peoneill wrote:There are WUT!? Only THREE seniors?
Do you realize how FEW that is for a state championship team? Ouch Ouch Ouch... You're going to be deadly next year, too.
I see you were in Microbe. What was the issue with Microbe? I've heard tons of complaints but my students were never very specific. They get a week off so I have to wait until NEXT Monday to interrogate them further and would love to hear your memory of the test.
Azukeri wrote:Congrats! To everyone who made it to state and didn't.
Whiting was BEAST Just saying.
It was really spread out this year, medals everywhere!
heejungkim12 wrote:Did anybody else notice how this State competition did not seem to follow the manual?
-Our helicopter was amazing, but apparently the ceiling of the room in which Helicopters was held didn't allow for them to fly very long.
-Also, for Disease Detectives, the test was not at all what the manual indicated. There were many questions about mutualism/parasitism/commensalism, but none about odds ratio and relative risk or foodborne illnesses, which was what the focus should have been. My partner and I didn't use our note sheet at all, but somehow we still managed to pull off 2nd place. The tiebreaker question was also ridiculous. It was 'Choose a number between 1 and 100.' I was under the impression that tiebreakers were supposed to be really hard questions that only students who were well-prepared could answer, not some lottery.
I have to congratulate the teams that are moving on to State though. Good job!
peoneill wrote:@heejungkim12: I believe there is a strong consensus that Disease Detectives was the worst run event at state. We had the returning national champion in disease detectives on our team and she was thrilled with 3rd because the test was "stupid and there was NO epidemiology."
@Starapollo1: Microbe our kids felt was run very poorly. They did complain that they asked about diseases not on the list... maybe that was the big complaint? It wouldn't be unlike them to make kind of a big deal out of it even if only one part was truly problematic. I TRIED to tell them that those diseases weren't on anybody's list and Claire (our returning national disease detectives champion) has kind of a broad education on that stuff so it seemed likely that she would be guessing it well, but until awards they were convinced we were in trouble in that one.
Wind Power is the one event I'm not satisfied with. Our other ranks may have been slightly affected by tournament quality (like easy tests, disease being off-topic), but really only slightly. I CAN NOT believe Lea belongs in 22nd place as she is more obsessive with that event than any other and among those amazing seniors you described (no need to pity her: she got 1st in Astro, 1st in Microbe, and 5th in Ex-Des for her other events, so her hardware collection was just fine). I guess they got zero voltage on the high speed? I can't imagine how that's possible or why it happened. Lea and Moonju were sad about it so I didn't want to pester for details, I'm not the coach for physics events and so Ms. Kvale heard the details in case appeal was needed. The exam was absurdly trivial - essentially a few basic algebra problems with formulas provided, so it was definitely all down to blades.
Of course, it happens to everyone. I mean, for Bloomington North I KNOW that Forensics rank is complete garbage (20th) - I had their team captain, Kaela, at summer camp and she is the returning state champ AND a national medalist in Forensics. I think North got 2nd-tiered for bringing candles: but the rules clearly say "flame-test equipment" in the to-bring list and even if the coordinator wants to take away the candles or whatever I don't think she has the right to as candles can obviously be considered flame-test equipment! Anyhow, it's DEFINITELY NOT OKAY to have 2nd-tiered them for it.
I'm quite certain something like that happened to almost everyone - that's what my years of SO experience tell me (I competed from 1997-2002; was an event coordinator from 2003-2010; and am now coaching). I mean, should we truly have scored nine points on you in microbe? I can easily imagine Lea and Claire deserve the gold medal. Your 10th place however... It seems unlikely given your enthusiasm for SO and the complaints that the event was run at a mediocre quality, if not a very poor quality.
So while I don't contest the results overall as I know everyone has to roll with the punches, I do strongly feel that Bloomington South's Wind Power rank itself is NOT correct.
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