tornado guy wrote:I'm curious to see, simple out of opinion, which state you think is most competitive.
Define "competitive." If you mean "has the strongest teams," I would say Ohio wins hands-down; national champions in both divisions for two consecutive years. Pennsylvania would also come close, with two teams perennially finishing in the top 10 at nationals.
However, if by "competitive" you mean "the strongest teams are very evenly matched, so the state tournament is a toss-up," then the question becomes a bit more interesting. There is no easy answer to this question. Several states have oligopolistic fields in which a few top teams jockey for the state title. Kansas and Florida are two examples of this. Other states have two teams that have dominated in recent years. Examples of this are New York and North Carolina. Yet other states simply have had histories of close state tournaments. Colorado as well as my home state of Minnesota had C Division state tournaments come down to fewer than 8 points last year.
There are many ways of defining "competitive." It's nearly undeniable that Ohio is the hands-down powerhouse of Science Olympiad when it comes to the national level. But in other contexts, other states may be considered very competitive as well, even if their teams do not have such stellar showings at nationals.