Members of the high school’s Odyssey of the Mind club won first place in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament and earned a spot in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on April 12 at Binghamton University. 

 The high school club teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun. The projects allow students to think creatively as they aim to solve difficult problems. Thinking outside of the box is a priority for success. The problem chosen by the Locust Valley team was “The Not-So-Haunted House.” The task involved creating an original performance that included a pop-up-style, not-so-haunted house where four special effects took place. The special effects were intended to scare others, but they also induce emotions such as laughter, anger, sadness and surprise. Rules required that the special effects were original and utilize the team’s engineering skills.

 Odyssey of the Mind adviser Alan Stella said the group’s performance was exceptional, bringing praise from audience members. “The students are talented, hardworking and very independent,” he said. “Despite all of their other obligations, they have managed to produce a great performance.”