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Posted on: Nov 9 2018, 03:23 PM


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QUOTE (Lab @ Nov 8 2018, 06:56 PM) *
I donít know how exciting of a place we would be. Haha


Just be glad you're not doing subjectives. emot-smug.gif
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Posted on: Nov 5 2018, 10:24 PM


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I might also be doing awards, I'll have to check the invite.
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Posted on: Nov 5 2018, 02:11 PM


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QUOTE (Lab @ Oct 16 2018, 02:21 PM) *
For any and all wondering minds, here is the list of 42 schools that will be at the Rock next weekend. "Final count" looks to be right at 750 kids. That's only like 3000 sheets of scantrons.....

Bryan Adams
Carter
CDO
Conrad
Coppell
Frisco HS
Garland
Gilliam Collegiate Academy
Grady Spruce
Heritage
Highland Park
Irma Rangel
Irving
James Madison
JJ Pearce
John Paul II
Keller
Lassiter Early College
Little Elm
Mesquite
Molina
Naaman Forest
Plano East
Plano Senior
Plano West
Richardson
Rockwall
Rockwall-Heath
Roosevelt
Rowlett
Sachse
School of Health Professions
Science and Engineering Magnet
Seagoville
South Garland
South Oak Cliff
Sunset
Townview TAG
W.H. Adamson
W.W. Samuel
Wilmer Hutchins
Wylie East


Rockwall trying to put together a bid to do Nationals or something? smile.gif
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Posted on: Nov 5 2018, 02:07 PM


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I'm booked for sure to do the Texas Region X Super Quiz. smile.gif

Gonna MC the stuffing outta that thang!
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Posted on: Aug 3 2018, 08:02 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Aug 3 2018, 01:40 PM) *
I'm just ready for this year to start now. At least a dozen of our kids have been reading all summer, so now I want to see if we actually get results from a summer reading schedule for once.


My year is already well underway. I'm working on some cool incident response stuff.

Now if only my customers would read *their* packets...
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Posted on: Jul 25 2018, 04:14 PM


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Thanks much, it's an important part of AcDec history.

Because Texas. biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jul 20 2018, 12:36 PM


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QUOTE (scope @ Jul 18 2018, 07:15 PM) *
Hi, everyone!

I'm Sophie from Pearce HS in Texas! I'm an honors student and super pumped for my third year of AcDec!

(Hopefully this is how you post something biggrin.gif )


Yes, it is how you post. smile.gif

I'm no longer coaching at Berkner, but I can fleer and jest at you, if such things would help to spur you on to study harder. smile.gif
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Posted on: Jul 20 2018, 12:34 PM


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Coach Jackson is another of my AcDec heroes. I think it's often unsaid how a coach can inspire a rival coach. During my years, the coaches at Nimitz, Plano, Plano East, Rockwall, and, yes, even crosstown rival Pearce all became friends and inspirations to me. My life is richer for having been a coach in their midst.
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Posted on: Jul 17 2018, 01:20 PM


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I remember Dorcas Helms, the Pearce coach from the mid-80s through early 90s. Great coach, great woman, very inspiring - much like Plano Senior High's grand dame of coaching, Sheila Kolb.

There should be scholarship awards in Texas in both their names.
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Posted on: Jun 20 2018, 06:53 PM


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Considering getting certified as a HITRUST consultant and I need to do my FSCE exam.
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Posted on: May 30 2018, 05:00 PM


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Hey, I was a Scholastic back in 1986, so we'll have to work out some sort of timeframe for that "coolest" title. emot-smug.gif

32 years on, and I still relish the time I had as a competitor. Truly golden moments, and it always makes me happy to see others that tasted from the cup of AcDec. Win or lose, speech blowout or essay meltdown, it's all part of the rich pageant.

Cheers to you!
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Posted on: May 30 2018, 12:10 PM


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Discord sounds like another thing like Slack which is basically another thing like IRC.

IRC's not my thing for social stuff. I do enough with Slack for work.
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Posted on: May 30 2018, 12:08 PM


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^ Yeah, I was disapppointed. I really wanted to own those trademarks and then launch a version of Academic Decathlon for retirement centers...
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Posted on: May 22 2018, 12:31 PM


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BRB, I need to trademark "Academic Decathlon." If not me, who? If not now, when?
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Posted on: May 22 2018, 12:28 PM


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Crashes definitely turn away users...

I've got Tapatalk running on my Networking-Forums.com and at komunumo.net. That's pretty good for making things mobile-friendly.

But for kids... it may be different... they don't even like using Facebook anymore, because it's for icky grownups. Instagram and Snapchat might even be on the way out... things are a lot more visual/video with the younger folks.
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Posted on: May 8 2018, 09:33 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ May 6 2018, 05:45 PM) *
Got another post this weekend- it rapidly went off the rails before becoming focused back on what I wanted it to be about. Lots of stuff covered, hope y'all enjoy:

91.8


You're almost sandbagging, there. emot-smug.gif
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 08:38 PM


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Huh. Worked fine for me. Should be small enough in KB to fit on the server.
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 08:38 PM


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Why not make the essay test an essay *grading* test. Students have to grade for both grammar mistakes as well as poor construction of arguments. Provide 3-5 essays of varying quality and have the students see how close they can get to the actual grade. They have to list where they see errors in grammar as well as where they can spot flawed arguments or poor parallel construction, stuff like that.
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Posted on: May 3 2018, 08:34 PM


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Is this the first time that USAD has included an apology with the music outline?
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 06:28 PM


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Judge training is difficult, at best. You'll always have judges that showed up late because of their schedule, last-minute replacements, and the like. That's just how these events are put together.

That then means you also get judges that are grading like they really don't care at all about what they're doing. There should be a way to simply drop those judges' scores if they're going like... straight 2s except for one kid that gets 10s. Or straight 10s except for one kid that gets 2s. We don't need Santa Claus or The Grinch in as judges. We need people that are putting some thought into this.

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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 02:18 PM


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In short, do it.

Once you've re-registered, get your avatar added, put in your autosig, your custom title, and turn on your ability to see "Quick Reply".

All that stuff adds to the fun of the place, and a place that is more fun is more used.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 02:02 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Apr 23 2018, 03:06 PM) *
They also added Div IV and cut out individual representatives without notifying anyone. No one knew there was only 18 invites until far too late.

There is absolutely zero transparency from USAD, and quite frankly it's unbelievable. No one knew what DIV meant. No one knew about the decrease in invites. No one knew that China wasn't eligible last year for team awards. No one knew. Because USAD didn't say anything. For as much money and time we put into this, it sure feels like the people who own this thing don't really much care about anything that happens.


This would not fly AT ALL in private industry, I can tell you that right now. People have been fired/transferred for less.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 01:59 PM


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This is a crazy solution, as the different tests are not apples to apples.

USAD will make U SAD...
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Posted on: Apr 13 2018, 12:26 PM


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OCM was a meme here for a while...

ocmlook.jpg

He still is, if you know where to find the pictures...

ocmyay.jpg

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Posted on: Apr 3 2018, 01:48 PM


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We don't even have our accounts fixed yet, either. Even more patience. smile.gif
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