Sunday, March 23, 2014

Academic contest season

Suddenly, it is academic contest season.

  • This week, C participated in a regional spelling bee at the local community college.  There were only 15 participants, which was nice--I had been envisioning an all day affair.  C went out at 8th place--middle of the pack.  Her word was "sonata" (she doubled the "n").  It was almost exactly a hour, with a brutal duel toward the end (by which time Baby T and I were already scampering out in the hall).  
  • Before the bee, C and Baby T and I had a second breakfast on campus--tater tots, biscuit and bacon (the latter just for Baby T--I forgot it was a Lenten Friday while ordering).
  • C loved the community campus and I told her that once she's in high school, she can take courses there, for instance art.  It would be nice for C to be able to have a whole art course, rather than an hour here and there.
  • C especially liked being able to miss a whole morning of school for this, but she had to make it up over the weekend.    
  • And that's not all--we also have UIL (University Interscholastic League) coming up.  C is supposed to be representing her school in four different academic subjects.  For the first time ever, school is suddenly very, very serious about doing practices.  In past years, C has only had at most one practice session for one subject.  This year, at least three of the subjects she's signed up for are doing after school practices, often a weekly practice until the big UIL meet in April.  It's going to be a long, long three weeks.   
  • As I've said before, school is HARD.  
  • 2 months, 1 week more to go.

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