re finding out that even the smallest of details can alter the outcome in a competition. These seven children are members of Wesley Chapel Elementary School’s “Catch Us If You Can” team, and … [Read more...]

Trekking to Iowa to compete at World Finals

After competing together for years, a local Odyssey of the Mind team has finally accomplished its goal of qualifying to compete at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa. Now, the team is busy raising the $5,000 they need need to make the trip. They’re doing car washes, a garage sale and restaurant fundraisers, and are hoping for the community’s support to help make their dream come true. The … [Read more...]

Area Odyssey of the Mind teams qualify for world competition

An Odyssey of the Mind team from Pine View Middle School will head to the OM World competition in Ames, Iowa, at the end of May. Another OM team from Land O’ Lakes High School also qualified for the international competition, but is not going because of the competition’s timing. All of the members on that team are graduating seniors and are busy with senior year activities. A total of … [Read more...]