TQBA Winter Camp open for registration

Texas Quiz Bowl invites all quiz bowl players to attend the 2014 Winter Camp at the La Quinta Inn San Antonio Airport on December 27-29. This event will feature two full tournaments and four two-hour practice sessions. Each student will be able to choose from five different practice sessions: computation (MS), geography, history, literature, and science. The winter camp includes all meals (Saturday dinner through Monday Breakfast), study materials, and a double occupancy room for two nights.  A link to additional information about our winter camp is available at this event page. You may register via email cromero-at-texasquizbowl-dot-org.

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Middle School Quiz Bowl strong in Texas

A Garcia team debates a bonus part at Rawlinson middle in San Antonio

An animated Garcia team debates a bonus part at Rawlinson Middle in San Antonio

In 2015 the fifth annual NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament is coming to Texas. From May 8th through 10th the Hyatt Regency in Dallas will be host to the best middle school quiz bowl teams from across the nation. Three of the past four winners have been from Texas. Kealing (Austin) won in 2011 and 2012 and Harmony School of Excellence (Houston) won in 2014.

A team from the Village School concentrates on a tossup during a match in Houston at T.H. Rogers.

A team from the Village School concentrates on a tossup during a match in Houston at T.H. Rogers.

Over the past month, Texas Quiz Bowl hosted middle school quiz bowl contests in AustinDallasHouston, and San Antonio. Here is a summary of results from our first four middle school events. The four tournament winners are denoted by an asterisk. Teams that have already qualified for MSNCT are denoted with #.

  1. *Kealing Squirrels 27.67#
  2. *T.H. Rogers A 26.49#
  3. St. Theresa Red 26.47#
  4. Harmony A 26.13#
  5. St. John’s A 24.91#
  6. St. Theresa White 22.91#
  7. *St. Monica A 22.85#
  8. Cistercian A 22.17
  9. Holy Family Blue 21.95#
  10. St. John’s B 21.23
  11. St. Mark’s A 21.12 #
  12. Kealing Capybaras 21.12
  13. St. Mark’s C 20.90#
  14. T.H. Rogers C 20.86#
  15. *Lopez Red 20.69#
  16. St. Mark’s B 20.00
  17. St. Clare 19.87
  18. Village A 19.48
  19. Rogers B 19.33
  20. Bush 18.89#
  21. St. Laurence 18.o3
A St. Mark's teamanswers a tossup at Greenhill in Dallas

A St. Mark’s team answers a tossup at Greenhill School in Dallas

The next two middle school events will be held at St. Mark’s on November 15, and on Dec 6th at Harmony Excellence. During the spring we will again host multiple events in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

A team from Annunciation Orthodox poses after a match during their first ever quiz bowl event in Houston.

A team from Annunciation Orthodox poses after a match during their first ever quiz bowl event in Houston.

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Fall Schedule

Texas Quiz Bowl is happy to announce its fall schedule. Though some details are still being worked out, here are our events organized by region. Event pages for our earliest tournaments are posted. Details for the remainder of our fall events will be posted soon.

Austin
September 20th: Capital City Middle School Kickoff [Middle School/Novice High School]

Corpus Christi
September 27th: Sparkling City Challenge [High School]

Greenhill and Fulmore face-off at Trinity in Spring 2014

Dallas
September 13th: Big D-Challenge at Greenhill [Middle School & Novice High School]
October 25th: Metroplex Challenge at UTD [High School]
November 15th: Lions’ Den Invitational at St. Mark’s [Middle School]

T.H. Rogers players concentrate for a bonus last fall

Houston
October 11th: Kickoff Classic at Seven Lakes [High School]
October 18th: Middle School Kickoff at T.H. Rogers [Middle School]
November 8th: Bayou City Challenge at TBA [High School]
November 19th: TQBA Geography Challenge at TBA [Middle School]
November 22nd: Science Quiz Bowl at TBA [Middle School/High School]
December 6th: Middle School Holiday Hoedown at TBA [Middle School]
December 13th: Houston Holiday Hoedown at Cinco Ranch [High School]

St. Thomas and Village face off last fall

San Antonio
October 4th: Alamo City Kickoff at Clark [High School]
October 11th: Middle School Kickoff at Rawlinson [Middle School]
November 1st: Brahma Bowl at MacArthur [High School]
December 6th: Middle School Holiday Hoedown and Patriot Games at Rawlinson [MS/HS]

Kealing & Harmony face off in the final of the 2015 TQBA Middle School Championship at Trinity University

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Fee Structure for 2014-15 Academic Year

The following are TQBA’s fees and discounts for the 2014-15 academic year.

Base fee for regular-season high-school tournaments: $140
Base fee for regular-season middle-school tournaments: $120
Discount for supplying a working buzzer: $15 per buzzer used
Discount per team for schools attending HSNCT last year: $10
Discount per team for schools attending MSNCT last year: $10
Minimum per-team fee for MS: $90
Minimum per-team fee for HS: $110

Any school new to our competitions or absent for at least three school years gets its first team at its first event back free of charge.

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Camp photos, stats now available

With the 2014 Texas Quiz Bowl Camp behind us, we’re preparing for another season of tournaments for all age groups. But there are a few things left to wrap up from camp:

Statistics are available from the evening tournaments on SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday and Friday, along with our VCU Open Mirror from Saturday.

Dominic Romano participates in evening competition.

Also, three galleries (1, 2, 3) containing nearly 1,500 photos have been posted to our Facebook site.

Finally, we’d like to congratulate our three iPad winners: Sam Lin from Reagan, Trevor Binford from LASA and Ethan Gan-Dy from St. Joseph.

Look here soon for information on 2014-15 tournaments!

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Golden advances in Teen Tournament

Alex_and_William 2Texas Quiz Bowl student William Golden won his first round episode and has advanced to the semi-finals of the 2014 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Golden, a rising 8th grader at Harmony School of Excellence in Houston, is the youngest of 15 contestants vying for a $75,000 top prize. Golden will compete in the semi-finals on Monday. Check your local listings for the viewing time and channel for Jeopardy in your area. This past season William lead his Harmony team to victory at the 2014 NAQT Middle School National Tournament. Harmony defeated St. Mark’s (Dallas) in an all-Texas final at that event in Atlanta. The Houston Chronicle profiled William in this article. The recap of his first round episode is here.

Update: William finished second in his semi-final match that aired last monday. Though William did not win the $75,000 top prize, he did take home $10,000. Congratulations to William on a fine performance.

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Team Texas wins NASAT

Victorious Team Texas posses in front of a statue of the number 1 at Ohio State University.

Victorious Team Texas posses in front of a statue of the number 1 at Ohio State University.

Texas All-Star squad of Carlo De Guzman (St. John’s ’14), Henry Hawthorn (Harmony-NA ’15), Ben Jones (LASA A, ’14), Patrick Magee (St. Mark’s, ’17), Arnav Sastry (LASA A, ’14), and Corin Wagen (LASA B, ’16) competed at the 2014 National All-Star Academic Tournament at the Ohio State University on Saturday. After going 15-1 over our 16 game schedule, Team Texas won the event. Illinois finished 13-3 for second, California took third, and New Jersey took fourth. This is the fifth year of the NASAT event. Texas is the first state to win the event twice. Ironically in 2011 Texas also finished ahead of 2nd place Illinois. Full Tournament statistics and scores are linked here.

St. John's Carlo De Guzman is the first player to win two NASAT Championships.

Carlo De Guzman

With the NASAT victory two Team Texas players earned unparalleled distinctions. For St. John’s senior Carlo De Guzman, this was his fourth NASAT appearance and his second NASAT victory. As a freshmen Carlo was a fine arts role player for Texas’ first championship squad. In 2014 Carlo was the top scorer and leader of the latest Texas championship team. Carlo is only one of two players with four NASAT appearances and the only player with two NASAT championships. Carlo will attend Texas A&M University in the fall.

Ben Jones is the first student ever to complete's quiz bowl's grand slam.

Ben Jones

For senior LASA Ben Jones, this victory is the culmination of an incredible string of championships. Along with teammate Nathan Weiser, Ben completed the quiz bowl grand slam; their LASA teams won Texas Invitational, National History Bowl, PACE National Scholastics Championship,  and NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. With this NASAT victory, Ben accomplished the quiz bowl’s version of the golden slam. Ben, who will attend Rice University in the fall, is the only player ever to simultaneously hold the five titles.

This is the fifth year for the NASAT competition. Previous winners are: Missouri (2013), California (2012), Texas (2011), and Pennsylvania (2010). The team was coached in 2014 by Chris Romero and Adam Escandell. Our tournament contingent also included observers Evan Hochstein (Kealing ’19) and Drew Singer (Greenhill ’18). Tossup by tossup updates of the tournament were provided on twitter (@TQBA_one) by Evan and are logged in the twitter feed history.

Texas Quiz Bowl annually coordinates the Team Texas Selection Process. The process begins each summer at Texas Quiz Bowl Camp and continues with events throughout the year. Students are required to choose a speciality, demonstrate their playing strengths in top level events, and prepare to contribute towards the success of future Team Texas endeavors.

2014 Texas NASAT crew in front of Ohio Stadium: [front row from left] Patrick Magee ('17 St. Mark's), Henry Hawthorn ('15 Harmony), Carlo DeGuzman ('14 St. John's), Evan Hochstein ('19 Kealing), [back row] Drew Singer ('18 Greenhill), Ben Jones  ('14 LASA), Corin Wagen ('16 LASA), Arnav Sastry ('14 LASA), [not showed] Chris Romero, Adam Escandell (coaches)

2014 Texas NASAT crew in front of Ohio Stadium: [front row from left] Patrick Magee (’17 St. Mark’s), Henry Hawthorn (’15 Harmony), Carlo De Guzman (’14 St. John’s), Evan Hochstein (’19 Kealing), [back row] Drew Singer (’18 Greenhill), Ben Jones (’14 LASA), Corin Wagen (’16 LASA), Arnav Sastry (’14 LASA), [not shown] Chris Romero, Adam Escandell (coaches)

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LASA repeats as HSNCT Champion

Congratulations to Coach Jason Flowers and seniors Alex Freed, Ben Jones, Arnav Sastry, and Nathan Weiser for winning the 2014 NAQT High School National Championship. After dropping a match earlier in the day, the seniors fought back with victories over Dorman (SC) and Stevenson (IL) before beating their schoolmates from third place LASA B and their Texas rival and second place St. John’s to claim the school’s second consecutive HSNCT championship.

2014 HSNCT Champs LASA: Alex Freed, Nathan Weiser, Coach Jason Flowers, Ben Jones, and Arnav Sastry

2014 HSNCT Champs LASA: Alex Freed, Nathan Weiser, Coach Jason Flowers, Ben Jones, and Arnav Sastry

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Texas takes top 3 at HSNCT

LASA A, LASA B, and St. John’s have claimed the top 3 spots at the High School National Championship Tournament held in Chicago this weekend. The exact order of the teams remains to be determined.

In the lead-off game, LASA coach Jason Flowers will have the unique opportunity to coach against himself. In that play-in game, his “A” squad of seniors Alex Freed, Ben Jones, Arnav Sastry, and Nathan Weiser will face off against his “B” group of underclassmen, juniors Alex Denko and Forrest Hammel paired with sophomores Ethan Russo and Corin Wagen. The winner of the play-in game with compete with coach David Nathan’s St. John’s squad of seniors George Davies, Carlo DeGuzman, and Claire Jones along with junior Deven Lahoti in a one game winner-take-all final.

Texas comrades enjoy the Sunday Lunch Break. (Photo: Colin McNamara)

Texas comrades enjoy the Sunday Lunch Break. (Photo: Colin McNamara)

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Texas looking strong in Chicago

St. John’s School (Houston) punched its ticket for the final of the 2014 NAQT High School National Championship with a thrilling 380-375 winner’s bracket final victory over Arcadia (CA) this morning. A total of seven teams remain in contention for the prestigious national title. That number includes both the A and B teams from 2013 champion Liberal Arts and Science Academy (Austin). The four other contenders are: Arcadia (CA), Ladue (MO), Maggie Walker (VA), and Stevenson (IL).

A total of eleven Texas teams qualified for the playoffs of the event that was contested by 272 teams from across the nation. Of the eleven teams, nine notched at least one victory before they were eliminated. The victories included the first by a school from San Antonio, a 370-195 victory by Reagan A over Chattahoochee B.

Village School (Houston) attended HSNCT for the first time this year, made the playoffs, and with a victory over South Range (OH) earned a tie for 34th place in the tournament. Harmony Science Academy of North Austin won two games and finished tied for 21st, its highest placing ever. Seven Lakes (Katy) won three playoff matches, eliminated national power Northmont (OH) and finished tied for 13th, it best showing since an 8th place finish in 2011.

St. John's team members Deven Lahoti and Carlo DeGuzman will compete in the 2014 HSNCT final in Chicago.

St. John’s team members Deven Lahoti and Carlo DeGuzman will compete in the 2014 HSNCT final in Chicago.

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