The Northgate High School Odyssey of the Mind team, the first ever at the Walnut Creek school, is heading to the world championships.

On March 23 the team took first place at the state Odyssey of the Mind competition at Heritage High School in Brentwood. That came after winning first place in the San Francisco Bay Area Regional tournament in early March.

The team members are John Balido, Corbin Bilund, Juliana Fong, Andy Jacobson, Jake Law, Zack Ortiz and Kyle Reavis.

They will next head to Michigan State University to compete with 800 other teams from around the world in the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals May 22-25.

For the majority of the team, this will be their fourth year participating. They started competing when they attended Foothill Middle School together.

The Odyssey of the Mind organization teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods in project teams. The team solutions are judged on mechanical/vehicle design, technical performance, classic, structure and the performing arts. The Northgate team elected to work on "problem pet project," one of five problems that participants can choose from for the high school level.

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    The Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation will hold its alt.wine.art event supporting alternative high schools from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Lakeside Room at Heather Farm Park, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, in Walnut Creek.

    The public can sample a variety of local wines and food, listen to live music, view works created by student artists in the alternative high schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and bid on student art and other items.

    Admission is $25 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 925-352-9842; e-mailing info@MDAEF.org; or www.MDAEF.org.

    All proceeds will fund scholarships for graduating seniors and mini-grants for teachers at the alternative schools.

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    A public meeting will be held 7 p.m. April 16 to update those interested on the progress of the aquatics facility at Northagte High School.

    The Aquatics Center and Sports Medicine Facility has been on the wish list for a long time, but thanks to school bonds and fundraising, the $7.5 million project is moving along. It will include a 40-meter pool with stadium seating and outdoor lighting, a practice gym for wrestling, cheer and dance and a dedicated sports-medicine classroom.

    At the Tuesday meeting, the scope, designs and renderings of the project will be laid-out and questions will be answered. The meeting takes place at the school's theater.

    The pool is expected to be built by the summer of 2014.

    To submit an item for School Notes contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.