The commissioner allows "posh" but not "tip. Julian objects. The commissioner is too stunned that a sixth grader is talking back to him that he forgets to disqualify the whole team for impertinence.
(Side note: We hate to be those people, but it looks like the commissioner is actually right the first time. The stories about both "tip" and "posh" are apocryphal.)
Anyway, we have to leave Julian again and go back to Mrs. Olinski, who is hard at work (in the past) preparing her team for the competition.
The morning of the competition, people are agitated.
The first agitated person is Mr. LeDue, the principal of the school that The Souls are competing against. He tells Mrs. O that he's threatened to hang his team's coach if they lose.
Pretty sure threats like that are illegal, Mr. L.
The second agitated person is Dr. Roy Clayton Rohmer, the superintendent of the school district. Unfortunately, his second-in-command is a real dummy, and he's the one reading the questions. We're talking the danger of Dan-Quayle-level goofs. (For you young 'uns: Dan Quayle was Bush Sr.'s VP back in 1992. He was reading cards at a spelling bee and misspelled "potato." True story.)
It's the big day, and everyone's psyched. The cafeteria is packed. Everything is going smoothly until the second-in-command, a guy named Mr. Fairbain, good-naturedly asks Julian what tribe he's part of.
Fact: Julian is East Indian, not American Indian. Awkward!
Anyhoo, guess who wins this competition?
And the whole school is so excited that they physically lift Mrs. O's wheelchair and carry her on a victory march out to the parking lot. It looks like The Souls are giving her that lift they were talking about.