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2014 Friend of NYSOMA – Leon Frost

The Friend of NYSOMA award was established by the NYSOMA Board of Directors to honor the service of individuals who, through personal action, demonstrate in an extraordinary way, those social values affirmed to the goals of New York State Odyssey of the Mind.

The recipient this year is Leon Frost.

Leon has spent both his professional career and volunteer time dedicated to youth. He has served as a guidance counselor for 7th and 8th graders for over 34 years and jokes that, he’s “been stuck in 7th grade for 34 years”. He has served as an official for swimming and diving during the winter months, and track and field in the spring.

He was instrumental in the formation of Region 21, one of the independent regions within NYSOMA, and served as the Regional Director of that region for over 25 years. This region covers Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Oneida and Montgomery counties. During his tenure as Regional Director he worked diligently to involve more school districts within those counties so as to make the Odyssey of the Mind Program available to more students within the state. He retired from the Regional Director position at the end of the 2013 competition year.

His support of the Odyssey of the Mind Program extended to the state and national levels as well. In June of 1999 he was elected to the NYSOMA Board of Directors, a position he held until retiring in June of 2013. During that time he was a member of a number of committees and served as Secretary of the Board. For several years he served as the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, a position which he retains today.

At competition time you might find him with micrometers, scales, various measuring devices, weights, etc. He has served as a judge at regional, state and World Finals levels of competition with the balsa problem always being his favorite.

While many of the things that Leon did he did were done as part of his Regional Director responsibilities, he clearly went above and beyond to motivate others to do the same in support of Odyssey of the Mind in New York State.

NYSOMA is pleased to award Leon Frost “The Friend of NYSOMA Award” in recognition of his time and dedication to the Odyssey of the Mind program.