Warwick Odyssey teams are great at states


Warwick Odyssey teams are great at states

April 17, 2023

Three Teams Advance to World Finals

Odyssey of the Mind teams from Warwick Valley Middle School and High School qualified for this year’s World Finals on strong performances during the New York State competition in Syracuse over the weekend. Four teams represented Warwick this weekend, one from Park Avenue Elementary, two from the Middle School, and one from the High School. All four teams gave outstanding performances, continuing a strong tradition of student engagement and success in the Odyssey of the Mind program.

“We are so proud of our four teams who advanced to the New York State Odyssey of the Mind Competition. They represented Warwick so well,” shared Christy Brown and Donna Denny, who thanked the administrators, teachers, volunteers, and families who offer “their constant support of our amazing Odyssey of the Mind program!”

The WVMS team who competed in Div. II of the problem Because iCan, won 1st Place. The problem challenged teams to create a device that could perform a set of tasks, in series, without outside help. Performances also had to include an inventor character and a costume that changes its appearance. Congratulations, Coach Christina Darcy, and team: Miles Allen, Addison Emm, Addison Hurd, Emily Laule, Allesandra Lundgren, Ulysses Michelson, and Stella Serafin.

A team of students from both Park Avenue and Sanfordville Elementary Schools representing Park Avenue also competed in the problem Because iCan. Their team placed 4th in a particularly crowded and competitive Div. I. Congratulations, Coach Kerin Lijoi and team: Ettamoya Byrne, Max Lijoi, Brynn Hasbrouck, Mila Chan, Dylan Chan, Ronan Sezack, and Gavin Kleinman.

The WVMS team who competed in Div. II of the problem Pirates & the Treasure, won 2nd Place. In this problem, the students were tasked with “sailing their ship” to reclaim stolen treasure and return it to the Queen.” The problem also had to include an original sea monster character, a pirate captain, unique flag, and song. Congratulations, Coach Heidi Powers, and team: Eamonn Byrne, Madison Candia, Angelica Costanza, Lilah Diaz, Blake Harrison, Emily Powers, and John Powers.

In Div. III of the problem Classics… The Walls of Troy, the team from WVHS took 3rd Place. In this problem, OMERs reimagine the Iliad. They created their own Trojan Horse, sculpted a most unusual statue, and performed as an original Greek Chorus. Congratulations, Coach Casey Mears, and team: Sophia Amato, Cavan Byrne, Nina Cirillo, Isabella Costanza, Lucas Cresser, Rachel Powers, and Arianna Weinberg.

At the NYS tournament, teams who placed in the top three in their division for each problem, will now move on to the World Finals.

This year, the World Finals are in East Lansing, Michigan, on the campus of Michigan State, the weekend of May 24 – 27.


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