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Study Topics / Re: 20-21 topic
« on: February 24, 2020, 08:41:15 AM »
I will throw in my annual guess (wish) for the Middle East or the Middle Ages.  I think we're due for a region after the last two years.  I'm looking forward to the clues...I keep refreshing their social media to see if anything is posted yet.

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General Discussion / Re: New GPA ranges!!!
« on: February 02, 2020, 10:30:42 AM »
I definitely see both sides of this. Recruiting will be easier, for sure.  But just looking at my team this year, THREE of my four scholastics who made the team would have been varsity instead.  A couple of my current varsities would not have made the team, and the amount of growth in confidence I have seen in them probably wouldn't have happened.  Also, would those three kids be putting in the same effort?  Knowing that they "only" had to put up varsity-level scores instead of competing with other scholastics, I don't think they would have worked as hard. 

I'm surprised they made as big of a jump as they did.  I thought 3.1 would have been more reasonable than going with 3.2.

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General Discussion / New GPA ranges!!!
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:05:56 AM »
Holy cow...just posted on usad.org:

GPA Ranges for the 2020–2021 Competition Year
 
After careful consideration and evaluation of survey feedback from state directors and coaches, USAD has decided to revise the GPA ranges for the Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity categories for next year. The following revised GPA ranges will take effect for the 2020–2021 competition year: 
 
Honor: 3.80 – 4.00
Scholastic: 3.20 – 3.799
Varsity: 3.199 and below

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Study Topics / Re: Question on Frankenstein Book Editions
« on: August 31, 2019, 03:42:45 PM »
I looked up the differences last spring, and I made sure that we bought the 1818 edition to look at then (and ordered from USAD when they were available).  Look here for major differences:
https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Frankenstein/the-1818-and-1831-editions/
It looks significant enough that reading the wrong edition could definitely impact scores. 

For those interested in such things, you can find an ebook AND an audiobook for free in the public domain.  I think I got them both from Project Gutenberg.  Both the 1818 and 1831 editions are available, and you can quickly tell which is which by looking at the start of chapters 2 and 3.  Look for the sentence, “When I had attained the age of seventeen, my parents resolved that… .”  If that is the first sentence of chapter 2, then that is the correct edition from 1818.  However, if that is the first sentence of chapter 3, then that is the 1831 edition.

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:26:16 AM »
If you have your download link, the resource guides have been posted.  I'm digging the wide range of the history guide.

Also, lots more color pictures in the guides than usual, I think.  I hope they print reasonably well in gray scale.

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:04:07 AM »
Outlines are out.
https://usad.org/Curriculum/Curriculum-Outlines.aspx
There are several music pieces that we have had before, unfortunately including the Banshee...that is not my favorite.  But there is lots of good stuff too.

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Competitions and Scores / Re: Nationals 2019
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:18:42 PM »
Granada Hills wins with 53,108.5. Dulles had 50,443.8. Wilmot Union wins D2 with 48,982. Oakwood wins D3 with 52,417 (2nd highest overall for the 2nd straight year). Lemoore in California wins D4 with 45,519.7.

My team dropped from state, both because of a missing student and missing effort. But my H1 had a team record 8302.5, including 1000 in interview. I'm very happy about that!

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Competitions and Scores / Re: Nationals 2019
« on: April 27, 2019, 09:37:05 AM »
Mission accomplished with the 45 question math test...way fewer medals and ties than in recent years.

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Competitions and Scores / Re: Nationals 2019
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:58:29 PM »
No word yet on Oakwood's score in Ohio?

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:09:19 PM »
I'm pulling for this as an art selection.

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: March 13, 2019, 02:49:58 PM »
We are doing some early medical history right now.  My wife and I think we have successfully matched up the 4 humors with decathlon people:
Sanguine:  varsity, of course
Phlegmatic:  scholastic
Choleric:  honors
Melancholic:  coaches

Does that sound about right?

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: March 01, 2019, 12:54:08 PM »
Don't Fear the Reaper!

Maybe Bohemian Rhapsody, too.

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:02:05 AM »
I can't claim credit, but my wife totally picked the novel.

The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2019–2020 will be In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to the biology of cancer.
LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the 1818 version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
ART: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on an exploration of illness and wellness in art.
MUSIC: The music curriculum will introduce students to various musical works from across the centuries that will allow them to examine the role of mortality in Western art music.
SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will introduce students to the history of healthcare.
ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on health economics.
MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.*

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: February 28, 2019, 04:28:23 PM »
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was suggested to me.   I think that would be awesome!
Our biology teacher suggested that. Would definitely be cool.

Dr. Zhivago.

Because it's about a doctor.
I will quit forever.

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Study Topics / Re: 2020 Topic
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:28:11 PM »
Any guesses for a novel/long work related to medicine?  My wife suggested Frankenstein.  That would be awesome.

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