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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby sweetcoop » May 13th, 2011, 10:25 pm

My biggest fail is actually a good reason that I didn't realize it, if I did it could have lead to me getting a gold medal by basically cheating.

To set this one up I was in sixth grade at the time. My coach use to coach at Dunstan Middle School, and while he was coaching there he wrote a test for Road Scholar, and left a copy of it there. Now fastforward to states when I was in sixth grade. About a week before the state competition my coach had me and my partner practice with the same test he had written, at the time he didn't know that the current coach at Dunstan MS was running Road Scholar and was using the test my coach wrote. I think a day or two before the comp, my coach did find out that it was the test he wrote that was being used for states, with a few changes. At the comp me and my partner felt that the test for Road Scholar was really easy. We took sixth, and the really sad part was that the answer key was in the resource binder that me and my partner had with us, but we didn't realize it at all. This led to many jokes the next two years about practicing with the state test from my sixth grade year.

Another big fail that I have had was missing a bronze medal in Road Scholar at Regionals my 8th grade year by a question. The question was: What is it called when there is a mountain valley mountain? The answer was Saddle.

Other than that I have a few times felt that I had really messed up WIDI and wound up medaling, the most recent was the fact that I didn't even finish the instructions for states this year and still managed to walk away with a gold medal.
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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby yogoperson » May 14th, 2011, 8:58 am

My biggest fail is actually a good reason that I didn't realize it, if I did it could have lead to me getting a gold medal by basically cheating.

To set this one up I was in sixth grade at the time. My coach use to coach at Dunstan Middle School, and while he was coaching there he wrote a test for Road Scholar, and left a copy of it there. Now fastforward to states when I was in sixth grade. About a week before the state competition my coach had me and my partner practice with the same test he had written, at the time he didn't know that the current coach at Dunstan MS was running Road Scholar and was using the test my coach wrote. I think a day or two before the comp, my coach did find out that it was the test he wrote that was being used for states, with a few changes. At the comp me and my partner felt that the test for Road Scholar was really easy. We took sixth, and the really sad part was that the answer key was in the resource binder that me and my partner had with us, but we didn't realize it at all. This led to many jokes the next two years about practicing with the state test from my sixth grade year.

Another big fail that I have had was missing a bronze medal in Road Scholar at Regionals my 8th grade year by a question. The question was: What is it called when there is a mountain valley mountain? The answer was Saddle.

Other than that I have a few times felt that I had really messed up WIDI and wound up medaling, the most recent was the fact that I didn't even finish the instructions for states this year and still managed to walk away with a gold medal.
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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby Sunshine Ninja » May 14th, 2011, 4:13 pm

My coach use to coach at Dunstan Middle School, and while he was coaching there he wrote a test for Road Scholar, and left a copy of it there. Now fastforward to states when I was in sixth grade. About a week before the state competition my coach had me and my partner practice with the same test he had written, at the time he didn't know that the current coach at Dunstan MS was running Road Scholar and was using the test my coach wrote. I think a day or two before the comp, my coach did find out that it was the test he wrote that was being used for states, with a few changes. At the comp me and my partner felt that the test for Road Scholar was really easy. We took sixth, and the really sad part was that the answer key was in the resource binder that me and my partner had with us, but we didn't realize it at all.
i have competed in ornithology two years in a row. On my cheetsheet both years we have used the bird feet and beak diagrams on the national study guide. this year on both the reginal and state test were the diagrams....20 questions we got instantly right with no work.....same thing happened at reginal optics...
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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby tuftedtitmouse12 » May 14th, 2011, 4:25 pm

lol sweet!
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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby googlyfrog » May 15th, 2011, 12:05 pm

My biggest fail was at states this year. My partner for optics was competing in CrimeBusters, which was the time slot before optics, so I assumed she had taken the stuff with her (binder, ruler, protractor, etc.). I walked to optics, being there about 15 minutes early and being happy that I actually found where I was going (I'm horrible with maps/directions). She came to optics about 2 minutes before the event and I was relieved, because I thought she might be running late from CrimeBusters. We were both really happy for a minute and then she said "you have the binder and everything, right?" and when she saw the look on my face, we both freaked out. The supervisor was opening the door and calling teams to go in, so we had to send one of our teammates sprinting back to home base where we left our stuff. I had to go in the event alone, so my partner could wait outside for our teammate. Finally, she had the binder and other materials in hand and we could compete. Moral of the story is duct tape everything you need for an event to yourself so that you will never forget it.

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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby zyzzyva980 » May 15th, 2011, 12:16 pm

That sort of happened to us at regionals. The first event of the day was Remote Sensing, but before I left for the event, I was messing around with the Optics stuff and making sure it was all there. It turns out that I accidentally took the Optics bag with us to Remote, leaving us with no calculator (since programmables aren't allowed). We had to do all of the equations (of which there were many) by hand.

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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby Sunshine Ninja » June 8th, 2011, 1:50 pm

At states last year me n my partner got lost on da way 2 food science...... we kept walking in circles and getting lost. eventually we got there, and we were on time.... but they started going over the instructions 5min early. we got in just as they were starting the test, they let us in but did not exsplain the station system so we were totally lost as 2 what 2 do...... as a result of all that time trying to figure out what was going on we did not get 2 finish the test... our score was way higher than we wud of liked.
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Heredity: reg. 2nd,
Forestry: reg.1st :),
Team: reg. 1st!!!,

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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby anatomy » June 8th, 2011, 1:55 pm

hahah
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that happened to me and my anatomy partner
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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby A Person » June 9th, 2011, 4:41 pm

Probably when I got Engineering Hall and Mechanical Engineering mixed up at Nats this year (2010-2011) for Compute This

Me: Hey, do you know what room Compute This is in?
High School Kid: umm... There's only [insert testing event here] in this Building
Me:Compute This be in Mechanical Eng. right?
High School Kid:..... This is Engineering Hall...
Me: oh crap.... *runs to the nearest exit*

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Re: Biggest Fails

Postby sweetcoop » June 9th, 2011, 5:30 pm

My biggest fail was at states this year. My partner for optics was competing in CrimeBusters, which was the time slot before optics, so I assumed she had taken the stuff with her (binder, ruler, protractor, etc.). I walked to optics, being there about 15 minutes early and being happy that I actually found where I was going (I'm horrible with maps/directions). She came to optics about 2 minutes before the event and I was relieved, because I thought she might be running late from CrimeBusters. We were both really happy for a minute and then she said "you have the binder and everything, right?" and when she saw the look on my face, we both freaked out. The supervisor was opening the door and calling teams to go in, so we had to send one of our teammates sprinting back to home base where we left our stuff. I had to go in the event alone, so my partner could wait outside for our teammate. Finally, she had the binder and other materials in hand and we could compete. Moral of the story is duct tape everything you need for an event to yourself so that you will never forget it.

Ha, that is exactally why I started to carry a backpack with all of my event materials for the day, just so I didn't have to go sprinting up any giant hills or across large campuses for materials.
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