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Students Go On A Mind Odyssey

A team of seven seventh- and eighth-grade female students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School recently qualified to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals. The team won first place in the Long Island finals for acting out the problem, “The Not so Haunted House.”

The Plainview-Old Bethpage students then competed against 20 teams in the New York State finals held in Binghamton to earn second place, qualifying the team for the World Finals. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program whose mission is to teach students creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process.

“I am extremely proud of these young ladies who not only apply themselves in the classroom, but have also dedicated themselves to grow as leaders and critical thinkers through the Odyssey of the Mind program,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. “The competition directly correlates with the District’s STEAM initiative — which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and math.”

The team from Plainview-Old Bethpage is the only group from Long Island to qualify for the World Finals, which is being held at Iowa State University this month. The team will be representing their school and the region. Students will use their creative thinking skills to conceive of and solve a problem about guests who enter a haunted house or forest. The students will then present an eight minute performance with technical devices and creating costumes and props and drafting and acting out a script to accompany their performance.

The group will compete with more than 800 student-teams from all around the world. Previous world finals have included teams from five continents and 25 countries, including Africa, Poland, Uzbekistan, Russia and Japan. The Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals will take place at Iowa State University May 28 through 31.

“This is an outstanding program for our students to be creative and learn valuable life lessons, such as the importance of teamwork, all while having fun,” added Paula Engel and Joanna Gentile, co-coaches of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School team. “The World Finals in Iowa will be an exceptional learning opportunity for our students because they will meet hundreds of students from all around the world and learn about various cultures.”

News

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently announced that the annual “1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration” at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to Old Bethpage Village, the re-created mid-19th Century village, will be able to enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving including decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven and turkey roasted over an open fire. In addition, each afternoon, traditional fiddle music will be played, and children’s stories will be read several times each day.

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artists Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”


Calendar

Concert Performance

Friday, November 21

Craft Barn Open House

Saturday, November 22

8th Annual POB Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 25



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