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Glens Falls Odyssey team heading to state competitionGroup of smiling students holding trophy and 1st place envelope

March 20, 2018 —
A Glens Falls Odyssey of the Mind team is headed to the state competition after winning their division in regionals last weekend!

The blended team of Ellie Paigo, Lucy Paigo, and Aubrie Spencer from Jackson Heights, and Nick Marsh, Nicholas Candido, Rebecca McPhee, and Fiona Poole from Kensington will take their creative “Mockumentary” of Peter Pan to the state finals in Binghamton on April 7th.

“They are all really excited, and we are so proud of them!” said team coach Emily McPhee. Group of smiling students holding trophy and 2nd place envelope"Our Odyssey of the Mind team is so creative, enthusiastic, and exceptionally humorous. We [the parents and coaches] are so proud of all of the work that they put into solving the problem, and excited to see them perform at the state level."

Odyssey of the Mind is an international STEAM-based program in which students work in teams and use their creativity, knowledge, and skill to develop solutions to problems that range from the technical to the structural to performance.

Group of smiling students in costumes such as Peter Pan and a saxophonistAt the Region 6 tournament at Galway on March 17th, teams competed to show their solutions to one of five long-term problems, and each had to be completed in under 8 minutes, start to finish. Each team was also challenged with a “spontaneous problem,” which they had to solve on the spot.

In the JH/KRS team’s “Classics … Mockumentary! Seriously?” challenge, “characters don’t always agree as they recount the classic story where they appeared,” as the Odyssey challenge reads. “The team selects a classic from a list and presents different characters in a humorous documentary-style performance where details are added, denied, exaggerated, and disputed. Interviews, behind-the-scenes “clips” and voice-overs take the audience through the story and help present the events as they ‘really’ took place.”

Three teams from Glens Falls Middle School, Jackson Heights, and Kensington all competed in the tournament.

The Kensington/Middle School team of Bryce McClenning, Gavin Rittenhouse, Brady Gross, Emma Canale, Sam Canale and Isabella Barrows placed third in their division of “Classics … Mockumentary! Seriously?”

The Middle School’s team of CJ Lunt, Gianna Endieveri, Kendall Gross, Mae Tallon, Frances McTiernan, Zoe Zachar, and Julia Westfall took second place in Division II for their creative performance of “A Stellar Hangout.”

This Odyssey challenge takes place “in the outreaches of the universe, [at] an Intergalactic Hangout where all sorts of creatures from different worlds stop, eat, refuel, and relax. Teams create a humorous performance centered on this science fiction hangout that includes original creatures, foods, and a search for space treasure. There is also a worker character, entertainment, and a futuristic map at the hangout.”

“Both the MS Team and the MS/KRS team were fun to work with!” said coach Liz Gross. “There was a lot of laughter, a lot of creativity and a lot of hard work that took place in the months leading up to the competition. The most valuable take-away for both teams was to successfully work together as a team without an adult as the leader. The team had to solve their problems and complete the problem on their own.”

Congratulations to all of Glens Falls’ Odyssey competitors and coaches!