# User:Tailsfan101

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 Number of years competing 3 Total medals 11 Invitational medals 2 Regional medals N/A State medals 9 National medals None yet...

Tailsfan101 (me) is a Division C Science Olympiad competitor who entered competition in 2017 for the middle school team Treasure Valley Homeschool in the state of Idaho. His team won state competition in 2017 and 2018 and earned the right to go to Nationals in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, his team ended up 2nd at state, falling short of a third straight win. However, he was chosen to compete on his team's Division C team for the 2019 National Tournament.

 TVHSOT Tailsfan101 attends Treasure Valley Homeschool.
 1st TVHSOT has achieved 1st place at Idaho State 2017.
 1st TVHSOT has achieved 1st place at Idaho State 2018.
 2nd TVHSOT has achieved 2nd place at Idaho State 2019.

 Video Games Classic Comics Fox in Snow Fox in Woods

## Medals

 Gold Tailsfan101 has received a Gold medal in Disease Detectives at 2017 Idaho Finals.
 Silver Tailsfan101 has received a Silver medal in Road Scholar at 2017 Idaho Finals.
 Gold Tailsfan101 has received a Gold medal in Crime Busters at 2018 Idaho Finals.
 Gold Tailsfan101 has received a Gold medal in Road Scholar at 2018 Idaho Finals.
 Silver Tailsfan101 has received a Silver medal in Disease Detectives at 2018 Idaho Finals.
 Bronze Tailsfan101 has received a Bronze medal in Microbe Mission at 2018 Idaho Finals.
 Silver Tailsfan101 has received a Silver medal in Road Scholar at 2019 Davis Invitational.
 Bronze Tailsfan101 has received a Bronze medal in Disease Detectives at 2019 Davis Invitational.
 Gold Tailsfan101 has received a Gold medal in Crime Busters at 2019 Idaho Finals.
 Gold Tailsfan101 has received a Gold medal in Road Scholar at 2019 Idaho Finals.
 Silver Tailsfan101 has received a Silver medal in Disease Detectives at 2019 Idaho Finals.
 Tailsfan101 has been exalted 2 times.

## Years

### 2017

 Event State Nationals Disease Detectives 1st 16th Dynamic Planet -- ^50th Road Scholar 2nd 51st Fast Facts 4th 59th Team 1st 51st

### 2018

 Event State Nationals Crime Busters 1st 35th Road Scholar 1st 44th Disease Detectives ^2nd ^37th Microbe Mission ^3rd ^46th Team 1st 51st

### 2019

 Event Bishop Kelly North JH Davis State Nationals Crime Busters 3rd N/A 6th 1st - Road Scholar N/A ^1st 2nd 1st - Disease Detectives N/A N/A 3rd 2nd - Heredity N/A 2nd 4th 4th - Elastic Launched Glider N/A N/A 6th - - GeoLogic Mapping - - - - TBD Write It Do It - - - - TBD Team N/A N/A 5th 2nd TBD

^Indicates event was competed in alone.

## Signatures

### Current signature

Go check my scioly.org account, or get lazy and hope I post it here.

### Old signatures

Virus and bacteria
You don't want to catch,
And they make you retch!

This certain kind of science
Gives you much to learn,
Categories, letters
Everywhere you turn!

At all sorts of angles,
I find a certain key,
Which locates things for me!


[hide]Best team finishes at Wright State Nationals:|Disease Detectives (16)
Mission Possible (17)
Optics (24)
Food Science (29)
^DD is the only one I competed in.[/hide]


## Tests Taken

Here's a list of ratings on the tests I've taken:

### 2017

#### Disease Detectives 2017, State

(1st) This test was fairly easy, except for something my partner (Nerd_Bunny) and I were unfamiliar with: sensitivity and specificity. But somehow, she figured it out, and we won. The test had a good length to it (keeping us working for a full 20 minutes), and it covered many aspects of the event. 8/10

(2nd) I found this test to be quite long, but it was well run and covered essentially everything Road Scholar should cover. It was challenging and certainly time-consuming, but I still enjoyed taking it. 8/10

#### Fast Facts 2017, State

(4th) This test was well run, and the biology room it was run in was very nice. The test itself, however, was less than desirable. Some categories were quite basic, some were quite obscure, and one was completely off the grid (Five-letter Science Terms). 4/10

#### Disease Detectives 2017, Nationals

(16th) A long test (23 pages), but fairly easy and covering the aspects of the event very nicely. It didn't take a long time to get through, and the division of the test into two separate cases was well done. Plus, the room it was in was really cool! 10/10

(51st) Definitely the worst Nationals test I took. The whole test was confusing, starting from the very first few questions ("What paper was this map printed on", "What ink was used on this map", and "How many of Ohio's presidents died in office?"). I probably saved us from a complete bomb by going for the tiebreakers first. 4/10

#### Fast Facts 2017, Nationals

(59th) At least my partner and I had fun with this test. We found it to be quite challenging, yet the test was still well written. Some categories were hard (i.e. "Flightless Birds", "Famous Female Scientists"), but all were descriptive enough so that we knew what they were asking (i.e. "Unstable Chemicals"). 8/10

#### Dynamic Planet 2017, Nationals

(50th) This test pleased me. The questions weren't completely random, as some of the practice tests I took were, and they had a nice flow. The part that stands out to me most is tracking a lava flow, which, to my surprise, I found to be fairly simple. I was happy with my finish, because I did it alone and had a month to prepare. 9/10

### 2018

#### Disease Detectives 2018, State

(2nd) A fairly easy test, as I think it was only seven pages long. Despite a relatively short length, the questions seemed to cover important aspects well. They included multiple case scenarios, but managed to come up with different questions for each, varying in difficulty. My one objection is that they gave the exact same test to Division B and Division C, decreasing the difficulty for C. 7/10

(1st) I loved this test. By using a state highway map and several quadrangle maps, the test had many different types of questions, yet all seemed appropriate for the maps used. Aside from the 33 questions, it also included map drawing and a stream gradient, both of which were challenging but fun. 10/10

#### Crime Busters 2018, State

(1st) The test certainly lacked some things, as chromatography was completely absent, and the plastics were given on the test. Also, if you wanted to test unknowns with water, HCl, or iodine, you had to bring your samples to the front of the room. However, there were 14 unknowns, including two mixtures, which seems to be a good amount for our state. The test itself was well written, and the way the unknowns applied to the suspects had a nice chemistry (pun intended). 6/10

#### Microbe Mission 2018, State

(3rd) This test had a great length to it, and the questions showed a good variety. Interestingly, in a section where it required me to label different bacterial shapes, the funny thing is that I had the exact same diagram on my cheat sheet that they used, only without labels. Unfortunately, there was nothing about diseases on the entire test, which was very disappointing to me. 7/10

#### Disease Detectives 2018, Nationals

(37th) Gosh, I was sure stressed taking this test (by myself). Due to a late starting time, we only had 41 minutes to take the test. However, the questions had great variety, and seemed to cover almost all important aspects of this event. The only thing missing was foodborne illnesses... 7/10

(44th) This test was a bit long, but the test itself was amazing. I appreciated the storyline (Hawking, Newton, and Einstein exploring Wyoming) and the questions were spot-on, covering pretty much everything this event has to offer. The one thing I disliked was how there were so many exams/answer sheets, which proved to be a bit confusing. 9/10

#### Crime Busters 2018, Nationals

(35th) This was a great test. There were many unknowns to test, as expected, but they seemed to be well-rounded. The test theme was nice (a break-in at S.T.A.R. Labs), and I appreciated the questions. (Boy, I was amazed when my partner and I were almost done testing, and the ES says "You've got about 35 minutes left". It sure gave us a lot of time to work on the analysis.) 8/10

#### Microbe Mission 2018, Nationals

(46th) Definitely the worst Nationals test I took this year. The goggles were not needed at all, and spelling errors were all over the test. The ES's never announced when you were supposed to start your station, and the station rotations were confusing. However, the questions themselves covered the important aspects well, and showed a nice variety. Unfortunately, my first stations event was less than desirable... 5/10

### 2019

#### Crime Busters 2019, Bishop Kelly Mini-Invitational

(3rd) A fairly easy test, as we had expected, we ended up having about 25 minutes on the analysis. There were ten unknowns, three hairs (all of which we could do was look at, no microscope), and the plastics were given. This test seemed to be quite similar to the state test last year in the way it was run. However, there may have been some errors in plastic uses... 7/10

#### Heredity 2019, North JH Mini-Invitational

(2nd) This test was quite short (only 29 questions). The first half was easy in general, but the second half was significantly harder, which evened the test out somewhat. However, when we got our test back, the grading seemed to dock us points where it didn't seem reasonable (i.e. Question: "...What is the chance that their child will have Disease X?"; My answer: "25%"; Grader: 1/2 credit because "How?") 5/10

#### Road Scholar 2019, North JH Mini-Invitational

(1st) This test was run in stations, yet it didn't seem to detract at all from the test (The ES/test writer said she did it in stations because she "didn't want to give away anything for state"). Easy and hard questions were mixed together nicely, and it seemed to involve nearly all parts of Road Scholar (except map drawing). My only problem was that two of the ten stations were partially copied from a practice test. 8/10

#### Road Scholar 2019, DISCO Invitational

(2nd) The test was way too short. There were only 30 questions, seven of which didn't even end up counting toward the score because the topographic map was missing some details. The difficulty was alright, and I enjoyed the highway map questions, but it should tell you something that we finished a test that should usually take 45-50 minutes in half an hour. 5/10

#### Disease Detectives 2019, DISCO Invitational

(3rd) Geez, this test was long. There were 21 pages to it, and we only had a few questions left and the end of 50 minutes. Surprisingly, there weren't a ton of questions, as most of the test was an outbreak scenario. I did kind of enjoy this test, but I would have enjoyed it more had it not felt like a Nationals test. 8/10

#### Heredity 2019, DISCO Invitational

(4th) This test seemed to be a bit too short, as we finished in 26 minutes. They gave the same test to B and C, so our test felt a bit challenging. However, we still got a pretty good score, and the test was enjoyable, so it wasn't the worst test I took on the day. 8/10

#### Crime Busters 2019, DISCO Invitational

(6th) This test was enjoyable. It was based off Star Wars, my favorite part being that "Hanz Solow" was covered in "some unidentifiable animal hair, not cat or dog". By the time I finished writing the analysis, we had about a minute left, so the length was good. 8/10

#### Elastic Launched Glider 2019, DISCO Invitational

(6th) Not much to say here, except that the event supervisors were nice and helpful, and seemed to know what they were doing. Our glider didn't fly very well, but that's not their fault. 7/10

(1st) This was an excellent test. There was a wide range of variability on the questions, including one section which I don't think anyone could have expected. The test also didn't have any "gimmes", with all of the 44 questions possessing at least some degree of difficulty. The one problem I had with the test was there was no map drawing, which was a bit of a disappointment to my partner and I. Nonetheless, this was a very well-written test with an exciting story. 9/10

#### Disease Detectives 2019, State

(2nd) Yet another well-written test. The length surprised me (16 pages), but we were able to finish in time. The questions covered pretty much everything DD should cover, and while they gave the same test to B and C, there were some questions for C only, which was an improvement from last year. 9/10

#### Crime Busters 2019, State

(1st) This was my favorite event on the day. The ES was very helpful, and the test was, in my opinion, a very good test for a state competition. There were 14 unknowns, not to mention I got to test fibers, hairs, plastics (density test!), chromatography, and analyze physical evidence. There were five suspects, which offered an interesting level of difficulty, and just hard enough to prevent my partner and I from finishing the analysis (though, from what I could observe, it didn't look like many teams did). Great job to the test writers and supervisors of this event! 10/10

#### Heredity 2019, State

(4th) This test was certainly the worst test I took on the day, but only because the others were all very good. My main problem with it was that it was run in stations, which to me was a problem considering it was only about 30-40 questions long (and there were 11 stations). The test itself was a good test, and it covered all the aspects of the event. It would have been a much better event for me if it wasn't in stations, though, since I spent more than half of my time waiting to rotate to the next station... 7/10

## Event Affinity

Here is a list of all events I have competed in, ranked from my favorite to my least favorite.