Skaneateles As it turns out, a lot of students think it would be cool to be a principal — at least for a day.
Jordan Senn got that chance at State Street School recently when her name was drawn in a contest that was held to raise funds to send two Skaneateles Odyssey of the Mind teams to World finals in Iowa May 23 through 26.
Students at State Street School bought $922 worth of $1 tickets for the chance to play the part of Principal Steve Widrick for a day, said teacher Karen Marino, who organized the fundraiser.
After a week of collecting money for the chances, Widrick drew the winning ticket. He pulled Senn’s name.
“She was perfect for the job,” said Marino. “She came dressed for the part and she did a great job.” Senn got to help with the morning announcement and visited classrooms as she shadowed Widrick throughout the day.
“I can see her being a principal some day,” said Marino. Senn said she enjoyed the experience and wouldn’t rule out the job of principal — but she has lots of other career ideas yet to explore as well. Currently, marine biologist tops the list.
The fundraiser was a fun and lucrative way to raise money for the Odyssey teams, said teacher Kelley McQuiggan, who heads the program here. It was a good amount of money to collect in just one week.
Going to Worlds May 23 through 26 are an elementary school team coached by Heather Buff and Mary Whirtley (Odyssey Angels Division I) and a high school team coached by Chandler Dickinson (Ooh-Motional Vehicle, Division III).
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members use their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then take their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.
Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Lori Ruhlman is Skaneateles CSD public information officer.