SAIL Teens Win Big at State, Advance to World Finals!

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, a team of five teens from Plano, McKinney, Allen, and Leonard came together and showed that hard work, friendship, and creativity were ingredients for success at the state finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition in Houston, Texas. This group of teens, all homeschooled youth between the ages of 15 and 16 representing SAIL Homeschoolers, took FIRST place in the competition.

Odyssey of the Mind is the world's largest international creative problem-solving program. After working together for several months, teams present their solutions at a regional competition. Top performers at the regional tournament advance to the state tournament, and top performers at state advance to the world finals, where they meet and compete with hundreds of other teams from around the world. (For more information, log on to www.odysseyofthemind.com) The script, costumes, set - everything, had to be conceptualized, designed, constructed and choreographed without any assistance from friends, parents, or coaches.

Their diligence and determination has resulted in stellar performances at Regional and State Finals, and an invitation to the World Finals next month on the campus of Iowa State University. SAIL Inc. is an all-inclusive support group and social network for homeschoolers in the Collin County area. With over 100 member families and over 300 children, families come together to share learning opportunities, with parents providing life and educational skills with one another's children. Since it was founded in 2006, SAIL has seen tremendous growth and represents a broad array of spiritual beliefs, ethnicities, and socio-economic standing.

While the SAIL group's educational support network is tremendous, they now they have a new problem to solve... how are they going to get there? At about $1000 per team member and coaches ($1,000 x 6), the costs are a bit daunting to a group with no outside funding and little experience in the art of fundraising. In less than one month, SAIL must raise funding to cover travel, room and board, registration fees, performance materials transportation, and miscellaneous costs associated with this tremendous opportunity.

The SAIL Homeschoolers group has established non-profit status, any financial support is eligible by the donating company for tax deduction. SAIL is hoping that the inspirational story of this determined group's effort and success will compel organizations and individuals to contribute. In return, SAIL can offer promotion in future press releases, on team logo wear, and on our public-domain web site. If you are willing and able to contribute, please contact Heather Myers at Odyssey@SAILHomeschoolers.org or visit https://www.youcaring.com/my-fundraisers.aspx. Your support will go to an amazing group of young minds that will help shape the future of society!

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