Welcome to Senior Year Saturday, my newest regular feature! Essentially, I talk about any and all things related to my final year of high school, from homework and extracurriculars to updates on college planning and thoughts on graduation. And more! (Such as that dreaded feeling known as “senioritis.”) Enjoy!
Well, I lied. I said I wasn’t going to post about Thursday night’s academic bowl, but I changed my mind. I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it in my last post, I know, but I am now. BECAUSE WE DID AN AMAZING THING ON THURSDAY, PEOPLES. AND I AM REALLY FREAKING PROUD OF US…
P.S. Previous Senior Year Saturday posts may be found here.
So as I mentioned in my most recent post, two nights ago I participated in an academic bowl as part of a team of fourteen homeschoolers. We competed against seven other local high schools.
This year’s theme was “The Grandeur That Was Rome.” (Following up 2013’s theme, “The Glory That Was Greece,” I suppose?) We’d been studying since October and it all culminated on Thursday night with six rounds of questions about the following subjects:
- Social Studies
- Fine Arts
- Interdisciplinary (combines all of the above)
Each round has twenty-five questions, which become increasingly harder as one progresses through the question set. Oh, and they’re timed.
It’s lots of fun, in a geeky way.
This year I was on the English, Social Studies, and Interdisciplinary teams. (I’m the captain of the English team, actually.) And, well, in my last post I wrote that I was not too thrilled about my English teammates because they’re so obnoxious.
I still stand by that statement, but I will now grudgingly admit that they really know their stuff. Working with them may be like trying to herd cats – a group of incredibly socially awkward cats – but when it comes down to the day of the competition, they definitely performed well.
Actually, all the homeschoolers did.
Like, really well.
Like, “WINNING-THE-ENTIRE-FREAKING-COMPETITION” really well.
…we won in every single subject. I’m still stunned by that – every so often I think, “Did that really happen? Did we really do that?!”
So, yeah. I’m really happy about that. I’m really, really, REALLY proud of us. When I wasn’t competing, I’d leave the competition room to eat dinner, or use the computer, or whatever, and then when I came back one of the other homeschooled students would be like, “Oh, hey, we just won that round, too.” Really? Wow.
Apparently no other school group has won in all the subjects in the history of that competition? Wow. We thought we’d tied or placed second in Social Studies, actually, and were utterly surprised to learn that we’d won by just a hair.
Yay for homeschoolers! Yay for a night that will doubtless go down as one of the best of my high school years, or even as one of the best from ALL my years of homeschooling!
God. Wow. I don’t even know what to say, other than that I’m really really happy and also laughing because our official team name is the “Home Scholars” and… wow, that makes us sound so, well, scholarly. So studious. Dude, I studied for the academic bowl by lying in my bed, wearing my pajamas, reading The Aeneid and listening to music on my iPod.
But hey. I guess those study methods worked.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH THERE STILL AREN’T EVEN WORDS TO EXPRESS MY HAPPINESS AND SURPRISE AND PRIDE AND GEEKY FEELINGS OF JOY.