CJH team advances to States, wins Ranatra Fusca Award at Odyssey competition

The winning team on stage with medals, cheering, with mascot.
C. J. Hooker Middle School’s “The Effective Detective” team will advance to the state competition: Roxanne Aclin, Isabel Barnhorst, Cole Florio, Nathan Hulse, Julia McKenna, Carly Seligman, Ethan Teztlaff. The team also won the Ranatra Fusca Award and a team member won an OMER’s Award.

Goshen’s Odyssey of the Mind teams had a stellar day at the Regional Competition at Orange-Ulster BOCES over the weekend, with five teams placing in their respective divisions.

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C. J. Hooker Middle School’s second place “Balsa Limbo” team.

The C. J. Hooker Middle School’s “The Effective Detective” team took first place and will advance to the state competition on April 4 at SUNY Binghamtom.

The team also won the coveted Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award for demonstrating outstanding creativity. This award embodies all that the Odyssey of the Mind program represents.

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Goshen High School’s third place “Networking” team.

In addition, team member Carly Seligman and her sister, Jordan, each received an OMER’s Award in recognition of their winning design for the New York Odyssey pin design contest. OMER’s Award recognizes individuals who exhibit exceptional skill and talents.

Congratulations to each of Goshen’s Odyssey teams and to the following who placed during the Regional Competition.

First place

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Goshen Intermediate School’s “The Effective Detective” team tied for third place.

C. J. Hooker Middle School’s “The Effective Detective” team: Roxanne Aclin, Isabel Barnhorst, Cole Florio, Nathan Hulse, Julia McKenna, Carly Seligman, Ethan Teztlaff Coached by Heidi Seligman and Brian Seligman. The team also won the Ranatra Fusca Award and two team members won OMER’s Award.

Second place

C. J. Hooker Middle School’s “Balsa Limbo” team:  Lefa Brown, Ella Gallo, Meadow Lumezi, Kiera Loftus,Sophia Puertas, Katie Palau, Nico Vanichpong-Barbosa. Coached by Tom Loftus.

Third place

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Goshen Intermediate School’s third place “Longshot Solution ” team.

Goshen High School’s “Networking” team: Damaris Rodriguez, Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa, Hannah Fruhling, Jolina Dong, Mia Colangelo, Naima Puertas. Coached by Soraya Puertas and David Fruhling.

Goshen Intermediate School’s “Longshot Solution” team: Alexa Krabbe, Bridget Pettus, Marygrace Johnson, Harrison Ok, Nicholas Smykla, Presley Muller and Zara Singh. Coached by Shannon Johnson and Maggie Smykla.

Goshen Intermediate School’s “The Effective Detective” team (tied): Naomi Aclin, Ethan Batista, Ella Dennehy, Shaelyn Kirk, Olivia Marku, Emilio Vanichpong-Barbosa, Gwen Warland. Coached by Brooke Aclin and Suela Marku.

About Odyssey of the Mind

The Mid-Hudson Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition (New York State Region 5) awards ceremony took place at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Emanuel Axelrod Education Center in Goshen. Over 500 local students, making up 72 teams from 12 schools in Orange and Dutchess Counties, challenged each other in the day-long competition. Winners will advance to the New York State Competition at SUNY Binghamton on April 4. Learn more about the Odyssey of the Mind.