Reagan Middle wins silver medal at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Posted on 06/12/2018
Members of Reagan's Odyssey of the Mind Team at World FinalsA team from Ronald Reagan Middle School capped off a successful season with a second place win at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World finals. The tournament, hailed as the world’s largest creative solving competition, was held at Iowa State University with more than 835 elementary, middle school, high school, and college teams from around the world challenged to solve complex problems before a panel of judges and a large international audience.

“Advancing to world finals is like climbing to the top of a high mountain. Sure, from the bottom, the trek looks exhausting, but when you reach the peak, the view is amazing,” observed team member Anya Mischel.

One of 34 teams representing the state of Virginia, the Reagan team competed against 62 other middle schools, winning silver medals for the team and an impressive trophy for the school. The Reagan team is the first middle school team from Prince William County to have competed and placed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The team advanced to the World Finals by winning first place in both the regional and state competitions.

To win second place, Reagan’s Mustangs created an entertaining mockumentary that introduced new plot elements to a classic story through behind-the-scenes action, interviews, conflicting perspectives, flashbacks, and a witness character that revealed to the audience what really happened in the reinterpreted tale.

The team is coached by Michael Heilen, a parent of two of the team members, and consists of seventh and eighth graders from Reagan. Team members are Mischel, Maria Chica, Mayna Malhotra, Michael Machosky, Naomi Heilen, Sophia Heilen, and Umi Komine.

Sophia Heilen stated that her favorite thing about Odyssey of the Mind is “its ability to bring students together where they can stretch each other’s limits and work as a team to create an outstanding solution.”

Congratulations to this very accomplished team from Reagan Middle. You make us #PWCSProud.


Reagan Middle Odyssey of the Mind team in costume