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Students Battle a Pandemic at OCAY League Competition

OCAY League first place champions of Mexico Academy and Central School: Robert Cassidy, Bre DeLong, Erin Gilmore, Sarah Hubbell, Ben Pelow, Corrinne Perrotti, Becca Saya, Hannah Sheldon, Aaron Shopland and Caitlin Spurling.

OCAY League first place champions of Mexico Academy and Central School: Robert Cassidy, Bre DeLong, Erin Gilmore, Sarah Hubbell, Ben Pelow, Corrinne Perrotti, Becca Saya, Hannah Sheldon, Aaron Shopland and Caitlin Spurling.

The third Oswego County Academic Youth League competition of the school year involved high school students from eight Oswego County school districts battling with a hypothetical world pandemic.

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OCAY League first place champions of Mexico Academy and Central School: Robert Cassidy, Bre DeLong, Erin Gilmore, Sarah Hubbell, Ben Pelow, Corrinne Perrotti, Becca Saya, Hannah Sheldon, Aaron Shopland and Caitlin Spurling.

Beginning in 1997, OCAY League started with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics.

Therefore, OCAY League was born as a way for students to demonstrate skills of academics, teamwork, leadership and creativity.

A heavy emphasis is placed on cooperative problem-solving.

The students studied the physical and environmental impact of a global pandemic, how they are rated on a Pandemic Severity Index scale and how an outbreak begins.

Each district group was challenged with a series of tasks relating from the topic.

OCAY League second place champions of Fulton City School District: David Tallents, Victor Runeare, Nick Riciputo, David Houck, Aryelle Barbagallo, Phil Summerville, Andrew Yankowsky, Sarah Tallents, Michael Mankewicz, Mackenzie Bogart and Trey LaRock.
OCAY League second place champions of Fulton City School District: David Tallents, Victor Runeare, Nick Riciputo, David Houck, Aryelle Barbagallo, Phil Summerville, Andrew Yankowsky, Sarah Tallents, Michael Mankewicz, Mackenzie Bogart and Trey LaRock.

Most groups played into each other’s strengths to divide and conquer, some using artistic skills to paint a picture depicting the emotion of a pandemic, others using musical and poetic skills to write a dirge for the “lost.”

Creating an emergency action plan was another key task of the competition.

Students created posters highlighting the action points they came up with to help weaken and stop the outbreak.

Points were awarded to each student group for every completed task by a panel of judges.

OCAY League third place champions of Oswego City School District: Jenna Ballard, Ayla Busch, Alex Bush, Ben Dafoe, Olivia DeLorenzo, Clare Donovan, Evan James, Jordan Runner, Sarah Smolinski and Chris VanGorder.
OCAY League third place champions of Oswego City School District: Jenna Ballard, Ayla Busch, Alex Bush, Ben Dafoe, Olivia DeLorenzo, Clare Donovan, Evan James, Jordan Runner, Sarah Smolinski and Chris VanGorder.

In third place, with 146 points, was Oswego City School District.

In second place, with 147 points, was Fulton City School District.

In first place, with 156 points, was Mexico Academy and Central School.

OCAY League is coordinated through the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s gifted and talented program.