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Tournament Photos, FAQs, Museum of Intrigue, Destiny USA, Charity Fundraising, and COU & Regional Awards.

Share your day by submitting tournament photos

Teams can submit photos taken during the day at State Finals for display on the giant LED screen at Awards. We are looking for candid shots from around the fairgrounds, pictures of teams competing or posed pictures of teams, in front of the NYSOMA banner in Science & Industry. Afterwards the pictures will be shown in the State Finals Photo Gallery on the NY Odyssey website.

To submit a photo go to:

or scan the QR code here.

Deadline for submissions for the LED screen is 3:30pm on Saturday 15th. Later submissions will still be added to the website.

Read the FAQs

Teams, Coaches, and Officials often email us to ask questions about the State Finals. Most of the answers can be found on the NY Odyssey Website.

Check out the FAQs page.

Information is grouped into General, Fairgrounds, Solvay and Awards sections but by typing a few words in the search box (find the magnifying glass, just under the FAQs graphic) you will be shown all the questions and answers that reference those search terms.

Museum of Intrigue

Before or after your competition, visit the Museum of Intrigue at Destiny USA mall. Their interactive exhibits will ask you to solve puzzles, crack codes, and uncover secrets in order to succeed.

At the Museum of Intrigue, teams and families are challenged to solve one (or more) of their amazing mind-bending scenarios. Work together as a team, split into groups, challenge other teams from your school.

Whatever you do we guarantee it will fun!

On Saturday, continue problem and puzzle solving at The Fairgrounds, as the Museum of Intrigue will be joining us for part of the day, hosting some 6 tables of amazing puzzles and activities in the Science and Industry building.

Destiny USA

So while you are in Syracuse for the State Finals why don’t you visit Destiny USA - Shopping, dining, and entertainment so big, it needs its own zip code! New York’s largest destination of its kind with over 250 places to shop, dine and play, visited by 26 million guests every year. Come see the antique carousel, taste the variety of flavors from The Cheesecake Factory to Texas de Brazil, or have some fun at Dave & Buster’s. From retail and outlet brands like Apple, Nordstrom Rack, and Michael Kors to the world’s largest suspended ropes course at WonderWorks or the Museum of Intrigue, there’s something for everyone at Destiny USA.


NY Odyssey participants and supporters can pick up a “Passport of Savings” to access special offers on dining, shopping, and entertainment at Destiny USA.

Turkey-Syria Fundraiser

The Vestal High School OM Problem 2 team is selling gourmet chocolate bars at Solvay HS to raise funds for the relief of victims affected by the Turkey-Syria Earthquake. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the cause.

The team believes that collectively we can utilize our problem-solving skills from Odyssey to help in finding creative solutions for problems worldwide.

COU Award Recipients

Two New York Omer’s have won Emerging Alumni Awards for 2023 from Creative Opportunities, Unlimited (COU), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support teams, program participants, and Odyssey of the Mind Associations.

This award recognizes current high school sophomores and juniors who are competing or who have competed and are involved in giving back to Odyssey of the Mind in extraordinary ways. Activities such as volunteering at tournaments, helping coach younger teams, and organizing Odyssey of the Mind at their local school or community would qualify an applicant.

​Recipients will receive a $250 gift card and have an Odyssey of the Mind membership donated in their name to a program in need.

Let’s give a big cheer for:

Jenna Hopmayer, Pine Bush - Region 5

Sophia Samborski, Warwick Valley - Region 5

Omer's Awards from Regional Tournaments

Recent Regional Tournaments awarded several Omer’s Awards to teams and individuals.

OMER’s Award recognizes those individuals, coaches, team members, parents, officials, and others who, during a tournament, serve as exemplary examples or role models through their actions or words. This award is also bestowed on team members who exhibit exceptional skill and talents. Each recipient of an OMER’s Award receives a special medal.

Region 4

Greenville Elementary School, Problem 1, Division 1 Team

Lansingburgh High School, Problem 5, Division 3 Team

Graham Brewer, Individual - Emergency Head Scorekeeper

Nicole Lindeman, Tyler Carlson, and Stacey Hopkins - Host District IT team

Problem 4 Judging Team

Region 6

Cambridge Central School Problem 5, Division 1 Team

Bolton CSD, Problem 3, D2

Region 19

Bolivar-Richburg MS/HS, Problem 1, Division 2 Team.

Amelia Edmunds, Genesee Valley Central School, Individual - Problem 5, Division 1 AND Problem 2, Division 2.

Mackenzie Weinhauer, Individual - Assistant Coach Wellsville Middle School, Problem 5, Division 2.

Benjamin Kisel, Individual - Bolivar-Richburg High School, Problem 5, Division 3.

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Updated: Apr 9

Check out all the new 2023 pins and logo items available at your regional tournament and at State Finals.

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Updated: Mar 17

This month we introduce the Glitter Fairy, share exciting news about the Museum of Intrigue, provide you with a quick test of verbal creativity and give information about recent and upcoming Regional Tournaments.

The Legend of the New York Glitter Fairy

Have you heard about the mythical Glitter Fairy? This magical creature is said to visit Odyssey of the Mind participants and sprinkle them with blue fairy dust, bringing good luck and creativity to their performances. Many OMers believe that the Glitter Fairy is a symbol of the creativity and innovation they put into their Odyssey of the Mind solutions and that by working together and thinking outside the box, anything is possible.

So, if you see a sparkle of blue glitter on yourself or your solution, know that the Glitter Fairy has blessed you with her magic, and use it as a reminder to stay inspired and to continue pushing the boundaries of your imagination.

Only a real NY Glitter Fairy has this special dust which can make magical events, actions, or dreams come true. This year the Glitter Fairy’s dress shimmers with blue glitter, as blue fairy dust is the most powerful of all. Visit the Science and Industry building during State Finals to get your own Glitter Fairy pin, a glitter fairy sticker and receive a good luck sprinkling of fairy dust.

Museum of Intrigue

Teams … need something fun to do when you arrive in Syracuse on Friday before State Finals?

Are you ready for an adventure that will test your wits and challenge your perception of reality? Then visit the Museum of Intrigue at Destiny USA mall. Their interactive exhibits will take you on a journey through the mysteries and enigmas of the world, where you'll have to solve puzzles, crack codes, and uncover secrets in order to succeed.

The Museum of Intrigue challenges your team to solve one (or more) of their amazing of mind-bending scenarios that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Work together as a team, split into groups, challenge other teams from your school. Whatever you do we guarantee it will fun.

Then on Saturday continue problem and puzzle solving at The Fairgrounds, as the Museum of Intrigue will be joining us for part of the day, hosting some amazing activities in the Science and Industry building

Test Your Creativity!

The Divergent Association Task (DAT) measures verbal creativity in under 4 minutes.

Now you have the chance to see who is the most verbally creative in your team or show just how much better your team is than your coach!

It is recommended that you take the test before you learn much more about it.

Afterwards you can learn more, read a CNN article on the task or study the original research article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The DAT involves thinking of 10 unrelated words. People who are more creative tend to think of words with greater “distances” between them. The test measures divergent thinking and verbal creativity, which are important aspects of overall creativity. This test, which is much simpler and shorter than other creativity tests, was also found to reveal similar results to the Alternative Uses Task, in which “participants generate uses for common objects,” and the Bridge-the-Associative-Gap Task, which asks individuals to “come up with a third word that fits with two other words”.

Did you beat the State Directors score?

Special Awards from Recent Regional Tournaments

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Ranatra Fusca Awards

Region 14

Fairport High School - Problem 3, Division 3

Region 21

Johnstown Junior/Senior HS - Problem 1, Division 3

OMER’s Awards

Region 6

Cambridge Central School – Problem 5, Division 1

Bolton CSD – Problem 3, Division 2

Region 8/9

Lucian Evans – Problem 1, Division 1

Warren Planck – Problem 3, Division 1

Lowville Central School - Problem 1, Division 1

Clarke Jr/Sr High School - Problem 1, Division 2

Beaver River Mid/High School - Problem 5, Division 3

Region 14

Pittsford Middle School A - Problem 4, Division 2

Upcoming Regional Tournaments

Good luck to all teams competing at our final 2 weekends of regional competition!!

March 18th

Region 12 – Broome-Tioga BOCES, Binghamton

March 25th

Region 2 – Caroline G Atkinson School, Freeport

Region 4 – Coxsackie-Athens CSD, Coxsackie

Region 11 – Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Auburn

Region 15 – Mt Morris CSD, Mt Morris

Region 19 – Wellsville Central School, Wellsville

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