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3 Warwick teams advance to state OM competition

on March 9, 2020

One Warwick Valley Middle School team and two teams from the combined Park Avenue Elementary/Sanfordville Elementary/Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teams earned first-place finishes in the regional competition and are moving on to the state competition on April 4th at Binghamton University.

Seventy-two teams from 12 school districts (from Orange, Sullivan and Dutchess counties) competed in the Mid-Hudson Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition – the state’s Region 5 tournament run by Orange-Ulster BOCES – on Saturday, March 7th.

The two Park Avenue/Sanfordville/Middle School teams earned first-place finishes in the Problem #2: Net Working and Problem #5 Gibberish or Not, Division I. The middle school earned a first-place in Problem #1: Longshot Solution, Division II.

Teams were scored on a combination of points earned from long-term solutions, spontaneous solutions and style.

Park Avenue/Sanfordville/Middle School, Problem #2: Net Working: (left to right) Coach Justin Lijoi, Coach Kerin Lijoi, Eammon Byrne (3rd, SES), AJ Kobrick (5th), Denis McAteer (4th, SES), Madison Lijoi (5th), Violet Collins (4th SES), Nina Cirillo (5th) and Lila DeGuzman (3rd SES)

Park Avenue/Sanfordville/Middle School, Problem #5 Gibberish or Not: (left to right) Coach Christy Brown, Lyla Brown (3rd PA), Abbie Gawronski (3rd SES), Ashlyn Brown (5th), Anya Campbell (4th PA), Hayes Pizanie (5th), Charlotte DeGuzman (5th), Isabella Costanza (5th) and Coach Corey Brown

Middle School, Problem #1: Longshot Solution: (left to right) Coach Donna Denny, Sophie Cresser (7th grade), Ava Gell (8th), Juliana Woods (8th), Kooki Aryeetey (8th), Alexa Keys (7th), Olivia Holland (8th), Talia Hartigan (8th) and Coach Rekha Woods

Other district teams that placed included Middle School, Problem #2 Net Working (Division II), third place; High School, Problem #2 Net Working (Division III), second place; and Sanfordville/Park/Middle School, Problem #3 Elementary Classics… The Effective Detective (Division I), third place (tie).

The Mid-Hudson Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition (New York State Region 5) awards ceremony took place at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Emanuel Axelrod Education Center in Goshen, N.Y. Over 500 local students, making up 72 teams from 12 schools in Orange and Dutchess Counties, challenged each other in the day-long competition.

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