Minerva students compete in regional academic event

OLMSTEDVILLE - Minerva Central School students competed recently in the regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.

Teams of local students from elementary through secondary school competed at the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition at Ballston Spa Middle and High Schools.

Sponsored by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Gifted and Talented Program, the Odyssey of the Mind Tournament is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students kindergarten through college.

Thousands of teams throughout the U.S. and internationally participate in the program. At the Ballston Spa Middle and High Schools, 59 teams representing 16 school districts from the area will compete.

For the competition, teams select one of five long-term problems to creatively solve and compete against others in the same problem and age group. The long-term problems, which change every year, range from building mechanical devices to presenting interpretations of literary classics.

Teams had eight minutes to present their solutions to an audience of judges, parents, teachers and other supporters. Local trained volunteers scored the solutions for creativity, originality and adherence to the problem's requirements. Teams also had to solve a spontaneous problem - a short-term challenge presented on the day of the competition that requires them to "think on their feet."

Regional winners advance to the New York State Odyssey of the Mind Association finals on April 4 at SUNY-Binghamton.

Those who place in the state competition will go to the Odyssey of the Mind 2009 World Finals at the University of Iowa May 27-30.

Joining Minerva in the competition will be students from Argyle, Ballston Spa, Bolton, Cambridge, Galway, Glens Falls, Hadley-Luzerne, Hudson Falls, Lake George, Queensbury, Salem, Saint Mary's - Saint Alphonsus, Saint Mary's - Ballston Spa, Shenendehowa and South Glens Falls.

For more information about Odyssey of the Mind, call WSWHE BOCES Gifted and Talented Program at 581-3585.

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