Twelve middle school students enrolled in the gifted program called Nexus competed in the 2018 Missouri State Odyssey of the Mind competition on Saturday, March 24, 2018 on the campus of Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri. Two of the three teams won first place and can advance to the World Finals held at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa in May. Team members were 6th grade: Joshua Dishman, Faith Mills, Susanna Nix, Rylee Palmer, Laila Payne, and Jeremy Rish. 7th grade: Mackenzie McCollum, Grant Harris, and Gretchen Marriott. 8th grade: Kyle Mayfield, Mason Metcalf, Bradley Werkmeister. The teams are coached by Nexus teacher Ann Seider.