Two B-P Odyssey of the Mind teams set to compete at World Finals

– Division III team (grades 9-12) will travel to Orlando, FL in June; Fundraisers will help offset travel costs

– Division II team (grades 6-8) to compete virtually

In keeping with the district’s storied tradition of a robust Odyssey of the Mind program, two of the four B-P teams that participated in the COVID-altered season have earned their way into this year’s World Finals competition. The Division II team (grades 6-8) will compete virtually, with the Division III team (grades 9-12) traveling to Orlando, Fla., to compete in person June 11-12.

a group of middle school aged children wearing masks pose in a group.
B-P’s Division II team is coached by Caitlin Walter and includes sixth-graders Jackson Sargalis, Camden Korona, Austin Steele, Samantha Sniezyk, Kelsey Walter, and Taylor Gifford.
six students wearing red shirts, holding trophies and wearing face masks pose outside.
The Division III team traveling to Florida is coached by Alison and Carl Aery and includes students Rylee VanAlstine, Blaine Herrick, Lauryn Donahue, Jacob Hughes, Logan Aery and Ryan Michalski.

“These students work hard every season, but we are particularly proud of their successes this year,” said Tammy Staie, B-P’s Odyssey of the Mind co-coordinator. “Much of their planning, building and rehearsing has been done over virtual team meetings, with remote competitions at both the regional and state levels. The goal is always to make it to worlds and they are so excited to finally be going.”  

To help offset the costs of the upcoming trip, the Division III team will conduct a district-wide coin drive May 17-21. B-P students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to donate their spare change all week, with each pre-K through grade 12 homeroom participating. The three elementary homerooms that raise the most money for Odyssey of the Mind will win an ice cream sundae party and the top homeroom class at the junior/senior high school will win “make your own sundae” coupons from Stewart’s Shops.

Three local restaurants have also stepped up to help the team raise funds, donating a percentage of their proceeds to the OOTM team during specific time periods on specific dates. A printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering at each restaurant.

Click HERE to access fliers for all three restaurants.


(5005 NY-30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) Up to 15% of your sale will be donated back to OOTM; not to be used with any other coupons or discounts. 


(4930 NY-30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) 20% of your sale will be donated back to OOTM; not valid with any other coupon or discount offer.


(4930 NY-30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) 20% donated back to OOTM; can be used at the register in person or when ordering online at with the code PRFUND at checkout. 

You may also donate to help the Division III OOTM team with travel expenses by donating through MySchoolBucks or by writing a check made out to “B-P Odyssey of the Mind” and sending it to co-coordinators Tammy Staie or Amy Wurz via BPES, 1870 County Highway 107, Amsterdam, NY 12010.



Tammy Staie (B-P Project Lead the Way teacher) and Amy Wurz (B-P pre-K teacher) are the district-wide coordinators for Odyssey of the Mind, a title they have shared for the last six years. 

“The benefits of participating in Odyssey of the Mind are endless,” Staie said. “Students learn valuable life skills like teamwork, communication, public speaking, and spontaneous problem solving.” 

Currently, there are four OOTM teams at Broadalbin-Perth: Primary (grades 1 & 2, coached by B-P HS students Erin Michalski and Zofia Jankowski), Division I (grades 3-5, coached by Kelly Borden), Division II (grades 6-8, coached by Caitlin Walters) and Division III (grades 9-12, coached by Alison and Carl Aery).