Titled “Fight and Flight,” the fourth and final Oswego County Academic Youth League competition was set in an historic venue.
Located at Oswego’s historic Fort Ontario, the competition featured two main tasks, each executed in two different ways.
The first task involved the construction of two kites, one focused on performance and functionality, and the other on aesthetics.
The second task, broken into two sections involved touring the Fort Ontario Museum and grounds to complete a museum challenge and a scavenger hunt.
In the construction of a performance kite, students followed provided guidelines for kite construction and could elect to build a more difficult design and add to their scoring options by adding on difficulty such as a line climber.
Student teams later demonstrated their kite’s flying ability in front of judges who scored the teams based on a rubric. The teams were also judged on the construction of their aesthetic kites and could score additional points if their kite could also fly.
The museum challenge and scavenger hunt sent students on self-guided tours of the fort and its grounds in search of answers and clues to earn their team points in the competition.
In the end, the team from Fulton received the gold medal for first place. Team members included Jacob Batchelor, Katelyn Caza, Patrick Fink, Hannah Geitner, Michael Holcomb, Kyle Loftus, Nick Reitz, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone and Mary West. The team is coached by Sue Ryan.
Silver medal winner was the team from Mexico, with members Elizabeth Becker, Mattea McDonald, Jonathan Sheets, Joshua Bouck, James Gowans, Austin Moore, Hannah West, Benjamin Daley, Madeline Galvin, and Sydney Ryan.
The team was coached for this competition by Shannon Bigelow, when Coach Bill Coughlin was unable to attend the event due to a prior engagement.
Third place bronze medal winner was the Pulaski team, coached by Melissa Osborne, who was also honored for her dedication to the OCAY League. Osborne will be retiring at the end of this school year and she was presented with a plaque in appreciation for her involvement in the league.
Members of the Pulaski team included: Nick Allen, Kelly Bushell, Miranda Edick, Joe Falciatano, Emily Fellers, Kyle Glenister, Alyssa Kingsley, Julia Kuehner, Randy Novak, and Erik Oakes.
Following the medal presentations, the Fulton City School District was named overall champion for the season.
The team received a large traveling trophy which will be displayed in their district for the coming season.
OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics. Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.
A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving. OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.