Orange-Ulster BOCES announces Odyssey of the Mind Region 5 Tournament winners

Teams from Warwick Valley and Monroe-Woodbury middle schools headed to the state finals on March 23 at SUNY Binghamton


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  • Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Team Hutter placed first in Division II of Problem 5: Opposites Distract. The team is coache by Jessica Hutter and its members are Marisa Arone, Sophie Baer, Leanne Fernandes, Jana Kralik, Amara Leitner, Nicole Ottavio and Julia Ottavio. Team Hutter also won the coveted Ranatra Fusca award for extreme creativity.




  • This Warwick Valley Middle School team took first place in Division II of Problem 2 - Hide In Plain Sight: Coach JB DiCarlantonio, Coach Michelle Amato, Lily Burrows, Sophia Samborski, Talia Hartigan, Alana Adee, Mary Hoey, Sophia Amato and Stephen D’Ambrosio.




  • This Warwick Valley Middle School team placed first in Division II of Problem 1 - OMER to the Rescue Again: Coach Rehka Woods, Coach Donna Denny, Jay Seward, Julie Woods, Ava Gell, Olivia Holland, Alexa Keys, Naa Korkoi Aryeetey and Rachel Powers.




  • Monroe-Woodbury Middle School’s Team McInerney placed first in Division II on Problem 2: Hide In Plain Sight. The team is coached by Joanne McInerney and the members are: Anushree Buragohain, Jamie Calub, Jillian Calub, Shreya Girish, Zachary Rowen-Delson, Emilie Rukaj and Isabelle Varghese.




— On Saturday, March 9, 68 teams from 12 school districts from Orange and Dutchess counties came together to compete in the Mid-Hudson Regional Odyssey of the Mind Region 5 Tournament run by Orange-Ulster BOCES .

Odyssey of the Mind is an intellectual contest of creativity, resourcefulness, mental acuity and expression.

The purpose of the competition is to focus on creative problem-solving using a team approach.

It is based on the concept that “mind games” can be played with as much enthusiasm and competitive spirit as athletic games.

The problems were divided into five categories that include both long-term and spontaneous problem-solving.

The students solved a long-term problem chosen from one of five categories which included:

• OMER to the Rescue, Again

• Hide In Plain Sight

• Classics: Leonardo’s Workshop

• Structure Toss

• Opposites Distract

Teams were scored on a combination of points earned from long-term solutions, spontaneous solutions and style. The 2019 first-place winners include:

Problem 1: OMER to the Rescue Again

• Division I: Minisink Valley Intermediate School

• Division II: Warwick Valley Middle School

• Division III: Pine Bush High School

Problem 2: Hide In Plain Sight

• Division I: Pine Bush Elementary School

• Division II: Monroe-Woodbury Middle School and Warwick Valley Middle School

• Division III: Washingtonville High School

Problem 3: Classics: Leonardo's Workshop

• Division I: Taft Elementary School (Washingtonville)

• Division II: Goshen Middle School

• Division III: Chester Academy

Problem 4: Structure Toss

• Division I: E. J. Russel Elementary School (Pine Bush)

• Division II: Crispell Middle School (Pine Bush)

• Division III: Washingtonville High School

Problem 5: Opposites Distract

• Division I: Goshen Intermediate School

• Division II: Monroe-Woodbury Middle School

• Division III: Pine Bush High School

These teams will advance to the New York State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on March 23 at SUNY Binghamton.






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