|Years in SO||5|
|Past Team(s)||Taft Middle School|
|Number of competitions||4|
|Number of tests written||2|
Hey I'm CPScienceDude, but I just go by cp or cpsd. I'm a junior at Crown Point High School and attended Taft Middle School. I started science olympiad in Div A in the 2015-2016 season. My current plans for the future are to attend college and have a chemistry major and minor in physics. After undergrad, I want to pursue a PhD and either do research or become a college professor.
2017 Sixth Grade
My first year in the amazing world of Science Olympiad! It was a pretty decent year, but definitely not my best. In my first year I competed in Hovercraft, Road Scholar, and Write It Do It. My hovercraft was my baby, but it was lame. It kinda sucked, but hey I tried. I was honestly pretty annoyed I was in RS, but I eventually came to love it. However, I had only bad feelings about WIDI. Ew ew ew ew ew ew. I HATE WIDI. I'm sorry, but it's just such a dumb event. AND my partner wrote in really bad cursive. It was completely illegible. Overall, my 6th grade year was very important, and sparked my passion for SciOly, so I guess it wasn't that bad.
|Write It Do It||9th||22nd|
2018 Seventh Grade
Year 2 in the world of SciOly! In seventh grade I competed in Hovercraft, Road Scholar, and Mystery Architecture. This year I really started to get involved and dedicated to Scioly. Road Scholar quickly became my favorite event, and Hovercraft was a close second. Mystery Architecture, however, was hell on earth for me. I hated that event so badly. It was just annoying to compete in. This was also the first time I was close to placing at state, with an 8th in Road Scholar. And once again, my hovercraft crapped out for states. It ran well at all the invys but then suddenly started to suck again, which made me mad, but whatever. This year was pretty great, but not the best for me based on my placings.
1Didn't read directions, the closest supports on my bridge were just 5.3 centimeters apart
2019 Eighth Grade
This year was by far my best in Scioly (at the time :P). It was such a fun and amazing year for me. I competed in Thermodynamics, Crime Busters, and Mystery Architecture. I also subbed in Heredity, and Experimental Design. This was also the year I found Scioly.org, and I kind of attribute this website to my success. Anyway, my season got off to a slow start, at the Hammond Invitational, only getting a 6th, 3rd, and a 2nd (out of 9 teams). Doing so poorly was a wake-up call for me and I kicked it into high gear. I practiced more, and studied harder. We were also supposed to go to the Northridge and Mishawaka invitationals, but unfortunately those were both cancelled. Then the Valpo invy rolled around and I was stoked. With a 12 in thermo, 3rd in heredity, and 1st in crime busters, I had a renewed vigor for Scioly. I worked harder than ever to prepare for regionals. It payed off with a 1st in all of my events. States rolled around eventually and I got 4th in Thermo and mystery architecture. After this season I am as excited as ever for the 2020 season.
X - did not compete
This season started pretty slow. My high school team was very, uh let's say underdeveloped. With almost no communication and uncommitted members, our team's success was minimal. Despite that, I had so much fun this season. My first invitational of my Division C career went better than I could have ever imagined. I was expecting to place in maybe only one, maybe two of my events. Even then I would have been happy with 5th or below. But no, I got a first place AND two fourth places. Though, I will partially attribute this with only 2/3 of the teams showing up due to weather. Regionals was also a huge win for me, getting two first places and two second places. The team also did much better this time getting 4th overall and securing a bid to states. It was around this time that I noticed the lack of leadership on our team though. Our captain was not organizing anything and basically did none of their captaining duties. I asked my coach if I could help organize the team and he said yes! I made the state event assignments and organized team practices (read: I was basically captian as a freshman). I then approached my coach and asked if I could be captain next season and he agreed. But then, at the beginning of March, state was canceled. It was a devastating blow, but with events being replayed I plan to take advantage of this opportunity and excel next season. While my first year in Highschool was ended prematurely by COVID-19, I look to seize any opportunity I have to gain an advantage for next season. Though it was definitely sad at first, I've done my best to look on the bright side of things, and I'm working hard to prepare for a competitive season and my first full season as captain. (ew cringe motivation thing -future cpsd)
So, this season started pretty quick. September came around and I already started making some pretty major changes to CPHS Scioly. I made tryouts mandatory and increased club outreach. Even with a pandemic, we had 20 people try out (which is a LOT for CPHS) and it looked like an exciting start. Tryouts concluded and we lost 7 in the process because, well, I'm not really sure, they just quit. Anyway, fast forward to January and I hadn't studied for NR at all but I ended up doing better than I thought I would. IN invites 1 & 3 came and went and I was still just coasting along, not really grinding for any of my events, and it showed. After IN Invite 3, though I decided it was time to start studying so I stayed after school pretty much 4 days a week for 2 weeks for 2 hours and went at it. It definitely paid off in Forensics, where I got 2nd at state, and Orni, where I went from 11th at Invite 3 to 7th at state. Chem lab was a mess, though. Soloing a 100 question test of, let's say, questionable quality was not fun, so getting 11th in that was good enough for me. I won't talk about Gravity Vehicle, though, because I have no clue what even happened there. I submitted a score of 3.5 and I know for a fact I had a better score than the 3rd place team, so I guess I was penalized for something, but I don't have a clue what it would be. After this season, I'm a little underwhelmed with my performance to be honest, so it's time to absolutely grind over the summer and get back on track for next season,
|Event||Northridge||Indiana Invite #1||Indiana Invite #3||State|
Finally writing this after state... This season started off pretty promising with 27 people coming to out callout meeting and 22 signed up to join the team. We ended up losing 9 people by the end of the season due to lack of interest (mainly the lack of practices-which we're finally starting next year) and conflicts with other EC's. Anyway, by the time Rickards rolled around, everyone was completely unprepared and we kinda did really bad at Rickards. When I had my coach sign us up, I knew we wouldn't do amazing - I meant for Rickards to be a wakeup call for the team, and it definitely worked. Raymond park went much better for the team overall, and especially myself. Northridge came along and I was blown away by the team's results, 4th place was NOT something I was expecting, and I was so happy for everyone and their results. Regionals also went really well, but there wasn't a ton of competition overall, but still really good results overall. Then state came around and it went better than I could've ever imagined. 13th overall is a record for CPHS and placing in 3 of my 5 events, and top 10 in the other 2 was just incredible for me. Overall, this has to have been my favorite season of scioly so far. The team is starting to finally come together and feel like a team and I'm really excited for what next season brings for CPSO.
|Gravity Vehicle||not ran||2nd*||2nd||1st||5th|
Credit to medal template goes to Sciolyperson1
These are all the events that I have competed in ranked from favorite to least favorite:
4. Road Scholar
3. Chem Lab
|Season||Tournament||Location||Date||Role||Link To Exam Folder|
|2020||Hammond Invitational||Hammond, IN||December 14, 2019||Road Scholar Supervisor||Link To Exam Folder|
|2021||Mira Loma Invitational||MiniSO||Janurary 9, 2021||Forensics Volunteer Grader||n/a|
|2021||SOAPS||MiniSO||Feburary 6, 2021||Ornithology Volunteer Grader||n/a|
|2021||Menomonie||MiniSO/Satellite||March 20, 2021||Crime Busters Supervisor||Link to Exam Folder|