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5 WASD OM Teams Advance to State Finals

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March 09, 2020 | Community

2020 OM Regionals

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (MARCH 9, 2020) — Five Williamsport Area School District Odyssey of the Mind teams that competed at the Regional Tournament in Berwick on Saturday are headed to the State Finals.

Six contending teams from WASD represented Cochran Primary School, Curtin Intermediate School, Williamsport Area Middle School and Williamsport Area High School.

Three teams are advancing to the State Finals with first-place finishes:

  • Curtin Intermediate: First Place, Division I, “Classics … The Effective Detective,” coached by Spring Moore and Bret Southard. Team members: Lynnae Campbell, Ava Clark, Cooper Gutberlet, Asher McClelland, Libby Smith and Daniel Turner.

  • Curtin Intermediate: First Place, Division I, “Gibberish or Not,” coached by April Frank, Adam Harpster and Melanie Vail. Team members: Grayson Arriaga, Emily Frank, Cooper Gutberlet, Brayden Harpster, Chaedyn Lockard, Julisa Martin and Alex Vail.

  • Williamsport Area High School: First Place, Division III, “Classics … The Effective Detective,” coached by Beth Lewis and Liz Manetta. Team members: Olivia Ciabattari, Mia Clark, Sydney Kelley, Lisa Lewis, Ben Manetta, and Lizzie Ryder.

Two teams are advancing to the State Finals with second-place finishes:

  • Williamsport Area Middle School: Second Place, Division II, “Gibberish or Not,” coached by Bret and Denise Southard. Team members: Maddie Berninger, Leo Calle, Isabelle Campbell, Xander Flahart, Alia Taylor, Naomi Lee, and Xander Waltz.

  • Williamsport Area High School (Team A): Second Place, Division III, “Classics … The Effective Detective,” coached by Spring Moore. Team members: Charlotte DeBloois, Paige Diabelko, Daisy LeBlanc, Emily Smith, Katie Turner and Carlee Weber.

While not advancing, one team also competed from Cochran Primary School. Coached by Clara Sponhouse, team members were Piper Fox, Cooper Mackey, Caroline Ritter, Luke Sanders, Daelyn Scarfo and Violet Sponhouse.

The state tournament is scheduled for April 4 at Lock Haven University.

Nominated by members of her team, the district OM coordinator, coach and WAHS teacher Spring Moore also was recognized as Coach of the Year.

Last year, two district teams from Cochran Primary and WAMS were successful in the program’s regional, state and world competitions. Those teams competed at the World Finals at Michigan State University. There, WAMS earned a historic third-place and Cochran secured a 12th-place win.

Odyssey of the Mind is a competition that blends creativity, engineering and teamwork. It is 100 percent student-directed, with adult coaches acting as guides. For more information, or to review synopses of this year’s program problems, visit

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