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Odyssey of the Mind 2018

Western Region 2nd place, Animal House Project

In CVMS's second year participating in Odyssey of the Mind, a 40-year-old international problem-solving competition, we've from two teams to seven teams representing creativity, collaboration, and innovation at the PS, IS, & MS.


Each team of 5-7 students was charged with creating an eight-minute performance complete with scenery, props, and costumes to address one of the following long-term problems:


Problem 1: Triathlon Travels - On your mark ... get set ...go!  In this problem, teams will ride on and drive original vehicles in an Odyssey-style triathlon. They will try to score in "curling," hit the right targets when "jousting", and "run track" by navigating a course in two directions. Between these events, the team will entertain the audience and the vehicle will change appearance.  All of the action will take place in a team-created performance that features the vehicles' triathlon travels, a commentator, and a coach. Performed by CVMS students: Ian Bautista, Emma Collier, Aidan Dietz, Jonathon Halvorson, Vincent Marasco, Mia Pruss, and Nolan Walsh. The team was coached by Mrs. Amanda Bautista.


Problem 3: Classics ... Mockumentary! Seriously?  There are often two sides to the same story.  In this problem, characters don't always agree as they recount the classic story where they appeared. The team will select a classic from a list and present different characters in a humorous documentary-style performance where details are added, denied, exaggerated, and disputed. There will be interviews, behind-the-scenes "clips", and voice-overs that take the audience through the story and help present the events as they "really" took place. Whose side will you be on? Performed by CVIS students: Britha Arulmuni, Kate Bittner, Grace Janco, Lauren Sams, Wesley Madge, and Siah Reason.  The team was coached by Mrs. Sara Janco. Performed by CVMS students: Derek Armfield, Alice Cottom, Sean Maddix, Ava Spring, and Olivia Tobicyk. The team was coached by Mrs. Erin Spring.


Problem 4: Animal House Over the years, Odyssey of the Mind teams have designed structures that changed into many unbelievable shapes and sizes that balanced and held as much weight as possible. This year, teams will turn their balsa wood structures into animals!  Since animals need to eat, they must be fed. The structure will have its appearance transformed and explained during an original performance. During the performance, the structure must hold the team created food while it supports weights. Performed by CVMS students: Mackenzie Briggs, Brooke Dyczewski, Samantha Frederick, Lily Hoke, Kayla Kotara, Hannah McAleer, and Madi Sams.  The team was coached by Mrs. Hollie McAleer.


The McAleer team took 2nd place at the Western PA Regional competition and will advance to the State Finals at Pocono Mts. School District on Saturday, April 7.  


Problem 5: A Stellar Hangout.  In the outreaches of the universe, there is an intergalactic Hangout where all sorts of creatures from different worlds stop to eat, refuel, relax. Teams will create a humorous performance centered in this science fiction hangout that includes original creatures, foods, and a search for space treasure. There will also be a worker character, entertainment, and a futuristic map at the hangout. Performed by CVIS students: Lilly Carlson, Miranda Carroll, Lily Duffill, Naudia Lutz, Olivia Mastern-Williams, Cate Volpe, and Abigail Walsh. The team was coached by Mrs. Peggy Walsh.


Also performed by CVMS students: Zoe Carlo, Hiba Chaouk, Elizabeth Hertzler, Luca Mascellino, Kelliann Mutschler, and Cataleena Tavormina. The team was coached by Mrs. Colleen Mutschler.


Primary Problem: We're Cooking Now. Creativity heats up as teams create their own cooking show where a chef gives an original cooking lesson to a special guest. The show takes place from a creative kitchen where balsa wood is used to support a cookbook, a bowl, and an object of the team's choosing. A special guest will visit and learn to cook from the chef by using team-created representations of food. Performances will also include a name for the show, theme music, and a story about the meal they are cooking. Performed by CVPS students: Connor Asti, Luisa Bautista, Brooke Bittner, Liam Franchick, Isaac Janco, and Felicity Shaw. The team was coached by Mrs. Jessie Asti.


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