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BC Odyssey teams score regional wins

Filed in District, Student Spotlight by on March 6, 2018

Five teams will move on to compete at the New York State competition.

Six teams from Bethlehem Central, including two from BCMS and four from Hamagrael Elementary, competed in the Odyssey of the Mind Region 7 competition on Saturday, March 3 at Shenendehowa High School. Four teams took home 1st place trophies and one team took home a 2nd place trophy. Five teams will move on to compete at the New York State competition at Binghamton University on Saturday, April 7.

“Every team brought their very best to the regional competition,” said BC Odyssey coordinator Betsy Gumustop. “It was awesome to see five of our teams move on to the state competition.”

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Teams of up to seven (7) members work together at length to solve a problem and then present their solution at a regional tournament. Odyssey of the Mind allows participants to:

  • Develop team-building skills;
  • Learn to be a better listener and critical thinker;
  • Nurture a creative-thinking process; and
  • Have fun.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Odyssey participants. Making BC proud! 

Learn more about Odyssey of the Mind and the problems our students were challenged to solve.

Four teams from Hamagrael Elementary School (Division I)


Problem 1, 2nd place (going to States), 5th graders

Team (photographed from left to right): Jonah Koplik, Emmet Kauffman, IIa Jerabek , Cate Dellenbaugh, Anderson Lee and Kathleen Connolly

Coach: Kim Kauffman

Problem 3, 7th place, 3rd graders

Team (photographed from left to right): Niccolo Genovese, Gabby Geracitano, Lily Master, Beatrice Nester and Ziv Uruga

Coaches: Maisie Weissman and Sarah Genovese

Problem 4, 1st place (going to States), 4th graders

Team (photographed from left to right): top – Charlie LaDue, Ezra Cotton, Sierra Obernesser; bottom – Oliver Reichman, Jackie Miller and Amelia Beiter

Coaches: Rebecca Beiter and Allison Ryan-Reichman

Problem 5, 1st place (going to States) 5th graders

Team (photographed from left to right): Miriam Nester, Olivia Rother, Kiera Murphy, Riley O’Meara and Levi Loe-Alinger

Coaches: Meika Loe and Matt Alinger

Two teams from BC Middle School (Division II)


Problem 1, 1st place (going to States) 8th graders

Team (photographed from left to right): Suleyka Bonifacio, Lillian Beiter, Tyler Novak , Charles Blanchard and Claire Peretta

Coaches:  Leslie Perrin, Rebecca Beiter and Anne Blanchard

Problem 3, 1st place (going to States) 7th & 8th graders

Team (photographed from left to right): Andi Sheingold, Emma VanLuven, Juliette VanLuven, Caitlyn Roddy, Peter Devaprasad, Henry Reichman

Coaches: Allison Ryan-Reichman and Isabelle Bleecker