questions on excellence criteria

At our mixed event tomorrow there is both high school and middle school excellence. For just middle school excellence would it be only judge on the middle school teams.It is seen as top ten in qualifications for middle school teams as a requirement or top ten in qualifications for the whole competition.

This depends on the number of teams at the blended event in each grade level. If there are going to be 2 Excellence Awards (at least 10 teams at each grade level registered 2 weeks prior to the event) then middle school teams would be considered separately from high school teams. If there is only one Excellence Award being given out this would not be the case. In either case good qualitative judgement on the part of the judges is the key.