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UW-Eau Claire Student Awarded
Odyssey of the Mind Scholarship
MAILED: March 26, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman Nicolle Salow, Chippewa Falls, received the $500 1998 West Central Odyssey of the Mind college scholarship at the Odyssey of the Mind's regional tournament awards ceremony on Saturday, March 14.
The scholarship program began this year as a way to recognize one student in West Central Wisconsin who has demonstrated a dedication to the process of long-term and spontaneous problem solving.
Salow has been active with the Odyssey of the Mind program since 1991. She was a member of teams that went to state-level competition three times, world-level competition twice and also received Odyssey's most prestigious award, the Ranatra Fusca Award for exceptional creativity, twice. She also helped coach and judge in the region.
Rita Humbert, a scholarship committee member, said, "it is important to recognize students for their commitment to the process of Odyssey of the Mind. The process helps build skills such as risk-taking, creative thinking, problem solving and divergent thinking. These skills, which are learned through OM team members, are transferable for life and future employment. By offering this scholarship, the West Central Regional Board is making a statement that we value and wish to nurture creativity."
Emily Moore, West Central Regional co-director, said, "we are certain that Odyssey of the Mind students will do well after high school. They have demonstrated their ability to work in a team, to manage projects over many months and to be spontaneous. We hope our scholarship program will raise awareness of the strengths of all Odyssey of the Mind participants."
The West Central Region is one of 16 in Wisconsin. More than 11,000 students participated in Odyssey of the Mind in Wisconsin this year and more than one billion students participated worldwide.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 26, 1998