Odyssey team finishes seventh at state competition


Whitehall’s Odyssey of the Mind team show off the certificates they earned for finishing seventh at the New York State Odyssey of the Mind competition in Binghamton. Pictured (L to R) are: Jessica Bruce, Colby LaChapelle, Jazmyn McCall, Morgan O’Dell, Courtney Wiskoski and Victoria Davis.

Whitehall’s Odyssey of the Mind team show off the certificates they earned for finishing seventh at the New York State Odyssey of the Mind competition in Binghamton. Pictured (L to R) are: Jessica Bruce, Colby LaChapelle, Jazmyn McCall, Morgan O’Dell, Courtney Wiskoski and Victoria Davis.

Whitehall’s Odyssey of the Mind team returned from Binghamton with memories and fresh ideas after it finished seventh at the state-wide competition held last Saturday on the SUNY campus.

The team compiled just over 247 points, finishing ahead of 10 teams in Division II that chose Pet Project as their long-term problem. Canajoharie Middle School won the competition with 340 points.

On Monday, members met as a team for the final time as head coaches Sandy James and Karen Gordon gave the students a few final words of encouragement.

“We are so very proud of all of you,” James told members. “You worked well together and the whole was greater than your parts.”

“You all had your talents and you all were amazing,” Gordon said as other members of the faculty stopped by to congratulate the students on a job well done.

Whitehall’s team, which is made up entirely of junior high students, qualified for the state tournament after winning a regional competition held at Queensbury Middle School earlier this month.

The team, which has been meeting twice a week since September, chose one of five long-term problems that tests students problem solving abilities and requires creativity, spontaneity, and knowledge of subjects ranging from engineering to English.

The problem, Pet Project, required the team to design, build and run three vehicles capable of delivering parts to an assembly area where they are used to make a pet. Once assembled, the pet is required to do a trick. The presentation is scripted and typically includes costumes and dialogue.

The competition also includes a spontaneous component where students are presented with an unknown problem(s) they must solve.

The team is evaluated based on the long term project, the spontaneous component and style.

Whitehall’s long-term problem was judged as fourth out of 17 teams. The competition featured a total of 241 teams spread across three divisions.

“Victoria’s plane worked awesome. It was seamless; it went forever,” James said.

Many of the students were awed by the idea some of the peers had.

“I was very impressed with the other teams,” Morgan O’Dell said. “We have some ideas for next year.”

Gordon said the team came into the competition a little nervous but gained walked away with increased confidence, something they hope to carry over to next year.

“I learned not to put myself down,” Courtney Wiskoski said.

“I know how to be more creative and think on the spot,” added Jessica Bruce.

 

 

Comments

comments


Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , ,

Obituary: Donald Herman Herbst

Herbst, Donald

Whitehall-Donald Herman Herbst, 81, of Champlain Ave., passed away peacefully at the Glens Falls Hospital, after a valiant fight with […]

Man shot after hitting cop with car

police

Two Rutland, Vermont men were sent to the hospital Wednesday after a shootout and chase with police. Just after midnight […]

Obituary: Jason C. Thomas

Jason Thomas obit photo

Jason C. Thomas, 44, of Willow Spring, NC (formerly of Granville, NY) passed away peacefully with family by his side […]

Backpack program marks 14 years

Skyler (left) and Melody Schinski, Ann Schinski’s grandchildren, show off some of the gear that will be given away at Saturday’s backpack drive.

By Matthew Saari School is scheduled to start in a little more than a month, so it’s time to think […]

Man shot by Rutland police

police

Two men were sent to the hospital Wednesday following a shootout and chase with police in Rutland, Vermont. Just after […]

Local businesses get big money from feds

ppp

By Matthew Saari Many of the region’s leading employers were the leading recipients of federal coronavirus stimulus money. The U.S […]

Village, town order cuts in water usage

sprinkler

By Matthew Saari The village and town of Granville both are restricting water usage in their respective municipalities due to […]

Whitehall Times 7.9.20

Granville Sentinel 7.9.20

Poultney man charged with arson

police lights

A Poultney, Vermont man has been arrested in connection with a May fire in Middletown Springs, Vermont. On Monday, Vermont […]

Magill to host virtual concert

Magill and Macri 3 cover

By Matthew Saari The show must go on. Despite all of the COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines in place, Daryl Magill is […]

Chasin’ Racin’: Fonda welcomes ‘Jeffer,’ Jeff Heotzler

By Mark Kane Who would have ever thought when you looked out the window early Saturday morning or right up […]