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Odyssey event draws 4,000 to Vestal

By Connie McKinney * April 5, 2009
VESTAL - Kailie Pinney,a sophomore at Binghamton High School, pretended to direct packages delivered around the world Saturday as she participated in an Odyssey of the Mind skit.

"It's so much fun," she said. "It's like a rush."

She joined about 4,000 students, parents and coaches from all over the state at the state tournament held on the Binghamton University campus Saturday. Winners advance to the world finals, scheduled for May 27-30 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Odyssey of the Mind allows students from elementary, middle and high school to come up with creative solutions to solve problems, organizers said.

Pinney was part of a seven-member team from Binghamton High School who competed in Earth Trek Division III. Students had to design a vehicle that can travel without teammembers touching it or blowing it, said Anthony Jackson, a sophomore.

"You had to find some way to make it move," said Anthony, whose twin brother, Adrian, also competed Saturday.

The team used a blow dryer to make their vehicle move.

Team members were also judged on how they performed a 6-minute skit. They pretended to run a worldwide delivery service and "traveled" all over the globe.

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