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Madrid-Waddington wins first MythOlympic Games at Clarkson

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POTSDAM - Two teams of north country high school students competed in the first MythOlympic Games at Clarkson University in early May.

The teams, from Madrid-Waddington Central School and Potsdam Central School, set out to determine whether subliminal messaging can influence people’s outward physical actions and behavior.

The two teams researched, designed and conducted tests, and then presented their findings to a panel of experts. The format of the MythOlympic Games is similar to the popular television show “MythBusters.”

The student-teams had two months to test their theories, prepare a technical report, and produce a video presentation of their findings. Both teams were able to demonstrate the efficacy of priming and subliminal messaging to influence people’s behavior.

The Madrid-Waddington team received gold medals, with each member earning a $5,000 annual scholarship to Clarkson University. The Potsdam team took home silver medals, with each student earning a $3,000 annual scholarship to Clarkson.

High school teacher Michelle Bresett coached the Madrid-Waddington team and high school teacher April Rossiter coached the Potsdam Central School team.

The MythOlympic Games and associated MythOlympics Training Camp at Clarkson engage academically talented students from New York state’s North Country in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics challenges. Both are made possible through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation.

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