LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — Four Loyalsock School District Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams competed against 180 other teams from across Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State OM Tournament last Saturday, April 6 ,2019 at Pocono Mountain East Campus. Two of the Loyalsock teams qualified to compete at the 2019 OM World Finals scheduled for May 22-25, 2019 at Michigan State University.
Loyalsock teams advancing to the World Finals after placing first and second are:
Loyalsock Middle School: First Place, Opposites Distract Division II. Team members: Elaina Bartley, Micah Sagar, Ava Porter, Rebecca Pietraski, Abigail Colone and Emma Strickland - coached by Jim Pietraski and Carolyn Strickland.
Loyalsock High School: Second Place, Hide In Plain Sight Division III. Team members: Connor Gross, Collin Porter, Ryder Haines, David Hutchinson, Harrison Frear, Alex Heiser and Gabe Heiser - coached by Mark Porter and Chris Haines.
Two Loyalsock teams who qualified to compete at the State Tournament but did not qualify to advance to Worlds:
Loyalsock Middle School: Eight Place, Hide in Plain Sight Division II. Team members: Ian Genduso, Aadi Patel, Landen Ransom-Rennicks, Finnegan Stetts, Maria Pardoe and Julia Ellis - coached by Judy Misko and Jeff Pardo.
Loyalsock High School: Eleventh Place, Leonardo's Workshop Division III. Team members: Catherine Dash, Tamara Dirk, Elizabeth Walters, Yuliia Meshcheriakova, Foster Stetts and Alex Bartley- coached by Jennifer Dash.
This will be the 24th year since 1989 that Loyalsock has had teams qualify for World Finals.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that helps students develop STEAM skills – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Teams of up to seven students receive a long-term problem at the beginning of the school year that they must solve in an eight-minute performance using a small budget