Sushi Surfers take on the World!

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Raised by 116 people in 39 months
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The Sushi Surfers are a team of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who are going to the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships in Ames, Iowa! It will cost over $12,000 to take this incredible journey. Will you help?

The Sushi Surfers won 1st place in their Regional competition and 2nd in the State contest, competing against dozens of other teams. They are honored to represent JY Joyner in competing against some of the best teams from around the world!

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition that engages growing minds from elementary school through college. Teams compete to solve their problem with style, humor and efficiency. You can watch a short video about the program here .

The Sushi Surfers were tasked to build a tower made only of balsa wood and glue that could withstand significant weight. The tower itself could weigh no more than 15 grams – approximately the same weight of 15 paperclips.

The Sushi Surfers' tower held over 400 pounds - the most weight of any team!


They learned so much about architecture and engineering, really exercising their creative muscles in building their tower. They tried many different models before they found the winning structure - without adult intervention.

The kiddos also learned valuable presentation skills, gained self-confidence and honed their ability to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks through solid teamwork. It has been a transformative experience for all 6 of them!

To travel for almost a week-long competition in Ames, Iowa is a privilege, but it’s also expensive. This is where you come in.

Just registration, food and lodging are $1150 per 1 parent/child combination. Five of our 6 teammates will make the journey. Some of us will drive while others will need to fly. 

Total costs for the team trip are approximately $12,942. Our amazing team has already received $4,850 in pledges, bringing our team goal to $8,092.  Every little bit helps, and no gift is too small or too large.

Please help encourage this team on to a world win! Go Sushi Surfers!

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Welp, the Sushi Surfers competed with a lot of heart and placed 35th in their problem. Their balsa structure didn't hold as much weight as it had in the past, which gave them a great opportunity to learn from different designs.

They learned a LOT and had a ton of fun doing it. Thank you so very much to all of you who made this happen for them. It really meant the world to them.

From the bottom of our hearts - thank you!
Poor photo of a great team!
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Thank you to so many friends and family! Especially to Christine, who earned $66 in her lemonade stand!
Thank you Christine and Anya!
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Thank you so much to our amazing and generous PTA for supporting our trip!

This gift puts us over the halfway mark! Our kiddos are really excited and working hard on improving their act.
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Raised by 116 people in 39 months
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MF
$75
Maria Fields
38 months ago

Way to Go Sushi Surfers! We are cheering for you from NC!

JE
$200
John Earle
38 months ago

So proud of Jack and the team!!!! Good luck in Iowa!!!!

AM
$100
Ash and Lee McLoud
38 months ago
ES
$25
Ed Shearin
38 months ago

Great job! Hope that all of you continue with your math and engineering opportunities.

ML
$30
Mary Lai
39 months ago
RS
$25
Rebekah Sedaca
39 months ago

Go get 'em sushi surfers! Make joyner proud!

NF
$25
Nora Fantozzi
39 months ago

Good luck Jack and Team! Talia, Liam & Julian

ML
$10
Marty Long
39 months ago
GR
$1,000
Grandpa Russ
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

Good luck, Lucas and team!

CB
$100
Carson Brice
39 months ago

Go Sushi Surfers!!

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