Five Gloversville Odyssey of the Mind teams advance to state competition

Five teams from the Gloversville Enlarged School District punched their tickets to the state competition during the Region 21 Odyssey of the Mind Competition March 9 at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School.

Gloversville High School and Gloversville Middle School will each be sending two teams to the state-level competition in Binghamton and Boulevard Elementary will be sending one team.

Through Odyssey of the Mind, students work in teams to solve an open-ended problem.

As part of the program, students learn creativity, innovation, problem-solving, critical thinking, global awareness, interpersonal and collaborative communication skills, self-directions and adaptability.

Regional first-place champions are eligible for the state competition; state champions are eligible for the world competition.

The team and coaches hold their a OM banner and a trophy
Boulevard’s first place team, coached by John and Rebecca Heimer, consists of Nora Meyer, Kaden Heimer, Zachary Jones, George Patrick, Brayden Porter, Annabelle Case and Evelyn Clo. They competed in Problem 4 – Structure Toss.
The team and coaches hold their a OM banner and a trophy
One of Gloversville Middle School’s advancing teams competed in Problem 2  (Hide in Plain Site). They were coached by April and John Meyer and include team members Nolan Meyer, Gwen Mongin, Alexa Cristiano, Braden Patterson, Sara Abdella and Caitlyn Shipley.
The team and coaches hold their a OM banner and a trophy
Another GMS team, coached by Jennifer Gillis and Caetlin Ebersole, competed in Problem 3  (The Classic … Leonardo’s Workshop). This team placed second but was awarded a wild card and will be going to the state competition in Binghamton. This team consists of sixth graders Preston Gillis, Allison Ebersole, Matthew Iorio, Alex Towne, Emma St. Louis, Zariah Muhlberger and Amaiah Hodges.
The team and coaches hold their a OM banner and a trophy
Gloversville High School’s Problem 3 team (The Classics…. Leonardo’s Workshop), coached by Joanna Muhlberger, took first place and will move on to state competition. This team consists of Aireana Muhlberger, Hannah Kincheloe, Alex Szabo and Alissa Mangiaracina.
The team and coaches hold their a OM banner and a trophy
The GHS Problem 4 team (Structure Toss) will also go to states. This team was coached by Denise Danise and Valerie Person. The team includes Sophia Danise, Ben Danise, Grace Yennard, Jonathan Fernandez and Nolan Abraham. This team also placed second in Problem 5 (Opposites Distract).

Other Gloversville teams also gave impressive performances at the regional event including:

The team and coaches hold an OM banner.
GMS Problem 5 Team (Opposites Distract), coached by Kelly Fancher and Rebecca Lawton, placed second. Team members are Devon Sisco, Areyla Mathias, Charlie Perron, Payton Dow, Sean Mathias, Jorja Perron.
The team holds a trophy and ribbons
GMS Problem 4 team (Structure Toss) was coached by Kathy Konakov and placed second. This team consists of Rebecca Towne, Joy Kalac, Justin Krawczeski, Matthew Konakov, Kevin Boger and Dylan Mendetta.
Five students stand against a wall posing for a photo
Boulevard’s Problem 3 team (Leonardo’s Workshop) was coached by Kathy Konakov and placed fourth. This team consists of fifth graders Ryan Konakov, Jenna Krawczeski, Katelyn Boger, Nick Rattray and Logan Nuzzo.
Students and coach pose for a photo.
This Boulevard competed in the Structure Toss problem and came in fourth. Coached by Sophia Danise, the team includes Emalee Brockhum, Kierra Brockhum, Nathan Bowman, Kendall Jacques, Alyssa Cossleman and Paige Fitzpatrick.
Five students stand and pose for a photo.
Boulevard’s Problem 2 team (Hide in Plain Site) was coached by Sarah LeBarron and came in ninth. Team members are Miranda Dubray, Evan Rieth, Lawrence Crannell, Cricket Antia, Owen Mitchell.
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