OM teams gain great experience

Students from five area schools were given the opportunity to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Games over four days at Michigan State University recently.

And although there were no top finishes, all county teams finished in the top 12.

The best finish for local teams came from St. John Neumann Regional Academy, which won fourth place in Division 1 of The Email Must Go Through. The team earned a score of 281.8.

St. John Neumann edged out Loyalsock Township’s Schick Elementary team in the same category as it placed fifth with a score of 280.74.

Loyalsock Middle School took 10th place in Division 2 of It’s How You Look at it.

Williamsport Area High School, which competed in Division 3 of ARTchitecture: The Musical, and Montgomery Area High School, which competed in Division 3 of Tumble-wood, both took 12th place.

Kathy Bahr, St. John Neumann coach, said that it was a “very exciting” time for all involved.

“They just had a fantastic time. They enjoyed meeting students from other states and countries. … They just dove into the experience and probably had a memory that will be with them always,” she said.

The competition is geared toward giving the students a great experience, Bahr said.

“I really applaud Odyssey of the Mind for how they have kept this competition strictly for the children to celebrate the creativity and problem-solving skills that the kids have brought to a worldwide event,” Bahr said.

Teams earned the right to compete at the World Games by placing first or second at the Regional Games, which were held at Pocono Mountain East School District in April.