CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Goodrich Corporation's (NYSE: GR) Customer Services organization in Monroe, N.C. sponsored the first place winning team in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals held May 26-29, 2010 at Michigan State University. The business has a special connection to the winning team – employee Marc Graveline's children Chris and Madison Graveline, ages 11 and 8 respectively, are members of the world champion Rea View Elementary team.
The Rea View Elementary team qualified to represent the U.S. in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals by winning first place in state and regional competitions. The team beat 51 other teams in its category to take the world championship honors.
Bob Butz, Vice President for Goodrich's Customer Services business in Monroe, said, "As one of the top aerospace and defense employers in the world, Goodrich understands how important it is for the children of our employees to pursue advanced academic endeavors. The Rea View Elementary team has clearly demonstrated that creativity, innovation and hard work can reap great rewards, and we are proud to have played a role in their success."
The Goodrich team in Monroe has a proud history of sponsoring winning student teams that include employees' children. In both 2009 and 2008, the business sponsored local school teams in AIA's Team America Rocket Contest. The Trinity Christian Prep high school team, led by the son of employee Guy Ogino, participated in the rocket contest national finals during those years.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Thousands of teams from more than 25 countries participate in the program. For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, please visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/
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