Odyssey of the Mind

Dear Editor,

Except for sports, little attention seems to be devoted to educational accomplishments in our county and region.

Odyssey of the Mind is a national and world competition featuring the creativity, intellect, energy and motivation of our young people, along with encouragement and commitment of schools and parents. Just two weeks ago the state finals were held at Wingate University, involving hundreds of students of all ages.

A few weeks before, the regional finals were held at the same place. Union County had a number of winners who will be going on to Ames, Iowa for the finals in late May and our schools and children will be well represented. Yet, there was scant mention of the events or the effort involved, or the fact that our children did so well, either in the Union County Weekly or other newspapers.

It is a sad truth that if one of our kids broke into a school or spread graffiti, we’d all be much more interested.

Stephen Davis, Matthews

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