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An eye to the wise (2)!

Announcing the NYSOMA Community Star Award, our first regional tournament, upcoming tournaments, volunteer opportunities and an exciting webinar hosted by NASA.

The NYSOMA Community Star Award.

There are so many people or businesses throughout the state who give a lot of time and effort towards Odyssey.  Often these people/businesses fly under the radar or are only recognized regionally. 

NYSOMA would love to acknowledge them in a broader way by announcing their efforts and achievements to the whole state.  As such, we are launching a new annual award - the NYSOMA Community Star Award. This does not replace the Omer award but is intended to recognize previously unsung heroes. 


So, if you know of anybody that has gone above and beyond to help the program, please use this link to submit an on-line nomination. Feel free to share this announcement with anybody who might like to nominate a Community Star.

The deadline for nominations is March 15th.

Region 13 Tournament

An unexpected snowstorm could not keep the OMers from Region 13 competing in the very first regional tournament in NY State. Congratulations to all.


Teams advancing are:

Drive-In Movie Div II


Classics...  Opening Night Antics Div I

    1st HUNTER-TANNERSVILLE ELE SCH          Tannersville, NY

Classics...  Opening Night Antics Div III

    1st GREENE CENTRAL MID/HS                    Greene, NY

    2nd HUNTER TANNERSVILLE MS/HS           Tannersville, NY

Rocking World Detour Div I

    1st SHERBURNE EARLVILLE ELE SCH            Sherburne, NY


Rocking World Detour Div II

    1st HUNTER-TANNERSVILLE ELE SCH          Tannersville, NY

    2nd GREENE CENTRAL MID/HS                   Greene, NY

Rocking World Detour Div III

    1st SHERBURNE-EARLVILLE HS                    Sherburne, NY

    2nd GREENE CENTRAL MID/HS                   Greene, NY


Omer Award - Individual

Tucker Valentine         Sherburne-Earlville MS

Full results are available here

Upcoming Tournaments

More regional tournaments will be happening in the month of March!

March 2nd       Regions 5, 7, 8/9 & 14

March 9th        Regions 6, 12, 15 & 21

March 23rd      Regions 4, 11 & 19

Good luck to all our teams!

Team Hotels

If you are lucky enough to advance to State Finals, make sure to secure hotel rooms for your team members and coaches. NYSOM has negotiated a block of rooms at several Syracuse hotels, at discount rates. Make sure to mention NYSOMA when you call to make your reservations. Check out the list of hotels here.

Volunteering at State Finals

To help State Finals to run smoothly and give teams the best opportunity to perform, we need volunteers to help with various tasks. Roles include performance venue guides, door attendants, score runners, information desk workers and souvenir sales assistants (all training necessary will be given on the day). To sign up as a Volunteer click here.

In order to judge at State Finals, however, you need to be trained and ideally have judged at a regional tournament. Coaches from non-advancing teams are also able to act as judges in their problem, with additional training. All judges will be offered a shared hotel room the night before and a very spiffy blue officials T-shirt!

To register as a Judge use the link here.

NASA webinar

Did you know that less than 3% of Earth’s water is freshwater? On March 22 we celebrate World Water Day around the globe. Join NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) for the next event in our free GPM 10-in-10 webinar series.

Several NASA scientists will discuss how and why NASA keeps track of Earth's limited freshwater resources. You will also discover how you can monitor precipitation yourself as a citizen scientist working with CoCoRaHS and the GLO.

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