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    sallychung

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    Science Olympiad State Competition

    Post  sallychung on Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:43 pm

    On Apr. 10, Science Olympiad (SO) placed fourth at the State competition, their final competition of the school year. The top 26 science olympiad teams from all over Southern California arrived at Valencia High School to compete, including AHS's biggest competition Troy and North Hollywood High School. However, SO came with a strong mindset; they had met on many occassions during Spring Break to prepare by discussing topics such as the building events and labs. They worked on improving their building events, and fixing any problems they had in the Regionals competition. The competition consisted of written exams, labs, and building events like the regional competition; the only difference was the intensity of the competition since every team competing either placed first or second in their own regions.
    Eddie Xue and Jason Jong left the competition with medals around their necks. Brendan Ha and Sam Wang took first in an event called Write It Do It! The SO members were please that they had improved since last year. Alfred Zang exclaimed, "I'm really happy with our win. We are only continuing to improve so I know that next year we'll come back ready to place higher!"
    As the year for SO comes to an end, Sophia Chung reminisces, "SO is one of the best experiences I've had in high school. It taught me to appreciate challenges. It was through SO that I learned to appreciate what science has to offer, the uncommon studies that most students don't know about such as ornithology and epidemiology." Their dedication definately paid off. AHS congratulates SO for another successful year!

    sallychung

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    Re: Science Olympiad State Competition

    Post  sallychung on Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:57 am

    If you ever happened to walk by E-8 on a Thursday after school, you would have seen a class full of students working diligently on laptops or comepletely absorbed in a book. These same students were also at school on Saturday mornings studying. This same process occured throughout the year. You are probably wondering why these students spent their valuable time studying when they could have been sleeping. It is not because they find memorizing a binder full of facts enjoyable. It's because they find winning enjoyable. Science Olympiad (SO) spent its entire year preparing for the State competition. All of the members' hard work paid off as SO placed 4th, an improvement over the fifth place from the previous two years. On Apr. 10, the top 26 SO teams from Southern California arrived at Valencia High School ready to compete, including AHS's biggest competition Troy and North Hollywood High. However, SO came with a strong mindset; they dedicated countless hours during Spring Break to preparing for the competition and fixing any problems they encountered during Regionals. Like Regionals, the competition consisted of written exams, labs, and building events; the big difference was the intensity of the competition. Every team competing was a top scorer in their own region.
    SO received a cumulative score of 190, with Write It Do It winning first and Physics Lab winning second. Unfortunately, SO did not qualify for Nationals, but the members were more than pleased with winning fourth place. Senior Jason Jong stated, "We were completely caught off guard. It was truly all of our individual efforts in each event that ultimately made us a better team this year."
    After seeing their success this year, SO members truly appreciate all of the hard work they had put into it throughout the year. Senior Sophia Chung reminisces, "SO is one of the best experiences I've had in high school. It taught me to appreciate challenges. It was through SO that I learned to appreciate what science has to offer."
    Evidently, SO is gradually improving every year, which means SO will be back next year with a determination to place even higher. Senior Eddie Xue stated, "I'd like to see next year's team continue the will to win and turn Arcadia into a Southern California powerhouse for SO. In the end, I'm glad to see an improvement, but as you can see there's room for more."
    Congratulations SO for all of its hard work throughout the year. The team will be back next year, ready to enjoy more binders full of science facts.

    nancyxiao

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    Re: Science Olympiad State Competition

    Post  nancyxiao on Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:28 pm

    If you ever happened to walk by E-8 on a Thursday after school, you would have seen a class full of students working diligently on laptops or comepletely [completely] absorbed in a book. These same students were also at school on Saturday mornings studying. This same process occured [occurred] throughout the year. You are probably wondering why these students spent their valuable time studying when they could have been sleeping. It is not because they find memorizing a binder full of facts enjoyable. It's because they find winning enjoyable. Science Olympiad (SO) spent its entire year preparing for the State competition. All of the members' hard work paid off as SO placed 4th [fourth], an improvement over the fifth place from the previous two years. On Apr. 10, the top 26 SO teams from Southern California arrived at Valencia High School ready to compete, including AHS's [AHS'] biggest competition Troy and North Hollywood High. However, SO came with a strong mindset; they dedicated countless hours during Spring Break to preparing for the competition and fixing any problems they encountered during Regionals. Like Regionals, the competition consisted of written exams, labs, and building events; the big difference was the intensity of the competition. Every team competing was a top scorer in their own region.
    SO received a cumulative score of 190, with Write It Do It winning first and Physics Lab winning second. Unfortunately, SO did not qualify for Nationals, but the members were more than pleased with winning fourth place. Senior Jason Jong stated, "We were completely caught off guard. It was truly all of our individual efforts in each event that ultimately made us a better team this year."
    After seeing their success this year, SO members truly appreciate all of the hard work they had put into it throughout the year. Senior Sophia Chung reminisces, "SO is one of the best experiences I've had in high school. It taught me to appreciate challenges. It was through SO that I learned to appreciate what science has to offer."
    Evidently, SO is gradually improving every year, which means SO will be back next year with a determination to place even higher. Senior Eddie Xue stated, "I'd like to see next year's team continue the will to win and turn Arcadia into a Southern California powerhouse for SO. In the end, I'm glad to see an improvement, but as you can see there's room for more."
    Congratulations SO for all of its hard work throughout the year. The team will be back next year, ready to enjoy more binders full of science facts.

    sallychung

    Posts : 59
    Join date : 2009-09-02

    Re: Science Olympiad State Competition

    Post  sallychung on Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:05 pm

    If you ever happened to walk by E-8 on a Thursday after school, you would have seen a class full of students working diligently on laptops or completely absorbed in a book. These same students were also at school on Saturday mornings studying. This same process occurred throughout the year. You are probably wondering why these students spent their valuable time studying when they could have been sleeping. It is not because they find memorizing a binder full of facts enjoyable. It's because they find winning enjoyable. Science Olympiad (SO) spent its entire year preparing for the State competition. All of the members' hard work paid off as SO placed fourth, an improvement over the fifth place from the previous two years. On Apr. 10, the top 26 SO teams from Southern California arrived at Valencia High School ready to compete, including AHS' biggest competition Troy and North Hollywood High. However, SO came with a strong mindset; they dedicated countless hours during Spring Break to preparing for the competition and fixing any problems they encountered during Regionals. Like Regionals, the competition consisted of written exams, labs, and building events; the big difference was the intensity of the competition. Every team competing was a top scorer in their own region.
    SO received a cumulative score of 190, with Write It Do It winning first and Physics Lab winning second. Unfortunately, SO did not qualify for Nationals, but the members were more than pleased with winning fourth place. Senior Jason Jong stated, "We were completely caught off guard. It was truly all of our individual efforts in each event that ultimately made us a better team this year."
    After seeing their success this year, SO members truly appreciate all of the hard work they had put into it throughout the year. Senior Sophia Chung reminisces, "SO is one of the best experiences I've had in high school. It taught me to appreciate challenges. It was through SO that I learned to appreciate what science has to offer."
    Evidently, SO is gradually improving every year, which means SO will be back next year with a determination to place even higher. Senior Eddie Xue stated, "I'd like to see next year's team continue the will to win and turn Arcadia into a Southern California powerhouse for SO. In the end, I'm glad to see an improvement, but as you can see there's room for more."
    Congratulations SO for all of its hard work throughout the year. The team will be back next year, ready to enjoy more binders full of science facts.

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