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.












2 comments:

  1. The looks on his teammates faces really are hysterical. I can just imagine how Alex's opponents must feel when he answers the math questions so quickly. Ha!

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  2. They always have a great time watching Alex answer so quickly. The parents look around to see if the other parents are also surprised. It is always a treat for me to watch the opponents faces when Alex buzzes in. :)

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