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Hudson Jr. High students take third-place at Odyssey of the Mind competition

By Andrew Amelinckx
Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

HUDSON -- A group of Hudson Junior High School students recently took third place at an educational tournament that included 76 teams.

The event, Odyssey of the Mind, is "an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students," according to its Web site, with tasks that include everything from "building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics."

The Hudson students participated in a regional competition held March 6 in Rensselaer.

This year's team performed an eight minute skit about camping as their solution to an assigned long-term problem called Nature Trail'R.

"The students did a great job," said HCSD Superintendent Jack Howe, who was at the event. "Their skit was creative, very entertaining. You could tell they had fun and put a great deal of effort into it."

The students were judged on their performance, problem-solving skills and a question and answer segment.

The team was made up of Nazmul Bhuiyan, Brent Decker, Ramel Jackson, Humaira Khan, Sharif Khan, Abdullah Shabazz and Tangina Uddin. They were coached by Kristen Williams and Sean Maloy.

This is the first time Hudson has placed at an Odyssey of the Mind competition.

The team was funded by the 21st Century grant.

The federal grant funds the district's after school programs.

The grant's focus, according to the Web site, is to "provide expanded learning opportunities for participating children in a safe, drug-free and supervised environment."

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