Four LB Teams Place First at Odyssey of the Mind Competition

A total of four Long Beach Odyssey of the Mind teams took top results at the regional tournament held on March 2 and 3 at the Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport. At both the middle school and elementary levels, students collaborated successfully to secure first-place trophies and advance in the program.

The elementary teams were coached by teachers Justin Sulsky and Douglas MacConnell, while Long Beach Middle School students worked under the guidance of coaches Christina Kile and Susan Kasper.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition in which participants solve defined problems using a predetermined set of rules the team must follow. 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. For the middle school students, there is also an administrative component involving paperwork that supports the solution to their problem. 

Three elementary school teams achieved first-place wins. Team Two, comprised of Aaron Blau, Tabitha Freeny, Catherine Maguire, Geddy Moss, Jordi Perez and Aaliyah Trichter, engineered a searcher creature that made three required changes to escape discovery from a searcher sent by a king. Team Three members Dustin Basnyat, Winter Collinson, Shane Haglich, Benjamin Levinson, Lucinda Nash, Lucia Petty and Kate Ragona portrayed Leonardo da Vinci as inventing the solar panel during his lifetime, but being debunked by a naysayer who did not believe that the sun could create energy on Earth. Sydney Bergstein, Alanna Damiani, Matthew Diamond, Violet Richter, Avery Schab, Jordan Soriano and Sebastian Tricola formed Team Five, which taught audience members to avoid manipulation by sneaky characters trying to divide different groups.

The Middle School’s first-place team consisted of Ryan Aba Riebli, MacKenzie Brodsky-Torres, Jack Clancy, Isabelle DePalma, Sammy Feingold, Vincent Napolitano and Annabel Pines. They received impressive scores in both the long-term skit and spontaneous small-group competition. The students wrote an eight-minute skit, for which they created the costumes and scenery and performed before judges, about a debunked invention from Leonardo DaVinci. 

 Congratulations to these teams, all of which will move on to the state-level competition on March 23 at Binghamton University.