I thought Friday night's ceremony was energetic, but last night felt like a rock concert! The excitement filled the air of the arena as teams from around the world danced to YMCA while we waited for it to start. We had seats on the floor last night, which may have added to the energy level. Despite the complaints of exhaustion, our team was in full force. Kayla cheered on every team that won, calling out support to their hometown or congratulations to the team. Michyla's face had a smile plastered on it the entire time and kept saying, "this is so fun!"
Although our team's name wasn't called, with the amount of smiles, laughter, and cheering going on from them you would have thought it was. The team behind us won third place in their division and Lucy's eyes lit up! "We're sitting in front of a winning team...that is SOOO cool!"
The most thrilling moment of the night, however, was when another Charlotte team place first in their division! The Myers Park High School team was first place for the Full Circle problem. The entire North Carolina section erupted in shouts and applause! It was incredible!
After the ceremony we ushered the kids to the pre-teen after party. Moon bounce, soda, pizza, and dancing awaiting them. We were sure they would be past the point of tired when we picked them up, pleading to take the bus instead of walking back to the dorm, but once again they surprise the coaches! They laughed and danced as we walked back for our last night in the dorms.
What a trip! I am so glad I was able to be a part of this amazing experience. Thank you all for sharing your children with three grateful and extremely proud coaches. The kids represented Trinity well and we all had a wonderful time.
We're trying to head out of here around 9:00 a.m., putting us at TES around 5:00 p.m. Keep your phones nearby and we'll have your child call with an update on timing when we are closer to Charlotte. See you soon!