BC Odyssey of the Mind earns trip to state tourney

group of students cheering and smiling

Bethlehem Central Odyssey of the Mind teams performed in the regional tournament on March 2 at Shenedehowa High School. All five district teams scored high enough to advance to the state tournament, which will be held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse in April.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem-solving competition that stresses creative thinking, perseverance and teamwork. Teams must solve one of five problems within an eight-minute skit that includes student-created props, sets, costumes, songs and dances.

The BC teams were coached by middle school teacher Rebecca Beiter and 10th-grade student Sierra Obernesser. Team members are listed below.

Any parent interested in learning more or starting a team for next year should contact the district Odyssey coordinator, Rebecca Beiter at rbeiter@bethlehemschools.org.

2024 BCSD Odyssey of the Mind

Problem 1 Division 2 (1st place)

  • Deen Chowdry
  • Jenna Coup
  • Charlene Ejanda
  • Joseph Pemberton
  • Dakota Timmany
  • Aaron Ziljstra

Problem 3 Division 2 (2nd place)

  • Ann Hu
  • James Richman
  • Liam Singh
  • Owen Tarrier
  • Katie VanApeldoorn

Problem 4 Division 2 (1st place)

  • Ella Cady
  • Charlotte Dietzel
  • Jasmine Harden
  • Isabella Reagan
  • Zane Syed
  • Andrew Turinsky
  • Melissa Yang

Problem 5 Division 2 (1st place)

  • Tess Larkin
  • Grace Leddy
  • Owen Luchkiw
  • Anjali Mack
  • Stella Nichols
  • Vendela Ragone
  • Maxim Seisler

Problem 4 Division 2 (1st place)

  • Rayne Beiter
  • Jeremy Cintro-Ortiz
  • Nex Cridlig
  • Bridger Lewis
  • Sierra Obernesser
  • Stephanie Piccolo

Congratulations to all of our OOTM students on their successes!