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Stanley Tree
post Oct 16 2017, 10:59 PM
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Twelve Houston area teams will be attending the Morton Ranch High School meet this Saturday the 21st.

Taylor
George Ranch
Ridge Point
Morton Ranch
North Shore
Alvin
Dulles
Friendswood
Pearland
Cinco Ranch
Manvel
Seven Lakes

I cannot guarantee any scores, but I will be posting Dulles' and our results.


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post Oct 17 2017, 12:00 AM
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Have fun smile.gif What tests will you all be using?


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post Oct 17 2017, 02:52 PM
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Should be USAD Easy if tradition holds true!

I'm so excited for the first Texas scrimmage of the year! biggrin.gif Curious to see how everyone will be stacking up this season. Time to bring out that ol' popcorn again. popcorn.gif

By the way, anyone know when the Lubbock USAD Easy meet will be?


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post Oct 18 2017, 01:59 AM
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So that means among the dozen schools competing, you have the squads that finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 11th, 21st and 35th at state (large schools) last year. With two others that were 11th and 26th in their state meets two years ago before not qualifying last year. Could be some very impressive results! (probably not from us, but we like to compete with the best!)


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post Oct 18 2017, 02:46 PM
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Indeed -- I'm excited!

Does anyone know what schools were particularly affected by the hurricane? Wondering if/how that'll affect things. Wishing the best to everyone in the continued road to recovery.


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post Oct 18 2017, 04:14 PM
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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 18 2017, 03:46 PM) *
Indeed -- I'm excited!

Does anyone know what schools were particularly affected by the hurricane? Wondering if/how that'll affect things. Wishing the best to everyone in the continued road to recovery.


I believe every school district in that list was out for two weeks. I could be wrong but considering Katy was out two weeks and they were the least affected of the districts, I would assume.


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post Oct 18 2017, 07:01 PM
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Lots of super hard/weird names--wish me luck in not butchering these names! sad.gif I'm super excited for this competition!! It's so cool seeing all these familiar last names on these teams--Decathlon runs in the family it seems! Also super cool that there's a Brooke Young and an Abigail Warren competing here, feels like HP is here (though thankfully they aren't!). I've been a little more involved this year than last, so Morton should have a stronger showing than last year (considering they were 18k last year...). I can't wait to see the results!


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post Oct 18 2017, 08:01 PM
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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Oct 18 2017, 12:14 PM) *
QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 18 2017, 03:46 PM) *
Indeed -- I'm excited!

Does anyone know what schools were particularly affected by the hurricane? Wondering if/how that'll affect things. Wishing the best to everyone in the continued road to recovery.


I believe every school district in that list was out for two weeks. I could be wrong but considering Katy was out two weeks and they were the least affected of the districts, I would assume.

Were many students displaced? Did a lot of people have to relocate from some areas?

QUOTE (Scholastic Underdog @ Oct 18 2017, 03:01 PM) *
Also super cool that there's a Brooke Young and an Abigail Warren competing here, feels like HP is here (though thankfully they aren't!).

No way, that's amazing!! Almost as crazy as when Christiaan Cleary and Christian Cleary competed consecutively on James E. Taylor's team. xD

Best of luck to Morton, and may the gods of pronunciation be with you. tongue.gif


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post Oct 18 2017, 09:55 PM
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Ours are mostly easy. Maybe a few rough ones.

Call me an optimistic but I'm pretty excited about the meet. Honestly has been hard to focus on AP World with this thing coming up. The first one is always the worst because you don't really know how good you are until you're up against other teams.


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post Oct 18 2017, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Oct 18 2017, 12:14 PM) *
QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 18 2017, 03:46 PM) *
Indeed -- I'm excited!

Does anyone know what schools were particularly affected by the hurricane? Wondering if/how that'll affect things. Wishing the best to everyone in the continued road to recovery.


I believe every school district in that list was out for two weeks. I could be wrong but considering Katy was out two weeks and they were the least affected of the districts, I would assume.

Were many students displaced? Did a lot of people have to relocate from some areas?

I'd be shocked to hear if any teams had students have to relocate to new schools. We had four of our 24 team members have their streets flood, but all avoided damage in their houses. One member's family lost a car. A teacher at my school who has helped us in the past in math had extensive flooding damage in her house (and three of our team members and myself spent two days in her house ripping up drywall and floors), but even she has been in great spirits since school re-opened several weeks ago. As Andrew mentioned, most schools probably lost two weeks of training (we had kids come in for three review sessions during that time but only about 6-8 kids a day and it didn't make up for two weeks of lost prep time) so I'm a little surprised there will be such a great turnout this Saturday in the Houston area. Plus the students have been still catching up a little bit in class. For instance, I had some juniors have five tests in school today so it's a little tough for them to focus on AcDec. We're not worrying too much about this weekend but using it more as a chance to see how tests might look this year.


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post Oct 19 2017, 03:12 AM
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QUOTE (Scholastic Underdog @ Oct 18 2017, 12:01 PM) *
Also super cool that there's a Brooke Young and an Abigail Warren competing here, feels like HP is here (though thankfully they aren't!).


My 6th period Algebra I class has a student named Miguel Pacheco who sits right in front of a student named David Alvarado. How is that for coincidence?


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post Oct 21 2017, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Oct 18 2017, 11:12 PM) *
My 6th period Algebra I class has a student named Miguel Pacheco who sits right in front of a student named David Alvarado. How is that for coincidence?

That is one of my new favorite things. Along with the fact that Sebastian Gonzalez from Granada is returning this year, and apparently there is a Varsity named Sebastian Gonzales on Friendswood's team. (Although I am not a fan of others stealing my first name. ohmy.gif)

Anyway, I'd been meaning to post this for a while, but here were what my predictions were (from before today):

1. Dulles (mid-35k)
2. Taylor (low 30k's)
3. Friendswood (~30k)
4. Pearland (28k or 29k)
5. Seven Lakes (27k or 28k)

Pre-season predictions are super hard though -- awards have now started, so stay tuned for how crazy wrong I was about some things. I've heard things were really close until the last two events... popcorn.gif


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post Oct 21 2017, 10:34 PM
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1. Dulles 35.2k
2. James E. Taylor 32,931
3. Friendswood 32,780.1
4. Seven Lakes 31,964.7
5. Pearland 29,211.3
6. Morton Ranch 26.3k
7. Cinco Ranch 26.3k (behind Morton by 7 points)

Top Honors was Emily Liu of Taylor, 6,740.0; Achutha Srinivasan, also of Taylor, in 2nd.

Wow. Back to more than just one 50k team from Texas this year? Congrats to everyone, and I am heavily impressed and super excited for this season.


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post Oct 21 2017, 10:59 PM
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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 21 2017, 05:34 PM) *
1. Dulles 35.2k
2. James E. Taylor 32,931
3. Friendswood 32,780.1
4. Seven Lakes 31,964.7
5. Pearland 29,211.3
6. Morton Ranch 26.3k
7. Cinco Ranch 26.3k (behind Morton by 7 points)

Top Honors was Emily Liu of Taylor, 6,740.0; Achutha Srinivasan, also of Taylor, in 2nd.

Wow. Back to more than just one 50k team from Texas this year? Congrats to everyone, and I am heavily impressed and super excited for this season.

Now for the Rockwall meet to churn out even crazier scores!


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post Oct 21 2017, 10:59 PM
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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 21 2017, 05:34 PM) *
1. Dulles 35.2k
2. James E. Taylor 32,931
3. Friendswood 32,780.1
4. Seven Lakes 31,964.7
5. Pearland 29,211.3
6. Morton Ranch 26.3k
7. Cinco Ranch 26.3k (behind Morton by 7 points)

Top Honors was Emily Liu of Taylor, 6,740.0; Achutha Srinivasan, also of Taylor, in 2nd.

Wow. Back to more than just one 50k team from Texas this year? Congrats to everyone, and I am heavily impressed and super excited for this season.


I thought Alvin HS was near 27,000 as well so I'm not sure they were behind both Ranches, Morton and Cinco. Ridge Point had just eight students compete (the minimum two varsities and three honors and three scholastics) as we lost 2/3 of our team due to the Homecoming dance tonight, but we did manage a team score of 23,017.1. Not sure what place that ended up among the 12 schools who were there, maybe 9th or 10th?


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post Oct 21 2017, 11:30 PM
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Dulles- 35,217

Honors
Sophie (11th)- 6,400 (4th)
Jeffrey (12th)- 5,680
Adarsha (11th)- 5,300

Scholastic
Sam (12th)- 6,331 (1st)
Abirami (12th)- 5,506 (4th)
Moeez (12th)- 5,466
Deep (11th)- 5,106
Vani (12th)- 5,097
Alan (11th)- 5,029
Olivia (11th)- 4,946
Matthew (11th)- 4,906
Dara (12th)- 4,654
Emily (11th)- 4,343
Chase (11th)- 4,029

Varsity
Leighton (12th)- 6,220 (1st)
Raven (12th)- 5,080 (2nd)
Tejas (12th)- 4,754
Logan (11th)- 4,751
Smit (11th)- 4,457
Ali (11th)- 3,986
Rachel (11th)- 3,894

Subjects
Math- 5,857 (joke of a test)
Music- 4,140
Eco- 4,540
Science- 5,580
Lit- 5,420
Art- 4,600
SoSci- 5,080


Pretty proud of the kiddos we have a lot of great kids this year. We have only covered art, sosci, and science in class, so all the other scores are just the kids on their own time putting in work, so when we get to them we should have a clearer idea of where we are. With the two extra weeks from no hurricane, and one extra for the meet, I expect that some of the north Texas teams to beat us, but I think we have a great group that can do some truly amazing things.


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post Oct 22 2017, 02:11 AM
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These scores look good. I'm glad that the Social Science test doesn't look like a complete wash. Last year's USAD leveled social science was atrocious.

The H1-S1-V1 of Dulles looks like a mighty trio on top of an already great team


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post Oct 23 2017, 02:58 AM
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The tests were certainly easier than last year's- sosci was normal, there was no insanely hard test (art was the closest), and math was an uber joke where last year it was just easy. I'd say that was worth 1,000 points over last year in general, if not more.


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Full scores now up on ADSIC!

Now that I've had some time to look over the results -- let me just say, I'm really impressed by the caliber of some of the teams we've got this year. Houston seems completely unfazed by the hurricane. Regardless of how easy the tests are, Dulles stronger than ever, Seven Lakes and Taylor doing even better than last year despite few returners (when 7L's counters last year were all returners), and Friendswood possibly having a record USAD Easy score for them (will they hit 50k for the first time ever this year??). Alvin looks to be continuing their upward streak with the help of some Garza brothers (no relation of mine), and Morton and Cinco Ranches are back!! Plus, Ridge Point, despite their many missing students, still did much better than last year, and are also looking poised to have their best year yet!

I am so excited for this season.


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 23 2017, 10:55 PM) *
some Garza brothers (no relation of mine)


How can you be so sure?


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