Saturday, January 14, 2017

State Qualifier

Doug picked up Cam right at 8 a.m. this morning.  Cam had a fantastic time at the lock-in.  He played in the ping pong tournament and made it past the first round.  He also participated in a dodge ball tournament and played board games.  The night ended with the social music experience which he very much enjoyed.  6th grade boys slept in the middle school hallway and Cam said he did finally get to sleep around 2 a.m.

Cam and Doug headed to Chandler Elementary for the state regional chess tournament immediately after pick up.  I didn't know if he'd be able to make it, but he said he felt great.  He did ask Doug to bring a Mountain Dew for extra help waking up.  This year Cam was moved to the varsity section of the tournament.  His rating has jumped to 811 and everyone over 750 had to move up.  I was nervous for Cam, but he wasn't.  He was sure that he would be able to compete.  He was right as the first opponent he beat was over 1000 points and tops in the 6th grade division.  The rest of his day went well and by 1:30 Cam called to let me know that he had finished 3rd in his division and qualified for state.  

Doug and Cam were more reserved than I was about his accomplishment.   I think they may have had more confidence in his position than I did.  I was worried about his lack of sleep and having to participate at the varsity level.  Excited that Cam made it through the last twenty-four hours with quite a bit of success.  He has worked hard this past month on his chess skills and it certainly paid off today.  

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