Tuesday, March 27, 2007

On a more personal note

With school-related activities taking up a little more of the evening time these past several days, my posts have been reduced somewhat.
One of those activities was the concluding competition in the annual Academic Challenge. The final meet, focusing on general trivia, was held earlier tonight at College Heights Christian School. Earlier competitions in science, communication arts, mathematics and history were held at Carl Junction, Lamar, Diamond, and Neosho. This is only the second year we have been involved and we usually finish somewhere in the middle of the pack in the competitions.
Tonight was a breakthrough night for the South students, who have worked hard all year. Our two teams played nine matches each in the round-robin competition, with the top team winning six, defeating two teams from Carl Junction, and one apiece from Diamond, Lamar, Monett, and our own number two team. We lost to College Heights, and the number one teams from Lamar, coached by Susan Ray, and Diamond, coached by my forming teaching colleague Nancy Berry.

We missed by one game of joining the playoff between the top two teams, Carl Junction One and Lamar One. Carl Junction One, which we defeated earlier, won the championship, and was also the winner for the entire year.

Our number two team compiled a 3-6 record, beating the number two teams from Carl Junction, Diamond, and Monett.

South's teams consisted of Savanah Sweeton, Lainie Nicolas, Kylie Hurrell, Kane McCaslin, Dylan Prauser, Alex Kangethe, Mollie Sanders, Ken Zhang, and two who were unable to be there tonight, Sarah Kessler (who was representing South at the Regional Science Fair at Missouri Southern State University) and Marina Dudley.

While I realize this is not the usual fare for The Turner Report, these kids have worked hard throughout the year and deserve a little publicity. While I covered a lot of sports during my days at The Carthage Press and the Lamar Democrat, one thing I always made sure of is that we also devoted considerable space to academic endeavors, including the most comprehensive coverage of these scholastic competitions that had ever been offered up to that time and since. With the removal of the Joplin Daily from the local scene, it could be a long while before academic endeavors ever again receive anywhere near the emphasis sports receive on the local scene.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your kids on their scholastic success. Sports are fun. Scholastic success is a stepping stone to a better future.

Anonymous said...

The old school that fired you and that you rag on kicked your ass....

Anonymous said...

It tells everyone something about you when you use a kid's scholastic competition and achievements to attack Randy.

Anonymous said...

hey he constantly pats himself on the back for the accomplishments of others and criticizes anyone who disagrees with him. I am just pointing out the obvious here. It is a reflection of him....and not a good one,

Randy said...

In fact, I have never been one to take credit for what other people have done and since the person who has posted these items seems to be from Diamond, I would guess it is someone still trying to relive things that happened several years ago. I have never "ragged on" Diamond; I wrote the truth about what happened to me while I was there, and I have not been writing about any of that for quite some time. In fact, I made a positive reference to Diamond in this post and you took advantage of it to take a petty shot at me. It appears the fascination some of the people in Diamond have with me continues four years after I last taught in the Diamond school system...at least for this writer.

Anonymous said...

Not from Diamond Turner....I know that you are so obsessed with IP addresses and conspiracies as to who is writing what that you can check and see that I am from Joplin.

Randy said...

Anyone who has a blog checks to see where his or her readers are from. As you say, I was aware you were from Joplin. I am also aware that both comments came from a reader who had just been to Wildcat Central, the site I built when I was working for the Diamond R-4 School District. My original post simply was crediting the hard work of the kids I deal with every day. It's a shame you chose this post to launch your petty, vindictive comments.

Anonymous said...

Petty and vindictive? That pretty much sums you up doesn't it old man? I will continue to point these things out on a continual basis.