Okay, so I think that I have an idea for individual qualification for Nationals.
So, let's use the event "Fossils" as an example.
Depending on how each team does in the event, they (the pair of teammates in the event) can qualify for a next level of competition.
The number of teams to qualify would be determined as follows:
4 - The states that have 2 teams at nationals that are the largest and most competitive
3 - The other states with two teams at nationals
2 - States with one team at nationals with regional and state competitions
1 - States that only have a state competition.
People who were qualifying for nationals as a result of the whole team's placement would not count.
The people who qualify would be able to take a test sanctioned somewhere based upon geographic region- e.g., a mid-atlantic test day for people in delaware, new jersey, maryland, etc..
The top 3 or so teams (as in partners) would be able to go to nationals for that event.
2007 - Regionals: Heredity - 3rd, Metric Mastery - 5th
- States: Oceanography - 5th
2008 - Regionals: Oceanography - 2nd, Metric Mastery - 5th
2009 - Regionals: Dynamic Planet - 2nd, Health Science - 4th (solo)
This year: Egg-O-Naut, Elevated Bridge, Anatomy