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Zwicker Honors Local Odyssey of the Mind Participants

Hunterdon County Library Team Awarded in International Contest

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker was pleased to recognize the Hunterdon County Library Odyssey of the Mind team on Thursday at the statehouse. The team recently came in second place at the 2017 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, an international educational contest designed to instill in youngsters an excitement about creative problem solving.

“Critical thinking and problem solving are skills we must foster and applaud in New Jersey’s young people, who will be tomorrow’s leaders,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “Members of the Hunterdon County Library Odyssey of the Mind team have proven themselves to be exceptional and rigorous scholars, and they have brought pride and distinction to their families, their community and this state.”

The Hunterdon County Library team was among dozens of teams from around the globe that competed in their category during the finals, which took place from May 24 to May 27 at Michigan State University.

Under the guidance of coaches Amy Arcurio and Eric Gorky, the team further distinguished itself by being one of just four teams out of more than 800 to receive the prestigious OMER’s Award for Exceptional Talent in acknowledgement of their remarkable artistic and technical skills. Members of the team include: Madalyn Arcurio, Chris Babbert, Alex Bentley, Dominique Ryalls, Abby Siniscalco and Emily Siniscalco.