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Getting ready for World Finals, encouraging teams to submit photos about their WF journey, the NY World Finals pin, a chance to win every State's pins in the COU pin sweepstakes, a fantastic TV news piece on State Finals from a former OMER, and a first look at next year's long-term problem synopses.


Good Luck Teams

Team New York has a record 49 teams heading to East Lansing, MI for this year's World Finals.


They are all being encouraged to share photos from their journey, life on campus, and of course from their performances.


Photos can be submitted here.


All photos will be featured in a World Finals gallery on the NY Odyssey website.



What use is ½ a pin?

This year New York has come together with California to create a World Finals pin that is in two halves. New York teams have the NY half, and California teams have the CA half.



Putting them together reveals a message – if your eyesight is good enough, that is!


As part of this venture, 23 NY teams have a CA buddy team, allowing them to make new friends and trade pins to get the complete set.


These pins are a limited edition and are sure to be highly sought after!!





Wanna win some pins?

Creative Opportunities Unlimited (COU) has collected official state and country pins from associations all over the United States and around the globe to create four sets of World Finals pins.


Four lucky winners will be randomly drawn from all sweepstakes entries to be the recipients of these collector's items! No purchase is necessary, but you can get additional entries if you donate to COU.

This Odyssey of the Mind booster association supports teams around the world with scholarships for individual OMers and grants that help member associations around the world bring the Odyssey of the Mind program to more students.


Entry available until: June 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm MST

Drawing date: July 10, 2023 at 11:59 pm MST


Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.


TV News Report: Odyssey of the Mind State Finals brings creativity to Syracuse.

Danyell Monk is a student reporter at Syracuse University. She was in Odyssey of the Mind for 7 years, going to New York State Finals all 7 years and world finals 3 times. She states, “OM is something I am extremely passionate about and some of the best memories of my life have come from it.”


When Danyell saw that State Finals were happening right here in Syracuse on April 15, she knew it was an amazing opportunity to do a TV news story on something she cares so strongly about. During her time in Odyssey of the Mind, Danyell noticed how few people outside of the world of OM understand how much work teams, coaches, parents, and judges put into competing and performing and what an amazing community OMers are.


2023 Problem Synopses








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