From Vestal Central School District:
While the New York State Odyssey of the Mind tournament was cancelled, the organization
opened its World Finals to any teams who wished to submit video entries for judging. Four
Vestal Central School District teams submitted videos while successfully following socialdistancing guidelines, and the results are in.
Vestal High School’s Division 3, Problem 1 Longshot Solution team finished third in the World,
and won first in the Spontaneous Category. This same team of Jaron Cui, Dora Donacik, Theo
Donacik, Zoha Khan, Marina Jiao, Tina Zheng and Jack Zhou also completed a video for
Problem 3 Classics: The Effective Detective, bringing them a fourth-place win in the World
ranking, and another first-place overall in the Spontaneous Category.
Other top 10 winners were the Vestal High School Problem 2 Net Working team of Abeera
Chaudhri, Humza Chaudhri, Aidan Elie, Jessica Elie, Zara Lodi, Ella McIntyre and Delaney
Schoenfeldt, which finished fifth in the World. Vestal Middle School’s Division 2, Problem 2 Net
Working team took sixth place in the World Finals. We congratulate its members – Hridayanshu
Das, Keira Devantier, Clark Donacik, Brenden Horn, Alex Jiao, Leah Jones and Sam Winans.
Also competing was the second Vestal Middle School team of Hridayanshu Das, Keira Devantier,
Clark Donacik, Brenden Horn, Alex Jiao, Leah Jones, Sam Winans. They placed 39th for their video
solving Problem 1 Longshot Solution in Division 2.
We appreciate the fortitude of these students and their coaches… They truly embodied the spirit
of Odyssey of the Mind as they persevered during a challenging time. Vestal High School’s
Problems 1 and 3 team was coached by Jeff Donacik and Ann Pellegrino, with the Problem 2
team coached by Sumeeta Chaudhri and Claude Elie. Vestal Middle School’s teams were coached
by Kally Schoenfeldt and Nicole Tulsey (Problem 1) and Pritam Das, Jeff Donacik, Jeff Horn and
Ann Pellegrino (Problem 2).