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School 18 students performing their skit at the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournamentOn Saturday, March 25, 11 teams from Troy City School District competed in the Region Four Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at Coxsackie-Athens High School. Three teams will advance to the state Odyssey of the Mind tournament in Binghamton on April 8.

A team from School 18 took first place in their division, while teams from Troy Middle School and Troy High School advance with second place.

The 11 teams from Troy were among 98 teams in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties to compete in the event coordinated by Questar III BOCES.

In addition to the three advancing teams, Troy City School District was well represented by other teams from Troy Middle School, Troy High School, School 2, School 16 and Carroll Hill School.

Teams at the Primary level (K-Grade 2) level do not compete for scores, but do put their problem-solving abilities on display at the Tournament.  Troy was well represented by its primary teams from School 14 School 18 and Carroll Hill School.

Throughout the day teams performed creative skits they developed to demonstrate their solutions to open-ended problems without a specific right or wrong answer. Students honed their presentations and performances over the past several months.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. It encourages students to use their imaginations and to work in teams – skills that will be useful throughout their lives.

Teams are judged on their unique solutions to the problems, as well as their teamwork, creativity, ability to think out of the box, and in excelling (i.e., going above and beyond) throughout the competition.

Congratulations to our advancing teams:

School 18, First Place, “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger,” Div I

Emily Meyer
Dawson Fera
Lauren Matthews
Abby Kussler
Vincent Adams
Joey Degnan
Finnegan Fronhofer

Troy Middle School, Second Place, “Ready, Set Balsa, Build!” Div II

Casey Poland
Lila Fronhofer
Emma Strang
Angel Barreto
Grace Woodhouse
Max Loccisano
Megan Bastidas

Troy High School, Second Place, “Ready, Set Balsa, Build!” Div III

Vellidyah Gillihan
Rosemary Flavin
Quyana Thevenin
Maddison Laranjo
Olivea Matatt
Jada McNeil