Locust Valley High School and Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teams each earned first place in the regional tournament and advanced to the state competition, where the middle school team earned fourth place from a field of 21 teams. This is the highest place any LVCSD team has achieved.

The Odyssey of the Mind club encourages students to develop creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. The projects allow students to innovate as they aim to solve problems that do not have simple resolutions. Thinking out of the box is a priority for success. By tapping into creativity, and applying imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will last a lifetime. 

Both teams won The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, which represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind and is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, through some aspect of their problem solution or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. This award acknowledges and encourages creative thinking and risk-taking. 

The middle school team chose a classic problem called “It’s Time, OMER.” The future and the past collide in this problem about important works of art – both existing and yet-to-be-created. The team created and presented an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art. Little did they know, it was OMER every time! The performance included how the three works of art positively impact the world, two re-creations of the classic works of art selected, and a team-created work of art. 

The high school team chose a problem called “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.” Their task was to save creativity from being taken away from the world. They presented a humorous performance that included a superhero, clumsy sidekick, a nemesis character, several choreographed battles, and a cliffhanger ending. 

Coach Alan Stella said, “The students are talented, hard-working and very independent. I am very proud to have both these teams represent our community at the state tournament.”

Good luck to all of these creative students at the state competition on Saturday, April 8th at Binghamton University.