Wow, look at that. Week 37. It’s June. There are less than three weeks before we get out of school for the summer. Wow. I have a stacked summer schedule: The week after school gets out, I have fencing tune-up camp. After that, I travel to Reno, Nevada to compete at Fencing Summer Nationals, the largest annual fencing tournament in the US. Last year I didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but I think I have a good shot at doing well this year. I think, with a pretty good day and a little luck I can break into the top 16 in the Y14 age category. With a really good day and more luck, I can break top 8. I don’t know how likely these scenarios are, but I can certainly see how they could happen. After Nationals, I come back to Maryland, lounge around for a few days, and then head up to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to go to CTY. I can’t wait to take my class up there: Probability and Game Theory. I probably already have learned some of the material in math class, but a lot will be new. Also, I fervently hope that some of the awesome activities from last year return, like Humans vs. Zombies, Prison Break, and Live Action Legend of Zelda. Zelda is my favorite: You run through a course, picking up rupees (colored cubes) all the while avoiding people throwing sponges, acquire a bow, defeat a miniboss, shoot an arrow through a target, find the Master Sword and a shield, and then defeat the final boss. I love the fact that you’re not controlling an avatar: you’re actually doing it yourself. I got to try it three times last year. I lost to the final boss on my first try, beat him on the second, and then tried to do the third left-handed in honor of Link being left-handed. Needless to say, I lost to the final boss that time. Anyway, I can’t wait until summer!
I finished the graph theory packet this year in under an hour; it really was not that hard. I think its because I’ve learned the material recently and it’s fresh in my mind. The only thing I am having trouble with is the Pizza Hut Questions. I have all but the graph theory and cryptology ones completed, but I am really stuck on crypto. I am having trouble coming up with a playfair cipher that’s actually solvable, even though I usually give cryptanalysts the first 8-10 letters. Oh well. I’ll think of something before next Thursday. Unless they’re due today. If that’s the case, then I am in trouble.
P.S. Don’t forget to bring your hats to class today!