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Will/Did you make it to nationals?

Postby 3nv1r0nm3ntal ch3m » October 8th, 2010, 9:09 am

Do you think that your team has what it takes to go to Science Olympiad States? Nationals?
Do you think that you are going to do well or not?
Tell us what you think here! 8-)
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I guess for people who already had states, this could be "Did you make it to nationals?" why/why not?
Feel free to add good memories or stories here, too
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby quizbowl » October 8th, 2010, 11:58 am

i think that we have what it takes, but so do two other teams :P
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby zyzzyva980 » October 8th, 2010, 4:32 pm

I absolutely believe that my team has the talent to get to nationals. But it's something my school has never done and it will take a lot of work. In the end, I will do everything it takes to get there, but it may not be enough. I sure hope it is.

Now, I have a bit of a problem with this thread (no offense to 3nv1r0nm3ntal), and that is that someone is going to post how awesome their team is and how they get to nationals every year and how they're better than everyone else. To this person, whomever it may be: Don't be an idiot and do this. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals. And yes, I wrote that twice for emphasis.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby 3nv1r0nm3ntal ch3m » October 8th, 2010, 5:38 pm

zyzzyva98 wrote:Now, I have a bit of a problem with this thread (no offense to 3nv1r0nm3ntal), and that is that someone is going to post how awesome their team is and how they get to nationals every year and how they're better than everyone else. To this person, whomever it may be: Don't be an idiot and do this. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals. And yes, I wrote that twice for emphasis.


if you are from a tiny state though, it shouldn't be too hard because there wouldn't be very many competitive teams. :) ;)

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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby zyzzyva980 » October 8th, 2010, 6:02 pm

I don't care. If there are even just two teams, you may not get to nationals. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby srsvball95 » October 8th, 2010, 6:47 pm

zyzzyva98 wrote:I don't care. If there are even just two teams, you may not get to nationals. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals.


Completely agree. Your team could be the one who misses Nationals by 2 or 3 points even though your team has what it takes to get to Nationals. Anything can happen at State that could either make/break whether you make it to Nationals or not, trust me, I've had that happen to me.

Bottom line: Nationals is never a given, even if your team is consistently top, since new kids come in, and new kids come in to other teams that may be able to beat reigning champs.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby frogzorz » October 8th, 2010, 7:18 pm

Last year, the difference between Strath Haven's and Shady Side's scores was one point. That one point determined which would go to Nationals, and it was in Strath's favor. So, getting to Nats can depend a lot on luck and coincidence. Oh, and smoothies from von Liebig :D <3

Pretty much, everyone wants to go to Nationals, but obviously not everyone can go. If you work your hardest and you don't get to Nats or if you don't medal, remember that you did your best and there are other chances to succeed, either in Sci. Oly. or in real life.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby fmtiger124 » October 8th, 2010, 7:23 pm

srsvball95 wrote:
zyzzyva98 wrote:I don't care. If there are even just two teams, you may not get to nationals. Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals.


Completely agree. Your team could be the one who misses Nationals by 2 or 3 points even though your team has what it takes to get to Nationals. Anything can happen at State that could either make/break whether you make it to Nationals or not, trust me, I've had that happen to me.

Bottom line: Nationals is never a given, even if your team is consistently top, since new kids come in, and new kids come in to other teams that may be able to beat reigning champs.

Ironically....z missed nats by 2 points last year
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby Liv » October 9th, 2010, 8:27 am

I really think we have what it takes. Considering we're not the most popular after school activity in your district, we've gotten very far. We don't have the most funding or anything, but we have a relationship in the team that can really make a difference. I really want to make it to nationals, but so does everyone else. I know there are two teams, who in doubt are amazing, they know who they are. In western long island we're known as a very good team, but in New York State I want to be known as a great team. I would do anything this year to make to Nationals.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby Bubba1960 » October 9th, 2010, 8:56 am

Yep. We made it last year and we have an even better team this year! :D
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby soobsession » October 9th, 2010, 9:17 am

Bubba1960 wrote:Yep. We made it last year and we have an even better team this year! :D


In case you didn't hear zyzzyva's new catch phrase repeated three times before,

"Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals."

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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » October 9th, 2010, 9:25 am

That's rather long to be a catchphrase. ;)

As for us, we won't make nationals unless some sort of miracle occurs in which we get really really good suddenly and at regionals and states all other teams mysteriously do extremely poorly. Or if we get sucked into an alternate universe where the world revolves around me and my desires. One or the other.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby srsvball95 » October 9th, 2010, 9:57 am

For us, we're not even thinking about Nationals, or State for that matter. Since basically half the team is new to Divison C, we have no idea how we'll be matched up against some of the powerhouse Texas teams (LASA). So right now, we're just working as hard as we can and on November 20 when we're up against the top Division C teams in Texas, we'll see how we rank compared to them. Do we have a chance at Nationals this year? I have no idea right now.
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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby Bubba1960 » October 9th, 2010, 11:31 am

soobsession wrote:
Bubba1960 wrote:Yep. We made it last year and we have an even better team this year! :D


In case you didn't hear zyzzyva's new catch phrase repeated three times before,

"Past results have no bearing on this year. You aren't guaranteed an all-time pass to the national tournament. Don't start talking about how awesome you're going to do at nationals until you get to nationals."


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Re: Will you make it to nationals?

Postby AlphaTauri » October 9th, 2010, 1:10 pm

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:As for us, we won't make nationals unless some sort of miracle occurs in which we get really really good suddenly and at regionals and states all other teams mysteriously do extremely poorly. Or if we get sucked into an alternate universe where the world revolves around me and my desires. One or the other.
Same here. I know that nothing is certain yet, but when you're up against 1) the 13-year-winning-streak reigning state champions who have gone to Nats 18 times in SO's 26 year history, are consistently in the Top 10 at Nats, and have won 3 times, 2) the 7-year runners up who also are consistently in the Top 10 at Nats, and 3) a whole bunch of other really good teams that would make it to Nats in a less competitive state, your chances are pretty slim.

No offense meant to any of the schools mentioned...I'm just jealous that you guys do so well.
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