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Odyssey of the Mind: WASD ranks among top top in World Finals, Curtin secures second place

WASD ranks among top top in World Finals, Curtin secures second place

Among the four Williamsport Area School District Odyssey of the Mind teams that virtually competed in the World Finals recently, one group from Curtin Intermediate School earned a historic second-place ranking. Of the other three, one from Williamsport Area High School earned an eighth-place win, while another took 15th. One other team from Curtin Intermediate took 20th.

“From the time the quarantine started, our kids continued to meet virtually to prepare. Their teamwork, creativity, problem solving and perseverance is to be commended,” said Spring Moore, a Williamsport Area High School English teacher and district coordinator and coach.

The four contending groups that competed in the World Finals were:

Curtin Intermediate Team A

Second Place, Division I,

“Classics … The Effective Detective.”

Lynnae Campbell, Ava Carter, Cooper Gutberlet, Asher McClelland, Libby Smith and Daniel Turner. Coached by Moore and Bret Southard.

Williamsport Area High School Team A

Eighth Place, Division III,

“Classics … The Effective Detective.”

Charlotte DeBloois, Paige Diabelko, Daisy LeBlanc, Emily Smith, Katie Turner and Carlee Weber. Coached by Moore.

Williamsport Area High School Team B

15th Place, Division III,

“Classics … The Effective Detective.”

Olivia Ciabattari, Mia Clark, Kendall Kelley, Sydney Kelley, Lisa Lewis, Ben Manetta and Lizzie Ryder. Coached by Beth Lewis and Liz Manetta.

Curtin Intermediate, Team B

20th Place, Division I, “Gibberish or Not.”

Grayson Arriaga, Emily Frank, Cooper Gutberlet, Brayden Harpster, Chaedyn Lockard, Julisa Martin and Alex Vail. Coached by April Frank, Adam Harpster and Melanie Vail.

The World Finals were originally scheduled to take place at Iowa State University last month. With the cancelation of the in-person event due to the pandemic, each team competed virtually by sending in a performance video of them solving their respective problem.

“As an addendum to their performance video, teams had additional time to explain and highlight portions of their solution the way they could one-on-one to judges immediately following a performance,” Moore said.

Last year, two district teams from Cochran Primary and Williamsport Area Middle School also were successful in the program’s regional, state and world competitions. Those teams competed at the World Finals at Michigan State University. There, Williamsport Area Middle School earned a historic third-place win and Cochran a 12th-place win.

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