Four teams from the East Greenbush Central School District finished taking part in the Odyssey of the Mind Region 4 Tournament on Saturday after taking a year off during the pandemic. This year’s competition was mostly virtual, and teams worked hard to meet the added challenges of a hybrid schedule. According to their website, “Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.”
Howard L. Goff Middle School’s team won first place in Division II (Middle School level) for their performance of Problem 2, Odyssey ReOMvention and will be advancing to the state tournament in Syracuse later this month. The team, coached by parent volunteer Frank Rapant, consisted of Goff students Ben Adadjo, grade 6, and Carter Cantara, Mattingly Gorski, James Hatch, Ella Rapant, Riley Sheehan, Millie Yoder, all in grade 7.
Red Mill’s team also took first place in Division I (Elementary School Level) for their performance of Problem 4, Matryoshkas Structure. This new team, coached by parents Amanda Gauvin and Yemin Xu, included 2nd graders Anubhaw Gurung, Chris Teng, and Luke Vitale, 3rd grader Chloe Xu, and 4th graders Leo Gauvin and Gabriel Patton. Red Mill earned a spot in the state competition as well.
Donald P. Sutherland’s team placed second in Division I for Problem 1, Escape vroOM, and will be advancing to the state tournament. Veteran Coach Trish Rapant, assisted by Dianne Chalavoutis led 2nd graders Carter Chalavoutis-Miller and James Virnelli, 3rd graders Julian Brown, Molly Hatch, Darwin Rapant, Myah Scott and 5th grader Kaya Szalay.
Green Meadow’s team came in 5th in Division I for their performance of Problem 5, Life is a Circus! This brand new team, led by parent volunteer coach Christina Minkler consisted of 2nd grader Mikey McIntosh, 3rd graders Mina Cadalso, Evan Donnelly, Charlotte Kircher, Cara Minkler, Keira Shaughnessy, and 5th grader Madeline Kircher.
“East Greenbush students and coaches were excited to be back competing this year,” said Julie Adadjo, Odyssey of the Mind District Coordinator. “There were a lot of challenges to navigate using a hybrid model this year, and everyone rose to the occasion. Along with many new participating students, we were pleased to welcome some new coaches, who are parent volunteers. We are very proud of the accomplishments of all our students, and we wish our teams advancing to state competition the best of luck!”