I feel you buddy
and I can’t wait!
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.
I do I do!
Check out my previous post about fundraising here!
Yes yes yes!
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!!!
ARGH I FEEL YOU
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?