Nassau County Girls Represent New York State in World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind Competition
In the 25 plus year history of New York State’s participation in the “Odyssey of the Mind” competition, only two Long Island teams have ever advanced to the World Finals, until now.
“We all thought, oh my god, we actually won, we are going to the World Finals!,” said Hannah Stewart, one of the seven 8th grade H.B. Mattlin Middle School students of Plainview who won.
The “Odyssey of the Mind” competition is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Students then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.
The girls selected unhealthy food court eateries as their “long term problem” to solve. With the assistance of their coach, Sherri Winick, the team created and presented a humorous performance where a food item is accused of being unhealthy and must defend itself among its food peers.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the winning team,” said Senator Kemp Hannon who presented each student with a New York State Citation. “The intelligence and creativity of these young women blew me away. They should be very proud of their hard work,” Hannon continued.
Thousands of teams from across the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the “Odyssey of the Mind” program.