I've gotta ask, how did Ohio, the best state in the country, manage to screw up out 2 events and start late for the awards ceremony... With the resources available at OSU, surely we could've found more people to grade tests to start the awards ceremony at the scheduled time. Northmont did it, Wright State did as well if I remember right. Heck, West Liberty started early! It's really kinda sad.
And at the state level, especially in Ohio, you'd think we could make sure the event supervisors read the rules and run the competition appropriately. How hard is it to actually run towers? What would have happened if Mentor had been close enough to Solon that had Wind Power and Towers been run correctly and counted(the entire event, in the case of Wind), that they would have went to nationals. I know for sure that they would've been more than a little uspet.
Ohio's the best. We should expect our state tournament, if nothing else, to match our teams' success.
(I wasn't upset with EVERYTHING, by the way. The Anatomy, Disease, Microbe, and TPS tests were all very well written, and the proctors there were helpful. I just think everybody's entire team should've had the ability to experience that)
Having helped run the Ohio State tournament for many years now, I concur that we had a lot of problems this year for some reason. I didn't even mention the countless other arbitrations and issues that came up with regards to other events. It was VERY stressful in headquarters for most of the afternoon.
I don't believe the awards ceremony started late. It was scheduled to start at 6:30 and we sent the first batch of scores over around 6:15. (Note that from 6-6:30 was a planned presentation about OSU). In fact, I have a time-stamped printout in front of me that shows that the B division scores were finalized at 6:27. There was 1 event in C division we were waiting on, but we finalized C division at 7:02PM according to my printout and there was never a pause in the awards ceremony.
As an aside, I also helped run the Wright State invitational and there were far few teams competing. I assume the same for the Northmont and WLS events as well.
Believe it or not, it's actually quite hard to find event supervisors to run events at states. Unlike most invitationals, we generally don't have the coaches run events (there are some exceptions to this), and thus it's often difficult to pull in people to volunteer their time for some strange thing called Science Olympiad. Lynn does a great job finding supervisors and providing us with information and guidance far in advance of the tournament (include copies of the rules and multiple notices to read and note changes from last year), but like the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. At the end of the day, mistakes and bad things happen - it's a part of every SO tournament since we are all human. This year for some reason it was just a little more severe and visible than in past years.
Will we learn from this? Yes. Will we strive to implement process improvements? Of course. Could we use help next year from people like yourself that are passionate about SO? Absolutely!