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2018 Friend of NYSOMA – Richard (Rich) Outtrim

This 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 inscription on the plaque reads: “In recognition and appreciation of unique talents and creative energies offered on behalf of NYSOMA.”

This year’s recipient is Richard (Rich) Outtrim.

Rich has been a long-time coach and school district coordinator for Odyssey, taking teams to World Finals several times. He has also served as a judge in his home region as well as a neighboring region.

Rich has taken on the responsibilities of two very important pieces of our State Tournament and World Finals presence. He has overseen the restoration and transportation of the State Creativity Booth for the State Tournament as well as World Finals. He staffs the booth at both tournaments, and coordinates the World Finals teams’ involvement with the booth at World Finals.

He has also taken on New York State’s entry in the Float and Banner Parade. He invites World Final team members to help create the entry and then transports and assembles the float at the parade. His efforts have resulted in New York being recognized with a plaque for several years.

He is an individual who is truly dedicated to the Odyssey Program, and does his best to promote it whenever and wherever possible. NYSOMA is proud to recognize Rich for the work he has done and continues to do on behalf of the Odyssey of the Mind Program.