Local students conquer Odyssey

Two teams of Indian River School District (IRSD) students earned state championships last weekend at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware. And we should be proud of their efforts.

A team coached by Lisa Forney won the “Nature Trail’R” category for Division III (high school), while another team, coached by Forney and Becky Burton, won the “Food Court” category for Division II (middle school). Not to be outdone, an elementary school team coached by Jeff and Terri Evan received the Renatra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity.

This is another shining example of the work being put in by IRSD faculty, staff, administrators, parents and students. This success is no fluke. Since 2000, IRSD students have won 32 Odyssey of the Mind state titles. That is sustained excellence, and it deserves a mention.

The competition is not like state testing or a test of who can memorize facts better. It is a problem-solving exercise, where students must find solutions to open-ended problems through creativity. It requires thinking ability, and teamwork — two skills that go a long way in life for these students as they get older.

We are extremely proud of the efforts put forth by IRSD students and teachers, and hope that the entire community sees these achievements as an example of the excellent work being done at our schools.

As excited as we are regarding the performance of our local students, we are equally concerned about the situation in Ocean View — yet again.

Efforts to remove the censured status of Councilman Bill Wichmann were denied because the council did not have three votes to overturn the decision of three years ago. Two council members abstained from the vote because they said they didn’t have all the information. And maybe that was the right course of action for them, if they didn’t know the facts.

But there’s just something wrong and dysfunctional in Ocean View. They could learn about teamwork from our students.