C. J. Hooker Middle School Odyssey of the
Mind team headed to World Finals
View the photo gallery!
April 3, 2012
– The C. J. Hooker Middle School’s “Odyssey Angels” Odyssey of
the Mind team showed its creative talents when it placed first in its
division at the State Competition on March 31 at SUNY Binghamton.
Teammates Mackenzie Kurek, Kate Laskoski, Freddi
Semel, Darcy McDowell, Abigail Lewis, Reilly Miller and Kelly Fellenzer,
under the guidance of coaches Beth Laskoski and Kathy Kurek, will
compete in the 33rd Annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa
The competition, which will be held May 23-26, will
feature hundreds of teams from countries around the world including
Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia,
Poland, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.
About Odyssey of the Mind
There are two components to Odyssey of the Mind: long-term and
For long-term, students must create an eight minute
skit in response to a problem synopsis given beforehand. These change
every year and fall into five general categories: mechanical/vehicle,
technical performance, classics, structure and performance.
According to the Odyssey of the Mind website, teams
who participated in the “Odyssey Angels” long-term problem had to create
and present a performance where a group of students travel throughout
one or more team-created places where they encounter negative
situations. These “Odyssey Angels” change what they find and turn them
into positive situations.
On their journey, they help two individuals with
different problems and help save an entire community from a bad
situation. One Odyssey Angel cannot speak, and another has a special
The members of the C. J. Hooker Middle School team
took a unique approach to their solution problem. The Virus (Reilly
Miller) and her sidekick (Abigail Lewis) are draining all the energy out
of Tech Town. The Odyssey Angels (Kate Laskoski and Mackenzie Kurek)
must help a Couch Potato (Darcy McDowell) and a book suffering from
Scholaticosis (Freddi Semel/Kelly Fellenzer)* before they can defeat the
virus and return the energy to their community.
During the spontaneous portion of the competition,
five students from each team participate in an on-the-spot problem that
is verbal, hands-on or verbal hands-on. For example, during a hands-on
spontaneous problem, students may be asked to use certain materials to
create a catapult that will project marbles.
The following Goshen teams also placed at the State
Third place, Division I
by Goshen Intermediate School: Brynn Masker, Jade Romer,
Emma Smith, Jacob Lingerman, Christopher Masker, Meaghan Schaumburg,
Braden Smith. Coached by Marilyn Smith and Alanna Masker.
Seventh place, Division I
by Goshen Intermediate School: Jayna Celano, Hannah Pena,
Samantha Webster, Sofia Terret, Amanda Lombardi, Samuel Sherlock,
Emma Finkelstein. Coached by Cathy Kloorfain.
* Original team member Freddi Semel was
unable to attend the State Competition. Her spot was filled by classmate
Kelly Fellenzer. All seven girls will compete at the World Finals in