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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby haverstall » March 9th, 2013, 8:59 am

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thisusernameistaken wrote:Good Luck to everyone! Don't be offended when I say i'm rooting for Mounds View.

Glad we have a fan :mrgreen:


Though Irondale is gonna kick some SO butt when the team gets going


Just come to Mounds View. It'll be a lot cleaner that way. :D
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » March 9th, 2013, 9:44 am

Aw, where's the fun in joining the dominant team? It's much more fulfilling to lead another team, and without other teams there wouldn't be a whole lot of competition anyway. ;)
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby thisusernameistaken » March 9th, 2013, 9:48 am

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:Aw, where's the fun in joining the dominant team? It's much more fulfilling to lead another team, and without other teams there wouldn't be a whole lot of competition anyway. ;)

Exactly. Plus Mounds View has a lot of kids interested in SO and not enough room.
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby Kokonilly » March 9th, 2013, 9:51 am

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:Aw, where's the fun in joining the dominant team? It's much more fulfilling to lead another team, and without other teams there wouldn't be a whole lot of competition anyway. ;)

I suppose we'll see if they're still dominant after today... :P

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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby thisusernameistaken » March 9th, 2013, 10:05 am

Kokonilly wrote:
EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:Aw, where's the fun in joining the dominant team? It's much more fulfilling to lead another team, and without other teams there wouldn't be a whole lot of competition anyway. ;)

I suppose we'll see if they're still dominant after today... :P

Probably...
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby DazzlingMer » March 9th, 2013, 10:37 am

sciolycoach wrote:Yes it does, and it is very nice. Feel free to stop by and say hello at Maglev, I'll be here all day.


My sister is in that event.

Had to leave forestry halfway through due to feeling like I was about to throw up, but thankfully got back in time to help my partner finish up things. There were only one or two questions we didn't answer, so I'm feeling good!
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby thisusernameistaken » March 9th, 2013, 12:39 pm

haverstall wrote:Just come to Mounds View. It'll be a lot cleaner that way. :D


I'm taking Applied Science at Mounds View. Does that count?
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby haverstall » March 9th, 2013, 9:22 pm

Well, congrats to MV for (at least for me) a jaw-dropping score of 42.

Had a lot of fun proctoring Remote as well.

Congrats to all the teams and we hope to see you all next year again!
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby Kokonilly » March 10th, 2013, 1:54 am

haverstall wrote:Well, congrats to MV for (at least for me) a jaw-dropping score of 42.

Agreed! That's a ridiculous score, and I hope it's never beaten because it's just too perfect as it is. Congrats to Mounds View, and Eastview for retaining their second-place title, and everyone who medaled! Good luck at Wright State, Mounds View! :)

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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby DazzlingMer » March 10th, 2013, 7:31 am

Mounds View. BRING IT ON. Lol.

We switched places this year for forestry! But I guess I can contribute it to my being sick and forgetting to put down Witch Hazel's Scientific stuff...
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby Allinea » March 10th, 2013, 8:02 am

Let me curl up in a corner and mope about AV not cracking top 10. I hope the freshmen/sophomores can get their acts together for next year. I'm content with my Rocks medal, though.
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby Luo » March 10th, 2013, 8:29 am

'Twas a fun day yesterday! The scoresheet from the Division C state tournament has now been posted: http://minnesotaso.org/Files/2013_SO_State%20C.pdf

As well as the scoresheet from the Division B state tournament last week: http://minnesotaso.org/Files/2013%20Div ... esheet.pdf
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby FawnOnyx » March 10th, 2013, 4:27 pm

DazzlingMer wrote:We switched places this year for forestry! But I guess I can contribute it to my being sick and forgetting to put down Witch Hazel's Scientific stuff...

Ahhh yeah it was fun vying for first with you guys again this year, sorry to hear that you were sick yesterday :/. My partner and I were also unsure on just one or two questions, particularly the cotyledon vs radicle question and the full classification part, so it must've been close! Too bad forestry's going away next year :(
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby DazzlingMer » March 11th, 2013, 9:57 am

FawnOnyx wrote:
DazzlingMer wrote:We switched places this year for forestry! But I guess I can contribute it to my being sick and forgetting to put down Witch Hazel's Scientific stuff...

Ahhh yeah it was fun vying for first with you guys again this year, sorry to hear that you were sick yesterday :/. My partner and I were also unsure on just one or two questions, particularly the cotyledon vs radicle question and the full classification part, so it must've been close! Too bad forestry's going away next year :(


Those were the same questions we had trouble with! :)
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Re: Minnesota 2013

Postby haverstall » March 12th, 2013, 9:05 am

So now that state is over with, I want to ask what can be done to improve MN Science Olympiad for next year. By my count, there has been a sharp decrease in the number of teams that are actually competing (I think it's around 40-something, according to regional scoresheets.) This decline is somewhat alarming, considering that just 2 years ago, we were able to send two teams to Nationals. But while we're declining, states like Wisconsin and Washington are expanding past us in terms of number of teams and what not.

I truly hope that the decline is not a result of fatigue with Mounds View winning the last 3 years, but you can't but help notice everyone getting up, as soon as Mounds View was announced as state champs, without waiting for any final announcements. Admittedly, we were short for time, but I do believe the same exact thing happened last year, when the tournament was on schedule.

I also think Huberty mentioned that Wayzata was hosting a regional again next year. I don't know if this was replacing a regional, or starting a completely new one, but with this expansion, there's going to be even less teams at regionals (going from 12 to 7 possibly, for the Bethel and Inver Hills regionals). This may translate to more medals overall for all the teams, which may boost overall morale, but it doesn't help us recruit more teams. (I imagine a "You have a better chance at a 3rd place medal!" pitch wouldn't fly very well.)

Recent success stories in Div B, such as Delano and Friedell have been great, and I really hope their success transitions into high placings for both Delano and Century/Mayo (don't know which school Friedell feeds into). In addition, Hawley's 2 medals at the state tournament were pretty awesome; reminds me of last year when Bemidji got 1st in WIDI.

I guess my question is, how can we expand Minnesota Science Olympiad to a state where we can compete for a 2nd nationals spot? And expand in such a way that we're not just getting teams to come and expand our count, but teams that are competitive and have a legitimate shot at getting some medals at the regional and state level.

Throw your ideas here, if you have some time. I'm interested to see what you guys say.

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I also want to mention that in witnessing MV's massive expansion from 3 teams to 5 has definitely helped me see potential fatigue within the team as well, where other things such as other Olympiads and school can easily suck the life out of students. I sincerely hope Mounds View continues to win (:D), but I do want other teams to succeed as well, just to increase the profile of Science Olympiad in Minnesota, as well as Minnesota Science Olympiad at the national level.
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