Wednesday, February 15, 2017

University Recruitment Letters Start To Arrive


Song:  Midnight Oil

Artist:  Luke Pickman
(Original Composition - Played both Harp and Alto Flute)


It has begun!


Alex is signing up for their mailing list tonight.

This letter was one of the first to arrive for Alex
(along with one from The University of Chicago and from Northeastern University).

There will be many such letters from various universities as the year wears on.
These letters go out to many tens of thousands of students in the US
who score a certain amount on their PSATs / SATs.

Many of the Universities in the US get the contact information for recruitment
from The College Board.  They have the records of all students in the US who score
above a certain range in the PSATs and SATs.

As Alex had done well on both...
Alex had been invited to be on their mailing lists so they may send him
more information concerning their universities...
and the interested universities will then try to get the students to apply to them.


I fully understand that just these letters mean nothing other than they
are interested in having him apply when it comes time to do so.


The real test comes in October...
when Alex starts sending out his applications to the various universities
he wishes to attend...
and, especially...
 when he starts getting the letters of acceptance or rejection from those universities...
in about one year.

We also know that Alex may get many letters of non-acceptance...
as do the majority of children applying...
especially to such universities as Caltech
(where tens of thousands of prospects vie for only a couple hundred spots each year).

We will then just concentrate our efforts on those who accept him.

Hopefully...
Alex will have some nice universities to choose from.



It has been a long journey for us to finally get to this point.


It is nice to get this process started.

Alex has always worked very hard for the moment which is soon to come.

So...
about this time next year...
we should start getting the letters of acceptance  :)...
and those of rejection   :(...
and we will then have to start making choices and plans...
and it will then be time to move once again.


I am already starting to get butterflies in my stomach...
and we have a year to go!  :)










Monday, February 13, 2017

Third Week - 2017 Academic Olympics



Song:  It Don't Come Easy

Artist:  Ringo Star



Today was the third week of the 2017 Academic Olympics.

There were a total of four heats.

On this day...
half of all the schools were eliminated.

In two weeks...
Northstar will be advancing to the Semi-Finals.




This was the first heat of the day.

The young man on the left is particularly strong in History, Geography, and some Science.

The young man next to him is particularly strong in Current Events, Sports, and some Science.

The young lady is particularly strong in Literature.

Alex is the team captain, and he is the Math man for the team...
and he has some strengths in Science, and to a lesser extent...Literature.


This was the first heat team.


Luckily...
a math question came up.


Within a few seconds...
Alex buzzed in for the correct answer.


After half time...
the young man next to Alex came in.

His particular strength lies in Computer Science.

The other team also substituted some of their team members.


And...
it was Northstar for the win.



This was the second heat of the day.

They are from a very good school.

The young man with his hand on his head is also in Alex's math club.

He is a 4th year high schooler...
and a National Merit Scholar.

He had submitted his applications for many of the top universities in America.
He will be hearing from them soon.

Next year...
Alex will be doing the same.


After half - time...
the other team substituted in some competitors.

Then...
a math question was asked.

Alex quickly answered correctly.


However...
the other team was simply too strong in the other areas.

This was a win for the opposition.


In the third heat...
Northstar went up against another very good school.

They are known for sending many of their students to Ivy League Universities.

However...
Northstar came on strong and handily defeated them.

This made the win to loss ratio for the day at:  2 - 1

Even though Northstar won this heat...
they would have to win the next one to ensure their spot in the semi-finals.


The Northstar coach is talking with the team before the heat.


This was the opposing team.


The two young men closest to me were the main math men for their team.


Luckily...
another math question was posed.

Alex's team members always have fun watching Alex quickly calculate the problems...
and buzz in for the win.

Alex will often times merely write down the problem...
and do the calculation rapidly in his head.

As Alex buzzed in...
I looked over at the math men on the opposing team.

Both were still trying to write down their initial calculations when Alex buzzed in.

The nearest young man was just shaking his head as he looked at the problem before him.

The second young man merely said, "What happened!?".  :)


Northstar, again, had come on strong and defeated their opponents.


I love to see the respect the math men of the opposing teams have for Alex.

Alex has exceptionally rapid calculative capabilities.
He will often put down his pen as soon as he writes down the problem...
and then come up with the answer in his head in a matter of seconds.

Often times...
he will buzz in with the correct answer before the problem is even fully read.




After Northstar's win on this last heat...
their win loss ration for the day stood at:  3 - 1

After the last heat...
the Northstar coach briefed the team on the events of the semi-finals in two weeks.

I believe it will be a single elimination one heat event.

From what I understand...
another half of the schools will be eliminated in one heat at the semi-finals.


So...
after a quick pep talk...
we departed the campus and went out to eat.


We headed out to the car after the event.


We gave Alex his pick of restaurants.

As he is still experiencing some stomach upset...
he chose to have chicken at El Pollo Loco.

He finds chicken and fish the easiest to digest.

Once Alex feels fully well...
we will go out to a steakhouse.  

Alex has another exceptionally difficult math test coming in two days.

He is busy studying everyday...
and keeping ahead in all of his classes.

There are still many exams and tests coming soon...
so, Alex will have no rest, as he will be constantly preparing for them...
as they will keep coming at him for the rest of this...
his Hell Year.












Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Second Week - 2017 Academic Olympics


Song:  Right Down The Line

Artist:  Gerry Rafferty




 The second week of the 2017 Academic Olympics
consisted of four heats.



In the first heat...
the opposing team was good...
but they quickly fell behind Northstar.


Yes...
the young man with the full beard...
is a student!

This was half time, and as their team had a full eight members...
the coach swapped out the whole team during half time.


This was Northstar's half time...
and as Northstar only had five members...
the coach swapped out one member.


In the end...
the opposing team could not catch up...
and it was Northstar for the win.

This particular question was a math problem...
and as Alex is the math man for Northstar...
 he quickly answered correctly.


This was the second heat.

This was another math question...
and again, Alex was the first to buzz in, and he had answered it correctly


Northstar had again won the heat.

During the heat...
there was an irregularity in one of the answers given by the opposing team...
and to the opposing coach's credit...
she had brought it up and set the record straight.

It was good to see honor being held to a high standard.


This was the third heat.

This was a tough team.
They had a good team of STEM students.
They were from an expensive private high school.


Another math question that Alex had gotten first...and had answered correctly.


The teams were tied until the very last question...
which the opposing team had gotten.

They had won fairly and squarely.  


 For the last heat...
the opposing team had to forfeit...
as they were from Lake Tahoe...
and there was a storm in progress there...
so they could not make the drive to the competition.

So...
Northstar just played against themselves.

One of the questions was a math problem
which Alex had correctly answered.

After the end of the heat...
the moderator had asked Alex to explain the answer...
as she only had the answer sheet, but not an explanation of how it was solved.

Alex then explained it to her.

It had something to do with a base 9 problem.


So...
for the day...
Northstar had accumulated three wins...and one loss.

3 - 1


So far...
the win to loss ratio for Northstar is 5 - 3.

Five wins...and three losses.


Next week, the competition shall get tougher.


-------------

The Academic Olympics second week was yesterday.

Alex is presently at the Davidson Academy taking a very important math test.

I will have to leave in a few minutes to pick him up.

So far...
Alex is doing very well in everything.

Hopefully...
some good news shall arrive within the next month or so...
as to how previously completed work had turned out.










Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Week - 2017 Academic Olympics


Song:  Only The Young

Group:  Journey


Yesterday was the first day of the 2017 Academic Olympics.

Many different high schools came from all around Northern Nevada 
to compete at a local high school for the honors to compete at the State level.

There were two new schools added this year.

Alex is the team Captain again this year for Northstar Online High School.

Many from last year's team were not there for the first day of competition.

Only Alex and the girl next to him were from last year's team.


Although no one could match Alex in math...
the Asian boy in blue on the opposing side had done very well
on many of the History and Geography questions.

Northstar (Alex's team) lost the first heat.


In the second heat...
the teams finished in a tie.

It went into overtime...
and the opposing team got the win.


In the third heat...
Northstar picked up its momentum...
and went on to secure their first win for the day.




This was the fourth and final heat of the day.

Luckily...
there was an *open algebraic math question.

(open for all competitors to answer...the first one to answer correctly
gives the next three bonus questions to their team to answer).

Alex quickly calculated and buzzed in the correct answer.

This, along with more quick answers from Northstar...
secured the win.

This made Northstar's score for the day 2 - 2.



Mr. Devaney...
the Northstar head Academic Olympic coach...
gave a quick debriefing to the team before everyone went home.

Every Monday...
for the next few weeks...
there will be more heats for each school.

Hopefully...
Northstar will continue to do well.


Alex just after the first day of Academic Olympic heats.

Alex is not yet feeling completely well from the stomach flu.

He still can only eat soft foods for now.

However, Alex still studies without complaint.

He also has a very important math test coming up next week.



So much is happening so quickly this year.

There is so much to prepare for...
and so much to do.

In less than a year from now...
Alex will be putting out his applications to many universities throughout the US.

Within a few months of his applications going out...
Alexs will pick the one he wishes to attend for his undergraduate degree...
and we will then move somewhere near the university to fully support Alex
as he moves forwards in life.

The third year of high school is known as hell year...
as universities look so closely at what is done in this year...
and so, it is the highest pressure year at high school.

Alex is handling it well...
as he has always handled challenges in the past.






Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alex's First Day Of Analysis II At UNR / Snow Photos


A Breath Taking Piano Piece

Artist:  Jervy Hou


Alex's first day of his Analysis II class started a couple of days ago at UNR.

Alex has been feeling under the weather for several weeks now.

He still has some of the after effects from the stomach flu which had hit Reno pretty hard.

My wife and I had lighter versions of it...
and I still do not feel up to speed yet.


We were on our way to take Alex to UNR.



 I had taken the above photos from our driveway.


I had just dropped off Alex in this photo.

My wife accompanied us on this day, as she also wanted to take some photos of the snow.


My wife and I walked around some on the UNR campus and took some photos.










As Alex was still in class, and we had more free time until it was time to pick him up...
we decided to drive to a nearby park.


This photo is actually part of a dog park.

People may take their dogs here so they may enjoy the company of other dogs.

This is just the leashed dog portion.

There is a much larger portion, down and to the right...
where dogs may run around unleashed.


 You may see some people with their dogs in this photo.

I will wait for spring time before I take Hana here.





My wife and I were going to walk through the park (human portion)...
however, it was closed while they removed snow from the walkways.


So, we made our way back to the car
and went back to the university to await Alex's arrival.




Alex arrived at our pick up point...
and we departed.

As Analysis II is a continuation of his previous class (Analysis I)...
he already had the text, and he has the same teacher.


I had taken these two photos from our front yard upon our arrival at home.


I love Winter.

I love the light chill in the air...
and the crunching of the snow underfoot. 

I also love to make the car slide a little on command.
It becomes an almost two ton toboggan :)

As it is all wheel drive...it has much better handling than does a 2 wheel drive car...
so, I can pull out of a sliding maneuver easily.  I will simply initiate a gentle S turn...
and tighten the second curve and accelerate to send the car sliding sideways.
I, of course, ensure that there are no other cars on the road first...
and that I do it going uphill, so that gravity also works on my side
to ensure I don't keep sliding beyond that which I desire.

Life is simply too short to not be childlike at times.

My wife, however, would disagree...
as she says I am childish at all times  :)












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