This is it. All your years in Science Olympiad have culminated to this - the final stretch. It’s your last year to make it count, whether that be by winning, making new friendships, growing existing bonds, or challenging yourself intellectually and emotionally. You realize now that in the blink of an eye it all happened, and happened too fast. You’ll start the year with apprehensive enthusiasm because you know the journey from start to finish will be a bittersweet one. You’ll remind yourself to savor every last second of it so that you don’t miss a single laugh, cry, hug, cheer, epiphany, splinter, t-shirt design vote, or paper cut. Yet at the end of it all, you’ll still feel like you missed something, and that feeling of missing something will never go away for weeks - maybe even months or years - after your last competition.
For some of you it will be the seventh year of involvement in Scioly, and for others only the second. But that doesn’t matter when it comes to expressing exactly how much you love this organization and how much you’re going to miss it. When someone asks you, “How much do you love Science Olympiad?” you don’t answer with “I’ve loved it for five years - since seventh grade.” No. You answer by saying how much heart and soul you put into your cheat sheets, how many after school hours you reserve for the team, how early you wake up and how late you stay at school to study, how many pounds of sawdust you inhale per week, how numb your fingers get from tabbing reference books, how chalky your hands are from handling mineral specimens, and how much pride you wear with your team t shirt at competition and even outside of competition.
If there’s one thing that’s absolutely undeniably true, it’s that everyone reading this loves Science Olympiad and will unavoidably miss it dearly after graduating high school. Some will be lucky enough to find a collegiate Science Olympiad presence on their undergraduate campus, but many others will unfortunately not. All, however, will forever be proud Science Olympiad alumni who will have left their mark as esteemed individuals, leaders, students, and - most importantly - friends.
omg thank you so much! You have no idea how much your message means to me <3
And remember, being a Scioly alumnus is just as important and wonderful as being a competing member!
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Get ready for a wicked year of Scrambler, Western Nassau.
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Does your junior high/middle school advisor know that you want to start a high school team? S/he may be of help, especially since s/he’s probably more acquainted with your school’s administration. If your advisor is willing to take the lead on this project, make sure you and your peers make a game plan with her/him as to how you’ll argue for a high school team. Having an adult to back you guys up will add both ethos and guidance to this sort of undertaking.
You’ll want to share why you want to establish a Division C team, how you plan on building both the team’s membership and funds, and how you’ll approach the logistics of running an interscholastic competition-based club.
These are some things I’d include in the proposal that may persuade your school into supporting Div C
2. A financial plan - How are you going to raise funds? What are your expected expenses? What can the club raise and what will it need the school budget to fund? Remember things like supply costs, registration fees, and transportation fees. Make the school know that you’re serious about making this happen.
3. Show the school how esteemed the Science Olympiad organization is across the nation. Everything you need to know about Science Olympiad’s stats and achievements as an organization is right on its website. It also wouldn’t hurt to add that many high school seniors who are accepted to top universities and colleges are Science Olympiad alumni. Some undergraduate schools have such high Scioly alumni-populations that they’ve established a “Division D” league of schools, which include schools like Yale, MIT, Johns Hopkins, University of Georgia, University of Alabama Birmingham, and University of Illinois.
4. And save the best for last - the personal, heartfelt statement coming from you and your peers. I think it would be a good idea to write some sort of communal essay or letter that expresses the passion that you and your friends share for Science Olympiad. Make the school administrators see that Science Olympiad has become such an integral part of your beings that it would be detrimental to your livelihoods if it ceased to be a part of your lives. Show them the family of friends that has developed from this beloved club, and don’t spare any emotion when writing this all. And, if you’d like, bolster your whole proposal with individual statements to create a more personal view of how this club has deeply affected each and every one of its members.
You can make a binder of all these things and present it to your school in an administrative meeting or something. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the thought and time you put into the proposal.
It’ll be tedious work, but it’ll be worth it.
And a big kudos to your teammates, and you especially, for taking this sort of initiative! Please keep us all updated! Good luck!!!
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R.I.P. rocks & minerals :’(
Did you look at the new events? Some of them look quite cool, actually. Some are even spinoffs of Division B events! Why don’t you give them a try?
YAYYY I’m so happy you’re running for vice president!
The Scioly community needs more leaders like you who genuinely care about Science Olympiad and their teammates!
Making up a speech is hard, especially when it’s for a high school audience because you really don’t know what your audience wants to hear. Credentials? Goals? ideas? Funny jokes? It’s hard to figure out what to include and leave out in a speech, especially when it comes to something as dynamic as Scioly. You want to make sure that everyone knows you’re qualified without sounding like a total self-absorbed bore, and you also want to share with them all your ideas and hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
If I were you, I’d tell your team how much you LOVE Science Olympiad. And when I say “Science Olympiad” I’m talking about the organization itself, the events, the challenge, the advisors, the friends - EVERYTHING. Make sure that they know that they need to elect someone who’s both passionate and committed and that you’re the ideal candidate because you want to be more than just an officer who handles all the administrative work. Make it known that you know logistics, but you also know compassion and camaraderie - things that are essential to building a solid team of friends who all share a common love for science.
For the kids who are only in the club to slap it on their college resume, say that you know how to make your team a state and national champion. Tell them that you’ll do everything you possibly can, short of anything illegal or unethical, to transform your team into the most venerated team in the region, state, and country. A lot of schools have Scioly teams, but only a few are nationally recognized, and maybe you can entice those team members by telling them how impressive colleges would find it if they had “so-and-so High School Science Olympiad member” on their resumes. Normally I even hate advocating such appeal to members who barely appreciate Science Olympiad, but in your case I understand how important every single vote is, even the votes of those who are only in the club to add more extracurriculars to their college apps.
And my last piece of advice, which I think I mentioned briefly earlier, is to be careful that you don’t sound self-absorbed and conceited by focusing too much on credentials. I’m guessing everyone on your team already knows you, and I’m also guessing that they know you’re one of the stronger members of the team so devoting 2-3 sentences to your years of experience, awards, etc. should be enough. Try to add a lot of emotional appeal in your speech by making yourself relatable to your constituents, and by that I mean make them believe that you want exactly what they want: A leader who can lead, make a name for the school, and build a strong, tight-knit team.
Win or lose, just know that you’re already a true leader for even caring so much about your team and its leadership.
I hope that helped, and best of luck in your campaign! Please tell us how it goes! :D