Much agreed! I'll add some more details from my personal experience:I'm not sure when this forum will lock, but I'm not taking any chances. I'll keep this short too, because I have already bored enough of you with long, emotional scioly posts.
Thank you fossils, thank you so so much for 2 years of fun, stress, competitions, and dinosaurs.
I will never be able to put into words completely about how much fun this event was and how much I enjoyed it. Fossils really opened my eyes to geology and paleontology and it exposed me to so much more and I can't believe it's over (for me, at least). I am very sorry took this event for granted at first, and I know now that it's a mistake I will never make again.
I'm still upset about the three year rotation to two year rotation thing, but I know for sure that this isn't the last time you'll see me competing in fossils.
It's going to take 2 more long years, but I will always wait.
thank you again for everything.
I came into this event, fresh into high school, aiming to make the school Varsity team and decided to try out for it because 1)it was interesting, and 2)it wouldn't be as competitive as some of the other events. I studied all summer to compile a detailed list of...only invertebrates and the new species on the list (go procrastinating and paranoia ). Anyhow, I came to love the event a lot - it taught me so much from how adorable trilobites are (don't you dare judge me for that) to the disgusting truth of the platyceras lifestyle (if you don't know about it - google it) - and it is currently one of two events that is very near and dear to me, even with an unexpected disappointment I experienced at Nationals.
I'm REALLY bummed they're making the switch to the two year rotation now because I, unlike a couple other lucky members, only had one year on this event. But that one year meant so much to me, and though I'm sad that it's going to R&M next year, I'm going to be back as a senior...with the a binder that includes info on ALL specimen.