Three teams from Colonial Elementary School (CES) and one from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) advanced to the Pennsylvania State Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Competition based on their performance at the Southeast Regional OM competition on March 3. All three CES teams were comprised of fifth graders.
The team of Lily Bentley, Haley Braun, Elizabeth Mascaro, Akhil Roy, Kirthi Roy, Aiden Tsaturyan, and Thomas Warshaw placed third overall and first in spontaneous problem solving in the Triathlon Travels problem. The team was coached by Trish Mascaro and Chris Bentley.
Ryan Bass, Mia Gelles, Bruno Kim, Isaac Nolt, Christian Smith, Koseli Thakali, and Gabrielle Tiedeken teamed to place first overall in the Emoji, Speak for Yourself problem. They were coached by Sagar Thakali and Dwight Nolt.
Christine Gamble and Michelle Lynch coached the Animal House Problem team that placed first overall and first in long term problem solving. The team included Barrie Davis, Naomi Hoffman, Natalie Lieberman, Noah Gamble-Steinitz, Emma Lynch, Aine McAleese and Charles Williams.
For PWHS, Mitchell Anderson, Tobi Farbstein, Danielle Goldstein, Arielle Greenberg, Ana Maria Maloney, Delaney McCann and Chauncey Miller collaborated to place first overall, first in long term problem solving and first in spontaneous problem solving in A Stellar Hangout Problem. That team was coached by Michelle Farbstein.
Colonial's OM program is coordinated by CES Teacher Anna Mindel. OM is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. OM proves that students can have fun while they learn.