OESJ team advances to state

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary Odyssey of the mind team, Emoji, Speak for Yourself team, has advanced to the state competition in Albany on April 7. (Photo submitted)

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville elementary students took second and third place in the Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 10.

Teams combined their skills, creativity and out of the box thinking. They made the props and costumes with no outside assistance.

Teams had to perform an eight minute skit of their long-term problem, which was judged on style, creativity and originality. They also had to respond to a spontaneous problem.

The two ‘rookie” teams, A Stellar Hangout and Emoji, Speak for Yourself, sometimes met three days a week since October working on their long term problems and spontaneous.

A Stellar Hangout Team consisted of three second graders, three third graders and one fifth grader who wasn’t able to make the competition.

Emoji, speak for Yourself Team consisted of three third graders and three fifth graders.

Teams competed in the problems of their choice, being placed in one of three divisions, depending on their age.

New York state Odyssey of the Mind allotted for lottery slots, allowing some second place teams to advance to the State Competition at SUNY Binghamton on April 7.

Representing OESJ Elementary at the state competition is the Emoji, Speak for Yourself Team.

They placed second with a score of 318.47.

Congratulations to Emma Jo Schmidtmann, Jackson Polidori, Madeline Sammons-Wilbur, Paige Morrone, Rachel Young and Ruby Hand. They were coached by Joanne Young & Lorraine VanAlystyne.

A Stellar Hangout Team placed third with a score of 321.23. Congratulations to Ava Joan Murray, Callie Gray, Chase Eakin, Colton Morrone, Henry Schoff and Myles Hayes. They were coached by Lisa Hayes, Abbey Schoff and assistant coach Lorraine VanAlystyne.