The creative thinking of Sherman School students recently won top spots at a world competition for problem-solving for two of the school's six teams.

Two teams did so well they came in first in their respective division in the state Odyssey of the Mind competition March 29 in Bristol.

The students will travel to Iowa at the end of May to take part with hundreds of other teams in Odyssey of the Mind's world contest.

Odyssey of the Mind is a private educational organization that draws thousands of teams from schools across the United States and 25 other countries into competitions on a local, state and world level.

The group's purpose is to provide "creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college," according to its website.

"We went in with six teams and four placed in the top three of their divisions," said Sherman School Principal Mary Boylan.

She praised the hard work of all the teams.

"I'm very proud of them," she said.

Most of the other coaches were parents of students.

Boylan was elated at the recognition received by the teams.

"These teams represent who Sherman is," she said. "Hardworking, creative and great kids who make good decisions and who demonstrate sportsmanship."

The school, the students and their parents will continue to work hard in the next month to raise money for the trip to Iowa, where the world competition runs for five days at Iowa State University in Ames.

They'll do some "creative fundraising," said Boylan, who noted the students will also appeal to the community for help. "It's wonderful for Sherman to be represented" in the competition.

"This is a big thing for the small town of Sherman," she said.

All six teams will perform their skits Friday, May 2 starting at 7 p.m. at Sherman School to raise funds for their trip. Tickets at the door will be $5 per person with a limit of $20 per family.

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Deborah Rose