USC Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind team members from Upper St. Clair HIgh School

A team of recent Upper St. Clair High School graduates placed second in the Odyssey of the Mind In-Person World Finals 2021, held June 11-12 in Orlando, Fla.

Team members are Victoria Cuba, Brianna Lin, Joseph Markovitz, Max Murtough, Sammie Seewald, Constantine Tripodes and Eric Wang. The team is coached by Laura Murtough, Stacey Seewald and Meridith Markovitz.

“The team has had great success during their six years together and while this was their fifth trip to World Finals, as graduating seniors, it was also their last,” Laura Murtough said. “It was a fantastic end to their journey together.”

In addition to earning a second-place finish in Division III for Problem No. 5, “Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning,” the Upper St. Clair team was honored with the OMer Award in recognition of their creativity, which “wowed the judging team at every turn” and led the judges to note that “they are truly something special.”

The team qualified to advance to the World Finals after earning first place at the Virtual Pennsylvania Odyssey State Finals in April.

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