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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Massapequa Dominates Tournament

Five teams from the Massapequa School District will compete in the New York State Odyssey of the Mind contest at Binghamton University April 12 after capturing four first-place and one second-place win at the regional tournament at Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School in Wantagh earlier this month. Massapequa will be represented by more teams than any other district on Long Island.

Odyssey of the Mind is an International educational program based on creative problem-solving. Students select from a variety of problems that range from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics and compete at the local, state and world levels. Massapequa sent 20 teams to the regional competition.

Two teams, one from Fairfield and the other from Unqua, will compete at the Division I level for grades 1-5. Two more teams, one from McKenna and another from Lockhart, will compete at the Division II level for grades 6-8. These teams consist of youngsters in the district’s Magnet program for academically gifted students. A team from Massapequa High School will compete on the Division III level for grades 9-12.

While five teams will advance to the state championship, several other teams still placed well at the regionals, coming in second and third after competing against as many as 10 teams. They included Division I teams from Unqua, Fairfield and Lockhart; and Division II teams from Unqua, McKenna, East Lake, Birch Lane and Berner Middle School.  

“Our students demonstrated high levels of creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills throughout this process,” said Diana Haanraadts, assistant to the superintendent for Instructional Support and General Administration. “We are so proud of their accomplishments at regionals and wish them the best of luck in the state competition.”