All three of the high school’s Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to the state finals after competing in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament in Freeport in early March. 

Their extraordinary performances earned each team a first-place award. Odyssey of the Mind provides students with the opportunity to solve problems in unique and creative ways. The problems allow students to think creatively as there are no simple solutions. “Thinking out of the box is a priority for success,” said adviser Alan Stella. 

The ninth-grade team chose the problem “Mockumentary! Seriously?” The team selected the classic story of “Gulliver’s Travels” and presented a humorous documentary-style performance where details were added, denied, exaggerated and disputed. They included interviews, behind-the-scenes clips and voiceovers that took the audience through the story and helped present the events as they really took place. Team members include Ava Barison, Emily Barison, Zosia Lemaitre, Natalie MacArthur, Shannon MacArthur, Lydia Paulus and Ally Weilert, with coaches Alan Stella and Brett Weilert. 

The second team chose a construction-based problem, “Triathlon Travels,” which utilized engineering skills in addition to creative wit to discover a solution. Team members created a vehicle for an Odyssey-style triathlon. The performance included events in curling, jousting and running track by navigating a two-directional course. All of the action took place in a team-created performance that was entertaining and unusual. Team members include Clark Brennan, Aiden Dempsey, Lucas Ferrante Marco McCormack, Olivia Olynciw, Joanna Yu and Eriks Zamurs, with Alan Stella as the coach. 

The third high school team, comprised mostly of seniors, solved a problem called “A Stellar Hangout,” which included a humorous performance centered on a science fiction hangout where creatures from different worlds stop, eat and relax. Their performance was out of this world! Team members include Edgar Cruz, Lily D’Addario, Brooke DiSpirito, Nicole Dressler, William FitzGerald, Beatrix Postley and Spencer Weingord. Alan Stella was the coach. 

“These students are exceptionally talented, hardworking and very independent. Despite all of their other obligations, they have managed to produce unique and exceptional work that brought praise from audience members in addition to first-place awards,” Mr. Stella said.

All three teams will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, April 7 at Binghamton University.