I do wonder at times just how many people ARE reading our inane bantering...I mean, really, what do we know?
There ARE Stevenson/DW kids here; they just don't post in this
topic. What I wanted to say was a reminder that IL is one of the single most competitive states for SO. Look at how DW and Marie Murphy perform at Nationals. The other IL teams, South* down to The Learning Vine and Hawthown South, to compete with them, amp up their game driving up the average performance of the AA teams and the better A ones. That said, those teams that do 'meh' at State--you guys--still have a lot to be proud of in this competitive environment. IL is where it's at! Placing at State in anything--or even coming close--should make anyone satisfied. If not? Remind yourself that there's someone who, for whatever reason, earned their medal more than you did. On a greater scale, there's a team that may have earned its place higher than yours for whatever reason. And that's fine. Hard reality to chew? Perhaps, but we all deal with that...
*let's recall DW climbed up only recently. Give it five years, and maybe a school nobody's heard of will have risen through the ranks.