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SCS Team Advances to OOTM World Finals in Iowa

SKANEATELES, NY (April 9, 2018) – Of the twelve Skaneateles Central Schools teams to take part in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition held on the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus on March 10, seven of those teams advanced to the NYS Competition held in Binghamton on April 7.

Following the weekend’s state competition, Skaneateles Central Schools is proud to announce that one of those teams has advanced to the OOTM World Finals to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, IA on May 23-26.

The State Street Elementary team coached by Beth Moro and Carey Eidel, which includes students Amelia Blados, Heschel Eidel, Matthew Leonardis, Maura Leonardis and Nico Moro, placed first in the NYS Competition with their problem “Mockumentary, Seriously.”  As a result of their victory, the group now advances to the World Finals in Iowa.

This year marks the 39th annual World Finals competition and the 10th to be held at Iowa State University.

For those who cannot make it to the tournament to watch, keep an eye on and visit the 2018 World Finals link for pictures, live video feeds and videos from the World Finals.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition that teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests.  Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve the problems at hand.

Skaneateles Central School teams in Odyssey of the Mind are open to students in grades 3-12, and consist of seven members per team.

Other Division I State Street teams finished seventh, ninth, sixth, and sixteenth overall at the NYS competition with the district’s Division III high school team placing tenth.

A full list of results is below.

“Each of the teams performed well and we had a great day,” said Skaneateles Central School’s OOTM coordinator, Kelley McQuiggan.  “Special recognition goes to our state championship team as they move onto the World Finals next month.”

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2018 Skaneateles Central Schools Odyssey of the Mind Teams

State Street Teams

Placed 7th at NYS Competition
Animal House (Coached By: Sandra Scott)
Graham Bradley
Clara Johnson
Asher Kozub
James Lovier
Patrick Scott
Aiden Wall

Placed 9th at NYS Competition
Emoji-Speak for Yourself (Coached By: Catherine Armijo and Jennifer Vitsaxaki)
Julia Armijo
Genevieve Johnson
Mia Johnson
Madeline Mayer
Sofia Vitsaxaki
Tabitha Whitney

Placed 7th at NYS Competition
Mockumentary, Seriously (Coached By: Alaina Matson and Karen Kreidler)
Jackson Bone
Georgia Kreidler
Ellie Tennyson
Kevin Torrisi
Annabel Wells

Placed 1st at NYS Competition – Moving onto World Finals at Iowa State University May 23-26
Mockumentary, Seriously (Coached By: Carey Eidel and Beth Moro)
Amelia Blado
Heschel Eidel
Matthew Leonardis
Maura Leonardis
Nico Moro

Placed 6th at NYS Competition
Stellar Hangout (Coached By: Kelly Barnes and Corrie Carroll)
Addison Badami
Walker Barnes
Hugh Carroll
Aldo DeBartelo
Lucy Fleckenstein
Case Pavlus
Amaan Usmani

Placed 16th at NYS Competition
Triathlon Travels (Coached By: Melissa Johnson)
Charlotte Carroll
Megan Charlton
Peter Fleckenstein
Cal Johnson
Piper Keehfus
Bryce Krauter
Lindsey Roche

High School Team

Placed 10th at NYS Competition
Stellar Hangout (Coached By: McQuiggan/Riging)
Devin Churchill
Lexie Cottrill
Conor Kenan
Alex Moro
Marissa Reilly
Marc Saparetto
Emma Tidd


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