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Friday March 11, 2016 at 12:31pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: Intermediate

5th GRADE ODYSSEY OF THE MIND STUDENTS PLAN TO HAVE FUN AT REGIONAL TOURNAMENT


Six 5th-grade students with a knack for story-telling and comedy will represent Minisink Valley intermediate school at the regional tournament of Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 12, in nearby Goshen.


The group took on problem five of the program--Furs, Fins Feathers and Friends--which calls for a humorous performance depicting problem-solving from the perspective of three animals. The animals will help a stranger, help each other, and solve a problem that threatens their survival. The three animals are expected to sing, dance, and show emotions.  The students researched their chosen animal characters, the culture and time-period for the story, wrote the script, built sets and props—all without the help of adults.


Over fifty students auditioned for this year’s program at the intermediate school. The chosen six joined for a variety of reasons, but a parent who participated or coached Odyssey of the Mind was a common thread.

Jenna-Marie loves art and is gratified to have tried many new things. Johnathan was attracted to the opportunity of building things. Brighton hoped to contribute the costume-design skills he developed helping his younger brother dress up as a super hero. “I thought it sounded like fun, and I like to do stuff other than sports,” Alex said

But the challenges and problem-solving extended well beyond the program’s rules and instructions. “Working together was a little bumpy,” Jenna-Marie admitted. They started out with boys and girls sitting separately. “And we talked over each other,” Alex started, “and we fought for the spotlight,” Brighton added. But they all agreed they had come a long way together and bettered their social and communication skills.


The group has been meeting every afternoon since late November under the direction of Art teacher Stefani Caporlingua. "When you're young, you rarely get to ‘call-the-shots.’ In Odyssey of the Mind, kids take over these enormous and complex projects. It's hard work and there are no clear answers. Everything must be discovered through trial and error. So watching them tinker and brainstorm and finally have that big, eureka moment is exhilarating. I couldn't be more proud of them,” Mrs. Caporlingua said.


Six 5th-grade students with a knack for story-telling and comedy will represent Minisink Valley intermediate school at the regional tournament of Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 12, in nearby Goshen.


The group took on problem five of the program--Furs, Fins Feathers and Friends--which calls for a humorous performance depicting problem-solving from the perspective of three animals. The animals will help a stranger, help each other, and solve a problem that threatens their survival. The three animals are expected to sing, dance, and show emotions.  The students researched their chosen animal characters, the culture and time-period for the story, wrote the script, built sets and props—all without the help of adults.