As this should be nothing other than a success story, a feel good event, let me begin by congratulating the T.C. Williams Odyssey of the Mind Team and their coach on their remarkable achievement. The team, made up of
Te Ann Seidorf
and their coach, Carol Schaedel excelled, taking first place in one of the Odyssey of the Mind competitions, last weekend. They are to be congratulated, emulated and exalted.
But leave it to our illustrious leader to turn the moment of glory into personal grandstanding and crowing along the lines of, "My kid can whip your kid, any day!" Sure enough, heard on WAMU-FM today was Mort "I never met a microphone I didn't like" Sherman, who rushed to the airwaves to proclaim:
"Our kids beat the number one high school in the state...and we have the number two science scholar in the country,"
Maybe, just maybe Mort could have gone on air and mentioned a couple of names. Perhaps he could have used the moment to reach out to some corporate sponsors who were listening, securing funds for future endeavors like this. Maybe he could have talked of how fortunate we are to hang on to a coach like Ms Schaedel, give her a little attention...naah.
Never mind the fact that the complete results, listed below show the full picture of the competition's results. Never mind the fact that Thomas Jefferson took two first places and two second places...or that they did nothing less than a good sport would do, congratulating TC repeatedly on its showing. Forget the fact that West Potomac (our Alexandria neighbor) took a first and a second place (look at the quotes by their administration...very classy).
How about the next time that Alexandria does something remarkable, we put those who accomplished the remarkable feat in front of the camera, or the microphone or the reporter?
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
|Extreme Mouse Mobiles||I||Long Branch Elementary||Westminster Elementary||Stratford Landing Elementary|
|Extreme Mouse Mobiles||II||Carl Sandburg Middle||St. Mary's Catholic School||N/A|
|Extreme Mouse Mobiles||III||Thomas Jefferson High||N/A||N/A|
|As Good as Gold...berg||IA||Mary Ellen Henderson Middle||Claremont Immersion||Canterbury Woods Elementary A|
|As Good as Gold...berg||IB||Stratford Landing Elementary||Canterbury Woods Elementary B||Belvedere Elementary|
|As Good as Gold...berg||II||Carl Sandburg Middle School||Silverbrook Elementary||Swanson Middle|
|As Good as Gold...berg||III||T.C. Williams High||Thomas Jefferson High||N/A|
|Le Tour Guide||IA||Westridge Elementary||Wakefield Forest Elementary||Tuckahoe Elementary|
|Le Tour Guide||IB||Stratford Landing Elementary||St. Ambrose Homeschool||Nottingham Elementary|
|Le Tour Guide||II||Wakefield Forest Elementary||Immanuel Christian||Gunston Middle|
|Le Tour Guide||III||Thomas Jefferson High||West Potomac High||N/A|
|Unhinged Structure||I||St. Louis Catholic||McKinley Elementary||Blessed Sacrament Catholic|
|Unhinged Structure||II||St. Louis Catholic||Carl Sandburg Middle||N/A|
|Full Circle||IA||Canterbury Woods Elementary B||Maury Elementary||Francis Scott Key Elementary|
|Full Circle||IB||William Halley Elementary||Fort Hunt Elementary||Belvedere Elementary|
|Full Circle||II||Skye Ridge Homeschool||Stratford Landing Elementary||Clermont Elementary|
|Full Circle||III||West Potomac High||Thomas Jefferson High||N/A|