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Courtesy Photo: Franklin County High School’s OM team, “It’s How We Rule,” will compete in the upcoming World Finals. Team members (from left) are Cade Cobbs, Willow Abshire-Sims, Megan Perdue, Rowan Abshire-Sims, Hailey Ellis, Alexis Lanier and Matthew Brosinski. The World Finals will be held May 28 through May 31 at the University of Iowa.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


An Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team from Franklin County High School won first place at the Virginia state finals at Franklin County High School.

The team, "It's How We Rule," will be advancing to the World Finals May 28 through May 31 at the University of Iowa.

"These students prove that our community excels in producing creative and talented young problem solvers," said coach Robyn Abshire-Sims.

Teams competing in the OM competitions are required to consist of up to seven members. The teams work together to present a solution to a problem with various specific requirements.

Problems range from technical, such as team-built vehicles and balsa-wood structures, to performance-based problems with special effects and character requirements.

Teams must also compete in a spontaneous category requiring them to think and respond quickly to a situation as creatively as possible.

Members that make up the "It's How We Rule" team are Megan Perdue, Alexis Lanier, Hailey Ellis, Cade Cobbs, Matthew Brosinski, Willow Abshire-Sims and Rowan Abshire-Sims.

The team had to present a performance that included a historic royal court and a team-created court that each issued a decree that fit with its history or changed a behavior of its inhabitants.

The historic royal court had to represent an actual king or queen who lived before the year 1800 and two members of his or her court.

The team chose to represent Queen Nzinga, a warrior queen from Ngola who lived in the late 1500s, and her servant and priest, Calisto.

The team-created court had to take place in a different place and time and include a leader, a jester to make fun of the leader, and a minstrel who performed a song on a team-created instrument.

The team chose to portray an animal kingdom ruled by an elephant, Queen Loxoda. The kingdom featured a hyena fester and a monkey minstrel.

The team also created two puppets and a "peoplet," a team member who acted as a puppet.

Team "It's How We Rule" was also nominated for a OMer Award for their kindness, fairness and support of each other.

"I have never worked with a group of teenagers who got along so well for such an extended period of time," said Abshire-Sims. "The future is in great hands with young people as dynamic, thoughtful and intelligent as these. I love these kids and I am honored to be their coach."

"The team now faces the challenge of raising needed funds to assist in their travel expenses to the World Finals to represent our school, our county, and our state in Iowa at the end of May," she added.

Donations can be delivered or mailed to the high school at 700 Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

Checks should be made out to Franklin County High School with "Odyssey of the Mind" written on the memo line.

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