Academic Triathlon Regional Meets

My son Andy is part of an Academic Triathlon team made up of six 6th graders from Lake and Woodbury Middle School.

Today the SWCS Area Regional Meets took place in eight schools in Woodbury. My son’s team along with five other teams of 5th and 6th graders had their regional meet at Crosswinds Middle School.

Parents are only allowed to watch the last part of the competition, which is P.A.R.T.Y. in the box.

The theme for the PARTY presentation was about turning a crisis around and living happily ever after. There has to be a non human character involved.

Andy’s team came up with a really cool idea. It’s about someone who became the fattest person in the world. At the time he got the good news of breaking the Guinness World Record, he was also told by his doctor that he is going to die very soon unless he changes his eating habit and lifestyle. 

He becomes conscious and has to make the difficult choices as to what to eat. Two non-human characters played the roles of hamburger and salad. Each tries its best to win him over. The fattest person decided to choose salad. He starts to eat healthy and exercise. After losing his weight, he lives happily ever after.   

I really liked their creative idea. My daughter and I both thought it was the best play at the meet.

Andy’s team won the second place. They were disappointed, because their total score is the same as the 1st place team from Woodbury Middle School. But the computer picked the other team as the 1st place winner based on some raw data. I don’t know how the process works.

It was a fun event. I felt the kids are smarter than their parents like me. I couldn’t do what they did.

I want to thank Bob Condon for coaching Andy’s team. They had practices since November 2009. It was a big commitment for the coach. Thanks so much!  

What happens next is the first place team from each regional meet will go to the State Tournament to be held on Saturday April 17, 2010 in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  


Update from coach Bob on March 27, 2010:

Congratulations on your 1st place finish at the regional meet. 

Due to a scoring error ( Face Off was counted twice) we are going to State. The date is Saturday, April 17th at Minnetonka East Middle School.