|Number of years in Science Olympiad||7|
|Number of Invitational Medals||8|
|Number of Regional Medals||22|
|Number of State Medals||5|
|Number of National Medals||never reached|
I am a former co-captain of J.T. Lambert Intermediate School, and in 2009 and 2010 for states I acted as a student coach for them. I was the acting captain for the East Stroudsburg South team in 2011 and 2012. I am trying to continue being active in Science Olympiad as a grad, as I have helped judge at area invitationals, and have even written a test or two that may be used in the future.
The origin of my username stemmed from the state of things in Pennsylvania back when I created my account, which was way back in 2009. At the time, people were still much more familiar with Stroudsburg than East Stroudsburg, so when creating my nickname, I went with EASTstroudsburg13, with "EAST" all in caps to emphasize that part. The 13 was just because my favorite number was/is 13.
Well, sometimes things outside your control happen, and since my nick was a handful to type, I would up just being called "EAST" a lot. Which was fine, I was cool with nicknames. But then, Stroudsburg started falling off the general radar, and so nobody outside of PA was all that familiar with either Stroudsburg or East Stroudsburg. My nickname remained the same due to convenience, but its meaning had become slightly archaic. At some point, after I had become an admin, I decided, I think it's time to alter this slightly. And so I altered my nickname on the forums to "EastStroudsburg13". It's still essentially the same, but East Stroudsburg is no more or less known than Stroudsburg is these days, so it seemed fitting to give both words equal weight now.
It is still, however, quite a bit to type out. I'm still called "East" most of the time (although, it is interesting when older members call me EAST, it's an easy way to identify them), which is fine. If you type "East" while on chat, it'll ping me just like typing "EastStroudsburg13" does, so that makes some things easier.
For a more detailed event history, see Places of Science Olympiad Events.
|JTL||EastStroudsburg13 attended J.T. Lambert Intermediate School.|
|ESS||EastStroudsburg13 attended East Stroudsburg High School South.|
|PA||EastStroudsburg13 competed in Northeast Pennsylvania.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Oceanography at 2007 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Oceanography at 2008 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Metric Mastery at 2008 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Meteorology at 2008 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Silver||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Silver medal in Reach for the Stars at 2008 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Bronze||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Bronze medal in Reach for the Stars at 2008 PA States.|
|4th||EastStroudsburg13 has received a 4th place medal in Oceanography at 2008 PA States.|
|4th||EastStroudsburg13 has received a 4th place medal in Disease Detectives at 2008 PA States.|
|5th||EastStroudsburg13 has received a 5th place medal in Meteorology at 2008 PA States.|
|Silver||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Silver medal in Dynamic Planet at 2009 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Silver||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Silver medal in Astronomy at 2010 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Silver||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Silver medal in Remote Sensing at 2010 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Remote Sensing at 2011 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Silver||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Silver medal in Astronomy at 2011 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Bronze||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Bronze medal in Remote Sensing at 2012 Twin Tiers Invitational.|
|Bronze||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Bronze medal in Astronomy at 2012 Tiger Invitational.|
|5th||EastStroudsburg13 has received a 5th place medal in Remote Sensing at 2012 Tiger Invitational.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Astronomy at 2012 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Remote Sensing at 2012 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Protein Modeling at 2012 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Gold||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Gold medal in Chemistry Lab at 2012 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Silver||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Silver medal in Water Quality at 2012 Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals.|
|Bronze||EastStroudsburg13 has received a Bronze medal in Astronomy at 2012 Pennsylvania State Tournament.|
I did actually participate in other extracurricular activities outside of Science Olympiad. Here is a list of my activities:
- High School
- Scholastic Scrimmage (quizbowl, roughly)
- Cross Country
- Math/Computer Club
- Go Club
- National Honor Society
- University Chorus
- Chamber Singers
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Places of Science Olympiad Events
Results from 2006-2008 are from J.T. Lambert, and results from 2009 on are from East Stroudsburg South.
NOTE: Each event will only be linked the first time it appears.
I was in 6th grade this year, and was not familiar with the intricacies of SO. Naturally, I struggled a bit, but I managed to get one medal. Our team did not reach states this year.
Here, I was a 7th grader. I improved in my studying and was rewarded by two medals at regionals. It left something to be desired, but at least it was an improvement. Our team also improved this year, as we reached states. I was not able to get a medal there, though.
- Meteorology: ?
- Road Scholar: ?
- Solar System: ?
My eighth grade year was my best year in B Division by far. I was familiar with all the practices of SO, and was a co-captain of the team. I really mastered my events at regionals, medaling in all my events, 3 of them gold. Our team also improved greatly, and if not for some events where we struggled, we easily could have placed 2nd, instead finishing 4th. At states, I continued to be successful, getting 4 medals, one of them a bronze.
- Disease Detectives: 4th
- Meteorology: 5th
- Oceanography: 4th
- Reach for the Stars: 3rd
- Science Word: 11th
This year was my first year competing at the C level. As my first year competing with C, I was not entirely sure how I would stand up to the rest of the teams. I managed to get medals in two of my events. My team, however, was not as successful, and we failed to reach the state round. On the other hand, my old middle school team again reached states, finishing 4th, so that was some consolation.
I had never participated in this tournament, as it is only open to C. Only 5 teams from our conference competed, so 3rd is not as good as it seems.
- Astronomy: 3rd
- Disease Detectives: 11th
- Dynamic Planet: 2nd
- Experimental Design: 14th
- Picture This: 16th
This year, I had more experience in C and knew what to expect. Thus, my results were slightly better. The team was also more balanced and competitive than last year, but there was still something left to be desired. The MVC Tournament was not held this year due to weather problems.
- Astronomy: 2nd
- Dynamic Planet: 3rd
- Physics Lab (Wind Power): 3rd
- Remote Sensing: 2nd
- Write It Do It: 5th
I had very high hopes for this year. Our team was stronger and I hoped that we can reach the state level for the first time in school history. Unfortunately, our team came up short. The fact that we attended the Athens Invitational this year gives others practice, but unfortunately I could not attend.
This was my second time participating in this small competition. 5 teams from the MVC participated, and 14 teams were there overall.
I had less medals this year than last year at regionals, but I was less familiar with these topics. I did attain my first C Division gold medal in Remote Sensing.
- Astronomy: 2nd
- Chemistry Lab: 11th
- Ecology: 7th
- Protein Modeling: 4th
- Remote Sensing: 1st
2012 was my last year competing in Science Olympiad and my last chance to reach states as a high schooler.
This was my first time attending an official invitational. I looked at this as the closest I may ever get to competing at nationals. I performed better than I expected in most of my events, and considering the level of competitiveness of the tournament, I am quite pleased with my results. Not satisfied, but pleased.
- Astronomy: 9th
- Dynamic Planet: 8th
- Forensics: 11th
- Protein Modeling: 7th
- Remote Sensing: 3rd
This was my second invitational. Although I did well, the two sixth places made me annoyed (the top 5 got medals)
- Astronomy: 3rd
- Chemistry Lab: 11th
- Protein Modeling: 6th
- Remote Sensing: 5th
- Technical Problem Solving: 11th
- Water Quality: 6th
Once again, my three main events are not being held. For the tournament that decides the conference champion, I would prefer if there was more balance: there are no earth science events. Nevertheless, I did reasonably well, and hopefully in college I may be able to write a test for one of these events, which would help to more accurately crown the winner.
- Chemistry Lab: 1st MVC, 1st overall
- Disease Detectives: 2nd MVC, 4th overall
Regionals in my senior year was what I considered my "last stand". If we did not make states, my Science Olympiad career would be over, so I did everything in my power to get myself and my team ready. Regionals went without any major problems, and at the awards ceremony I knew that I could replicate the feat from eighth grade and medal in all five events. Once I realized I was getting first in most of my events, I found a second in Water Quality to somehow be mildly underwhelming. XD I'm very happy with how it went, and I was thankful that I finally had an opportunity to compete at states in high school.
- Astronomy: 1st
- Remote Sensing: 1st
- Protein Modeling: 1st
- Chemistry Lab: 1st
- Water Quality: 2nd
States for the first time in my high school career was the icing on the cake. It was the first time I had a conflict between Astronomy and Remote Sensing, so I had to choose Astronomy, and Water Quality also had a conflict with those two events, but I was able to get 5 total events. I also placed relatively well in these events, which I saw as a fitting end to my career, even though I was one place away from medaling in two events.
- Astronomy: 3rd
- Disease Detectives: 8th
- Dynamic Planet: 6th
- Protein Modeling: 10th
- Technical Problem Solving: 6th
As you could probably see, I'm partial to study events. Here is my list of top events for B and C, both present and past.
Since I participated at this level for 3 years, I got to try many different events. Here are the events that I painstakingly ranked into a top 5.
- Reach for the Stars/Solar System: 2 medals
- Road Scholar: 0 medals
- Dynamic Planet/Oceanography: 3 medals
- Crave the Wave: 2 medals
- Meteorology: 3 medals
I also have top 5 in Division C. Predictably, most of these events are comparable to my Division B list.
- Astronomy: 6 medals
- Remote Sensing: 5 medals
- Protein Modeling: 2 medals
- Dynamic Planet: 2 medals
- Chemistry Lab: 3 medals
Also, even though I have never actually competed in Geologic Mapping, it would undoubtedly have to be in my top 5. It would probably fall at either 2nd or 3rd (there's no beating Astronomy).
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