LB Takes Top Titles at Odyssey of the Mind Event

Long Beach’s elementary school students have continued their longstanding success in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition, with three teams of seven participants earning first-place trophies and eligibility for the state-level tournament in Binghamton in April.

Each team solved both spontaneous and long-term problems that comprised the competition. They practiced and prepared for the spontaneous portion, which required them to solve newly presented problems on the spot, during weekend sessions led by parent volunteers. As for the long-term component, the groups spent months working together after school in order to be ready for the event.

Kira Argiro, Anthony Caramese, Jack Clancy, Jacob LoCascio, Ryder Moss, Sklyer Obelander and Shayna Rivera received their first-place win for creating three technical fishing methods and three creative catches including a “life crystal” successfully caught by Poseidon.

Jordan Collinson, Samantha Fales, Keira Hult, Laika Khan, Ava Liguori, Ava Rand, Briella Robinson took a first-place distinction for their portrayal of the moral of an Aesop fable going viral through multiple modalities. They taught the moral, “do not grudge others what you cannot enjoy yourself,” during Renaissance times.

Hailey Brandt, Nikkita Kissoon, Matthew O'Connor, Abigail Phillps Angelina Piccolino, Noah Robinson and Chloe Silverberg were awarded their first place title for creating three distinct animals, each representing a different emotion and demonstrating teamwork to solve several issues.

Additionally, Matthew O’Connor was named winner of the prestigious OMer award, which recognizes students who display outstanding sportsmanship and collaboration skills, exemplary behavior and exceptional talent.

These Odyssey of the Mind participants represent East, Lido, Lindell and West Schools, as well as Long Beach Catholic Regional School. Special thanks go to Long Beach High School seniors (and Odyssey of the Mind alumni) Maddy Fischer and Charlotte Kasper, who volunteered their time to share a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise with their younger peers.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. It supports the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits that the district emphasizes throughout its curricula. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and other countries participate in the program.