2020 Scholarship Recipients

Through donations and raffle sales, NYSOMA sponsors a Scholarship program for participants of Odyssey of the Mind in New York. Applicants must currently be high school seniors or first year post-secondary school enrollees. This year each award is $750. 

The challenge was to produce a video informing people why they should volunteer to be an Odyssey of the Mind judge. We had 13 video submissions, all of outstanding quality making it a tough decision!

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Dora Donacik https://youtu.be/RTDEmrzLLC8
Dora Donacik is a senior at Vestal High School and is in her eleventh year with Odyssey of the Mind. She has competed in six State tournaments and two World Finals over those years, including a third-place finish at the World Finals 2018. She plans to attend college and pursue a career path that will allow her to use the passions for creativity and science that Odyssey has given her. More than anything, her years with Odyssey of the Mind has taught her the importance of communication and teamwork, and she will be forever grateful for her family and teammates for all the wonderful years they’ve spent together.
Isaac Post https://youtu.be/5JsLU3EbPK4
Hello, I’m Isaac Post and I am from Geneseo, NY. I have been in Odyssey of the Mind for 11 years and have cherished every minute of it. The program has made me a more confidant and independent person by giving me an environment to be a leader and perform in front of an audience. For my education plans I am currently undecided on where to go, but I know I be pursuing a degree that involves math and science.
Gillian Roeder https://youtu.be/Zdtm1hQt3Go
I am a Senior at Bethlehem Central and have done Odyssey since fifth grade. My happiest Odyssey moments include placing 8th at World Finals and seeing OMER in person at competitions. Although where and who I practice with has changed many times over the years, spending hours in my messy basement with Megan, Aidan, Bridget, Taylor, and Mo has a special place in my heart. Doing problem 2 with them over the years has given me a love for building things and has inspired me to study mechanical engineering at MIT.
Ellen Schoenberg https://youtu.be/YH8lFm_wm7Q
Ellen Schoenberg has been on an Odyssey of the Mind team in the Pine Bush School District for twelve years. Ellen has learned to treat life’s challenges as a series of spontaneous problems which can be solved with the help of a good team, creative ideas, and a sense of humor. Odyssey has introduced Ellen to lifelong friends and amazing coaches. Ellen will be continuing on to college to study political science and pursue a career in government.