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She came, she saw, she kicked ass. 
19th-Nov-2005 02:56 pm
Elayna! - Karlita
Elayna has returned triumphant! Her first Quiz Bowl - thee first Quiz Bowl her school has ever participated in - and they brought home a trophy. :)

This was a lot bigger than we thought it was going to be. From the straggly lack of information, I thought it would maybe be the three Montessori schools competing in her school's cafeteria or something. Oh, no. Twenty elementary schools. I don't know how many middle schools, but that is currently irrelevent. :) But. Twenty schools. Fancy buzzers and stuff. Printed schedules. Impressive.

Teams of five. I hadn't known that. It has always been my opinion that Elayna's at least one of the five smartest kids in her school, but it's very cool to have that confirmed by the Gifted teacher.

All five kids were scared at first, but the first round loosened them up - they totally spanked their opponents, 110-10. :) We'd've done better but for a poorly-phrased bonus-round question regarding A Series of Unfortunate Events: "Name the principal villain of the series." The kids said Nero. Adam and I went "huh?" until we realized.... they thought the quizmaster wanted the name of the villain who was a principal of a school. "Main" or "primary" would have been better phrasing.

The second round, though... heh. Damn. You know how in Goblet of Fire, the Durmstrang kids march in all disciplined, striking sparks with their staffs against the ground, et cetera? Yeah. That was these kids. Five blond boys in meticulously ironed white shirts and navy slacks, absolutely precise, deadly serious. It was the Aryan Nation vs. our United Colors of Benetton. Those boys jumped in like three words in on every question, conferred heavily on the bonus rounds, deferred to the captain - it was obvious not only that they'd done this before, but that they'd been drilling on it.

Aaaand they kicked our butts.

Which was not so bad - because it kept our kids from coasting, from getting to feel invulnerable. It made them competitive. And round three was an actual contest. It really pushed our kids to be their best. Elayna popped out with stuff about the Supreme Court that I didn't know she knew. That round ended 70-50 in our favor.

Round four?

Was a complete shutout.

I don't remember our score. But the other team? Zero. Our kids were on those buzzers like white on rice.

Round five? Another hundred-plus to ten on our side.

4-1 for us.

The scores are done by points, not wins. There was much nailbiting as things were totalled up. Our kids hadn't done as well as they *could* have - they won their rounds, but they dropped the ball on a bunch of bonus rounds they should've swept, including one infuriating one where I heard Elayna give the answer to the then-captain (each kid got to be captain for a round) and he promptly forgot and said "We don't have an answer for part two." Oh, the look she gave him... so we weren't sure what to expect, especially going up against kids like the Durmstrang team, and seeing others around the cafeteria wearing matching T-shirts and being obvious pros. And they'd had a lot of fun playing, and knew that's what counted - they would've been okay with not placing.

So out of twenty teams - Elayna's team grabbed fourth place!

The kids were surprised, and thrilled. Pictures of them with the trophy will be posted when I get them from the other mom. (Yes, fourth gets a trophy; in middle school, fourth gets to state.) Turns out they were only twenty points away from third place, actually - that went to the team they beat in round three. And yes, Durmstrang won. I told her "Dude, you went 4-1 in your first Quiz Bowl ever, and the only team that beat you won first place by a lot. You rocked this."

She did. She was so nervous. But she really kicked ass once she got warmed up. And I am so proud of her, and she is so proud of herself. :) There was lunch at Applebee's (she likes it), the purchase of a Cardcaptor Sakura manga, and a few rounds of Tekken 5 in the mall arcade in celebration.

Next up: Math competition on Dec. 10. Then Science Olympiad in April. *headbang avec metal horns*


I am really so proud. :)
19th-Nov-2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, hell, yeah! Quiz Bowl rules all known universes, and Elayna rules Quiz Bowl. Therefore....
19th-Nov-2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
That is so cool!

I told her "Dude, you went 4-1 in your first Quiz Bowl ever, and the only team that beat you won first place by a lot. You rocked this

Landing fourth place (close to third, even) among the best of the best is a good place to be. Especially on first time out.

I wanna play Tekken agianst her, but she'd likely kick my ass. :)
19th-Nov-2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats to Elayna and her team!!
19th-Nov-2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
that is awesome!
19th-Nov-2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to her and to you by extension. That's wonderful!
19th-Nov-2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Woo Hoo!

Elayna rocks and i'm so glad that she did so well her first time out.

Aryan poster children all scare me. All of them.
19th-Nov-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Go Elayna!

That's pretty fantastic, all considered.
20th-Nov-2005 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh, that's fabulous. Good for her!
20th-Nov-2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Yay Elayna!!!!
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21st-Nov-2005 06:10 am (UTC)
It's fun.

(West Valley High School, 2nd place Alaska 1998.)
28th-Nov-2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'd love her to be involved in that...
20th-Nov-2005 09:53 am (UTC)
Much Coolness and Congrats! More importantly *both* of you enjoyed yourselves immensely from the sound of it :)
20th-Nov-2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
All three of us. :)
21st-Nov-2005 04:24 am (UTC)
"Adam and I went "huh?""
My bad, i missed this or it didn't really register, i was fighting off a major headache for two days and not fully into my few ventures into reading LJ.
Common sense should have told me he'd be there too.
20th-Nov-2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Well, and all of the other kids on the team and their families, really. :)
21st-Nov-2005 04:32 am (UTC)
Of course :) I found it annoying though, that she was in a way cheated out of getting credit for two correct answers on questions she *knew*.
Still an extremely worthy victory for her and her teammates considering what they were up against :)
20th-Nov-2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Please to be telling Elayna that the 'crow thinks she rocks. ;}
20th-Nov-2005 05:31 pm (UTC) - you are the cutest Maths-Mom...
which I'm guessing is something like aSoccor-mum but infinitely cooler.


Congrats to Eleyna. So you going to giv eher her own trophy cabinet?
21st-Nov-2005 01:50 am (UTC)
yay competitions!!! congratulations!!!!
21st-Nov-2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Clusters of smart kids generally get in more creative trouble than other kids. Creating fireballs for effect at an awards dinner from powdered creamer and the candles on the table is probably frowned upon in most circles, at least officially.

(Alas for the effect, the creamer provided was coarser than the stuff in the hotel rooms, and therefore did not go up in a fireball. This was fortunate for our team's continued invitation to the state Academic Decathlon finals.)
29th-Nov-2005 12:06 pm (UTC) - w00t!
Much congratulations. My High School had something of the same competition. They called it SCAEL Teams. I was on the literature team. We had one for each subject. Ya know Science, Social studies, Math and literature. It was so much fun and yes we did drill on those things. Frequently. Got to the point where before competitions I'd dream of the stuff. Twas much fun anyway. I hope she goes to the next competition and kicks much booty. Go Elayna!!
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