I feel sure that Nationals has gotten quite a bit more competitive over the last couple of years. Although I medaled in two events, bringing my school's total over the last ten years (eight trips to Nationals) to three, we did terribly in a lot of events that should have been good, especially considering that the competitors felt really good about how they had done in several of them. Remote Sensing is a good example - last year, with no preparation at all, we placed 12th, and this year, still with no preparation but with a person who is extremely intelligent and can make up for a lack of experience and practice even to the extent of victories at State, we ended up 43rd. I'm definitely disappointed with our team result of 34th because I thought that we had a sufficiently intelligent and prepared team to place easily in the top 25, which would have been our best ever finish, and perhaps we could have done so if we had the same team competing two or three years ago.
Albuquerque Academy '10, University of Chicago '14
State: Chemistry Lab 1st, Cell Biology 1st, Ecology 1st, Environmental Chemistry 2nd
Nationals: Chemistry Lab 32nd, Cell Biology 4th, Environmental Chemistry 5th, Forensics 37th
It's hard to accept that for me, there isn't a next year.