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April News - Part 2


Read about this year's State Finals, Ranatra Fusca and Omer's Award winners at States, and which teams are advancing as part of Team New York. Find tips on Fundraising and videos all about Tournament Day from our wonderful NYSOMA Scholarship winners. Finally, a heads-up and Save the Date for the 2024 NY State Finals and World Finals 2024 in Iowa.


Scenes from State Finals.

Back at the State Fairgrounds for our second year we were blessed with glorious weather and outstanding team performances.


Check out the Team Shout-Outs, team-submitted Photos, and video of the Awards Ceremony.







Scholarship Award Winners

This year NYSOMA Scholarship applicants were challenged to create a lively, entertaining, and creative video that will show teams everything they need to know about participating in an Odyssey Tournament. We got some fantastic entries from across the State and the following 3 OMers were selected as this year’s recipients of a $1,000 scholarship to help with college.

Meryl Palinkas from Pine Bush, New York (Region 5)

Lauren Lamberson from Rochester, New York (Region 14)

Alex DeMagistris from Johnstown, New York (Region 21)

Check out their videos on the 2023 Scholarships page.



Ranatra Fusca Winners

Monhagen Middle School – P1D2 - Team


American Civic Association – P3D3 - Team


Johnstown Jr/Senior HS – P1D3 - Team



OMER’s Award Winners

Speyer Legacy P3D2 - Team

Their musical performance exceeded above and beyond all expectations in all age levels. They captivated the audience in a raw, emotional level with their exceptionally strong vocals, original witty lyrics, intricate harmonies, and strong ukulele/guitar accompaniment.


Alejandro Plascencia - Official

Alejandro was a translator for a Spanish-speaking team. He was amazing despite having only one hour of sleep the previous night due to working an overnight shift as a 3rd year medical student. He also has never participated in an OOTM competition before, but he hopped right in and picked up the rules and translation flow flawlessly! Thank you, Alejandro!


Cody Lawson P5D3 - Individual

After competing at regionals, Cody’s team decided to not move on to State Finals. As it is Cody’s senior year, he decided to continue with the help of one new team member (that had never competed before). They were able to completely redo the skit and all the props between regionals and State Finals, as well as overcoming being a team of two in a competition meant for up to seven members.


Eva Colangelo, Hannah Fuhling and Abigail Meyer P2D1 - Coaches

These coaches are all Seniors in High School. Their school only had one team this year instead of two so there was no team for them to join. Instead of not participating in Odyssey of the Mind for their Senior year they embodied the spirit of Odyssey of the Mind and decided to coach a division 1 team. They were supportive, encouraging and coached with the maturity and poise of seasoned coaches and stepped up to make sure that other students got to have a positive Odyssey experience which they wouldn’t have otherwise had.


East Middle School P4D2 - Team

This team started with seven members at the regional level and when coming to State Finals they were knocked down to three members due to sports that other members had to attend. They did not quit and persevered, having to change their whole entire skit to make it a 3-person show. They still went out there and gave it there, all even with three people. What they did was so amazing and is what Odyssey is all about!



Advancing teams

This year, New York is sending 49 teams to World Finals in Michigan, the biggest contingent ever!


Go Team New York!!!!






Problem1

PRESIDENTIAL PARK ELE SCH

STATE STREET ELE SCH B

PERRY CENTRAL SCHOOL

JOSEPH HENRY ELE SCH

MONHAGEN MID SCH

HONEOYE FALLS-LIMA MID SCH

WARWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL

PERRY CENTRAL SCHOOL

VESTAL HIGH SCHOOL A

GENESEO MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

JOHNSTOWN JUNIOR-SENIOR HS


Problem 2

LONG BEACH ELE SCH

IROQUOIS MID SCH A

YORK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STATE STREET ELE SCH A

WARWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL

PITTSFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL B

LONG BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL

VESTAL HIGH SCHOOL A

BROADALBIN-PERTH JR/SR H S

VESTAL HIGH SCHOOL B


Problem 3

GOSHEN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

LONG BEACH ELE SCH

SHERBURNE EARLVILLE ELEM SCH

LONG BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL

JOHANNA PERRIN MID SCH

PITTSFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL A

CATO-MERIDIAN JR/SR HIGH SCH

GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL

AMERICAN CIVIC ASSOCIATION

WARWICK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL


Problem 4

HONEOYE FALLS-LIMA MANOR SCH

MALTA AVE ELEMENTARY

STATE STREET ELE SCH A

YORK MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

SENECA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

WASHINGTONVILLE H S

AVERILL PARK HIGH SCHOOL

SALAMANCA CENTRAL SCHOOL


Problem 5

HOMER BRINK ELE SCH

STATE STREET ELE SCH B

LONG BEACH ELE SCH

OXFORD ACADEMY MID SCH

GOLDING MID SCH

IROQUOIS MID SCH A

FAIRPORT HS

YORK MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE HS

GALWAY JR/SR HIGH SCH




Next year's State Finals will be held on April 13th 2024 at the New York State Fairgrounds.


World Finals will take place May 22nd to 25th 2024 in Ames, Iowa.

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