Canajoharie teams compete at state Odyssey of the Mind tournament

Three Canajoharie teams placed among the top 10 finishers at the 38th annual New York State Odyssey of the Mind state finals on April 8 at Binghamton University.

East Hill Elementary students Rebecka Angus, Noah Ehle, Alexandria Gyurik, Haley Smith and Hayden Yerdon placed eighth in Division I, Problem 1 (Catch Us If You Can) in a field of 15 teams.

Canajoharie Middle School students Alis Fruehstorfer, Calista Hardesty, Castine Hardesty, Chiarra Morris, Giana Murphy, Grace Nowalk and Madeleine Sincavage placed sixth in Division II Problem 3 (Classics… It’s Time Omer) in a field of 16 teams.

Canajoharie High School students Cece Betts, Gabby Betts, Ben Fields, Samantha Field, Kaitlyn Jenks, Emily Oeser and Gary Oeser placed eighth in Division III Problem 5 (To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger) in a field of 16 teams.

Complete results are available on the state OM website.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving competition that challenges teams to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Each team presents its unique solution to its chosen long-term problem in one portion of the competition; in the spontaneous portion, teams must solve a problem they have never seen before given finite resources and a time limit. Teams compete against other teams in their division solving the same long-term problem. 

High school students posing in front of a plaque