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Odyssey teams post strong showing at NYS competition

Filed in Student Spotlight by on March 27, 2019
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Hamagrael students Ezra Cotton, Sierra Obernesser, Amelia Beiter, Oliver Reichman, Jackie Miller, Charlie LaDue earned an invitation to World Finals in May.

At the New York State Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Saturday, March 23, a team of fifth-grade students from Hamagrael Elementary School finished in second place. The second-place finish earned the team an invitation to compete at the Odyssey World Finals in May at Michigan State University.

Two other Bethlehem teams finished in the top five, including the Bethlehem High School Problem 2 team, in third place; and the Bethlehem Middle School team, in fifth place. A total of six Bethlehem teams faced off against other top teams from across New York after the BC teams posted big wins in regional competition.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international, creative problem-solving program for students in kindergarten through college. Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. Hundreds of thousands of students in all 50 states and over 30 countries participate annually. Using critical thinking skills and lots of teamwork, the Odyssey participants are required to use their creativity in a skit while they solve assigned problems.

“The Hamagrael team advancing to the World Finals built a balsa wood structure to test for strength as part of their skit,” said Rebecca Beiter, the Bethlehem Odyssey coordinator. “It weighed in at only 15 grams but held an amazing 571.5 pounds of weight it was tested as part of the competition.”

Congratulations to all of our Odyssey teams. They are making BC proud!