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Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition yields winners


Six teams from Wellsville will be among the competitors at the March 26 and 27 state competition in Binghamton. Nature Trail 'R and Discovered Treasures (Division?I), the middle school's Discovered Treasures (II), Food Court (Division?II), Return of the Gift of Flight (Division III) and Food Court (Division III) are among them.

Those teams placed first at regional competition March 6 at Allegany-Limestone Central School. In Division I, Immaculate Conception was second in Nature Trail and Bolivar-Richburg was third. In Division II Nature Trail, Allegany-Limestone Middle/High won, second place went to Franklinville and third to Salamanca. In Return to the Gift of Flight, Ellicottville won Division I and II. Division II, Immaculate Conception was second and Fillmore third.

In Discovered Treasures Division I, Ellicottville finished second, but a lottery slot will send this team to Binghamton as wel. Salamanca Elementary School was third. In Division II, Randolph High placed second and Fillmore thirde. In Division III, Ellicottville won, Wellsville placed second and Olean High third.

In Food Court Division I, Ellicottville was first, Franklinville second and Salamanca Elementary third. In Division II, Wellsville and Allegany-Limestone tied for first, second went to Belfast and third to Fillmore. In Division III, Allegany-Limestone was second.

Other awards presented included Omer Awards for Sportsmanship, Dedication and Spirit for Cheryl Bacilli from Salamanca, Kailee Lamphier from Wellsville and Becky and Don Catino from Immaculate Conception. The "Ranatra Fusca" Award is presented to a person or team who exhibits extraordinary creativity and this year went to budding engineer Chris Wojtowicz from Ellicottville.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition in which teams of up to seven members, work together over several months to solve a predefined problem. One aspect is to present their "long-term" solution to a panel of officials. The teams then participate in the "spontaneous" portion of the competition, where they generate answers to a problem they have not seen before competition day. This year marks the 30th Anniversary for Odyssey in New York state. Teams successful in Binghamton will have the opportunity to move on to the world competition at Michigan State University at the end of May. This competition is international, with teams competing from places like Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Russia and Mexico. A few area schools have been fortunate to participate in the World Competition in previous years.

Students from Alfred-Almond, Allegany-Limestone, Belfast, Bolivar-Richburg, Ellicottville, Fillmore, Franklinville, Friendship, Immaculate Conception, Olean, Portville, Randolph, Salamanca, and Wellsville schools took part in the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES sponsored, regional competition. Fifteen of the 46 teams involved will move on to state competition.

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