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April News - Part 1

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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