Odyssey members get creative at ninth annual Spontaneous Night

Four teen girls work with sticks and cups.
Hannah Fruhling, Jolina Dong, Naima Puertas and Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa practice a spontaneous problem at the district’s ninth annual Spontaneous Night.

On January 17, members of the district’s Odyssey of the Mind teams got together for the ninth annual Spontaneous Night. More than 50 OMers and their coaches enjoyed ice cream and creative problem-solving with their classmates.

In addition to practicing spontaneous problems, teams are currently hard at work on their long term solutions. Each team must present an eight-minute skit that solves a variety of technical and creative challenges.

A young boy and girl with craft supplies.
Scotchtown Avenue Primary Team members Preston Ok and Betty Collado.

This year, Goshen will have nine teams participating in the Regional Competition on March 7 at Orange-Ulster BOCES: one from Scotchtown Avenue, four from Goshen Intermediate, three from C. J. Hooker and one from Goshen High School. Winning teams will advance to the state competition at SUNY Binghamton on April 4.

2020 Odyssey of the Mind Teams

Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School – Primary Team

The Fashion Bug

Jackson  Thurtle, Maci  Marszewski, Preston Ok, Shane Houlihan, Betty  Collado, Leana Lopez, Luke Hand. Coaches: Emma Finkelstein and Sana Awais.

Goshen Intermediate School – Division 1

Problem 1: Longshot Solution

Marygrace Johnson, Harrison Ok, Presley Muller, Alexa Krabbe, Nicholas  Smykla, Zara Singh, Bridget Pettus. Coaches: Shannon Johnson and Maggie Smykla.

Problem 3: Classics…The Effective Detective

Naomi  Aclin, Gwendolyn Warland, Ethan Batista, Olivia Marku, Shaelyn  Kirk, Ella Dennehy, Omar Emilio Vanichpong-Barbosa. Coaches: Brooke Aclin and Suela Marku.

Problem 4: Balsa Limbo

Liesl McGuinness, Claire Curtin, Mateo Vanichpong-Barbosa, Guilianna Kyles, Logan Redeker, Logan Urena, Nora McAndrews. Coaches: Kate Schmidt and Maureen Curtin.

Problem 5: Gibberish or Not

Sion Siljkovic, Grace McAndrews, Madison Hunter, Juliette Pasquini, Molly  English, Emma Lewis, McKenzie  English. Coach: Cathy Kloorfain.

C. J. Hooker Middle School – Division 2

Problem 2: Net Working

Nik Marku, Desirae Cabrera, Briana Mahoney, Natalie Staab, Luke  Lederman, John  Valerio. Coach: Suela Marku.

Problem 3: Classics… The Effective Detective

Roxanne Aclin, Isabel Barnhorst, Cole Florio, Nathan Hulse, Julia  McKenna, Carly Seligman, Ethan Tetzlaff. Coach: Heidi Seligman. Assistant: Brian Seligman.

Problem 4: Balsa Limbo

Keira Loftus, Ella Gallo, Benicio Vanichpong-Barbosa, Katie Palau, Meadow Lumezi, Sofia Puertas, Lefa Brown. Coach: Tom Loftus.

Goshen High School – Division 3

Problem 2: Net Working

Naima  Puertas, Jolina Dong, Damaris Rodriguez, Mia Colangelo, Aliana  Vanichpong-Barbosa, Hannah Fruhling. Coaches: Soraya Puertas and David Fruhling.