Friday was the end of an era. The last time Mrs. Hillbilly Mom will ever take a gang of rag-tag sciency inquisitors to the Greater Hillmomba Science Fair at the local junior college.
Numbers were down this year. Whereas a group of 13-14 presenters with 8-9 projects usually join Mrs. HM, the district music competition on the same date severely limited her prospects. So only 4 participants made the trip, with two of them being from under the wing of Arch Nemesis. Not exactly from under the wing. As Arch stated her own self: "All I did was sign the entry form. Neither asked me for input." Which, perhaps, speaks volumes as to the guidance the students received in their formative years, below the Arch Nemesis level, from the two Basementia instructors and Mrs. Hillbilly Mom.
Out of the 4 projects judged on Friday, one earned honorable mention, and three won their categories. That's a pretty good percentage, but nothing unusual for Newmentia's track record. The Basementia had 11 entries, and brought home an honorable mention, a 3rd Place, and a 1st Place. Excellent, considering that some of their categories had 46 entries, and that the Basementia/Newmentia contingent is from one of the smallest school districts competing.
Lest you think this is some rinky-dink affair...feast your eyes on the magnitude of this competition.
Well done, pupils. Well done.