Sue and I are about done with our third region of the day. I have to say that our scoring is going pretty nicely in tandem. 10 applicants in this region; we have one scholarship to award, and one 2nd read to name. Here's how we scored them (mine are on the left, Sue's on the right).
8, 12.5 (our biggest gap, but we both agreed that this one was not scholarship-worthy)
14, 14.5 (considering for scholarship)
11, 14 (considering for scholarship)
13, 14.5 (2nd read)
That's a REALLY strong region -- 7 are in the "could be considered" range.
The one we named as a second read was a really fascinating file. We both really liked it a lot, but had hesitancies about naming it as a scholar. So we put it in the 2nd read pile, knowing that it will at least be a honorable mention.
And now we're deciding about the two named above. It's a good example of the subjectivity that goes into reading, and how the reader's background influences their views. I like the liberal-arts candidate who is less directed but has a lot of leadership activities; Sue likes the more directed scientist who is lighter on out-of-class leadership but is clearly going to make contributions to their chosen field. We're deliberating. Which is a kind way of saying we're both trying to be generous towards the other, but each have the one we want -- and it's made tougher knowing that the one that doesn't get the scholarship won't get anything, and won't even know how close they were to winning.