Hampton teams qualify for Odyssey of the Mind state competition
Two Hampton Township School District teams qualified for the state competition thanks to top finishes at the Western Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament March 3, at Moon Area middle and high schools.
Odyssey of the Mind teams create skits and build technical items in five different long-term problem categories that they work on throughout the school year. At each team meeting and at the tournament, they also solve spontaneous verbal, hands-on, or combination verbal/hands-on problems.
The Hampton Middle School team of sixth-graders Anna Derence, Enrique Marte, Carley Rodenbush, Cole Stapleton, Justine Sullivan, Juliana Valenti and Josh Worobij advanced to the state tournament of Odyssey of the Mind for their third place finish at the regional competition.
Wyland Elementary students Ashley Rothenberg, Giovanni Valenti, Teagan Turcsanyi, Rosha Kazemi, James Pearl, Daniel Tabakov, Levi White and Coach Colleen Turcsanyi advanced to the state competition in the elementary division with a second place finish at regionals.
Both teams competed in the balsa building category transforming their structures into animals, feeding them, and placing weights on them until they crushed. Hampton Middle School's balsa team placed third weighing in at 140 pounds, although some of their practice structures held up to 245 pounds.
Wyland Elementary's balsa team had a structure that earned second place as it held 145 pounds, advancing to the state tournament in the Poconos on April 7 to represent the school district. This is the second year in a row that Wyland's balsa team will represent the district at the state tournament.