"School Spirit" - June
on the Scholar, Davis alienated the world, Jeremy fell
on his sword, and Margaret Mitchell of "Gone with the
Wind" fame along with Good old Ernest Hemingway gave
Melissa the first $50,000 scholarship. Time to give away
more of Wal-Marts money to some needy kids.
Melissa and Milana have become very good friends. In
fact so good that Milana says the competition will not
step on their friendship. Oh, well see.
A more interesting topic is brought up by Scot who
mentions that if he won the $50,000 scholarship that he
would make more money than his father does in 3 years.
In response to this we find that most of the Scholars
have family incomes in excess of $50,000 and better yet,
Davis folks make $140K. Wait a minute, what happened to
the old Robin Hood take from the rich give to the poor
thing that this show had going on?
Jeremy possibly explained the problem the best when he
pointed out that his family was punished for being
middle class because he didnt have enough money to pay
for a top school, but that he had too much money to
qualify for full funding and grants. Hmmm
grey area enlightens us to a bigger societal problem.
Forget that, back to reality TV.
Heading to the second Captains Quiz, the scholars are
collectively worried because the topic is art. Only Scot
and Liz seem to be confident. Understandably, Liz
becomes a captain, but out of nowhere, Melissa takes
first place with a perfect score. A few students are
concerned that Melissa is doing too well and taking up
the spotlight, but hey, thats their job to stop her.
With captains in place its time for the challenge.
Heres a mini-quiz for you to try: Match em up:
Leonardo da Vinci
on the Seine
Answers at the end of
Weve got spirit, yes we do, weve got spirit how about
you! Bring out the pom-poms because the scholars will
have to drive up attendance at a USC volleyball game and
produce a 3 minute choreographed halftime routine.
Attendance will be measured by the number of fans that
show up carrying each team colored flags which the teams
must distribute. To make things a little easier, each
team is given $500 on a USC cash card to spend on
Bring on the schoolyard team picking. Melissa picks
first and here are the teams in order...
Melissa, Milana, Scot, Alyssa, Max
Gerald, Davis, Amari, Jeremy
Poor Jeremy is earmarked
as the loser of episode two. Dont worry, we wont tell
your parents. Moving on.
The Red team immediately
runs to the bookstore to gets props costumes and
supplies. Eventually Max comes up with the idea of
waiting outside of the gym and handing out flags just
before the game to people who are definitely going. This
leaves plenty of time for the Red team to spend on their
The gold team also traveled to the bookstore for
supplies and costumes and as a result, all of America
was treated to Davis in a skirt! Oh, the pale legs! Oh,
the short cut! Oh, the tight fit! Ugh. I will now give
you a moment of silence to cleanse your mind.
The Gold team did come up with a good idea. Jeremy
suggested writing numbers on the flags and creating a
raffle for a $100 gift card. The team agrees, and Davis
purchases the gift card for the prize. After the
purchase the Gold team splits up with Amari and Gerald
doing choreography and Davis, Liz and Jeremy passing out
As night arrives, it becomes clear that the Red team had
the better plan as the lackadaisical college students
didnt show up with the Gold flags. Proof of the short
term memory/just plain dont care attitude of the
average college student. Score: 49 Red, 16 Yellow.
Yet there are still performances and they can make all
the difference. It may be hard to put into words what
was seen, but the Red team ran throughout the crowd,
chucked some candy and tried a brand of cheerleading
salsa dancing. The Gold team pulled out the acrobatics
and step dancing, and performed a much cleaner but less
yell oriented routine.
Lori, the USC song and yell coach, gave the final
verdict. While attendance was clearly in favor of the
Red team, that was not their strongest point. The Red
team got the crowd involved with the yelling and in your
face interaction and the Red team wins!
Wait, we have a problem. That means that Melissa is
going to the showdown, but she already won. While some
may say she should get to play for another $50,000, The
Scholar rules say that she must appoint someone else
from her team to compete in her place. Bring forth the
Ironically, there isnt much as everyone seems convinced
that Melissa is going to pick Milana. The Gold team
discusses in the van on the ride home who they think
will be picked by the scholarship committee. Fingers are
pointing toward Jeremy and Gerald, but Amari is mad that
no one considers her to be in the thick of things.
To Melissas decision. She had a hard time making this
decision. She wrote down all of the pros and cons of
each person. She even went and discussed it with
Francine the R.A. As for her pick, she picked MAX, and
Milana is pissed. No, not really, but they try to edit
it that way.
That leaves the rest of the Scholars a round of
interviews to earn their place in the Admissions
Liz, when asked about her lack of leadership, says that
she chose to be less forceful because her group would
not have responded to being ordered around.
Gerald, when lambasted on only getting 16 people to the
game even though he is a varsity mascot, was thrown into
a tailspin and didnt know what to say
Thats all we see, and back at the house, Milana
confronts Melissa politely, and is relieved when she
finds out that Melissa only decided not to choose her
based on their butting of heads while trying to set up
the dance routine. Milana has made a concerted decision
to not be competitive so that she can maintain
relationship within the house. Someone needs to remind
her that this is her future on the line.
As the Admission Committee deliberates, they are happy
that Melissa chose Max because they felt he earned his
spot by taking Scot under his wing and aiding others
while he contributed himself. They were also impressed
with Scot for doing so well in a challenge where a
home-schooled child would be perceived to have a
distinct disadvantage. A third name was Alyssa who
seemed to lead with a more even keel when Melissa and
Milana butted heads during choreography, keeping the
team on track. Finally, the committee suggests Gerald as
a dark horse candidate because he excelled at his
strength. (Wait, didnt they just berate him for only
bringing in 16 fans?).
The names are posted:
That means its guys night out and the topic is biology.
Out of the 3, Gerald feels the most comfortable having
taken bio and remembering most of what he learned. Max
is worried as his high school cut their biology teacher,
meaning that biology isnt even taught at his school.
Scot feels similarly nervous, worried that he will look
like a stupid home schooled kid. All three study
seriously, so only time will tell.
The time is now.
Scot nails #1 knowing the spinal cord and brain are part
of the nervous system
Gerald is correct in naming that the human heart ahs 4
Max know the femur is the longest bone in the body
Scot knows the stomach and intestines are parts of the
digestive system. (Are you getting the feeling that a
lot of the questions offer too many clues?)
Gerald when told veins take blood to the heart knows
that capillaries take blood away from the heart.
And then, Max blows it not knowing that the dermis and
the epidermis refer to the skin.
Two contestants remaining.
Scot knew that carbs begin to be digested in the mouth,
after being told that proteins are digested in the
stomach and that carbs are digested earlier. (Ok, forget
clues. These questions are just plain easy.)
Gerald makes teachers want to cry when asked what attach
muscle to bones after being told that ligaments connect
bones to bones. His answer of joints is way off the mark
of the correct answer of tendons.
Match Point Scot: What does RNA stand for? From his
butt, Scot pulls out Ribonucleic Acid, and home school
takes home fifty grand!
Thats it for the Scholar this week. Next week its
community service and if the preview tells us anything,
we might be getting some lip service as well. Until
then, go pat yourself on the back, for every question in
the showdown that you knew. Oh, I almost forgot, here
are the answers for the art quiz. That should at least
get you through a couple of days.
Leonardo da Vinci
on the Seine