Good news, Bad news

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Good news, Bad news
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Mon, 04-01-2013 - 11:35pm

Good news is that DS had the 3rd highest overall score and qualified for Nationals in Atlanta.  He made it to the final round of tonight when it got down to 10 kids out of 120.  Then he made it to the final 5.  Then it was the first 2 kids to get 4 answers correctly and he was not one of them.  He had 3 points and to miss it by one point just eats at him.  He works so hard but always finishes 2nd or 3rd.  He did work hard and I am so proud, he did so much reading and was the driving force behind this accomplishment.

Now for the bad news.  This year is not like last year's nationals.  It will not be televised and the scholarship money is not $50,000 but $1,000.  He is very disappointed about not being on TV.  After watching last year's aired episode, it is a let down.  It looks like Houghton Mifflin is no longer their sponsor and they do not have a new one to put up that kind of prize money.  I suppose this information was up all along, but I never read about nationals, because I didn't want to get ahead of ourselves.

We're counting our blessings that he is going.  We are going to have a nice family trip out of it.

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 8:13am

Congrats to Zeph on qualifying!  What an awesome experience for him.  Huge bummer that it won't be televised, and that the prize money is so much less.  I was looking forward to watching it.  Well, there's always home video and YouTube Wink

I'm still looking forward to sharing vicariously through your eyes.


Sue
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Registered: 07-25-2007
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 9:06am

Thanks.  He's on the fence about going.  I think he needs a few days to process.  I did say we could visit the Chickamaugua Battle Field since it is on the way.  I'm looking into if we want to spend some time in Atlanta or if we want to spend some time in Nashville.   I'm going to attempt to attach a picture from last night...