On Monday, May 20 the team got a great sendoff from Acton School and they were on their way to Michigan State University. After an overnight stop in Niagara Falls they arrived late Tuesday. Wednesday morning a they toured the MSU campus and figured out where they needed to go for the different competitions and attended the Opening Ceremonies at the Breslin Center.
So far today (Thursday) they have met with their Buddy team and done some pin trading. Later today they have the Creativity Festival and their Spontaneous (short term) problem competition.
Everybody has been BusY BUSY trying to meet the deadline for fundraising! With a shortened timetable, bad weather and flu-like symptoms dominating the team members as well as the rest of the school and community it certainly has been a challenge. Within the last couple of weeks the team attended a pre-worlds meeting with the Maine OM organizers, participated in at least 4 fundraisers held at area stores, and attended NEAR-Fest XXV where the Amateur Radio community raised over $1,000 again. The school lock in was a success, the comedy show on Friday May 10 was not attended as well as we had hoped, but still brought in several hundred dollars. Sunday, May 12th’s pancake breakfast and white elephant sale bought in a few hundred more and put us over the top! Calendar sales are still available, and prizes will be drawn in June. If you want to enter for 1 or more chances to win please email the team.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP! We could not have done this without you all!
For the first time in several months, the team has been given the week off to rest, recover and recuperate – and pack for the trip, which begins next week. In the interim they have learned that their buddy team this year is from Sweden, so they have been collecting items to be used as gifts to give to the Swedish team members.
Check back for more pictures as the plans come together for the trip.