On the first day of WHEP contest we arrived at Sul Ross University just after 7am. Yes, we were early but we were excited to start the contest. We met our host for the event, Ms. Warnock, and she was so helpful.
While the team was off on their adventure, Lynda and I took the younger boys down the mountain so we could purchase lunch supplies. We took several pictures along the way also as it was such a beautiful drive. We arrived back just as the teams were coming back. It was so nice to see smiles on their faces as they walked back to us! A big change from the bewildered looks we had at the last contest.
We ended another day exhausted after preparing the team for their oral defense of their plans. We have never had this part of the contest so I think the group was a little nervous that night before. We would find out how nervous in the morning!
I do have to say I am already proud of our little group of newbies. After our first contest, I asked what they had done and they could not answer. Today, they came back and could not talk enough. They even had written down notes of their plan for their defense. I can already see a vast improvement and look forward to hearing the results tomorrow. Whether we are first or last, I look at our team as a group of winners as they persevered and have improved a hundredfold. They have shown that 'make the best better' motto sometimes is really about making yourself better.