I believe that competitiveness is a good trait to have, but people can actually work WORSE when under to much strain from coaches and parents. Luckily, I have so far avoided any coach in life who views winning as the most important thing and will stop at nothing to win (including yelling at their pupils). I believe that that has helped me develop a better work ethic and learn more, as well as have more fun. I mean, come on, who can work when if you don't do well you get kicked off the team? I mean, sure it might motivate you, but the point of this event was not to force people to memorize facts so that your school can have all the glory. This is supposed to be about the students, not the coaches, and it pains me to think that any coach of SO is in this for their own purposes rather than to get kids involved in science and learning potentially valuable information.
2014 (Wright State/Lisle/Grayslake/Regionals/State/Nationals)
Water Quality: 8/1/2/1/2/3
Experimental Design: 12/1/5/5/8/37
Road Scholar: 12/2/2/3/3/11
Wheeled Vehicle: 32/6/6/2/11/5