WILLIAMSPORT — Two Williamsport Area School District Odyssey of the Mind teams will head to the 2018 World Finals after securing first-place wins at the state round on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Pocono Mountain East Campus.
Six contending teams from WASD represented Cochran Primary School, Curtin Intermediate School, Williamsport Area Middle School and Williamsport Area High School.
Those advancing to the World Finals are:
· Curtin Intermediate School: First Place, Division II, “A Stellar Hangout,” coached by Bret Southard, Denise Southard and Hao Tran. Team members: Olivia Ciabattari, Reese Kirk, Ross Mahler, Alanna Ramos, Lillyana Sponhouse, Muireen Tran and Tyler Williamson.
· Williamsport Area Middle School: First Place, Division II, “Mockumentary! Seriously?,” coached by Beth Lewis and Liz Manetta. Team members: Mia Clark, Jack Klingler, Mairead Ferry, Kendall Kelley, Sydney Kelley, Lisa Lewis, and Ben Manetta.
While not advancing, the following is a listing of how the other WASD teams ranked in their respective problems:
· Cochran Primary School: Fifth Place, Division I, “Mockumentary! Seriously?” coached by Rachel Kirk, Spring Moore and Jon Scholnick. Team members: Cooper Gutberlet, Lily Hamilton, Corbin Kirk, Morgan Morse, Daniel Turner and Noah Scholnick.
· Cochran Primary School: 12th Place, Division I, “A Stellar Hangout,” coached by Matt Gutberlet and Melanie Vail, assisted by April Frank. Team members: Sophia Butler, Emily Frank, Cooper Gutberlet, Brayden Harpster, Roslyn Perry and Alex Vail.
· Williamsport Area High School: Third Place, Division III, “Triathlon Travels,” coached by Spring Moore. Team members: Halle Clark, Paige Diabelko, Hannah Haussmann, Ella Meckley, Emily Smith, Matthew Turner, and Carlee Weber.
· Williamsport Area High School: Sixth Place, Division III, “Mockumentary! Seriously?,” coached by Spring Moore. Team members: Charlotte DeBloois, Alexandria Hopkins, Hailey Kinley, Daisy LeBlanc, Quahme Powell, and Madison Williamson.
The 2018 World Finals is scheduled for May 23-26 at Iowa State University.
Last year, two teams from Curtin and WAHS were successful in the program’s regional, state and world competitions. Those teams competed at the World Finals at Michigan State University, during which WAHS placed 14th and Curtin 22nd.
Odyssey of the Mind is a competition that blends creativity, engineering and teamwork. It is 100 percent student-directed, with adult coaches acting as guides. For more information, or to review synopses of this year’s program problems, visit www.odysseyofthemind.com.