Odyssey teams place second, third at Regional Competition

The Goshen Central School District competed at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition at Orange-Ulster BOCES over the weekend. The C. J. Hooker Middle School had a third place team, while the Goshen High School team placed second in their respective divisions.

Second place team

Goshen High School: A Stellar Hangout, Division III: Brooke Youngman, Sam Sherlock, Meaghan Schaumburg, Emma Finkelstein, Madison Youngman, Mackenzie Phelps, Olivia Davis. Coached by Kathy Sherlock and Margo Claster.

Third place team

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The third place C. J. Hooker Middle School team, from left, Olivia Benker, Veronica Donohue, Jake Lederman, Oliver Stroka, Eric Bunzey.

C. J. Hooker Middle School: Classics…Mockumentary! Seriously? Division 2: Olivia Benker, Veronica Donohue, Jake Lederman, Oliver Stroka, Eric Bunzey. Coached by Kerri Stroka, Amelia Bunzey, Aileen Behringer.

The following teams also participated in the Regional competition:

  • Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School Primary Team: We’re Cooking Now, Grades K-12: Bridgette Pettus, Alexa Krabbe, Zara Singh, Mary Grace Johnson, Presley Muller, Harrison Ok, Nicolas Smykla. Coached by members of the high school team and Meaghan Schaumburg.
  • Goshen Intermediate School: A Stellar Hangout, Division I: Meadow Rose Lumezi, Katie Palau, Kiera Loftus, Emmy Dowling, Ella Gallo, Henry Dong, Sofia Puertas. Coached by Lizzie Lumezi.
  • Goshen Intermediate School: Classics…Mockumentary! Seriously? Division I: Nik Marku, Nicolette Heter, Gianna Peters, Leo Liu, Luke Lederman, Ava Carrol, Dalton Fortunuo-Harris. Coached by Suela Marku.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School A Team: A Stellar Hangout, Division II: Dahlia Abbad, Bridgette Bennis, Alex Saul, Daniella Scanlon, Kate Sherlock, Eli Weiner. Coached by Paul Bennis.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School A Team: Classics…Mockumentary! Seriously? Division II: Roxanne Aclin, Paulina Bowman-Carrol, Emily Dong, Hannah Fruhling, Abigail Meyer, Isabel Seligman, Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa. Coached by Heidi Seligman.
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School B Team: A Stellar Hangout, Division II: Emily Petrovicks, Christopher Whitney, Jolina Dong, Ben Thurtle, Naima Puertas, Lauren Carroll. Coached by Linda Whitney.

 Long-term problem synopses

Problem 3: Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously?

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The second place Goshen High School team, from left, Brooke Youngman, Sam Sherlock, Meaghan Schaumburg, Emma Finkelstein, Madison Youngman, Mackenzie Phelps, Olivia Davis.

There are often two sides to the same story. In this problem, characters don’t always agree as they recount the classic story where they appeared. The team will select a classic from a list and present different characters in a humorous documentary-style performance where details are added, denied, exaggerated, and disputed. There will be interviews, behind-the-scenes “clips,” and voice-overs that take the audience through the story and help present the events as they “really” took place. Whose side will you be on?

Problem 5: A Stellar Hangout

In the outreaches of the universe, there is an Intergalactic Hangout where all sorts of creatures from different worlds stop, eat, refuel, and relax. Teams will create a humorous performance centered on this science fiction hangout that includes original creatures, foods, and a search for space treasure. There will also be a worker character, entertainment, and a futuristic map at the hangout.

Primary: We’re Cooking Now

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The Primary team with their high school team coaches. Front row, from left, Mary Grace Johnson, Harrison Ok, Nicolas Smykla, Presley Muller, Zara Singh, Bridgette Pettus, Alexa Krabbe. Back row, from left, high school students Madison Youngman, Mackenzie Phelps, Sam Sherlock, Olivia Davis, Meaghan Schaumburg, Brooke Youngman, Emma Finkelstein.

Creativity heats up as teams create their own cooking show where a chef gives an original cooking lesson to a special guest. The show takes place from a creative kitchen where balsa wood is used to support a cookbook, a bowl, and an object of the team’s choosing. A special guest will visit and learn to cook from the chef by using team-created representations of food. Performances will also include a name for the show, theme music, and a story about the meal they are cooking.