17 area OM teams advance to states

BERWICK – Teams of students from Loyalsock Township, Southern Tioga and Williamsport, Montoursville and Montgomery area school districts and St. John Neumann Regional Academy will compete April 13 at the Odyssey of the Mind state finals after they earned first- or second-place finishes Saturday night at the regional contest.

One hundred teams from various northcentral Pennsylvania schools competed.

The local teams that are moving on to state competition at the Pocono Mountain West High School are from the following schools: Cochran Elementary, Schick Elementary, Loyalsock Township middle and high, Loyalsock Valley Elementary in Montoursville, Williamsport Area High School, Montgomery elementary, middle and high schools, and Warren L. Miller Elementary School in Tioga County, according to preliminary reports.

In addition, Kevin Taylor, a coach with the Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, won a special Coach of the Year Award, and “Homer” Awards were given to coach Alan Horn, of the Montgomery Area School District, and to the Wellsboro High School Problem 4 team, for helping a new team get through the registration process.

Some 200 volunteers helped students and teams.

A local OM spokesman said the “Montgomery Area School District was dominant in the balsa wood structure project.”

The competition featured six categories. Pet Project asked participants to design and build three vehicles to deliver pieces of a pet. The Email Must Go and ARTchitecture: the Musical had students create original performances.

Students were given the task of creating a structure that would hold as much weight as possible in Tumble-wood. Two more performances involving the ocean and odd behaviors were showcased in Top Sea-cret Discoveries and It’s How You Look at It.

A preliminary list of area finishers from the regional contest is as follows:

Problem 1, Pet Project

Division one – Second place, Cochran Elementary

Division three – Third, Montgomery Area High School

Problem 2, Email Must Go

Division one – First, St. John Neumann Regional Academy; second, Schick Elementary; third, Liberty Elementary

Division three – First-place tie, Loyalsock Township High School and Box of Light, of Bloomsburg; third, Lewisburg High School

Problem 3, ARTchitecture

Division one – First place, Loyalsock Valley Elementary, of Montoursville

Division two – Third, South Williamsport Elementary Team B

Division three – First, Williamsport Area High School; third, Mansfield High School

Problem 4, tumble-wood

Division one – First, Montgomery Area Elementary

Division two – First, Montgomery Area Middle

Division three – First-place tie, Montgomery Area High School and Berwick

Problem 5, It’s How You Look at It

Division one – First, Warren L. Miller Elementary, Mansfield

Division two – First, Loyalsock Township Middle; third, St. John Neumann Regional Academy

Division three – Third, Loyalsock Township High.