World Finals 2016

Odyssey of the Mind celebrated its 37th annual World Finals at Iowa State University in May. Competitors brought creativity, camaraderie, and excitement to the midwest. Audiences watched 828 winning teams present captivating performances they developed using their extraordinary ideas and hard work.

Teams traveled across the U.S. and from 13 other countries including China, Togo, Mexico, India, and Switzerland. While World Finals is a competitive event, it also proves that people from different nations share creative interests and goals.

With 450 volunteer officials and over 2,500 coaches, this event proved that generosity and goodwill is alive and well. These selfless individuals worked hard all year culminating at World Finals to provide a great experience for all. Judges, coaches, and team members from around the world really come together as a great big, worldwide family!

Also giving back were the Radford University Awesome Box Costume Squad from Virginia. This year’s Odyssey Angels group used their creative costume-building skills to make Halloween costumes for kids in wheelchairs.

NASA was also back with its fun classroom activities, E-Theatre, and an exhibit at the Creativity Festival that drew in lots of participants. This year, the first-ever recipient for the Wayne Kehrli Memorial Scholarship Fund, was awarded. This year’s recipient was Kenzie Vanderwerker also from Radford University.

It is important to remember that the teams that participated in World Finals represented the thousands of teams that performed in Odyssey of the Mind throughout the year. It is true that every team that solved a problem this year truly is a winner. Congratulations, and good job to all Odyssey teams!