Thursday, December 1, 2011
Alex On To The Final Phase - The Toughest Test Of Them All
Song: Beautiful World
Group: Future World Music
We hand delivered the application to the Davidson Academy with one day to spare.
The application review is the first phase of the cuts.
We got his acceptance E-mail to continue to the final phase...
the next day!
While we were elated...
we also know that the final phase will be the toughest testing
that Alex will have done so far.
It is an 8 hour long session of Math, Science, English Composition and Critical Reasoning.
He will also have to compose a formal essay on a topic given during the testing...
and then there is an Oral Board where they will be asking him questions
designed to determine the depth of his drive, his ability to adapt to changing scenarios...
and his basic reasoning skills.
From that point, they will determine which children will be admitted to
the Davidson Academy next year.
This has been our dream for Alex for years.
Should he not make it this year...
he will have to take, and have a high score on, his College Entrance Exams...
and we will have to re-apply and have him go through the testing again next year.
We have two weeks to prepare him for this...
his final phase of testing.
We took off this one day, today, to celebrate his surviving the first cut.
We decided to go to Lake Tahoe for the day
(a short one hour trip).
We were planning to take a Gondola up to the top of a mountain peak for
panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.
However, today was too windy.
The Gondola was closed due to the high winds.
We decided to just drive around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe and take pictures.
Although Alex looks much older in this picture...
he just turned 11 years old a couple of weeks ago.
After seeing the whole lake...
we decided to eat at a Sushi Restaurant at South Lake Tahoe
(My wife, and I, got married here in South Lake Tahoe).
We, of course, love Japanese food.
This is Alex's dessert...
Mochi Ice Cream...
Chocolate, Strawberry, and Mango.
Alex deserved this special day
as he has been doing such a great job.
We must now focus on his test in two weeks.
It is going to be a daily review and learning challenge.
This is going to be the greatest challenge he has ever faced.
It is now up to my wife, and I, to prepare Alex for battle.
We must polish his armor...
sharpen his sword...
ready his lance...
mount him upon his great war horse
and ready him to slay the greatest dragon in the land.
To have even been considered by the Davidson Academy
to continue to the final phase is such a great honor.
Although, either way...
this opens up a whole new realm of serious effort.
Should he not make it...
it will be a solid year of College Entrance Exam...
and Davidson Academy testing preparation.
Should he make it...
it will be almost a solid year of studying before the next school year
in preparation for Alex to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder
with some of the brightest youths in the nation.