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post Feb 24 2017, 07:26 AM
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Everything is bigger in Texas Academic Decathlon! But how big? Predict away!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc...QSLlMQ/viewform

Thank you to Sam Keal for a fantastic Wisconsin predictions poll. It was so fantastic that I kind of ripped off yours! I hope you don't mind! biggrin.gif

If anybody wants to look at regionals scores again: https://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/Regionals/Texas/2017


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post Feb 24 2017, 11:15 PM
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How can we see results?


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post Feb 25 2017, 12:18 AM
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https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e9Zm-sEJGW...M/viewanalytics

Disclaimers:

1) There is no way to guarantee who is voting, or whether people aren't voting multiple times.

2) Regionals scores remain unknown for many Decathletes not on the list of options, most notably everybody from Pearland, Klein, and Friendswood. As of Friday 6:30pm CST, Mitchell Jackson of Pearland has received two write-in votes for top varsity and nobody else has received more than one write-in vote in any category.


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post Feb 25 2017, 03:20 PM
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As of Saturday 9:00am CST, with 26 votes:

Listing all possibilities that received at least two votes in their category:

First overall:
88% Highland Park

Second overall:
54.5% Dulles
27.3% James E. Taylor
9.1% Pearland

Third overall:
43.5% James E. Taylor
17.4% Dulles
13% Monterey
13% Pearland

Large School Champion:
45.8% Dulles
25% James E. Taylor
8.3% Nimitz

Medium School Champion:
95.5% Highland Park

Small School Champion:
42.9% John Paul II*
38.1% Taylor
14.3% Bandera

Top team score out of 60,000:
56.5% 53,xxx
21.7% 54,xxx
8.7% 52,xx
8.7% 51,xx

Top Honors:
50% Michael Xie, Highland Park
25% Mark Saving, J.J. Pearce
20.8% Scott Lin, James E. Taylor

Top Scholastic:
39.1% Brooke Yung, Highland Park
26.1% Ethan Tu, Dulles
13% Jasmyne Rodriguez, Highland Park

Top Varsity:
62.5% Wyatt Hill, Highland Park
12.5% Ramon Reyes, Nimitz
8.3% Harrison Cooper, J.J. Pearce
8.3% Abby Warren, Highland Park
8.3% Mitchell Jackson, Pearland

Top individual score out of 10,000:
29.2% 9,4xx
29.2% 9,3xx
12.5% 9,2xx
8.3% 9,7xx
8.3% 9,6xx
8.3% 9,5xx

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100% No**

(*) Updated poll to correct typo with "III." Unfortunately, as a result, all of these "John Paul III" votes became "Other" in the small school pie chart.
(**) Represents a large improvement from last year, where only 17.65% voted "No"


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post Feb 25 2017, 04:36 PM
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As of Saturday 10:30am CST, with 26 votes:

53,326.1 is the average prediction for the 2017 top team.
+779.8 from regionals actual.
+924.8 from 2016 actual.
+1,046.7 from 2016 predicted.
(2016 predicted was only -121.9 from actual)

9,433.3 is the average prediction for the 2017 top individual.
+67.2 from regionals actual.
-11 from 2016 actual.
+30.4 from 2016 predicted.
(2016 predicted was only -41.4 from actual)


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post Feb 26 2017, 04:30 PM
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As of Sunday 10:30am CST, with 31 votes:

First overall:
86.2% Highland Park
6.9% Nimitz
3.4% Taylor
3.4% Dulles

Second overall:
46.2% Dulles
30.8% Taylor
11.5% Pearland
3.8% Nimitz
3.8% Dobie
3.8% Pearce

Third overall:
37% Taylor
22.2% Dulles
14.8% Pearland
11.1% Monterey
7.4% Nimitz
3.7% Dobie
3.7% Pearce

Large School Champion:
39.3% Dulles
25% Taylor
10.7% Nimitz
10.7% Rockwall-Heath
7.1% Pearce
7.1% Pearland

Medium School Champion:
96.2% Highland Park
3.8% Lubbock

Small School Champion:
44% John Paul II
40% Taylor
12% Bandera
4% International Leadership School Of Texas - Garland

Top team score:
53.8% 53,xxx
23.1% 54,xxx
7.7% 52,xxx
7.7% 51,xxx
7.7% 50,xxx
Average: 53,269.2

Top Honors:
42.9% Michael Xie, Highland Park
25% Mark Saving, Pearce
17.9% Scott Lin, Taylor
7.1% Rachel Korn, Highland Park
3.6% Oishik Saha, Taylor
3.6% Karen Lei, Plano Senior

Top Scholastic:
42.3% Brooke Yung, Highland Park
26.9% Ethan Tu, Dulles
11.5% Jasmyne Rordriguez, Highland Park
3.8% Rohan Sethi, Clear Lake
3.8% Matthew Forbes, Highland Park
3.8% Marcos Ruiz, Alice
3.8% Madison Gabino, Dulles
3.8% Bryce Workings, Rockwall

Top Varsity:
60.7% Wyatt Hill, Highland Park
14.3% Ramon Reyes, Nimitz
7.1% Harrison Cooper, Pearce
7.1% Abby Warren, Highland Park
7.1% Mitchell Jackson, Pearland
3.6% Madison Skelton, Rockwall-Heath

Top individual score:
32.1% 9,3xx
28.6% 9,4xx
10.7% 9,2xx
7.1% 9,7xx
7.1% 9,6xx
7.1% 9,5xx
3.6% 9,8xx
3.6% 9,1xx
Average: 9,442.9

If a deaf person goes to court, is it still called a hearing?
100% No


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post Feb 26 2017, 06:39 PM
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Top teams in Large Schools announced:
3) Friendswood
2) Taylor
1) Dulles


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post Feb 26 2017, 06:56 PM
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Dulles 49717


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post Feb 26 2017, 07:15 PM
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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Feb 26 2017, 12:56 PM) *
Dulles 49717

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post Feb 26 2017, 07:16 PM
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Results from Medium/Small? The live feed died just before they announced ten-event scores, and team scores.


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post Feb 26 2017, 07:20 PM
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Highland Park, 52,525.5


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post Feb 26 2017, 07:25 PM
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Don't have scores in front of me but I know hp won state. We would have broken 50 but one of our scholastics received a no score on essay.. Despite this he placed fifth overall


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post Feb 26 2017, 10:08 PM
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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Feb 26 2017, 08:25 PM) *
Don't have scores in front of me but I know hp won state. We would have broken 50 but one of our scholastics received a no score on essay.. Despite this he placed fifth overall


Definitely need to congratulate Andrew and Kelsey and the entire Dulles team for their amazing large school win this weekend. They've worked so hard all year to earn the title. It was such a balanced team effort as well.

It seemed like the most impressive individual performance of the meet in San Antonio was the honors all-around victory by Mark Saving of Pearce HS with his score of 9338 which included several (four? three?) perfect scores. Our team won its first-ever state medals too with bronzes in honors essay and honors interview so we met our goal that we had set in our first large-school state trip. Congrats to all the medalists this weekend. Please rest for a little bit before thinking about your next exams, competitions or scholastic challenges!

Oh, and one other congratulations I want to pass along. Congrats to Steven Higginbotham of Dobie HS for winning the Coach of the Year Award! I know he probably doesn't care much about it and is much happier about his Longhorns AcDec team finishing 4th overall among large schools, but both the fourth-place team finish and his Coach of the Year recognition are well-deserved.

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post Feb 27 2017, 12:04 AM
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Well done, Highland Park, Dulles, and Taylor! What a season! Go Texas!

https://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/State/Texas/2017


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post Feb 27 2017, 12:22 AM
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QUOTE (madcap @ Feb 27 2017, 01:04 AM) *
Well done, Highland Park, Dulles, and Taylor! What a season! Go Texas!

https://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/State/Texas/2017


I was writing down the names of the winners (or some) in the all-around. We're supposed to get the official results sent via email tonight, but I don't think they've been sent out yet. But if anyone wants to know the top five all-around I feel comfortable sending it to them since it was announced publicly (with winning scores for the gold medalists). There were also 1000's in interviews (all three levels), Math (honors), Econ (again at honors), Lit (probably two, maybe all three levels, I forget which), and Art (just one at scholastic). That's all from the large school meet.


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post Feb 27 2017, 12:24 AM
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QUOTE (ridgepoint_acdec @ Feb 26 2017, 07:22 PM) *
QUOTE (madcap @ Feb 27 2017, 01:04 AM) *
Well done, Highland Park, Dulles, and Taylor! What a season! Go Texas!

https://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/State/Texas/2017


I was writing down the names of the winners (or some) in the all-around. We're supposed to get the official results sent via email tonight, but I don't think they've been sent out yet. But if anyone wants to know the top five all-around I feel comfortable sending it to them since it was announced publicly (with winning scores for the gold medalists). There were also 1000's in interviews (all three levels), Math (honors), Econ (again at honors), Lit (probably two, maybe all three levels, I forget which), and Art (just one at scholastic). That's all from the large school meet.


Thanks for writing that down! Would love to know! Post them here, PM me, or edit the page, whichever you prefer.


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post Feb 27 2017, 02:10 AM
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Dulles- 49,717 (Obj- 34,428.5)

Sam Steinman-Friedman- 7,964.1 (6,017.1)
William Huynh- 8,495.5 (5,977.1)
Kaidy Li- 8,527 (5,865.7)

Jared Roth- 7,951.9 (6,368.6)
Ethan Tu- 8,392 (6,111.4)
Madison Gabino- 8,578.9 (5,968.6)

James Kesler- 7,378.3 (4,840)
Alex Huffman- 7,550.4 (4,717.1)
Leighton Nylander- 8,173.9 (5,788.6)

Just got home from San Antonio; we took the kids to the riverwalk to celebrate and grab a late lunch before heading back. We had great support from our parents- we had five kids' parents come as well as our principal, which was awesome to see. My parents also showed up, and told me this was better than when I won as a student, and I think I agree. It was an amazing year as a coach being able to help guide this group of kids. I think the concept of team is pretty well embodied in our scores- there is not a major spread between our kids. Last year, we had a major split between seniors and juniors; it was a coaching error that we just didn't notice as a big deal until state. It wasn't negative, they just weren't close. This year was the exact opposite- the team was incredibly close and it made us a better team. No one wanted to let anyone else down. At state, I had to do no coaching- the kids knew what they wanted to do, and were asleep before I needed to tell them, awake before I needed to wake them, and studying every second they could without me telling them to. Their single-minded drive to win was motivating to me as a coach. This has been the most rewarding year of my ten years of decathlon because these kids are incredible.

We were able to overcome some real tough hits that would have wrecked us if we didn't have that depth. One essay under 300, and another completed no scored because he wrote on sosci when he clicked science; these things would have stressed us out completely, and it was a major bummer as that cost them individually, but as a team we knew we would be fine. We took major deficiencies we had early on- SoSci, Art, Music- and either smoothed them over or turned them into strengths. We took some losses in other areas (Math, Sci) but they were more than overcome by the improvements we made in our weak spots.


There's a lot of people I want to talk about here that have either helped our team get to this point or are great people who I've met along the way or deserve more praise than they've gotten. I've started to learn that the way I used to post on here- brash, prediction-heavy, little regard for "feelings"- is no longer the responsible thing to do and honestly hasn't been since I've started coaching. So, instead of going on paragraph-long expansions of thoughts, I just want to thank a whole lot of people (which will of course be longer than I'd like). The Brunsells at Taylor for showing us what a team as a family looks like, for pushing us every step of the way, and for being incredible people. Coach Simons at Friendswood for letting us know it ain't ever over (and never count out Friendswood). Higginbotham at Dobie for being one hell of a coach who deserves all the praise he should get. Jackson and Thompson at Nimitz for being such supporters of what I had been talking about doing for years. Rick and Duff for being pretty awesome at running meets and being so open to communication. Almost lastly, my old coaches at Pearland for giving me the path my life is on- Layne for bringing me in and making us a team, Crossno for his advice and his ability to keep us ordered and focus, and Cogswell for bringing a personality that made it easier to work as hard as we did.

Lastly, our other half, Kelsey Halfen. She does everything I can't and does it incredibly. We don't do anything without her.

Lastly lastly, the kids. I'm so proud of them. I asked them to do the insane, and they believed in it. But more importantly, they believed in themselves. I got into coaching to give students the feeling I had when I won. I didn't realize what the kids would give me.

Congrats Highland Park. See you next year smile.gif


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post Feb 27 2017, 02:22 AM
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Congratulations, Andrew. You've come so far in such a short time. Wow. Also, congratulations to Melanie at Summit, who has been quietly improving and building a dynasty. And to Ridgepoint: it's hard to medal at state, and it's going to get better every year. It's great to see great new teams finishing in the top ten.

Also, Highland Park. Enough said.


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post Feb 27 2017, 03:18 AM
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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Feb 26 2017, 09:10 PM) *
Dulles- 49,717 (Obj- 34,428.5)

Sam Steinman-Friedman- 7,964.1 (6,017.1)
William Huynh- 8,495.5 (5,977.1)
Kaidy Li- 8,527 (5,865.7)

Jared Roth- 7,951.9 (6,368.6)
Ethan Tu- 8,392 (6,111.4)
Madison Gabino- 8,578.9 (5,968.6)

James Kesler- 7,378.3 (4,840)
Alex Huffman- 7,550.4 (4,717.1)
Leighton Nylander- 8,173.9 (5,788.6)

Just got home from San Antonio; we took the kids to the riverwalk to celebrate and grab a late lunch before heading back. We had great support from our parents- we had five kids' parents come as well as our principal, which was awesome to see. My parents also showed up, and told me this was better than when I won as a student, and I think I agree. It was an amazing year as a coach being able to help guide this group of kids. I think the concept of team is pretty well embodied in our scores- there is not a major spread between our kids. Last year, we had a major split between seniors and juniors; it was a coaching error that we just didn't notice as a big deal until state. It wasn't negative, they just weren't close. This year was the exact opposite- the team was incredibly close and it made us a better team. No one wanted to let anyone else down. At state, I had to do no coaching- the kids knew what they wanted to do, and were asleep before I needed to tell them, awake before I needed to wake them, and studying every second they could without me telling them to. Their single-minded drive to win was motivating to me as a coach. This has been the most rewarding year of my ten years of decathlon because these kids are incredible.

We were able to overcome some real tough hits that would have wrecked us if we didn't have that depth. One essay under 300, and another completed no scored because he wrote on sosci when he clicked science; these things would have stressed us out completely, and it was a major bummer as that cost them individually, but as a team we knew we would be fine. We took major deficiencies we had early on- SoSci, Art, Music- and either smoothed them over or turned them into strengths. We took some losses in other areas (Math, Sci) but they were more than overcome by the improvements we made in our weak spots.


There's a lot of people I want to talk about here that have either helped our team get to this point or are great people who I've met along the way or deserve more praise than they've gotten. I've started to learn that the way I used to post on here- brash, prediction-heavy, little regard for "feelings"- is no longer the responsible thing to do and honestly hasn't been since I've started coaching. So, instead of going on paragraph-long expansions of thoughts, I just want to thank a whole lot of people (which will of course be longer than I'd like). The Brunsells at Taylor for showing us what a team as a family looks like, for pushing us every step of the way, and for being incredible people. Coach Simons at Friendswood for letting us know it ain't ever over (and never count out Friendswood). Higginbotham at Dobie for being one hell of a coach who deserves all the praise he should get. Jackson and Thompson at Nimitz for being such supporters of what I had been talking about doing for years. Rick and Duff for being pretty awesome at running meets and being so open to communication. Almost lastly, my old coaches at Pearland for giving me the path my life is on- Layne for bringing me in and making us a team, Crossno for his advice and his ability to keep us ordered and focus, and Cogswell for bringing a personality that made it easier to work as hard as we did.

Lastly, our other half, Kelsey Halfen. She does everything I can't and does it incredibly. We don't do anything without her.

Lastly lastly, the kids. I'm so proud of them. I asked them to do the insane, and they believed in it. But more importantly, they believed in themselves. I got into coaching to give students the feeling I had when I won. I didn't realize what the kids would give me.

Congrats Highland Park. See you next year smile.gif


Beautiful post. Others may already know, but this is actually a team of six scholastics and three varsities. Has anybody else ever even heard of that existing before? I'm genuinely curious.


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Andrew, what you did this weekend--no, this entire year, is nothing short of amazing. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't rooting for Taylor to pull off the win since they're home-team to me, but I'm incredibly impressed with the team you managed to pull together this season. As Robb already pointed out, in case anybody was unaware, your team consisted of 6 Scholastics and 3 Varsities. The fact that you not only made this work, but ultimately managed to WIN with this is mind-blowing.

Coming out of last year, I thought you'd struggle somewhat with getting the kinds of scores you got last year, most notably Allison and Brian's. However, clearly what you lost in stand-out individual talent you made back in team consistency and chemistry (this year's science helped with that, right? wink.gif ). I know I keep saying the same thing, and I'd hate to sound like a broken record, but what you managed to pull off is just incredibly impressive.

Coming out of this weekend, Morton has officially lost its advantage over all of the teams that advanced to state, with everybody now getting prepared to begin anew next year (Except for Highland Park, Dulles, and the other two division winners of course, who will continue on in competition). I've said this before, but I will say it again: I'm not letting my senior year be a fluke. There are a thousand things I could point out that went wrong with Morton this year, but at the end of the day, they lost the drive to succeed. Patrick and I were integral in pushing the team forward my senior year, and I plan on doing everything in my power to re-establish the standards that were lost this year.

An enormous congratulations to everybody who competed at state this weekend, and I can't wait to see you all next year smile.gif


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