Nearly three months have past and the kids are finally nearly ready for the contest on Saturday. It has been three months of advising, scolding and laughing with the kids. I come to school a couple of hours early each day to meet with kids, I spend my lunches scarfing down food so I can meet with them during that time. I am exhausted.
There will be about 24 kids this year, not bad, but less than I had hoped for. This year started with lots of kids, but almost all of the 2nd year students dropped out. I think the ones who really wanted to do it, did it last year. The others realized what a huge commitment it was and decided that they should spend their time on their studies. A badly timed school trip also caused about 4 kids to drop out.
In the end, I am sure the contest will be like all of them. Some kids will surprise me how well they do, others will forget. In the end, I hope it will be a good time. I will try to write again once it is finished.