She was on the Intermediate team - and they got 4th place out of the 12 competing counties! Washington County's Senior team got 3rd place out of 10. The competition was fierce and each round quite intense. In one round, Carus buzzed in to answer the last question - the deciding point! It was quite a difficult question with multiple parts that had to be just right. The whole room focused on her hard while she answered, and as she said the last words, she froze in place. Her hands still held up mid gesture she was making while speaking using her fingers to list each part out. The whole team was leaning forward and perched on the edge of their seats. Everyone in the room, from the score keepers and timers, to the other team and all of the parents in the audience, seemed to collectively hold their breath. As soon as the judge nodded and said, "that's correct," Carus and her team collapsed into their chairs with relief and the room let out an audible, collective sigh. Carus's was the loudest.
We watched the final round, and Carus and her friend were bouncing in their seats at each question because they knew the answers! It was quite comical to watch their dramatics of not being able to scream out the answers -- but you know, some of those answers came to them so easily because they weren't in the hot seats with a buzzer in their hands anymore.
I've never been to Redmond/central Oregon before. Goodness, Oregon is pretty all over!! The views coming over the mountain were gorgeous, and I kept getting awestruck at the view of the mountains from the fairgrounds. I'm so glad the weather was nice - kept the drive uneventful. And I'm glad I was able to take her to this event! We drove down early Saturday morning, and headed home Sunday afternoon; just over 400 miles round trip in one weekend! I'm still a bit knackered, but oh so proud of her.