|Let the testing begin!|
This year I sponsored our district's combined Academic Decathlon team and spent countless hours locked in my classroom with a group of dedicated students studying everything and anything about Russia (this year's topic). We studied the space race, Communism, the Tzars, famous Russian composers, art, the Russian Market, and we even read Dr. Zhivago. Months and months of preparation culminated last week in Anchorage at the state Academic Decathlon competition where students spent two days testing in math, science, economics, music, art, social sciences, literature and language, essay writing, and the super quiz. They also gave two speeches and sat for an interview with the judging panel.
|Super Quiz Relay lineup|
Our students took 15th in the state and 5th in their division. Although our kids didn't win any of the scholarships that students were competing for (over $30,000 in scholarships, how cool is that?!) we did have one student win an iPad mini for being a high scorer in his division.
|What a good looking team!|
And in our down time we tooled around Anchorage, visiting college campuses and eating yummy food.
|Touring Alaska Pacific University|
|Enjoying the marine biology lab at APU|
(She's playing with a baby octopus)
|Rock Climbing adventure|
|Sushi was a hit, even if chopsticks were not.|
|Playing "what is this?" and "is it edible?" with|
the spring salad.
Needless to say, I am absolutely exhausted. Five days of chauffeuring students from place to place really does get tiring. I think the next time I head to Anchorage it will be sans-students so that I can travel at a more leisurely pace and have a drink!