|Current Team||Bell Elementary School|
Booknerd attends Bell Elementary School in Chicago, IL since 2018 and joined Science Olympiad in 6th grade. He has since then competed in many events, was the head of a team spirit planning group for his team (but the season got ended early), and has participated in Bell Elementary School's team ever since the school first started a team.
|2018-2019||Disease Detectives||Dynamic Planet||Experimental Design||Fossils||Herpetology||Pentathlon (Trial)||Write It, Do It||Team|
|Chicago Public Schools Invitational||-||1st||-||4th||-||-||5th||?*|
|State (A+AA)||37th||7th||26th||7th||23rd||1st||-||39th (743)|
*I am writing this all down from what I remember off the top of my head, and so I don't remember all my placings.
|Gold||Booknerd has received a Gold medal in Dynamic Planet at Chicago Public Schools Invitational.|
|4th||Booknerd has received a 4th place medal in Disease Detectives at Chicago Public Schools Regional.|
|Gold||Booknerd has received a Gold medal in Dynamic Planet at Chicago Public Schools Regional.|
|Silver||Booknerd has received a Silver medal in Fossils at Chicago Public Schools Regional.|
|5th||Booknerd has received a 5th place medal in Write It, Do It at Chicago Public Schools Regional.|
|Gold||Booknerd has received a Gold medal in Dynamic Planet at Illinois State.|
|Gold||Booknerd has received a Gold medal in Fossils at Illinois State.|
|4th||Booknerd has received a 4th place medal in Herpetology at Illinois State.|
|Gold||Booknerd has received a Gold medal in Pentathlon at Illinois State.|
|2019-2020||Dynamic Planet||Elastic Launched Glider||Fossils||Road Scholar||Team|
|University of Chicago Invitational||25th||25th||19th||21th||24th|
|Chicago Public Schools Invitational**||-||4th*||1st||-||2nd|
*Although I got 4th overall, I medaled 3rd place among varsity teams. **Dynamic Planet and Road Scholar were not run at this invitational.
The season was cut short due to COVID-19 related concerns, and so regionals and all competitions after got canceled.
|Gold||Booknerd has received a Gold medal in Fossils at Chicago Public Schools Invitational.|
|Bronze||Booknerd has received a Bronze medal in Elastic Launched Glider at Chicago Public Schools Invitational.|
My thoughts on each year
It was definitely a really fun year. Dynamic Planet was really fun (glaciers!), and my partner was amazing. We pulled through every tournament with a first-place medal is Dynamic Planet. Fossils was also really fun, and my partner was also amazing. I had originally started out with 3 events (Fossils, Dynamic Planet, WIDI), but at regs I volunteered to do Disease Detectives and Experimental Design as well. After regs, I dropped WIDI, because it didn't feel right for me, and I did Pentathlon at state. I also subbed in for Herpetology last-minute, and after guessing on all the multiple-choice questions, we somehow got fourth place. That was definitely a really successful first season for me. The one thing I do regret is that I was never able to ever get a medal in Experimental Design. I was really hoping to get one at state, and we were just one place short of getting a 5th place medal.
This year was definitely interesting. I wanted to do six events, like last season, but my coach didn't let me and wanted me to focus on 4. I agreed reluctantly and did four events. At UChicago, I butchered all my events, coming nearly last in all of them. I didn't expect it to be so hard. After that experience, I studied harder, and I had more success at Westinghouse. Although they only ran two of my four events, I was able to medal in both Fossils and ELG. Our team was extremely successful at Westinghouse, getting second place. After that, I decided to pick up Disease Detectives again (a member of our team was unable to make it to regionals), but regionals got canceled 3 days before it was scheduled to happen. It was a rough week for me. I was already busy with managing our team's team spirit committee and other competitions when our coach got a message that Illinois Tech was canceling all large events and gatherings due to COVID-19, including our regional tournament. We had high hopes for regionals, but they got crushed. Oh well... At least we have next year, right?
Lots of experience, enough to say I'm confident at it
Some experience, enough to say I can do decently at it
- Experimental Design
- Road Scholar
- Write It, Do It
- Elastic Launched Glider
- Disease Detectives
Not a lot of experience, but enough to know what was going on
- Herpetology (Mostly multiple choice questions on the test so...)
Here are some of the tests/notes/guides I've made:
- Fossils Beginner Guide for SSSS 2020: https://scioly.org/summer/files/fossils_2021_bc_ssss-booknerd_notes1.pdf
- I am currently planning on making a revised version of the beginner guide. (If there's anyone out there who wants to help me, feel free to PM me and maybe we can work together)
I do other things with my life. I like other competitions. One of my favorites is Future Problem Solving. I'm proud to be a 2018 international finalist in FPSPI. I also participate in Invention Convention (I placed at the National Invention Convention in 2020), I qualified for the citywide spelling bee in 2020, and of course science olympiad. I also do track and field and cross country. I play piano and violin. I also like to sleep. A lot. I am also raising an avocado plant. His name is Alvin.