Goshen Odyssey teams take top honors at Regional Competition

The Goshen Central School District fared well at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition at Orange-Ulster BOCES over the weekend, with six teams advancing to the State Competition April 8 at SUNY Binghamton.

In addition, the Goshen High School’s To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger team and the Goshen Intermediate School’s To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger team both won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. This award represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind and is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, either through some aspect of their problem solution, or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution.

First place teams:

  • C. J. Hooker Middle School: Classics…It’s Time, OMER, Division II: Team members Colin Ahearn, Paulina Bowman-Carrol, Jolina Dong, Hannah Fruhling, Catherine Lienemann, Isabel Seligman, Riley Tippin. Coached by Heidi Seligman and Jennifer Ahearn.
  • Goshen Intermediate School, To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger, Division I: Zudai Diaz, Veronica Donohue, Olivia Benker, Jake Ledermann, Eric Bunzey, Joseph Fleres, Oliver Stroka. Coached by Cathy Kloorfain.
  • Goshen High School: Catch Us If You Can, Division III: Team members Emma Smith, Meaghan Schaumburg, Jade Romer, Jessica Serna, Braden Smith, Sam Meyer. Coached by Wayne Smith and Marilyn Smith.
  • Goshen High School: Classics…It’s Time, OMER, Division III: Team members Andie Wong, Jamie Wong, Fattum Abbad, Judy Yim, Amanda Lombardi, Dempsey McGovern, Sofia Saul. Coached by Shannon Wong.
  • Goshen High School: To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger, Division III: Team members Olivia Davis, Emma Finkelstein, Mackenzie Phelps, Sam Sherlock, Brooke Youngman, Madison Youngman. Coached By Kathy Sherlock and Margo Claster. Winners of the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award.
  • Goshen High School: Odd-a-Bot, Division III: Hannah Pena, Sean Kensell, Mia Deserto, Emily Deserto, Jayna Celano, Carly Sullivan. Coached by Lizette Colon-Pena.

The following teams also participated in the Regional competition:

  • Goshen Intermediate School: Odd-a-Bot, third place: Henry Dong, Emily Dowling, Cole Florio, Meadow-Rose Lumezi, Katie Palau, Sophia Puertas, Benicio Vanichpong-Barbosa. Coached by Autumn Barbosa.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School, Odd-a-Bot, third place: Kaitlyn Byrne, Emma Horan, Maria Kelly, Brianna Morse, Katie O’Riordan, Elizabeth Scolza. Coached by Heather Morse and Jessica Horan.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School, Classics…It’s Time, OMER, third place: Amanda Melley, Hailey Meyers, Ben Thurtle, Michelle Ellison, Meaghan Stickley. Coached by Jen Bendiske.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School, To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger, fifth place: Bridgette Bennis, Daniella Scanlon, Alex Saul, Dalia Abbad, Kaitlyn Thomas, Eli Weiner, Kate Sherlock. Coached by Paul Bennis.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School, To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger, sixth place: Ariana Vanichpong-Barbosa, Lauren Carroll, Julianne Kirk, Naimia Puertas, Emily Petrovicks, Kaitlin Bou, Christopher Whitney. Coached by Linda Whitney and Kari Bou.

Long-term problem synopses

Problem 1: Catch Us If You Can
This is your Odyssey, should you choose to accept it…your team will design, build, and run vehicles from a multi-level Parking Garage to a secret meeting place without being stopped. Vehicles will travel different routes to reach the same destination. During their Odyssey, the vehicles will do something that prevents them from being followed. The performance will include the reason for the meeting, someone that wants to prevent the meeting, a simulation of a scene taking place inside a vehicle as it travels, and a soundtrack to accompany the vehicles’ travel.

Problem 2: Odd-a-Bot
For this problem, teams will create a humorous story about a family that brings home an “Odd-a-Bot.” Instead of being programmed to perform tasks, this Odd-a-Bot robot learns from watching others. Teams will design, build, and operate an original robot that demonstrates human characteristics when performing tasks. In the performance, the Odd-a-Bot will move and learn human actions from watching characters perform activities such as household chores, creating art, and dancing. The Odd-a-Bot learns more than it was expected to learn, and will confuse its actions with humorous results.

Problem 3: Classics… It’s Time, OMER
The future and the past collide in this problem about important works of art – both existing and yet-to-be-created. Teams will create and present an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art, little did they know – it was OMER every time! The travelers go back in time — twice into our past and once into our future. They will see OMER inspire two classical artists and a team-created artist from our future. The performance will include how the three works of art positively impact the world, a visual and audible effect that indicates when time travel is occurring, two re-creations of the classic works of art selected from a list, and a team-created work of art.

Problem 5: To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger
Creativity is being taken away from the world, and it is up to Odyssey teams to rescue it! Teams will create and present a humorous performance about an unexpected superhero that encounters three different situations where it must save creativity in some way. The superhero will change appearance when it displays its superpowers and go back to blending in with society when not. The performance will also include a clumsy sidekick, a nemesis character, a choreographed battle, and a cliffhanger ending.