Vestal School District Teams Score in Top 10 at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals


While the New York State Odyssey of the Mind tournament was cancelled, the organization opened its World Finals to any teams who wanted to submit video entries for judging. Four teams from the Vestal Central School District submitted videos while following social-distancing guidelines, and the results are in.

Photo provided by Vestal School District.

Vestal High School’s Division 3, Problem 1 Longshot Solution team finished third in the World and won first in the Spontaneous Category. This same team of Jaron Cui, Dora Donacik, Theo Donacik, Zoha Khan, Marina Jiao, Tina Zheng and Jack Zhou also completed a video for Problem 3 Classics: The Effective Detective, bringing them a fourth-place win in the World ranking and another first-place overall in the Spontaneous Category.

Other top 10 winners were the Vestal High School Problem 2 Net Working team of Abeera Chaudhri, Humza Chaudhri, Aidan Elie, Jessica Elie, Zara Lodi, Ella McIntyre and Delaney Schoenfeldt, which finished fifth in the World.

Vestal Middle School’s Division 2, Problem 2 Net Working team took sixth place in the World Finals. Its members are: Hridayanshu Das, Keira Devantier, Clark Donacik, Brenden Horn, Alex Jiao, Leah Jones and Sam Winans.

Also competing was the second Vestal Middle School team of Hridayanshu Das, Keira Devantier, Clark Donacik, Brenden Horn, Alex Jiao, Leah Jones, Sam Winans. They placed 39th for their video solving Problem 1 Longshot Solution in Division 2.

Vestal High School’s Problems 1 and 3 team was coached by Jeff Donacik and Ann Pellegrino, with the Problem 2 team coached by Sumeeta Chaudhri and Claude Elie. Vestal Middle School’s teams were coached by Kally Schoenfeldt and Nicole Tulsey (Problem 1) and Pritam Das, Jeff Donacik, Jeff Horn and Ann Pellegrino (Problem 2).

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