The Proserpine State High School Opti-Minds team won Honours in the State and National finals in Brisbane.
The Proserpine State High School Opti-Minds team won Honours in the State and National finals in Brisbane. Contributed

Opti-MINDs Honours victory in Brisbane

PROSERPINE State High School Opti-MINDs team returned to the Whitsundays with heads held high after achieving Honours in the Division 2 - Science and Engineering category in the State and National finals last weekend.

Beau Allan, Ethan Raiteri, Mac Rogers, Sam Rogers and Alex Wilson made up the team that travelled to Brisbane for the final competition, coached by teacher, Emma Whybird.

The second-place success came off the back of a regional victory in Mackay in August in which the Division 2 team took first place for the same category.

During the challenge, the team was tasked with a three-hour assignment in which they had to build a structure as tall as they could using only a deck of cards.

The structure had to hold up to ten matchboxes - as many as possible.

The team then presented their project to the audience made up of competitors, parents and judges in a dramatic, scripted performance.

Mrs Whybird said she thought the teamwork demonstrated by the group was exceptional.

"They were working together for about three months but weren't a group of friends, as such to start with,” she said.

"They had to learn about each other and each other's strengths. The teamwork and structural ingenuity was quite strong in the end.”

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