officials honor Port Jervis student for sportsmanship
POSTED: MARCH 14, 2012
Jervis High School freshman Austin Wilson was singled out by the
officials at the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament for
demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship and team work.
Tournament officials presented Wilson, who was competing on one
of three Port Jervis teams at the March 10 tournament, with the
distinguished 2012 OMER’s Award.
Named for the Odyssey of the Mind raccoon mascot, OMER, the
award is presented at Odyssey tournaments to individuals or
teams to honor exemplary behavior.
In Wilson’s case, the tournament officials recognized the
actions he took to help his team overcome challenges in order to
put on a successful performance at the Orange-Ulster BOCES
Wilson’s team placed third in the Odyssey Angels division.
The sitting for their performance was a dream in which two
Odyssey Angels dealt with bullying, cleanliness and a
life-threatening issue. The situation was complicated by the
fact that one Odyssey Angel was mute and the other had the
extraordinary power of being able to resize objects. Science
teacher Marc Koenig coached team members Ryan Keane, Austin
Wilson, Jesse Ingram, Tyler Farley and Robert Torrence.
The other High School team, Ooh Motional Vehicle, took second.
In this division, teams had to design, build, and drive a
vehicle that displays human emotions along a course where it
encounters three different situations. Emphasis was placed on
the technical risk-taking
and creativity of the vehicle's engineering for travel and
change of its emotional appearance. Team members Ariana Lapauti,
Rashaad Escimilla, Danny Murphy, Aaron Aumick, Rachael
Mercilliott and Ashley Pihl were coached by Pauline Aumick.
The team from Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School competed in
the To Be or Not To Be division,
which required students to put a musical theatre spin on one of
William Shakespeare's most famous
lines: "To Be Or Not To Be." Under the direction of coaches
Noeleen Casey-Tomasi and Bridgett Brace, team members Joshua
Harry Tomasi, Eryn Keys, James Centauro, Elizabeth Tasker,
Jett Conklin and Emma Cargil had to incorporate creative scene
and costume changes into their presentation.
Odyssey of the Mind is an
international program that promotes creative problem solving and
challenges students in grades 1 to 12 to compete in long-term
problem solving and spontaneous on-the-spot brainstorming. This
year, the regional competition included teams from 15 school
districts in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Dutchess counties.
Congratulations to all of the Port teams!
SECOND PLACE – Ooh Motional
Port Jervis High School Team
and Clare Aumick
Team members: Ariana
Lapauti, Rashaad Escimilla, Danny Murphy, Aaron Aumick,
Rachael Mercilliott and Ashley Pihl
THIRD PLACE – Odyssey Angels
Port Jervis High School Team
Coach: Marc Koenig
Team members: Ryan
Keane, Austin Wilson, Jesse Ingram, Tyler Farley and Robert
To Be or Not To Be
Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Team
Coaches: Noeleen Casey-Tomasi
and Bridgett Brace
Team members: Joshua
Kowinsky, Harry Tomasi, Eryn Keys, James Centauro, Elizabeth
Tasker, Jett Conklin and Emma Cargil