Two fifth-grade teams from Stratfield Elementary School recently won first-place titles in the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind competition at Bristol East High School.

The two teams will now represent Fairfield public schools and the state in the four-day World Finals competition at the University of Maryland, beginning May 27. Odyssey of the Mind is a 30-year-old international program designed to teach students how to think creatively by solving problems with an emphasis on thinking "outside the box."

Stratfield parents Amy Keary and Stephanie Holyroyd led one team, while parent Jennifer Maxon Kennelly and Fairfield Ludlowe High School junior Kerry Underhill, a former Odyssey of the Mind competitor, coached the other team.

The two teams received the highest statewide score in their respective category.

The team led by Kennelly and Underhill includes students Fiona Kennelly, Daniel McAleese, Carly Pavoni, Alexey Linsenmeyer, Iain McCay, Emily Healy and Abrianna Natoli. The team coached by Keary and Holroyd includes Liam Holroyd, Maura Keary, Peter Fucigna, Lily Cherniske, Olivia Parisi and Daniel Fitzpatrick.

Both teams are raising money to participate in the four-day Odyssey finals.

Students were able to compete in the program because of a donation made several years ago by musician John Mayer, a Fairfield native who participated in Odyssey of the Mind competition when he was a Stratfield Elementary student.