On Saturday, March 9, eight teams from Troy City School District competed in the Region Four Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at Coxsackie-Athens High School. Two teams will advance to the state tournament in Binghamton on March 23.

For the third year in a row, the team from School 18 took first place in their division and will be going to the state final tournament. The Troy High School team finished second place in their division and will also be going to the state final tournament. Additionally, one Troy Middle School placed third and another placed fourth.

The eight teams from Troy were among 80 teams in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties to compete in the event coordinated by Questar III BOCES

Troy City School District was well represented by teams from nearly every building.

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
Georgia Dunbar
May Dunbar
Dawson Fera
Finnegan Fronhofer
Kaylee Kussler
Ryan Maloney
Lauren Matthews
Troy High School
Quyana Thevenin
RoseMary Flavin
Maddison Laranjo
Jonathan Safford
Nathanial Massah