I won two medals, which are only the second and third ones that my school has gotten at Nationals in the past ten years (eight trips to Nationals), so I was pretty pleased even though I know that I could have done better. I expected a medal in Cell Biology because I know the material very well and my partner knows it absolutely stone-cold, and indeed, we ended up in fourth, although we feel that we could have won or at least placed on the podium had the test been hard enough to be valid as a national-level test. What surprised me was a fifth place in Environmental Chemistry; we hadn't prepared in any substantive way for the event because we felt that there was no material to study and the test would end up being common sense aside from some information that I put on the sheet of notes that you're allowed to bring in. Fortunately for us, the test didn't contain anything that you actually had to have learned through practices.
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.