syo_astro wrote:I guess I don't want to spend so much time with opinions and all of it being at Kellenberg (and just to say, after competing there I've had a lot of fun, thanks BroNi so much, still can't believe next year is my last wth...man, I even remember West Point being awesome...I'm upset it isn't there, but still really happy and hoping BroNi can handle it well). But if people have legitimate complaints, and correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be better to send them to the state coordinators or something? I know some try to read the forums, but if someone was that worried, then isn't that probably what should be done...not to say that we can't discuss it, just want to check (since I noticed JTMess's post).
twototwenty wrote:Who cares about the distance (and this is coming from a Rochester resident)....I'm just crying about it not being at West Point . All my favorite scioly memories come from being there as a freshman, and I had been really hoping to go back there as a senior...oh well.
On a side note, @ Shad, I noticed that you wrote something about being in Rochester to go to B Div states...are you going to school around here?
BroNiSciGuy wrote:Interesting discussion.
Let's see what this provokes....
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=20 ... 7,9.876709
(Probably a better way to embed that, but I couldn't find it.)
51 Div. C schools at 2013 NYS SO States, 28 within 130 mi radius of Kellenberg.
And yes, West Point and Monroe-Woodbury HS would be better centralized given this distribution of schools. But West Point is not ready, and.......
Listen to YUSO, he is closer to the truth then you guys know.
twototwenty wrote:On a side note, @ Shad, I noticed that you wrote something about being in Rochester to go to B Div states...are you going to school around here?
YUSO wrote:Shad160's sidebar tells us he is attending U of R, c/o 2017. (Enjoy the underground tunnels! )
mathemaniac wrote:Hey everyone! I'm an incoming freshman at Columbia University. I did Science Olympiad for a couple of years in Illinois, and I'm hell-bent on staying involved with my favorite activity, so I'll be volunteering around at Regionals/hopefully States next year!
I noticed there was a lot of interest for "giving back" to Science Olympiad within the Class of 2017 at Columbia (which contains quite a few SciOly veterans), so we got together as a group, and currently, we're toying with the idea of potentially holding an invitational at Columbia University. This would be beneficial to a lot of New York teams because the drive to Morningside Heights isn't too far. In addition, our location is feasible for teams in New Jersey, Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania looking for a big invitational to take part in.
To make it more appealing to coaches, we're looking to make this a "no strings attached" deal. To elaborate - most invitational tournaments require coaches to serve as Event Supervisors, and some even require them to write tests. We realize that coaches may be more willing to go to a tournament if it is less stressful for them (and handling a team is enough stress). Our goal is to eliminate coach involvement with events completely. Tests will be written by Columbia students, events will be supervised by Columbia students, etc. At the end of the day, we want coaches to be able to coach their own team, not supervise everyone else's.
However, we came up with a little roadblock when planning a date. The way I see it, we have three options:
A. Early-mid December (this is normal in many states, but apparently not in New York, which may take it off the table)
B. January 25th (we don't want to conflict with invitationals that have already been established, but this date is very close to Regionals)
C. Late February/Early March (this may alienate teams who aren't going to state and subsequently close up their team for the year)
Which of these options would people prefer? If anyone has any comments/advice/suggestions/literally anything pertaining to Columbia's involvement in Science Olympiad, your opinion would be greatly valued. Thanks!
mathemaniac wrote:You make some pretty good points, thanks for your help! However, I do have a question about Athens: I thought it was held on the 19th (3rd saturday of the month) last year, so why do you think it will move to the 25th this year? I feel like the 18th would make more sense...and if that's the case, we get all of that wonderful Eastern PA and NJ competition back (or at least some of it!) My main concerns for the early December date are that A. Many schools in New York aren't really used to such a thing, B. Many schools in New York have finals around that time, and C. Columbia has finals around that time, which could hurt our volunteer base.
Edit: To be clear, we're definitely leaning towards the January 25th date.
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