World Finals is not complete without a celebration of all your creativity and hard work!

Awards at the Ceremony

Place Awards

Out of hundreds of teams, 19 will be named World Champions. Teams placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each problem and division receive a trophy, and each member of those teams receives a medal. Teams placing 4th, 5th, and 6th receive an honorable mention.

Ranatra Fusca

The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award is given to a team or individual for demonstrating outstanding creativity. This award embodies all that the Odyssey of the Mind program represents. It is presented at all levels of competition from regional tournaments to World Finals.

Individuals and teams who receive this award at World Finals are presented with gold medals, and their coaches receive a plaque for their school. The names of these individuals and teams are engraved on the Ranatra Fusca trophy. This tradition has been honored every year since 1980.

The Ranatra Fusca trophy is displayed each year at the World Finals Awards Ceremony and at the Creativity Festival. It has also been on display in Explorer’s Hall at the National Geographic Society building in Washington, D.C.

OMER’s Award

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.

Creativity Award

The Odyssey of the Mind Creativity Award is presented to an individual or organization to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of human creativity, extraordinary creativity in a personal achievement, or the application of creativity to benefit society.

Past recipients include: Bob Partington, The Library of Congress, Peter Yarrow and Operation Respect, Blue Man Group, Nat’l Assoc. for Gifted Children, the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, NASA, Chuck Jones, Dr. C. Samuel Micklus, Walt Disney and Walt Disney World Company, Dr. Paul B. MacCready, MacArthur Foundation, Julie Aigner-Clark, Whitwell Middle School, Discovery Channel Communications , Wei Min, the Newseum in Washington DC, artist Willard Wigan, Arthur Lipper III, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Bill Jones and Chevron Corporation, Charles Clark, Ann Lewin, Dr. Sidney J. Parnes, Marv Creamer, Chuck Francis and IBM Corp., William Lishman, Jerome H. Lemelson, John R. Costanza, and Joan Ganz Cooney. 

This year’s Award goes to the Rube Goldberg Foundation!

Spirit Award

The Odyssey of the Mind Spirit Award is presented to an individual involved in the Odyssey of the Mind program who, through personal action, demonstrates the encouragement and development of cooperation, self-respect, and the appreciation and understanding of others.

Past recipients include: Dr. Jim Mourey, Anna Long, Jeff Carter, Dennis Godfrey, Wojtek Radziwilowicz, Joy Kurtz, Fern Brown, Dan Semenza, Eric Lundberg, Jackie Otte, Ron Raab-Long, Rita Sleeman, Todd “Hoss” McNutt, Wayne Otte, Oog Hwang, Wayne Kehrli, Mabry King, Dr. Harold Kurtz, Weixin Chen, Angela Wilkerson, Dr. Athelene Carter, Dr. Karl-Ernst Plagemann, William Cook, Doug DeFrees, Lynda McGinty, Tom Mauro, Rich Safaris, and Rosemary Bognar. This year’s winners are Korea’s Co-ADs Young Hyun Back and In Suk Kim.

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