Might try discussing the SASS Scholarship opportunities with your school administration. Participating for the potential of earning a scholarship is generally viewed completely different than a vacation sporting event. Worked for us way back in the late 90's up to 2000 when my oldest son, Brock Holliday, was competing as a junior. Thankfully, he was one of the first SASS Scholarship recipients and graduated as the Salutatorian of his class, went on to complete his degree in Accounting at UGA and now runs a very successful education software support company. I too have been in the education business as well for over 35 years.