The team has nicknamed itself, "Small but Mighty" because only three members remained once the competitions season started. This isn't an activity for the faint of heart. It takes A LOT of time and work. However, they finished strong against larger teams from bigger programs. Here's the recap:
Competition #1: Team 4th Place, Emelie 4th Place Individual
Competition #2: Team 1st Place, Emelie 3rd Place Individual
Competition #3: No Team Competition, Emelie 42nd Place Individual
Competition #4 (State Qualifying Contest): Team 2nd Place, Emelie 3rd Place Individual
State Contest: Team 4th Place, Emelie 14th Place Individual
It still amazes me how well she did her first year out! Her coach is even talking of a national competition in the fall. And there are colleges that offer full-ride scholarships to their Judging Team. WOW!
By far the greatest benefit has been the boost to her self-esteem and the incredible improvement to her public speaking skills. She is not phased by getting up in front of crowds now. Quite the turn-around for a girl that used to be painfully shy.