Qualifying to the TOC was shocking enough for me. I qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking through the Puget Sound Tournament, which featured bids to the TOC. I didn't get the opportunity to take many pictures at the TOC, but I did have quite a lot of fun. In fact, my team members and I played lots of Mario Kart while we were not competing. Unfortunately for me, I fell sick after DECA, which happened to be a day before the TOC. I initially felt like not attending, but I did, ev
Going into the competition, I had high expectations of us. I told my partner that I would start the NeoFlow company with him if we get top 10 at ICDC. After our preliminary presentation, we felt that we did good, but also felt that we could do better. Even without hearing the direct results, we kept refining our pitch. Fortunately, we made it to the top 20 next morning. After working on our pitch even more, we gave our presentation, and felt proud of how far we got. Later tha
This World Championship was far different from all the others that I've competed in. Instead of monitoring the pits, I was always out and about, either on the field, with the scouts, or talking strategy with other alliance partners. During Prelims, we hit a 7-2 record, one of the losses caused by a falsified penalty. Regardless of this pitfall, we still ranked 3rd due to our extremely high RP. On top of that, our friends from Super Quals, Mechanical Maniacs, were 1st place! W
This year, Science Olympiad was more of a success than I expected it to be. My partner was off at MIT getting dorm assignments on the weekend of the tournament. I had to do most of my events by myself due to that. In the end, I got 1st place in Hovercraft, which involved a Physics-based test and a Hovercraft build that we put together quickly.