Explanation of the Changes to the Ballot Some of you who were involved last year or who reviewed the ballot from last year may notice that that the “Structure & Organization” and “Handling Judges’ Questions” categories are now scored out of 9 rather than 5. This is not a substantive change. Our tabulation process now includes a weighting step, where we weight the scores in the different scoring categories. The results will be the same as if the judges had scored the last two categories out of 5 as they were doing last year. This change is a result of some difficulties last year; some judges evidently misunderstood the scoring system and were rating students out of 9 for every category. We hope the change will make the scoring process less prone to such errors.