Goshen sisters win Odyssey of the Mind pin design contest

Creativity has never been so sweet! The designs created by two Goshen students have been chosen as New York State’s official 2020 Odyssey of the Mind pin set.

Two students posing with their Odyssey of the Mind pin collection.
Jordan and Carly Seligman [L-R], winners of New York State’s 2020 Odyssey of the Mind pin set contest.
Jordan Seligman, a third-grader, came up with the idea of sticks of gum, and her sister, sixth-grader Carly Seligman added the catchy phrases.  Jordan and Carly’s designs have evolved into the candy-problem pin set that will be traded during World Finals in May.

Each year, the New York State Odyssey of the Mind Association collects creative pin ideas and then chooses the best as their design inspiration.  This year the NYSOMA pin committee received over fifty submissions.

Drawings of pins proposed to the contest committee.
The Seligman sisters’ pin-set design proposal.

“There were several good contenders for this year’s problem pin sets, but we ended up choosing the Jordan and Carly design because we loved the wording that they used to represent each problem and could see the fun possibilities of making them into different candies and gum,” said Ann Pellegrino, a member of the committee.

Each pin represents a 2020 Odyssey of the Mind problem: Blah Blah Blueberry, Lemon Limbo, Classic Bubble Gum, Beatle Berry, New York APPle, and Fizzy Pops.

A group of students sit in a circle sharing their Odyssey of the Mind pin collection. The room is packed with other pin traders.
Pin trading at the 2019 World Finals are (clockwise from center) Carly Seligman, Abigail Meyer, Hannah Fruhling, Jolina Dong, Nico Vanichpong-Barbosa, Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa, Jordan Seligman, and Isabel Seligman.

Jordan and Carly were stunned when they got the news that the committee would be using their designs as the springboard for this year’s pin sets.

“We were really surprised and shocked when we heard! We couldn’t believe that out of all the amazing submissions ours was chosen!” Jordan said.

The Seligman sisters are not strangers to Odyssey of the Mind. Last year, Carly’s team, coached by her parents, Heidi and Brian Seligman, advanced to the World Finals in Michigan.  The girls saw first hand the excitement of pin trading. When not performing and problem solving, teams gather together and trade thousands of pins. Both girls were active pin traders last year and hope to do it all over again this year.

“We are so excited that OotM students from all over the world will be trading the pins that we inspired,” Jordan added.


Story submitted by Beth Laskoski