Odyssey 2014

Breaking all barriers…….Head held up high and ready to fly

Odyssey of the Mind 2014

MANAV STHALIANS once again marked their presence by successfully competing for the 2nd time at the International level of Odyssey of the Mind 2014.

Odyssey of the mind is a mega event wherein the problems given to the students are to be solved in the most CREATIVE and EFFICIENT manner; it enforces students to think out of the box. The students of Manav Sthali participated in different PROBLEMS and made the school proud by winning laurels.

From Manav Sthali School 7 teams competed for five different problems at Regional and National level. One team made us proud by scoring 1st rank (Gold Medal) in their respective problem & 2 teams won Silver Medal in their respective problems.

TEAM 1: Odyssey of the mind, a creative extravaganza hosted the finals of 2014 OOTM in Iowa State University, Ames. Iowa, USA held from28th May-4th June 2014. More than 863 teams participated in this creative fair to showcase their ideas and work. From Manav Sthali School, a 5 member’s team comprising of Wamika Sachdev, Soumya Dhingra, Muskaan Gandhi, Harshit Verma and Vidur Seth along with their coach Ms. Mansi Bajaj represented India in their World Finals of OOTM, this year.

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They had won Gold Medal in the regional level earlier this year in their problem which was named ‘Seeing is Believing’ under Division III and hence were invited to participate in USA finals. In this theatrical problem, the team had to incorporate various given tasks in their performance. The team received huge applause and accolades from the judges for their colourful and majestic performance. The judges were all gaga over the beautifully crafted props and specially applauded the team as each and every single piece had been designed by the students themselves. There was a special mention for two of the team members of this year’s winning team (Wamika Sachdev and Soumya Dhingra), who had also participated in last years finale, as they had won regional round last year as well. We wish the students all the luck for their future endeavours and congratulate them for their success. The coaches of the group are Ms Tapasya Baneerjee & Ms Mansi.

TEAM 2: A seven member team which won Silver Medal in Regional’s in division II designed and built a vehicle driven by a team member enacting the driver’s character taking the driver’s test. The innovative props, costumes, the vehicle and the theme were all prepared by the students. They were all proud participants in the World finals held at IOWA State University campus, IOWA, USA. The performance of the team was much appreciated by the judges and the audience.

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On the whole our students not only gained an enriching experience but also came back to India wiser with new experiences and confidence ready to face new challenges. Our students, Yugantar Sahai, Pranshu Aggarwal, Shubham Dhingra, Anushka Narula, Pragati Mehra, Rasneet Kaur and Taniskha Jain along with their coaches Mrs M. K. Uma and Mrs Ekta Malhotra have made not only the school but also our country proud.

TEAM 3: The team winning Silver Medal at Regional and National level got a chance to perform at the international level, in Eurofest at Tatralandia, Slovakia for the World Finals from 24th April -2nd May 2014. It was a gala event where more than 90 teams from different countries participated. Our team showcased outstanding performances in spontaneous and long-term. The team was also appreciated for their innovative costumes, the spooky backdrop, hydraulic arm which they created. In Mixed – Team problem, the team performed with Bellarus and Slovakian team.

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The team further went to Vienna (Austria) for a 3 day fun trip visiting Museum of Technology, Schouburn palace, Madame Tussads, Oldest zoo of Vienna.The team comprised of: Divya Khilnani, Shaurye Bhatnagar, Diwij Narang,Sambhav Bhayana,Mehak Sharma,Muskaan Gupta and Priyansh Goel.The coaches of the group are Ms. Anjali Gulati & Ms. Pooja Jain