"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


i'll raise you one music honor society

If you haven't been following the nerd-off in the comments section of this post, well, it's time to catch up. Here's a brief review of what's happened so far, round by round:
  1. Texas in Africa: 1992 state champion in anatomy in junior high Science Olympiad, president of the French Club, member of the math honor society, lettered (4 years) in band.
  2. Euphrony: lettered four years in band, fourth in overall science in the state UIL, Number Sense and Calculator competitions, choir, Spanish club, NHS. "The summer before my senior year, I decided to spend taking a couple of college classes in anatomy and botany."
  3. Texas in Africa: summer before senior year I went to a monthlong, state-sponsored program for gifted students and studied Arabic.
  4. Kirstin: "I also competed in calculators and loved it. In fact, i picked out my purses based on whether my calculator would fit well into them. And I attended Math Camp when I was 16. I was also in band and played French Horn (the nerdiest of all instruments)."
  5. The Librarian: 3 YEARS OF PIANO CAMP!
  6. Texas in Africa: 7 years of a summer enrichment program called Young Scholars, first runner-up in a scholarship essay contest about the importance of freedom.
Who's next? Bring it on!


Blogger euphrony said...

As part of our school's gifted and talented program (me and my group were the first in it when the school started the program) I displayed my drumming prowess along with others in the class as we gave a rock concert to 3rd graders. For a grade. Complete with laser light show and dry ice fog. I think we played AC/DC.

In physics, I opted out of skipping a test because I wanted to take it. Really.

But I never had a matching handbag for my calculator. It fit nicely in my binder.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:56:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Okay, Euphrony, I'm in tears at the thought of your rock show for a grade. I'll see you that because I've gone on safari for a grade, and raise you 1 state championship in American history in 8th grade.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:41:00 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

Okay, I'm pulling out the big guns.

At church camp, summer before high school, I stayed in the #1 boy's tent. Tradition was that we would serenade the #1 girl's tent on the first night. Following a lovely *cough* performance, we started walking back; there was just enough light for all the girls to watch me trip over a large root and proceed to push over a couple of guys in front of me.

Oh, yeah, I had a different alias there. The minute I got there, when someone asked my name, I decided to call myself Orenthal (as in O.J. Simpson - long before his shame), despite the fact that several people there knew me.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:36:00 PM

Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

I entered a nose picking contest at school. The winner got to keep the pickings.

Glad I didn't win.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:36:00 PM

Anonymous Sister said...

But French horn players have great lips!!!! And you know I at least match if not exceed you on the nerd scale!

Thursday, November 29, 2007 2:06:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Tauratinzwe, that's the most disgusting thing I've ever heard.

E, that's pretty bad. I really didn't want to have to resort to this, but here goes: I did Model UN for 9 years. Including in college.

Sister, dear, I don't know.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:17:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

When you say you did Model UN for 9 years, what you mean is that you sat around and talked but didn't really do anything, right? :)

I wore this shirt so often in college that it wore out. My wife won't let me buy another one to replace it. However, I do own and proudly wear this tie and another like it.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:37:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Oh. My.

Periodic table of the elements attire?

I fold.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:22:00 PM


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