February 27, 2020
Wakulla High School senior Abigail Gray won a $500 scholarship at the February 22 Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition.
Although Odyssey of the Mind is a team event, individual scholarships are awarded to individuals who meet specific standards.
The scholarship requirements include being a high school senior planning to attend college in the fall. Abigail is currently deciding between University of Central Florida in Orlando and Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers.
Applicants also had to have been involved in Odyssey for at least two years.
Abigail has been involved for 7 years, competing on Riversink Elementary teams, then on Riversprings Middle teams, and has been on Odyssey teams all 4 years at Wakulla High.
She also competed on both the WHS teams that made it to the Odyssey World Finals in 2017 and 2019, where over 800 teams from 33 U.S. states and 15 countries competed at Michigan State University each time.
She had to tell what she learned by participating in Odyssey, any future involvement she hopes to have, and an unusual situation she may face in the future as well as a possible solution.
“Abigail credited her involvement with Odyssey to building her self-confidence, cultivating leadership skills, and providing a place for her creativity to blossom.
“She also discussed how being an Odyssey member gave her the experience to help younger teams and share things she has learned. She has helped with the Medart Elementary team for several years and enjoyed sharing her knowledge and love of Odyssey with the younger students.
“At the Regional Tournament, the Medart team was so excited that Abigail's WHS team made it a point to watch the Medart team. It was a little hero worship since the MES team knows those high schoolers have made it to the World Competition,” says Wendy McGuire, Abigail’s mother and a teacher at Medart.