Odyssey of the Mind team wins gold

On March 16, 2013, the Williamsport Area School District sent several teams to the North Central Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Berwick.

Cochran Elementary sent three teams while Curtin Middle School and the High School each sent one.

The high school team included Taylor Paulhamus, Alexandra Frank, Sarah Turner, Max Moore, Sophia Sprunger and Claire Milliken. The team was coached by high school English teacher Mrs. Spring Moore.

The high school team and one of Cochran’s team will advance to the state competition on April 13 at Pocono Mountain East High School. A win there will allow them to advance to Worlds, which will be held in Michigan this year.

In order to compete in Odyssey of the Mind, a team chooses from a list of five problems and prepares an eight-minute solution to the problem. Our high school team competed in the Classics problem: “ARTchitecture: The Musical.”

In this problem the team was to create an original performance that included a replica of a classic architectural structure built between 1000 AD and 1600 AD.

During the skit, three pieces of artwork had to appear, disappear, and then finally reappear, and two characters had to go on a quest to get the building and artwork back.

The team created a portrait of Jackie Onassis made out of painted push pins. “It took weeks to finish that piece,” Alex Frank recalls. “Somebody was always working on it during practices.”

The group also made a clay cow and a tribal mask. For the architectural component, the students created the Leaning Tower of Pisa out of two trash cans stacked on top of each other.

“We dedicated a lot of weekend and evening hours to building the set and making costumes,” said Frank.

The team finished with an impressive 346.10 out of a possible 350 total points to take first place in the competition!