Monday, March 6, 2017

Semi-Finals - 2017 Academic Olympics


Song:  Reborn

Artist:  Thomas Bergersen

This was the semi-finals for the 2017 Academic Olympics.

Last year...
Northstar had made it this far.

They had won one...and lost two (last year) at the semi-finals.

Northstar would have to win big this year if they are to advance 
to the 2017 Academic Olympics Finals.



We had just arrived at a local high school for the semi-finals.


In the first heat...
there was a math question...
and Alex had buzzed in for the win.


It was half time...
and Northstar was ahead.


And...
it was Northstar for the win.




The Northstar coach with the team before the arrival of their next opponents.


The opposing team had arrived.


Earlier in the competition...
this team had beaten Northstar.

Northstar had to win this heat if they wished to advance to the finals.


At half time...
both teams had gone back and forth...
and it was close.

This was a nail biter.

It was so close for a while.

Then...


there was a question on Economics...
and Alex buzzed in for the correct answer
(Alex is studying Macro and Micro Economics).

And from then on...
Northstar continued to go strong until they secured the win.




Northstar had one more heat to go.

They needed to win this next heat to be ensured a spot at the finals.


The opposing team.


Northstar was ready to go.


And...
another math question.





And...Alex had buzzed in for the correct answer.



Northstar had done it.

They had won the final heat for the day...
and they had secured their spot for next week's District's final.

The win - loss ratio for Northstar for the semi-finals was 3 - 0.



The whole Northstar team had really done well.

Alex had really proved his worth as team captain throughout the competition...
but... today was probably Alex's finest showing.

Alex had answered questions we hadn't known he had known.


The Northstar coach handing out maps for the finals.

Last year...
they were held at a casino.

However...
this year...
due to budget cuts...
they will be having it in a high school auditorium...
and it will be catered by the high school's culinary class.

Still...
this put Northstar on the map.

This was only their second year in competition...
and they made the finals this year.

It will just be the top three high schools in the district competing.

This will be a battle of epic proportions.

One public high school is from a wealthy area.

The other one is an expensive private school.

And, there is Northstar...
an online high school.

They are certainly raising eyebrows here in Northern Nevada.

An online high school had made the Academic Olympics finals!



Alex was really happy.


I had asked him where he would like to eat.

I had suggested BBQ.

Alex readily agreed.





We had gotten a combo platter of BBQ pork ribs, pulled pork, and chicken.


Although Alex had really liked the BBQ...
his stomach could not hold much...
and on the way home...
he had felt nauseated again.

It sometimes takes many months for the digestive system to fully recover
after what he had contracted.

We will be eating nothing but gentle foods for the next few months.


On our way home after the meal.


Early tomorrow morning...
Alex will be competing in AIME.

When we got home...
Alex just relaxed on the sofa.

He was so tired after the meal that he had actually fallen asleep
in the front seat on the way home.

Tomorrow...
we will have to leave early in the morning.

His mother always cooks him salmon or trout with rice for breakfast
before any of his competitions.

It is not only highly digestible and will stay with him all morning...
when Alex had won the 2014 State Mathcounts championship...
he had eaten fish and rice on the morning of the competition.

So, now...
it is his competition breakfast for all of his competitions  :)













2 comments:

  1. Impressive performance, particularly to beat that team that they had previously lost to. Alex looks very happy, about as happy as I had ever seen him in photographs.

    That BBQ dinner looked really appetizing, but hopefully Alex didn't suffer any long-term negative effects.

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  2. Northstar will have to face the other two teams which had previously beaten them earlier in the competition also.

    Although Alex had felt nauseated and tired last night, he felt much better this morning. For the next couple of months, he will just be eating chicken or fish...nothing spicy.

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