After months and months of practicing every single week, the Academic Decathlon competition finally is over! And we killed it!
But first, I wasn't sure I was going to make it through the week. I was so worn out and tired on Friday night.
The kids started arriving and to help keep nerves down, we took selfies and funny photos.
The first part of the competition is the logic test. This year's test consisted of 20 different logic puzzles that included math, word games, and more. It's a nightmare! But it's my favorite! We have been working on logic since the summer with some of the kids who attended math camp.
The kids have to learn their strengths, the captain coordinates with the team to make sure every problem is being figured, and they have to transfer answers to one official sheet. It's stressful. When the kids were done with the test, they looked at us with big grins! They said they answered every single problem. That can be good or bad. Sometimes they get over confident, or sometimes they know they got it!
In this case...they HAD it! We got first in this test and beat the next team by 900 points! (Insert major whoop whoop type screaming here!)
After the logic quiz, the kids break off into individual tests. Eight out of the 10 kids have an individual test in algebra, literature, social studies, science, current events, religion, English, and fine arts. The other two kids just hang out and eat!
Finally, the day wraps up with the Super Quiz. The kids have studied five different topics, and the questions are asked out loud in front of the audience. The captain holds up letters to indicate their answers and the scores are shown. This wasn't our best area, but now we know where to improve upon for next year.
I can't tell you how proud and happy I am about our results. Amanda and I drove home strategizing about next year. The kids did such a great job, and I can't wait to get started. Well, maybe I'll take a bit of time off to relax before jumping back into logic puzzle mode.
Oh, and Amanda and I were interviewed for ABC news in Bakersfield. Here is the clip: