18th Panasonic Academic Challenge
Walt Disney World
Jun 16 - 23, 2005
|This is my 8th year as a tournament
official at the
Panasonic Academic Challenge.
Thu Jun 16
||We drove drive down to the
and had dinner at the
California Grill. Sal and Kate flew down from Philadelphia and
joined us, later in the evening.
We had planned to return to the CG for them to dine as well, -- but no! They
arrived after it had closed
Fri Jun 17
||This was the Dreaded Day. Tom spent the day
reading and debating the answers to 6 rounds of questions. Lyd, Sal and
Kate played in the Magic Kingdom. Dinner was at
Narcoossee's at 7.
Sat Jun 18
||This was a travel day for the competition teams. Tom
worked on the world language videos with the rest of the staff and then played in the parks
with family. Dinner
Artist Point at 7, so Kate and Sal could do Illuminations at
Sun Jun 19
||Rounds 1 & 2 were completed. Tom reading questions
in Fantasia PQ. L, S, & K enjoyed non-park day by the pool. Dinner was
Mon Jun 20
||Tom was a Coordinating judge in Rounds 3 & 4, the
consolation rounds, in Fantasia KL. Dinner was at
Jiko in the
Animal Kingdom Lodge at 6.
Tue Jun 21
||Tom read in Fantasia PQ in the semifinal round and
then operated the electronic scoreboard he designed in the National
Finals, won by Virginia in a three-peat. Dinner was at the
California Grill, shortly after 6.
Wed Jun 22
||Epilogue: We skipped the Disney Magical Express
and drove Sal and Kate to the
Orlando airport to return to Philadelphia. Tom and Lydia then drove
back to Jacksonville.