After many long, hard hours, Mrs. Risa Adams and her after-school Odyssey of the Mind team at Community Christian School have won second place at State competition and are headed to Michigan for World Finals competition.

Alayna Bergeron, 7th grade, Matthew Rainey, 6th grade, Caitlyn Clark, 6th grade, Marissa Gray, 7th grade, and Emily Breaux, 6th grade designed an amazing journey through a nature trail utilizing a man-powered vehicle they constructed out of a wheelchair.

They traveled through a rainbow forest which they prepared by cutting out foam trees and painting them in bright colors. They made a camper out of a cardboard box which transforms into a raft.

Attached to their drag race car (wheelchair), they installed six bottles with a hose traveling from one to another connected to a pipe that pokes a hole into the ground to absorb seeds, water, and fertilizer. These ingredients are stored in the bottles to be released during their travels throughout the park to beautify the forest.

Their theme, Dora the Explorer, utilized Flora the narrator with two passengers, Beago, dressed as a bee, and Roots, dressed as a root, who encountered Sniper the Fox during their travels. Sniper was responsible for breaking their front axle, which the travelers had to splint with a stick so the vehicle could make it to the end of the trail.

To help students with the cost of entering world competition, Dairy Queen on 16th St. in Orange will donate 20 percent of their proceeds each Thursday, the first three weeks in May: 6, 13 and 20.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Part of the magic of Odyssey is watching children cooperate and problem-solve as a team.

Team members solve problems from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

Creativity is the key and just one of the many valuable skills students hone as they work together under the guidance of a coach who encourages them toward the problem’s goal.

Thousands of teams compete from the U.S. and 25 other countries.