Ayeee, now think about how that feels when you know that you're never going to compete again. On the other hand, I no longer feel irresponsible about coming home and falling straight asleep school work? what is thatAlso, gosh, I hate post-scioly depressions/incredible exhaustion from work to catch up on.
The United States also sends many more representatives to the Olympics than a country like Azerbaijan to compensate for the size and competition, though, so that can be analogous to New York sending an extra team because of its size and competition
I think of the National Science Olympiad as exactly that - an Olympiad, a middle/high school science version of the actual Olympics. In the Olympics, geographic and cultural diversity is emphasized almost as much as the athletics themselves, and similarly, the National Science Olympiad brings together the best teams from each state, not necessarily the absolute best 60 teams in the country. Just as it may be easier to qualify for the Olympics from a smaller country like, say, Azerbaijan, than it is to qualify from the United States, it may be easier to qualify for the National Science Olympiad from a smaller state than from a state like New York or California. I believe that this disparity, while admittedly potentially disappointing for students in larger or more competitive states, has its merits and is appropriate.
I don't think the object was, or will ever be, equal representation. This is not the object of the National Science Olympiad. One possible solution would be to add 5 teams per division, which would at least minimize the amount of added stress, and give those 5 slots to the top 5 states in terms of participation. However, I think this would get other borderline states upset, and they would want to have it expanded to 70, then 75, etc. This argument will always be made no matter what the setup is by a team that feels it should have a better chance at making nationals.Yeah, the answer you'll probably get is:
"Sci Oly is a competition that is made to represent the best each state has to offer. Not necessarily the best teams the nation has to offer"
Read in the Archive the 2012-National-"States Sending Two Teams" posts. There are 8 pages of the opinion of others on this topic. http://www.scioly.org/phpBB3/viewtopic. ... &start=105If the issue is more stress, why don't the nationals for Div. B and C take place on different dates? *shrug*
Right now, I think there's a lot of bias in this thread and it should be moved to a new topic, which could be put in the nationals forum. I already gave my opinion, which is that (like paleo said) it's unfair for NY to send 2 teams when it has over 550 participants, when some states that also send two teams aren't even at 200. I want to hear different perspectives from regular users on here, and it's difficult when this thread takes place in the New York state forum.
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