Ballston Spa Odyssey of the Mind 2018

Ballston Spa Odyssey of the Mind Teams Compete at Regional Tournament

Eight teams from the Ballston Spa Central School District recently participated in the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind Competition hosted by the Galway Central School District.

Over 300 students on 44 teams from 15 school districts creatively solved problems and performed for judges, parents and supporters. The Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind Competition was coordinated by the WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. It encourages students to use their imaginations and work together to solve challenges. Each team has a volunteer adult coach to help with the entry forms; however, the students make all the decisions regarding costumes, props, and their approach to solving and performing the problems.

Students from three Ballston Spa teams qualified for the New York State competition which will be held on April 7, 2018 in Binghamton. The Mocumentary! Seriously? (Classics) and the A Stellar Hangout (Performance) teams from Ballston Spa High School and the Animal House (Structure) team from Malta Avenue Elementary School won first place in their respective events. An additional team from Malta Avenue Elementary School placed third in the A Stellar Hangout (Performance) competition. The Ballston Spa Middle School and the Milton Terrace Elementary School also participated in the competition.

Complete results are available at http://scores.nysoma.org/region6.php and additional information is on the New York State Odyssey of the Mind website at http://www.nysoma.org/.

Additional photos are on the BSCSD website at: https://www.bscsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=8&ModuleInstanceID=12777&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=38886&PageID=9

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Matthew Mirro is a student at the University at Albany, New York. Originally from Long Island, Mirro is a journalism major with minors in political science and history. A political junky, aspiring historian and sports fanatic, Mirro has written for other publications including Baseball Magazine and the Albany Student Press. He hopes to pursue a career as an author.


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