Help Team Tashua Make it to Iowa!

The Odyssey of the Mind team comprised of 4th and 5th-grade students from Tashua Elementary School finished 2nd place overall in their division and received a perfect score in the Spontaneous portion of the competition, at the 2018 Connecticut State Finals which took place March 17, 2018, at Southern Connecticut State University.  The team will now represent the State of Connecticut at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, a four-day competition held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on May 23-27, 2018.   

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. Tasked with solving open-ended problems, students develop creative thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations.

The Team, consisting of Alec Valera, Matthew Sullivan, Rithik Gunda, Nick Borko, and Mitchell Haynes, were required to choose one of five “long-term” problems as the major focus of their competition.  Opting for, “Stellar Hangout,” the team created and presented an original, humorous performance from the point of view of three intergalactic creatures from three different planets, including an inanimate object creature – who work together to find a space treasure.  Their solution took the audience on a hilarious adventure from an Intergalactic Boarding School to an abandoned Secret Intergalactic Amusement Park to a VIP Amusement Park. Among many required elements, the performance included an original song and dance and a secret portal which took the space creatures to the Secret Intergalactic Amusement Park after borrowing the principal’s Starrari for the trip.

 All of this was presented within an 8-minute time limit!

The team is excited to be representing their home state in the upcoming World Finals. Modeled after the Olympics, the World Finals includes an opening ceremony celebrating the 850 teams with representatives from approximately 40 states and 25 countries worldwide includes competitions and a variety of creative activities for the teams and coaches, many provided by leading scientific and research organizations such as NASA.

Team coaches and parents are busy making arrangements for the 1,200-mile “Odyssey” to Ames.  Fund-raising efforts are underway to help defray the nearly $12,000 that will be necessary to fund travel and expenses related to the four-day competition.  Contributions are greatly appreciated.  You can also send your support through the mail, c/o Jamie Sullivan, 65 Old Tree Farm Lane, Trumbull, CT 06611.


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  • Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation 
    • $500 
    • 35 mos
  • karli smith 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • arlene presel 
    • $100 
    • 36 mos
  • Alan Presel 
    • $50 
    • 36 mos
  • Stephanie Thibault 
    • $20 
    • 36 mos
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Fundraising team: Team Tashua Odyssey of the Mind (3)

Jamie Goldsand Sullivan 
Raised $868 from 11 donations
Trumbull, CT
Ronna Haynes 
Team member
Raised $225 from 4 donations
Sailaja Gunda 
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
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