Odyssey of the Mind teams finish strong at regional tournament, four teams advance to States

on March 14, 2016

Eight Monroe-Woodbury teams competed at the regional Odyssey of the Mind (OOM) tournament in Goshen and enjoyed a fun-filled day of competition and camaraderie! Four M-W teams placed first and are now headed to Binghamton for the state level tournament. At States, 1st and 2nd place winners will have the opportunity to travel to Ames, Iowa in mid-May to show their stuff at the World Finals competitions!

Problem 2: Something Fishy
Teams will design and operate a technical solution that simulates multiple styles of fishing. A Fisher Character will work from a designated area to “catch” three different objects that are outside of that area.The catch will be on the move and will include something expected, something unexpected, and a new discovery. The performance will also include a change of weather and a humorous character that portrays a potential catch and avoids being caught by the Fisher.

Monroe-Woodbury Teams competing in this problem:

Odyssey of the Mind North Main teamFIRST PLACE WINNER: North Main Street Elementary, Coached by Lindsay Roe & Nicole Bosi:
Chase Cassidy, Leanne Fernandes, Jillian Hinkelman, Avlinn Jaskowski, Amara Leitner, Markus Leitner, Isabel Wolgamuth

Odyssey of the Mind winning Middle School team FIRST PLACE WINNER: Middle School, Coached by Joanne McInerney:
Meghan Buckley, Colin Davidson, Livia Davidson, Elena Kelbley, Fiona Leitner, Colin McHugh
Brian Whitfield

High School, Coached by Diane English:
Jason Bieger, Natalie Davidson, Michael Donovan, Jon Koll, Nathaniel Kisten

Problem 3: Classics…Aesop Gone Viral
Teams will create and present an original performance about a fable gone “viral.” The problem will include a list of fables attributed to Aesop. Teams will select one and portray it, and its moral, as going viral – that is, being shared throughout the community and beyond. The performance will be set in a past era and include a narrator character, an artistic representation of the fable’s moral, and a character that makes a wrong conclusion about the moral and is corrected.

Monroe-Woodbury Teams competing in this problem:

Central Valley Elementary, Coached by Lauren Phillips:
Marisa Arone, Bisma Malik, Eryn Sammut, Lucy Silber, Alexa Thomas, Audrey Whitfield, Ellie Wright

Middle School, Coached by Donna Sit:
Jimmy Donovan, Nicholas Gutierrez, Nea Kosturik, Aayan Krishan, Aman Shetty, Cassidy Stella, Dylan Wright

16_03_dw_OOM_HS FIRST PLACE WINNER: High School, Coached by Donna Wetzstein:
William Carter, Brendan Fernandes, Kajetan Leitner, Katrina Paredes, Camryn Stella, Amy Sullivan, Matthew Yoon

Problem 4: Stack Attack!
This problem requires teams to design, build, and test a structure, made only of balsa wood and glue that will balance and support as much weight as possible–twice. During weight-placement, teams can “Attack the Stack” where they will remove all of the weights except for the bottom one and the crusher board. Teams will also receive score for removing weights! After Attacking the Stack, the weight placement process can be repeated to add to the total weight held. Teams will incorporate weight-placement, repetition, and Attacking a Stack into the theme of the performance.

Monroe-Woodbury Teams competing in this problem:

Pine Tree Elementary, Coached by Nathaniel Peterson:
Sophie Baer, Dani Baig, Sarah Hudson, Julia McHugh, James Nicoll, Zachary Rowen-Delson, Lillian Varcadipane

Problem 5: Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends
The team’s problem is to create and present a humorous performance depicting problem solving from the perspective of three different animals. The animals will help a stranger, help each other, and solve a problem that threatens the survival of all animals. During the performance, the animals will sing and dance. They will also show curiosity, sympathy, frustration, and joy.

Monroe-Woodbury Teams competing in this problem:

Odyssey of the Mind winning teamFIRST PLACE WINNER: Middle School, Coached by Jessica Hutter:
Camron Adams, Simran Arneja, Aiden Berges, Alexi Berges, Jack Kralik, Alyssa Kamara, Alessandra O’Day

Great job to all M-W participants! Good luck to those teams moving on to States!