"It's really an undertaking, and the support of the community is what has made us be able to expand the number of students who are involved," said Maynard.
Fifth grader Emma Lydon said she looks forward to her weekly Odyssey group meeting, and she said the preparation for the competition has been more fun that she had expected.
"This is my first year and it has been so much fun. Learning new things, playing different characters and working on a team to solve a problem has been great," said Emma.
Fellow fifth-grade team members Danielle Gagnon and Morgan Adams said they, too, have enjoyed the process.
"We did well in our spontaneous competition. I can't wait until March," said Danielle.
Morgan said she has already decided that it is something that she will do again next year.
"It's something that I look forward to every week -- seeing my friends and working together," she said.
Odyssey of the Mind will hold its regional competition on March 1 at the Mohonasen High School and middle schools. For more information, go to the New York State Capital District BOCES Web site at http://arts.capregboces.org/odyssey.htm.""