We had 4 Odyssey of the Mind teams this year. OM is a creative competition where kids have to put on plays and solve problems without the help of anyone outside the seven kids on the team--including any of the kids parents.
Zoe (5th grade) and her teamates were ready for the competition. However, for some reason, during the performance, their cardboard set kept falling down and this threw them off. The play was a catastrophe. After the show some of the kids were crying--they were so upset that they weren't going to make it to the state tournament.
Zoe saw all of her teammates’ whining and complaining and crying and she just said, "I don't care if we don't win, I had a blast building the sets and costumes and doing the play--this was awesome!"
Later that night at the awards ceremony, Zoe was the only member of her team that showed--and guess what? Her team won third place! I guess all the other teams in their division really blew! Zoe got to go up on stage and collect all seven medals for her team! Now they are on to the state tournament!