sciolyandmathcounts wrote:I still don't know how I bombed Road Scholar so badly at states.........
peoneill wrote:@kjtrujillo: didn't you rock out in A&P? I graded the endocrine and did the totals and I thought you got 6th or 7th. Don't sweat the bonus essay, like three teams actually successfully did one. And I graded it wicked harsh, so spending time elsewhere was the way to go. What I'm wracking my brains over is how was the endocrine so hard for people? The average on identifying hormone classes was about 30% (random guessing would yield 20%!). That was the very first thing listed in the rules! I even highlighted the 4 rings on the steroid structure I showed, and enlarged the iodine atoms in the thyroid hormone structure. Only Bloomington North managed to get even one third of the endocrine credit and they got almost all of it - but those same two girls won Health Science in 1999 as freshmen when endocrinology was a topic before, and they've won national medals twice since then, too... Questions that weren't very complicated and came from the rules in a relatively straightforward way really stumped people for the endocrine section, while they were answering much more complicated questions on the skeletal and muscular without a problem. I'm curious... did people just not study the endocrine system as much? Or were they expecting something different? It's true high school texts SUCK at covering the endocrine system. Maybe that's the problem?
Chem Lab was RIDICULOUS it was so competitive.
Environmental chemistry was... um... less competitive. Although it was a TON of the same kids as Chem Lab. Perhaps I didn't correctly anticipate how much more difficult it is to study material that isn't in the normal high school curriculum.
sciolyandmathcounts wrote:I really think there might have been a grading error for Road Scholar. Maybe there were huge tiebrakers and we got really unlucky. For Compute This, the links were epic hard to find. Can't Judge A Powder was easy though and there was only one question we didn't have in our observations.
For nationals my goal would probably be to try to medal in 1 event(most likely Can't Judge A Powder, since we got gold at states).
Also, does anyone have the scoresheet for all the teams? I had to stay overnight after the competition, so I only got to see the scoresheet once.
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