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    sallychung

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    Science Olympiad Competition

    Post  sallychung on Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:38 am

    In the academic sense, March is known for Pi Day, college acceptance letters, and best of all, the eagerly anticipated Regionals competition where AHS academic teams do what they do best-dominate. Science Olympiad (SO) competed at Regionals on Mar. 6 at Cal State Los Angeles (CSLA). SO began the day with a shortage of supplies but managed to end the day winning second place, securing its spot in the State competition.
    The SO testing team had a disadvantage going into the competition because two members were unable to attend due to conflicting academic events. Once the members arrived safely at CSLA, matters only seemed to worsen. A member discovered there was a shortage in goggles and aprons, two key necessities for their labs. Without them, SO would not have been able to compete. Luckily, the discovery was made early in the morning, ensuring Mrs. Mynster enough time to drive back to AHS for more supplies and return to CSLA before the competition started.
    Unlike other academic teams that compete in a Jeopardy style fashion, SO competed in building events, took individual written tests, and performed labs. Each event received an individual score that was totaled into Arcadia’s cumulative score. The lowest score received the highest ranking. Evidently, the minor setback did not shake SO at all; they earned a total score of 136. They beat Palos Verdes Peninsula who earned a total score of 214, but trailed behind North Hollywood High whose score was 95.
    SO member Sophia Chung expressed her joy in winning second when she stated, “SO runs like the machines we build during building events. Each member acts as an important machine part. With the proper tools and the right parts working smoothly together, we run like a well-oiled machine.”
    SO’s second place in Regionals allows them to move onto the State competition, which will be held at Cabrillo High School on Apr.10.
    (I'm still waiting on quotes.)

    Joanna Liao

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    Re: Science Olympiad Competition

    Post  Joanna Liao on Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:19 pm

    In the academic sense, March is known for Pi Day, college acceptance letters, and best of all, the eagerly anticipated Regionals competition where AHS academic teams do what they do best – dominate. Science Olympiad (SO) competed at Regionals on Mar. 6 at Cal State Los Angeles (CSLA). SO began the day with a shortage of supplies (comma) but managed to end the day winning second place, securing its spot in the State competition.
    The SO testing team had a disadvantage going into the competition because two members were unable to attend due to conflicting academic events. Once the members arrived safely at CSLA, matters only seemed to worsen. A member discovered there was a shortage in goggles and aprons, two key necessities for their labs. Without them, SO would not have been able to compete. Luckily, the discovery was made early in the morning, ensuring Mrs. Mynster (full name and title) enough time to drive back to AHS for more supplies and return to CSLA before the competition started.
    Unlike other academic teams that compete in a Jeopardy style fashion, SO competed in building events, took individual written tests, and performed labs. Each event received an individual score that was totaled into Arcadia’s cumulative score. The lowest score received the highest ranking. Evidently, the minor setback did not shake SO at all; they earned a total score of 136. They beat Palos Verdes Peninsula who earned a total score of 214, but trailed behind North Hollywood High (comma) whose score was 95.
    SO member Sophia Chung expressed her joy in winning second when she stated, “SO runs like the machines we build during building events. Each member acts as an important machine part. With the proper tools and the right parts working smoothly together, we run like a well-oiled machine.”
    SO’s second place in Regionals allows them to move onto the State competition, which will be held at Cabrillo High School on Apr.10.
    (I'm still waiting on quotes.)

    sallychung

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    Re: Science Olympiad Competition

    Post  sallychung on Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:08 pm

    In the academic sense, March is known for Pi Day, college acceptance letters, and best of all, the eagerly anticipated Regionals competition where AHS academic teams do what they do best – dominate. Science Olympiad (SO) competed at Regionals on Mar. 6 at Cal State Los Angeles (CSLA). SO began the day with a shortage of supplies, but managed to end the day winning second place, securing its spot in the State competition.
    The SO testing team had a disadvantage going into the competition because two members were unable to attend due to conflicting academic events. Once the members arrived safely at CSLA, matters only seemed to worsen. A member discovered there was a shortage in goggles and aprons, two key necessities for their labs. Without them, SO would not have been able to compete. Luckily, the discovery was made early in the morning, ensuring Mrs. Mynster (full name and title) enough time to drive back to AHS for more supplies and return to CSLA before the competition started.
    Unlike other academic teams that compete in a Jeopardy style fashion, SO competed in building events, took individual written tests, and performed labs. Each event received an individual score that was totaled into Arcadia’s cumulative score. The lowest score received the highest ranking. Evidently, the minor setback did not shake SO at all; they earned a total score of 136. They beat Palos Verdes Peninsula who earned a total score of 214, but trailed behind North Hollywood High, whose score was 95.
    SO member Sophia Chung expressed her joy in winning second when she stated, “SO runs like the machines we build during building events. Each member acts as an important machine part. With the proper tools and the right parts working smoothly together, we run like a well-oiled machine.”
    SO’s second place in Regionals allows them to move onto the State competition, which will be held at Cabrillo High School on Apr.10.
    (I'm still waiting on quotes.)

    Joanna Liao

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    Re: Science Olympiad Competition

    Post  Joanna Liao on Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:32 pm

    In the academic sense, March is known for Pi Day, college acceptance letters, and best of all, the eagerly anticipated Regionals competition where AHS academic teams do what they do best – dominate. Science Olympiad (SO) competed at Regionals on Mar. 6 at Cal State Los Angeles (CSLA). SO began the day with a shortage of supplies, but managed to end the day winning second place, securing its spot in the State competition.
    The SO testing team had a disadvantage going into the competition because two members were unable to attend due to conflicting academic events. Once the members arrived safely at CSLA, matters only seemed to worsen. A member discovered there was a shortage in goggles and aprons, two key necessities for their labs. Without them, SO would not have been able to compete. Luckily, the discovery was made early in the morning, ensuring Mrs. Mynster (full name and title) enough time to drive back to AHS for more supplies and return to CSLA before the competition started.
    Unlike other academic teams that compete in a Jeopardy style fashion, SO competed in building events, took individual written tests, and performed labs. Each event received an individual score that was totaled into Arcadia’s cumulative score. The lowest score received the highest ranking. Evidently, the minor setback did not shake SO at all; they earned a total score of 136. They beat Palos Verdes Peninsula who earned a total score of 214, but trailed behind North Hollywood High, whose score was 95.
    SO member Sophia Chung expressed her joy in winning second when she stated, “SO runs like the machines we build during building events. Each member acts as an important machine part. With the proper tools and the right parts working smoothly together, we run like a well-oiled machine.”
    SO’s second place in Regionals allows them to move onto the State competition, which will be held at Cabrillo High School on Apr.10.
    (I'm still waiting on quotes.)

    sallychung

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    Re: Science Olympiad Competition

    Post  sallychung on Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:29 am

    In the academic sense, March is known for Pi Day, college acceptance letters, and best of all, the eagerly anticipated Regionals competition where AHS academic teams do what they do best – dominate. Science Olympiad (SO) won second place at Regionals, securing its spot in the State competition.
    On Mar. 6, a testing team, consisting of 15 SO members, went to Cal State Los Angeles (CSLA) to compete at Regionals. Unlike other academic teams that compete in a Jeopardy style fashion, the SO competition includes a variety of different events that test the students’ mastery of the subject. Not only do SO members have to take timed written tests, the have to apply what they have learned to the lab and building events. For example, some members had to build a locomotive using the energy from two mouse traps. Every small detail was judged, such as how long the vehicle took to reverse and how far the vehicle was from the boundary lines. Another building event revolved around trajectory, which is the path a moving object follows through space. Some members were able to construct a catapult! Each event received an individual score that was totaled into Arcadia’s cumulative score. The lowest score received the highest ranking.
    Sophia Chung elaborated, “Every person’s performance impacts the team’s final score. Not one person can carry the team; every member has to pull their weight.” Evidently, every testing team member was a key contributor to SO’s success at Regionals. SO won second place with an accumulated score of 136. SO defeated Palos Verdes Peninsula, who earned a total score of 214, but trailed behind North Hollywood High, whose score was 95. After the competition ended, SO members put aside their competitive spirits and had dinner together to celebrate their win. Jackie Chen stated, “It’s great to know that by the end of the day, no matter how stressful the morning is, you know you tried your best, studied your hardest, and won the medals you worked so hard for.” Some members of SO also went to CSLA to support the testing team, but did not compete themselves. Ashley Su exclaimed, “It was a very exciting experience to watch my fellow SO members and cheer them on at different events. I’m looking forward to state where we can beat Troy and North Hollywood!”
    State is where SO will be heading next! The State competition will be held at Cabrillo High School on Apr. 10. After their celebratory dinner, Sophia expressed her personal excitement for the State competition, “What we’ve worked for this entire year results in this one competition. The best SO teams of Southern California are all competing for the same medal. The competition is intense, and, as a senior, it would be the perfect ending to three years of competition if I walk away with the medal around my neck.”
    SO has the motivation to do their absolute best at the State competition. With their determination and competitive spirits, SO will surely carry home some medals to represent AHS!

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