Two Voorheesville teams headed to March 31 Odyssey of the Mind state
(March 11, 2012) Congratulations to all the teams who participated
in the region 7 Odyssey of the Mind competition on Saturday, March 3, at Shenendehowa High School. There were six Odyssey teams from
Voorheesville this year- one from Voorheesville Middle School and five
from Voorheesville Elementary. Two of the elementary teams were primary
teams (K-2), which is non-competitive.
The middle school team won first place for Problem 5 Odyssey Angels
Division II. The team is coached by Michelle Lisboa and the student
members are Joelle Lisboa, Abby Parker, Isabel Jobin-Davis, Emma
Hampston, Rachel Crawford, and Tori Szesnat.
The elementary team of Gabrielle Dowd, Jordan Bein, Rori Champion,
Krista Rivers, Maeve Owens, Leon Fitzgerald and Maddie Pelletier won
first place for Problem 4 You Make the Call Division I. The team is
coached by Tricia Putman.
These two teams advance to the New York State Finals Tournament at SUNY
Binghamton on Saturday, March 31. State winners advance to the Odyssey
of the Mind World Finals, May 23-27, at Iowa State University.
"I couldn't be prouder of this team," said Putman. "We didn't even form
our team until January, so these kids really had their work cut out for
them; three of them haven't been involved with Odyssey before! They had
so much fun the day of the tournament, and that energy really showed
when it was their turn to perform."
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The program would not be possible at VCSD without the support of the PTA
and the school district, and the incredible dedication and talent of
each team’s coaches. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants
for a job well done!
About Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that
provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from
kindergarten through high school. Kids work in teams to apply their
creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices
to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
Learn more at
The Voorheesville Elementary School team that took first place in the
regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.
Top row from left to right: Jordan Bein, Krista Rivers, Gabrielle Dowd
and Maddie Pelletier; Bottom row from left to right: Leon Fitzgerald,
Rori Champion and Maeve Owens
The Voorheesville Middle School team
Top row left to right, Rachel Crawford, Joelle Lisboa and Tori Szesnat;
Kneeling left to right, Emma Hampston, Isabel Jobin-Davis and Abby Parker.