CJH Odyssey teams place first, third in World Finals

Students in costume
The CJH OMer and the Beanstalk team placed first in the Odyssey World Finals.

This year’s Odyssey competition was far from typical, with virtual competitions, social distancing and recorded performances, but our students used the experience as an opportunity to delve deep into their creativity and problem-solving skills — and persevered!

Two teams from C. J. Hooker Middle School placed first and third in the World Finals that were held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning at the Regional level, the teams, along with four other Goshen teams, were required to submit 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.

“We are extremely proud of and impressed by the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm of our Odyssey students and their coaches,” Superintendent Daniel Connor said. “These children showed a tremendous amount of tenacity and perseverance and I applaud them for their successes.”

World Finals First Place Winners

Problem 3: Classics…OMer and the Beanstalk

Madison Hunter, Grace McAndrews, Nathan Hulse, Carly Seligman, Ethan Tetzlaff, Isabel Barnhorst, Sion Siljkovic. Coached by Heidi Seligman and Brian Seligman.

World Finals Third Place Winners

Problem 4: It’s a Trap!

Lefa Brown, Sofia Puertas, Aiden Meyers, Kiera Loftus, Nico Vanichpong-Barbosa. Coached by Tom Loftus.

Students on stage in costume.
The CJH It’s a Trap! Odyssey team places third in the World Finals.