It has been said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste and it appears not one bit is being squandered by a group of students at Sherwood Elementary School.

Sylvan Hills Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind program has worked exceptionally hard after school for many months, and their hard work has paid off.

The team recently won a local competition that qualified them to go to the world championships later this year.

Literacy Instructional Facilitator/Coach Kelly Moss has nothing but pride for her team members.

"Our team won first place at Regional competitions and won the Ranatra Fusca Award for exceptional creativity at the state competition; which is the highest honor given," Moss said "Receiving this award earned our team a spot to compete at the World Finals in Lansing, Mich., where we will compete against teams from all over the world."

She said the Odyssey of the Mind competition has taught students teamwork, problem-solving skills, creativity, quick thinking, the meaning of commitment, enhanced their writing skills, and performing arts skills.

"This trip will be an experience they will remember for a lifetime," Moss said. "They are now raising money to help pay for the cost of the trip."

Work has begun preparing for the world competition.

According to Moss, the team’s problem is to create and present an original performance that will include a technical representation of messages being sent by email. A Sender character is to be sent three emails: one that requires a return receipt, one with a work of art as an attachment, and one that goes through a Spam filter. Two of the emails will go to a Receiver character and another will go to an offbeat location. Each email will pass through a central server before reaching its final destination. Team members are not allowed to touch the emails while the server is processing the messages. The team is limited to spending $145, Moss said.

Moss said she is very proud of her students/team members.

"Our OM (Odyssey of the Mind) team designed a very creative contraption to carry an "egg"-mail across the stage eight feet. They use a pulley system to drop and egg into a chute and then the eggs are sorted by size to determine where they will land," Moss said. "The students designed and created their backdrops, costumes, and the contraption."

Moss said students wrote, acted, and directed their eight-minute script.

"Their main character, a very stressed out Easter bunny, is not ready for Easter and on top of that he has a bunny bodyguard with a big mouth. The E-bunny continues to send egg mails to a few of his feathered friends asking for help but, he is never successful," Moss explained.