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Umaroth is an incoming freshman at UC Berkeley. Co-Head Coach of Sierra Vista Middle School 2020-present. Co-captain of Troy High School 2020-2022. Co-Captain of Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad 2018-2019. Pretty much Head Coach of Kraemer Middle School 2019-2020.

TroyWarriors.jpgTroyUmaroth attends Troy High School.
KraemerLogo.pngKraemerUmaroth attended Kraemer Middle School.
DMAHUmaroth attends Dank Memes Area Homeschool.
General Information
Years in SO 2 (2018 and 2020 were half-years, 2021 and 2022 don't count)
Current Team GGSO?
Past Team(s) Kraemer Middle School
Troy High School
State SoCal
Division D Information
Exalted 1x
Total medals ??
  • 72
    3 trial invitational medals
  • 13 regional medals
  • 11
    2 trial state medals
  • 6 national medals
Competitor Info
Competitions attended 36
  • 25 invitationals
  • 4 regionals
  • 4 states
Events competed in 18
Years volunteered 3
Number of competitions 18
Number of tests written 23
Social Media
Discord @Umaroth#0308

Senior Reflections

Dear Scioly,

I went to a no-name elementary school in a no-name school district. The closest thing I had to Scioly was that I knew I wanted to go to Troy, even though I had never heard of Scioly before in my life. In fact, when I chose to be the only kid from my school to go to Kraemer for middle school, Scioly wasn’t even on my mind: it was Spelling Bee (the previous OC Spelling Bee winner was from Kraemer). Even in 7th grade, I only briefly considered joining but ultimately decided against it because I already committed to the Cyberpatriot team and thought Scioly would be too much of a time commitment. Should I regret this? Probably not. My life would have turned out much differently if I did Scioly in 7th grade, and I probably wouldn’t even be writing about this or know any of you if I did.

My last words from that period were something like “Ok, I’ll try it, this trial event sounds fun.” After a ton of prodding from Mr. Evola, I came to my first meeting on December 12th, 2017. I remember that first meeting because he was chewing out the team for getting 3rd at Ladera Vista Invite after a big win at Churchill the week before. I had no idea what was going on, I was just there to do Amazing Mechatronics.

My first invitational was Mira Loma 2018, and my first Scioly memories came with it. I didn’t know that I would be at that Courtyard Marriott another four times in the next two years, but I still remember soldering outside the hotel in the rain because someone broke the Hovercraft battery charger. And of course, nobody can forget that giant bunny sculpture in Sacramento International Airport. My first medal was 2nd place in Amazing Mech, losing to Kennedy.

Naturally, after this, Evola wanted me to do more. And naturally, I wanted to use my Spelling Bee powers to destroy everyone in Fast Facts. After Kraemer Invite, I was stuck in the Scioly hole. Fast forward to States and I was still doing trial events, but I was fully invested in coaching the Fast Facts team. It was my first time doing Code and Detector, which I didn’t know would come to be my safe place and torture chamber respectively throughout high school. Even though I wasn’t doing scored events, I was still crushed when we lost States by a point. With three people quitting the Monday before States, we truly clutched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Because of that single point, the next year, I wanted to win. Coming back as a ninth-grader ended up being the best decision I have ever made. I was planning to come back anyways since I was 100% sure I wasn’t ready for Div C, but me making the B team at Troy kind of threw a wrench in things. It was sometime in November that I texted him around 1 AM saying something along the lines of “I want to come back because I want to make Nats with Kraemer. I have three more years with Troy, but this is my last chance here.”

And as everyone knows, I didn’t have three more years of Nats with Troy. The 2021 season was painful. Weekend after weekend of waking up to take tests that seemed to be worsening in quality every time, then waiting a whole week for results that I didn’t even care about. No walking around with someone complaining about the test, no meeting up with friends from other teams, nothing to offset all the horrible tests. In a normal year, I could probably tell something about every single test I’ve taken at an invitational, like the Codebusters test from SOLVI 2020 season written by Sunny Hills with the super long Friends quote, or the Ladera Vista 2019 season DP test that wanted Div B teams to integrate a mass balance equation. I cannot remember a single test from last season, and, quite frankly, this season too.

Maybe I was just naive and hopeful for this season. After getting to go to UT Invite in October, I was excited, which only compounded after running Troy Invite. The return of real Scioly felt like it was just at my fingertips. Then we lost every single in-person invitational we were supposed to go to. All pretty much within a week. I already came home completely broken and crying for hours after our first two Satellite invitationals, but this just completely destroyed me. The night that SOLVI dropped their in-person tournament three days before we were supposed to go, I just planted myself on a bench at school and sobbed for half an hour (luckily nobody was around and it was dark outside). One night I was just hit with a couple of hours of anxiety after realizing that everything I had been working for was just suddenly gone. I ditched pretty much every other opportunity I had in high school because I believed in Scioly and poured everything into it. I never expected that I would end my real Scioly career with Golden Gate 2020 thinking “That was a sad loss, but we’ll redeem ourselves at Nats.” I spent the rest of the month just anxious about the moment that I’d get a text saying that we have to cancel Sierra Vista Invite too. But that text thankfully never came and I got to put on my final real Scioly event of high school. Getting home that night, I was the happiest I had been for a really long time. It was a pleasant break from the constant dread before and the hole in my heart afterward.

If it weren’t for getting to coach Sierra Vista, I would have easily quit last year. I originally joked to myself that the only things keeping me going were SB, new episodes of Marvel shows, my friends, and my SV kids. It took a while to realize how true that really was. My solace from the past two years comes from knowing that even though I am never going to get the real Scioly experience again, I can make sure my kids get it. My parents were initially annoyed at how much time I spent coaching them, but once they realized just how much pain Div C has caused me, they were okay.

I was both looking forward to Nats because it meant the year was finally over, but also dreading it because it meant I started to have my lasts. My last time at practice eating snacks and chugging soda with the team. My last time berating my IAT partner for using too much hot glue and not actually testing his device to 300 seconds. My last time complaining about HOW MUCH I ABSOLUTELY HATE DETECTOR BUILDING AND AM GLAD TO LEAVE IT. Worst of all, my last time doing Code, my favorite event of all time, with my favorite partner of all time, the one event that I look forward to every time no matter how bad the test is or how often it crashes Scilympiad. (also sorry Mr. Toebes for always railing on your tests, thank you for giving me some of the best parts of my Scioly career).

I’ve spent a lot of time just lying down thinking about the what-ifs. The biggest one is if those three people didn’t leave the Monday before States in 8th grade, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be going to Berkeley next year. I wouldn’t have been to Nats. I wouldn’t be best friends with two idiots from New Jersey. I wouldn’t be talking to people from all over the country more than I do people at my own school. I wouldn’t be part of a bird cult or two. I wouldn’t have met my soulmate SilverBreeze. I wouldn’t have the best Code partner in the world. I wouldn’t have gotten to coach one of the best teams in the country. Or direct five invitationals in three years. Half of my team probably wouldn’t even have moved to Troy for high school. I probably wouldn’t even be in Scioly at this point if it weren’t for coming back as a ninth-grader, so I can definitely say I wouldn’t be writing this.

As much as I hated the past two years, I cannot say that Scioly wasn’t worth it. Scioly opened the door for my entire life and I would be a completely different Tim without it. I hope I’ve been a net positive to most people I’ve met through Scioly because I can say the same for almost everyone in this community. You made me completely unrecognizable (well, aside from the haircut) from the lonely seventh-grader walking into Kraemer Middle School who had never heard of Scioly and only wanted to get to the National Spelling Bee. I am at peace with myself now because all I ever wanted was to make everyone proud of the person they made.

When everyone gets their real Scioly back, I hope you take advantage of it. I never once expected my last real team experience of high school to be in icky humid Houston for FRC Champs instead of Scioly, but I skipped all my homework for a week to savor the time with my team because I knew I would never get it again. Thai food in the hotel and late night karaoke that we somehow didn’t get a noise complaint for was bittersweet. It started to fill that missing part of my heart, but it wasn’t with the people I expected it to be. When you get to go to your first invitational or regional back, go talk to other teams, try a new event, and do something fun with your own team. Enjoy it for the ‘20s who got it stolen from them in the home stretch, the ‘21s who kept going even with no hope, and the ‘22s who dreamed of something real and got crushed in the end. I’ll be rooting for you all.

Love Tim


Format copied from my good friend Sciolyperson1




Event Troyouts BEARSO UT Austin UGA (Non-GA/Comb.) Boyceville Mira Loma* MIT Golden Gate Regionals BirdSO States Nats
Circuit Lab 1st 14th 9th 2nd/2nd 3rd 4th 4th 15th 5th 5th 1st 5th
Codebusters 1st - 5th 1st/2nd 1st 20th 28th 23rd 8th 7th 4th 17th
Detector Building 1st 6th 2nd - 2nd 12th 10th 26th 6th 7th 5th 8th
Dynamic Planet 1st 3rd 1st 1st/2nd 1st 10th 5th 6th 3rd 4th 1st 7th
Geologic Mapping 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th/12th 2nd 21st 4th 18th 1st 6th 1st 10th
Machines 2nd 7th 8th 9th/12th 3rd 21st 18th 22nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd
Science Quiz Bowl - - - - - - - - - 4th - -
Sounds of Music - 29th - - - - - - - - - -
Team N/A 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 5th 1st 2nd 1st 3rd
  • Unstacked; bad scores attributed to two really bad tests, Wi-Fi crashes, and my inability to carry partners who were drafted into the event. You figure out which one is which ;)


Event Troyouts Las Vegas Mira Loma MIT Regionals Golden Gate
Circuit Lab 4th - - - - -
Codebusters 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd
Detector Building 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 2nd
Dynamic Planet 1st 2nd 4th 5th 2nd 1st
GeoLogic Mapping 6th 1st 3rd 8th - -
Machines 3rd 2nd - - - -
Team N/A 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd


Event UT Austin Churchill Ladera Vista Mira Loma Mesa-Wilson Kraemer Regionals States Nationals
Battery Buggy 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd
Circuit Lab 3rd - 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 3rd
Codebusters - - - 1st 7th 1st 2nd 6th -
Dynamic Planet 1st 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 1st 2nd
Meteorology 4th 12th 8th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd
Roller Coaster - - - 9th 43rd 12th - - -
Solar System 3rd 7th 12th - - - - - -
Team 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 1st 6th


Event Mira Loma Kraemer States
Amazing Mechatronics 2nd 3rd -
Codebusters - - 3rd
Detector Building - - 2nd
Fast Facts - 1st -
Roller Coaster (Filler) 30th - -
Solar System (Drafted 5 hours prior) - 47th (I think) -
Towers (Filler) - 1st -
Team 2nd 1st 2nd

Tournament Association

If you've taken one of my tests, feedback sent to the email address listed on the test would be appreciated! If you would like me to write a test for your invitational, feel free to contact me by direct message on the forums. My favorite events to write are Meteorology B, Circuit Lab B/C, and Codebusters B/C in that order, and I do not write any other events.

Season Tournament Date Role Team Link
2018-2019 Orange County Regional Division A 5/4/19 Circuit Wizardry Assistant Supervisor
2019-2020 Jeffrey Trail/OSCA/Kraemer Scrimmage 10/12/9 Circuit Lab B Assistant Supervisor Bryan Song (writer)
Codebusters B Writer and Head Supervisor Codebusters
Dynamic Planet B Writer and Head Supervisor Dynamic Planet
Meteorology B Co-Writer and Head Supervisor Gwennie Liu (co-writer) Meteorology
Winston Churchill Invitational 12/7/19 Machines B Co-Writer and Head Supervisor AlfWeg (co-writer) Machines
Jeffrey Trail Invitational 2/1/20 Tournament Board of Directors (Event Test Coordinator) Full Set
Circuit Lab B Co-Writer and Co-Supervisor (Lab Portion) Lindsey Maurer (co-writer, FRQs 1)
Bryan Song (head-writer, FRQs 2)
Louis Wong (co-writer, FRQs 3)
Circuit Lab
Codebusters B Co-Writer Amber Wang (co-writer)
Louis Wong (co-writer)
Dynamic Planet B Head Supervisor l0lit (writer)
Karan Sura (writer)
Dynamic Planet
Meteorology B Co-Writer Ryan Fukunaga (co-writer)
Gwennie Liu (co-writer)
Galahad (co-writer)
Eagle Invitational 2/8/20 Meteorology B Co-Writer Gwennie Liu (co-writer) Meteorology
2020-2021 Boyceville Invitational 12/5/20 Dynamic Planet B Co-Writer BennyTheJett (co-writer); Kavi Gollamudi (co-writer) Dynamic Planet
Sierra Vista Invitational 2/6/21 Tournament Director Full Set
Circuit Lab B Writer jaggie34 (question contributor) Circuit Lab
Codebusters B Co-Writer builderguy135 (co-writer)
Klebb (co-writer)
name (co-writer)
Meteorology B Co-Writer Gwennie Liu (co-writer)
Galahad (co-writer)
Locoholic (co-writer)
Eagle Invitational 2/13/21 Meteorology B Co-Writer Gwennie Liu (co-writer) Meteorology
BirdSO Invitational 3/7/21-3/13/21 Meteorology B Co-Writer Gwennie Liu (co-writer) Meteorology
Troy Invitational 3/13/21 Co-Tournament Director Full Set
Circuit Lab B Head Writer Susanna Cao (co-writer)
Jack Hung (co-writer)
Kurt Wahl (co-writer)
Circuit Lab
Codebusters B Co-Writer Amber Wang (co-writer) Codebusters
Meteorology B Head Writer Adarsh Pashikanti (co-writer)
Anne Hiraki (co-writer)
Lexington Invitational 4/17/21 Codebusters B Writer - Codebusters
Southern California State Division A 5/8/21 Tournament Board
Sierra Vista/Kraemer Scrimmage 9/18/21 Codebusters B Writer -
Troy Invitational 12/4/21 Co-Tournament Director Full Set
Codebusters B Writer - Codebusters
Crave the Wave B Co-Writer (Lab Portion) Andy Chen (co-writer, Test Portion) Crave the Wave
Storm the Castle B Event Supervisor - -
Sierra Vista Invitational 2/5/22 Co-Tournament Director Stuff

SciolyOrgLogo.png Umaroth won "Best Cult Member" in the 2020 Superlatives.

SciolyOrgLogo.png Umaroth won "Future Nobel Prize Winner" in the 2020 Superlatives.

1st Umaroth placed 1st in Codebusters at the July 2020 Monthly Event Challenges.

Random Quotes


Mr. Evola: Build events are just applied EXPD: design, test, record data, analyze patterns, modify, repeat.

Someone: Padre, is tape edible?

Battery Buggy partner: Yes, I've eaten it before

Battery Buggy partner: Wait, we're going to Niagara Falls after Nats? I thought Niagara was in Idaho

Squeaky123 outside Souplantation: Your Battery Buggy partner made me cry, he stole the ditch I was lying down in

Herp kid: What's the SI unit for pain?

Me: Hertz

Literally everyone: SHRIKA STOP SHRIEKING

UTA Announcer: Meteorology

Me: Nope no medal

Announcer: 4th place, Kraemer A


Kids behind me in DP at Mesa-Wilson Invitational see my pencil case filled with 26 sharpened Ticonderoga pencils

Kid 1: Why do you have so many pencils?

Me: I'm in Codebusters, so I have to constantly be writing and need sharp pencils to stay neat

Kid 2: Why not use a mechanical pencil?

Me: Mechanical pencils require you to reload lead and the internal mechanism is prone to breaking

Kid 2: This is why Kraemer wins so much

Kid 1: Because they have a lot of pencils?

Picking up DP partner for DP at nats in a shady white van


Battery Buggy Partner in the van: You promised me candy


Susanna during Circuits: ba-da-bap ba ba ba ba-da-bap

Susanna during Road: keeps hitting herself in the head with a ruler


Phoenix: Whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do exaaaactly

Sean: okeh den

Tanya: Padre do you have more snacks in your giant lunch pail


2019 Motto: No regrets