CJH Odyssey team places first in state competition

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The CJH OMer and the Beanstalk team.

This year’s Odyssey competitions may have been filled with uncertainty, but our students once again proved their resilience and creativity!

The C. J. Hooker Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team, “Classics…OMer and the Beanstalk,” placed first in its division/problem in the New York State Odyssey competition. The team members are Madison Hunter, Grace McAndrews, Nathan Hulse, Carly Seligman, Ethan Tetzlaff, Isabel Barnhorst and Sion Siljkovic.

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The CJH Odyssey team: It’s a Trap!

Second place went to the CJH “It’s a Trap!” team with members Lefa Brown, Sofia Puertas, Aiden Meyers, Kiera Loftus and Nico Vanichpong-Barbosa.

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The GIS Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning team.
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The GIS team: It’s a Trap!

In addition¬† the district also had three third place teams: the GIS “Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning” team, the GIS “It’s a Trap!” team and the GHS “Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning.”

All five of these teams will go on to compete in the World Finals which will likely be held as a virtual competition.

This year, the district had six teams compete in the virtual multi-regional competition during the month of March, replacing the regional and state tournaments that typically occur.

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The GHS Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning team.

Because of the pandemic, teams did not compete in-person; instead, they submitted a 15-minute video that included an 8-minute performance as well as a 7-minute explanation for the judges that highlights the specific components of their solution.

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The GIS Virtual Odyssey team.

In addition to their recordings, teams also competed in a remote spontaneous problem where they had 20 minutes to solve a verbal problem with each team member adding creative solutions.

Congratulations to all our teams!

Goshen High School

Problem 5: Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning

Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa, Naima Puertas, Hannah Fruhling, Jolina Dong, Virginia Valens, Abigail Meyer, Bridgette Bennis

C. J. Hooker Middle School

Problem 3: Classics…OMer and the Beanstalk

Madison Hunter, Grace McAndrews, Nathan Hulse, Carly Seligman, Ethan Tetzlaff, Isabel Barnhorst, Sion Siljkovic

Problem 4: It’s a Trap!

Lefa Brown, Sofia Puertas, Aiden Meyers, Kiera Loftus, Nico Vanichpong-Barbosa

Goshen Intermediate School

Problem 2: Virtual Odyssey

Sophie Marmo, Emma Ortiz, Katherine Thornell, Serafina Marku, Grace Matthews, Skylar Mahoney, Reagan Ford

Problem 4: It’s a Trap!

Giuliana Kyles, Amanda Mulligan, Liesl McGuiness, Claire Curtin, Nora McAndrews, Gianna Pearlman, Mia Rucker

Problem 5: Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning

Emma Lewis, Jordan Seligman, Nolan Ensall, Aiden DiNapoli, Juliette Pasquini, Aimee Mancuso, Cora Massaro