Age: 18, b-day is 8/27. Graduate of MLK High in Nashville, TN. Attends MU in PA. Loves football, soccer, Frisbee, Scouts, Science Olympiad.
By: Astrometeor , 9:50 PM GMT on March 07, 2013
So, my high school team won first place this past weekend at a community college Regional Tournament competing in events that are STEM-based and known collectively as Science Olympiad. We plus our middle school team (they won second) will advance in our respective divisions ( C=high school, B=middle) to our state tournament at the University of Knoxville on April 6 for a chance to win first there and advance to nationals. Only one time has my school been to nationals and that was with a legendary group of students who got first, second, or third in most of the 23 events and led Tennessee to its best showing at the national stage ever.
The competition itself is very active (trying to find right word to describe), if you do not do well under pressure, then this stuff will surely get your heart rate up. I was an alternate this go-around which means that if anyone did not show up, I would take their place in their respective events. Luckily, that did not happen for the high-school team. However, I did run something like 4 miles in 4 hours running errands for people who had forgotten things or errands for my mother/coach who needed more information on some things (like what is the internet password for the college). At the awards ceremony, we placed in 13 of the 23 events, which was pretty good. When they announced team winners, they said high school: Friendship Christian, MLK, and St. Bernard. So we had our picture taken and we sat down. Then they said, "sorry, that was middle school." So the middle schoolers go nuts and run up there and get their trophy and picture taken. They also took our trophy away from us. We were in absolute shock. Then they announced the high-school winners. In second place was Ravenwood, and my team's hearts fell even farther down. We had been hoping for second, there were two other schools there that routinely go to state. And then drumroll......in First Place is......MLK!!! We went nuts over this jubilant news, ran up there, grabbed what was rightfully ours, got our second picture of the day and started a short chant, "MLK, MLK, MLK, MLK!!!" We went from elation to dejection to elation in a span of about 3 minutes. Talk about adrenaline rush.
Every year there are 23 events, some test-based and some build-based, all being specific in their own fields of science. I have won third at state in Meteorology, Dynamic Planet back in 8th grade and I have won fifth place at state in Robot Arm and Dynamic Planet last year.
If you are in high-school currently and your school does not have Science Olympiad, I advocate strongly into organizing this club for next year. It is a very fun but challenging experience and I can guarantee that all the hard work that is put into these competitions pays off for everyone in terms of fun, and excitement. For more information on the 23 events that are offered this year (they change every year) go visit Science Olympiad's official website and consider joining this great competition!
Also, teams and individuals who do great in these events receive money and scholarships from local universities and it also looks great on one's college transcript as SciOly (an abbreviation) is one of the more premier organizations out there in the United States.
For more information on how Science Olympiad works and other info, check out their home page:
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