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DVES scores at Odyssey of the Mind


Second place for three teams - two of those teams will advance to state competition

WESTFALL -- Three Delaware Valley Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) teams competed in the northeast regional competition at Pocono Mountain West High School on Saturday, March 6.

All three teams earned second place awards for their school.

Two of the three teams will move on to Pennsylvania State Competition, which will take place on Saturday, April 10 at Williamsport High School.

The third DVES OotM team is made up of primary school-aged students, second graders, and only competes at the regional level.

The Primary Team from DVES, third grade teacher Sarah Casey's "Surprise Party" team, wrote and performed a skit about an unusual surprise party for the regional competition.

"The team had an excellent performance," said Casey. "They wrote a funny and creative play that really impressed the judges."

Sarah Casey's "Surprise Party" team includes second graders: Gabrielle Lee, Ashlynn Weston, Olivia Gandolfo, Luke Stevens, Matt Johnson, BreAnna Schields, and Roger Neff.
"Our team gets along well and has great creative skills. They also love to have fun."

Gail Sebring, Division 2 Problem 1 Vehicle Team

Casey said her seven-member team, consisting of second graders: Gabrielle Lee, Ashlynn Weston, Olivia Gandolfo, Luke Stevens, Matt Johnson, BreAnna Schields, and Roger Neff, has been very hard working and creative.

"They received Superior Performance Recognition,'" said a very pleased Casey.

DVES staff member Gail Sebring's Division 2 "Problem 1 Vehicle Team" competed with a "Nature Trail'R" theme. The team consists of seven, fifth and sixth grade students, Shane Acoveno (fifth), Rory Matz (fifth), Tara Sayles (fifth), Nick Shi (fifth), Timea Strenk (fifth), Lindsay Lowell (sixth), and Alicia Rios (sixth).

Gail Sebring is pictured with her vehicle team including: Shane Acoveno, Rory Matz, Tara Sayles, Nick Shi, Timea Strenk, Lindsay Lowell, and Alicia Rios.

"We took first place in style and did very well in our long-term presentation and scoring," said Sebring. "Our team gets along well and has great creative skills. They also love to have fun."

Sebring said her team might add some humor to their next level of competition

The structure built by DVES staff member Andrea Benson's "Column Structure Team" held an amazing amount of weight in the regional competition.

"We held the second largest amount of weight on our structure, and our skit was also very funny," said Benson.

"We work well together, and the excitement is always there. Our team is enjoying every minute," she added.

Benson's team consists of seven fourth and fifth graders: Julia Cuevas, Anthony Gosch, Nicholas McBride, Dylan Carey, Sydney Culver, Kaylee Small, and Kiera Geraghty.

The team might add a few lines for the next competition, but their theme will remain the same.

"If we win there, we will go to World's in Michigan," said a confident Benson.

A report from the school about the competition concluded in saying, "Everyone is wishing the Delaware Valley Elementary School OMers the best of luck."



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