4 local teams advance to Odyssey of the Mind Global Competition

Four local teams are moving onto compete internationally at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals after competing at the state competition on April 7.

Curtin Intermediate School ranked first in A Stellar Hangout Division II.

Williamsport Area Middle School ranked first in the Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously? Division II.

Loyalsock Township High School ranked second in the Emoji, Speak for Yourself Division III.

Montgomery Area Elementary School ranked second in the Animal House Division I.

The competition will take place with teams from across the globe competing on May 23-26 in Aimes, Iowa.

“If you come in first or second (at states) … or if you get a ‘Ranatra Fusca,’ you qualify for Worlds,” said Karyl Otruba, Odyssey of the Mind North Central Regional director.

She said the Ranata Fusca is given to those who display extreme creativity during the state competition, but no local schools received such an award this year.

“From our region, it’s just from the first- or second-place ranks,” she said.

In the past, teams from the area have done well at the world competition.

“It’s a real big thing when a team gets the opportunity to compete at Worlds. It’s like the icing on the cake with sprinkles,” she said.

Qualifying to compete at the competition can be meaningful for the students.

“All their hard work has paid off. These kids, when they call their name at states, some of them have tears running down their face when they’re putting the medals over their heads,” she said. “Some of them can’t even believe it.”

Other area teams that placed at the state competition included:

• Don Gill Elementary School ranked third in Animal House Division I.

• Williamsport Area High School ranked third in the Triathlon Travels Division III.

• Loyalsock Township Middle School ranked fourth in the Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously? Division II.

• Montgomery Area Middle School Team B ranked fourth in the Animal House Division II.

• Montgomery Area Middle School Team A ranked fifth in the Animal House Division II.

• Cochran Primary School ranked fifth in the Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously? Division I.

• Williamsport Area High School ranked sixth in the Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously? Division III.

• Donald E. Schick School ranked eighth in the Triathlon Travels Division 1.

• St. John Neumann Regional Academy ranked eighth in Triathlon Travels Division II.

• Ashkar Elementary School ranked ninth in A Stellar Hangout Division II.

• North Penn Mansfield Junior Senior High School ranked ninth in A Stellar Hangout Division III.

• Rock L. Butler Middle School ranked ninth in Triathlon Travels Division II.

• Warren L. Miller Elementary School ranked ninth in the Emoji, Speak for Yourself Division II.

• Loyalsock Township Middle School ranked 10th in the Animal House Division II.

• Montgomery Area High School ranked 10th in the Triathlon Travels Division III.

• Muncy High School ranked 10th in the Triathlon Travels Division III.

• Loyalsock Township High School ranked 11th in the Triathlon Travels Division III.

• Cochran Primary School ranked 12th in A Stellar Hangout Division I.

Visit www.paodyssey.com/state-finals/past-tournaments/2018-state-finals-results/ for more details.

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