Andrew Cuomo, Governor, New York State: "It’s a pleasure to send greetings to everyone gathered for the GENIUS Olympiad, sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation. I commend all affiliated with this ambitious project for your hard work and commitment to creating a better future for our world. I hope you enjoy your stay in New York and that we will see you again soon. With the warmest regards, and best wishes for continued success."
Kristin Gillibrand, Senator (NY), US Congress: "It is with great pleasure that I send greetings to each of you attending the GENIUS Olympiad hosted by SUNY Oswego. Our future relies on this generation of young students committed to the study of global environmental issues. The multidisciplinary approach of this program enables students to be creative and use ingenuity to solve many of these environmental problems. Your enthusiasm for a collective global consciousness is inspiring and greatly appreciated. I share your commitment and commend your hard work and dedication. Your efforts exemplify the positive contributions that hard-working individuals can make in their communities and you should be proud of your actions by continuing to lead with confidence. Your commitment to the future is indispensable to the growth of our nation. I want to extend my best wishes for a bright future filled with continued success."
Charles E. Schumer, Senator (NY), US Congress: "It is my great honor to congratulate each of you on your acceptance into this remarkable international high school competition. Through hard work and determination, you have been selected to be this year’s competitors at the GENIUS Olympiad in areas such as science, art, creative writing, architectural design, and music. I am proud to commend you all for your efforts in attaining a global understanding for environmental issues and achieving sustainability. During your participation in the GENIUS Olympiad, you will come together for a week long enriching experience, joining other students from around the globe. I encourage you to take in as much as you can and enjoy this very special time. Your passion and dedication to learning are truly commendable. You all stand out among your peers. I would also like to recognize and thank the volunteers from Terra Science and Education Foundation and SUNY Oswego for their hard work in organizing this year’s competition. You are inspirations and role models to our youth who have come together to compete. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors."
Dan Maffei, Former Representative, US Congress: "I would like to welcome all of the competitors at this year's GENIUS Olympiad on the campus of SUNY Oswego. You have been selected from a group of students from around the globe. Acceptance into this program speaks volumes of the hard work and dedication that each one of you has displayed in your respective discipline. While participating in the GENIUS Olympiad, you join fellow high school students from all over the world as they converge on the SUNY Oswego campus to collaborate in the disciplines of Design, City, Science, Art and Creative Writing. This intensive Olympiad allows you to expand your mind and grasp new concepts that will help guide you in your life. In addition, this opportunity allows you to present innovative solutions to complex challenges around the world. I would like to thank SUNY Oswego for being a superior host site, as well as the Terra Science an Education Foundation for your hard work to make this event a premiere international education summit. You all are truly an inspiration to your peers. :congratulations to all who were accepted into this one of a kind program and good luck on all of your future endeavors."
Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor: "SUNY students, faculty, and staff are at their best when they are giving back to their local community. The GENIUS Olympiad exposes hundreds of young scholars and scientists to the all that Central New York and SUNY have to offer, and SUNY is a proud partner in this important event, which contributes to the vibrancy of New York’s schools and communities."
Deborah F. Stanley, President, SUNY Oswego: "We at SUNY Oswego are excited to host the Global Environmental Issues Olympiad. Last year's event was enormously successful with more than 600 participants from 54 countries and 35 states competing in science, art, creative writing and architectural design. It was also highly competitive, bringing the rigorous and imaginative thinking of some of the best young minds around the world to our campus. It was inspiring to see these young people directing their intellectual energy toward solving the daunting environmental challenges facing humankind. This year's Olympiad is even more ambitious in scope, and we hope to bring forth ideas and projects that ultimately will enhance the health and sustainability of our future."