Ingenuity is in ample supply in a group of seven area youths in competition this weekend at the Odyssey of the Mind world competion.

The St. Joseph School in Brookfield Division II Odyssey of the Mind team earned second place in March at the state competition in Bristol.

That performance qualified the local students to participate May 28-June 1 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Sherman School also is represented by a team at the world competition in Iowa, as reported earlier in The Spectrum.

Comprising the St. Joseph's squad are eighth-graders Julia Iannucci of Bridgewater, David Mercier of New Milford and Matt Villanueva of Brookfield; seventh-graders Jessica Garcia and Stephen Gillen of New Milford; and sixth-graders Sean DeSantis and Nathan Mulder of New Milford.

Their balsa-wood structure weighing in at 17 grams held 153 pounds to earn the St. Joseph's team its state accolades.

The team is coached by Nicole DeSantis, who is assisted by Linda Mercier.

St. Joseph's Odyssey coordinator is Katie Oeser.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that for more than 30 years has provided creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

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Those wishing to help the families defray costs of the trip may do so by sending donations to St. Joseph School in Brookfield.