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Cayuga County School Team Heading to International Competition


One Cayuga County School is sending its Odyssey of the Mind team to the Worlds competition in Michigan.

Laura McGetrick is the coach for the Cato-Meridian 8th Grade team heading to the international finals. Speaking with Finger Lakes News Radio, she shared her team’s excitement, saying this is a big big deal. It’s their second time making it to Worlds; last year was their first time they made it. I’ve been coaching for like ten years and last time was our first year. They’re thrilled. It’s a big deal.”

McGetrick adds the seven member team has also been awarded with a Renatra Fusca award, a rarely given out honor, recognizing their group’s ability to work as a team.

(L-R) Aurelia Eckel, Ashley Watchorn, Evan Stonecypher, Ian Stonecypher, Brody Smith, Triton Schmidt, and Aubrey Watchorn solve the Trojan Horse problem of sneaking food into a movie theatre. Provided

Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem solving competition designed to teach kids decision making, public speaking, time management, and problem solving skills.

This year’s Worlds competition May 24 until Saturday May 28 and will be held at Michigan State University.

The school has begun fundraising efforts to offset the cost of the trip, including an upcoming Thankful Thursday fundraiser at Potter’s Farm to Fork.

For more information, you can contact McGetrick at [email protected].

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