2017 TQBA Winter Camp

Texas Quiz Bowl will once again host a winter quiz bowl camp at Strake Jesuit for students currently in grades 4-10. The camp will be Tuesday, December 27 through Saturday, December 30th at Zinnamon Hall on campus. We will meet each day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The camp will be staffed by members of the Strake Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team. Students will have fun engaging in educational activities as they learn about history, geography, science, and humanities. The fee for the camp is $325 per student and includes lunch each day plus supplies. A registration page for the winter camp is available at this link.
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Announcing HoHoHo Futures Competition

Texas Quiz Bowl is proud to announce that we will host a special quiz bowl futures competition in coordination with our annual HoHoHo event to be held in Katy at Seven Lakes High School (9251 South Fry Road, 77494) on December 2, 2017. This event is open to high achieving middle school students from across the state of Texas.

Parents may register their student to participate in this special event via this link.

The competition will feature 7 teams of students who will compete against each other on varsity level questions. TQBA will assign players to teams for this event. Each team will play at least 6 games during the competition. All teams will advance to a single elimination playoff. The fee for participation is $30 per student and will include lunch.Please email TQBA director Dr. Romero (romeroc-at-gmail-dot-com) with any questions.

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AOS wins first MS event at Viking

Congratulations to the team from Annunciation Orthodox School who won their school’s first ever TQBA middle school event on Saturday at the Viking Invasion III at the Village School. The AOS team began the playoffs seeded 4th after a preliminary stage loss to the Kinkaid school. AOS defeated teams from T.H. Rogers and Beckendorff Junior High in the first two playoff rounds before again facing the Kinkaid team. The Dolphins squad avenged its earlier loss with a 460-240 defeat of Kinkaid in the semifinals before beating Fort Settlement Crimson 470-200 in the final. In the elementary group on Saturday, the A team from Beckendorff emerged victorious from a group of 7. Statistics from Saturday’s event are available at this link.

At the event the eight quarter-finalist teams earned bids to the 2018 NAQT Middle School National Championship event to be held in Chicago on Mother’s Day Weekend. The qualifiers were single teams from Annunciation Orthodox, Beckendorff, Fort Settlement, Rogers, and the Village School along with two teams from St. John’s School. The next chance to qualify for nationals in Houston will be at the Strake Jesuit Prep Bowl event on November 4th. A registration link for Prep Bowl is available at this link.

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Kinkaid, Holy Family, Greenhill lead early group of MSNCT bids!

Over the past two weekends, eight Texas middle school teams qualified to attend the 2018 NAQT Middle School National Championship event in Chicago on Mother’s Day Weekend. The eight qualifiers are: Beck, Cistercian, Coppell West, Fulmore, Greenhill, Holy Family, Kinkaid, and St. Mark’s.

In the nation’s first middle grades event of the season on September 16th, Bayou City, Kinkaid outlasted Beck 290-230. At the Falcon Fest in Austin on the 23rd, Holy Family edged Fulmore A in the final with an exciting 355-345 win. In Dallas on the 23rd at the Hornet Hullabaloo, the top Greenhill team decisively defeated St. Mark’s 535-90. Additionally the Coppell West and Cistercian semi-finalist teams from the Dallas event also qualified for nationals.

The next opportunity to qualify for the middle school national will be at the Viking event at the Village School on October 7th. Registration for Viking is open and available at this link.

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Up To Date Statistics

Here are the links to the latest statistical results from our fall tournaments!

Alamo City (10/21, IS-168C)
Panther Pageant (10/21, IS-168C)
Kickoff Classic Varsity(10/14, IS-168C)
Kickoff Classic Novice (10/14, IS-168C)
Viking Invasion (10/07, MS-23)
Sparkling City (09/30, IS-167A)
French Quarter Kickoff (09/30, IS-167A)
Hornet Varsity/Middle School (09/23, IS-167A/MS-23)
Falcon Middle School (09/23, MS-23)
Bayou Varsity (09/16 17Prison)
Bayou Middle School (09/16 IS-167A)

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Fall Events Calendar

Here is a list of Texas Quiz Bowl events for this fall. Please note that these events are currently linked to blank event pages. We will fill in details on each event page shortly. You may register for events via the NAQT links on the right of each event. If you have any general questions, please tqbamail-at-gmail-dot-com.

Middle School/Elementary
Sep 23 [DAL] Hornet Hullabaloo III @ Greenhill (MS/HS) (MS-23, IS-167A) [Register]
Sep 23 [AUS] Falcon Fest III @ Fulmore (MS/JV) (MS-23, IS-167A) [Register]
Oct 07 [HOU] Viking Invasion @ Village (MS-23) [Register]
Nov 04 [HOU] Prep Bowl XLIV @ Strake Jesuit (MS) (MS-24, IS-169A) [Register]
Nov 11 [HOU] Science Challenge I @ TBA [Register]
Nov 18 [SAN] Rattler Rally @ Reagan (MS/HS) (MS-24, IS-169A) [Register]
Dec 02 [DAL] Greenhill Games @ Greenhill (MS/HS) (MS-24, IS-171A) [Register]
Dec 10 [HOU] Holiday Hoedown @ TBA (MS) (IS-171A) [Register]

High School
Sep 16 [HOU] Bayou City Jamboree @ St. Thomas (IS-167A) [Register]
Sep 23 [DAL] Hornet Hullabaloo III @ Greenhill  (MS-23, IS-167A) [Register]
Sep 23 [AUS] Falcon Fest III @ Fulmore (JV) (MS-23, IS-167A) [Register]
Sep 30 [COR] Sparkling City IV @ Flour Bluff (IS-167A) [Register]
Oct 14 [HOU] Kickoff Classic XIII @ Seven Lakes (IS-168) [Register]
Oct 17 [BMT] Boomtown Bash @ Monsignor Kelly (IS-167A) [Register]
Oct 21 [SAN] Alamo City VII @ MacArthur (IS-168) [Register]
Oct 21 [DAL] Panther Pageant II @ Parish (IS-168) [Register]
Nov 04 [HOU] Prep Bowl XLIV @ Strake Jesuit (JV) (MS-24, IS-169A) [Register]
Nov 11 [RGV] Rio Grande Valley Bowl II @ Lamar IB (IS-169A) [Register]
Nov 11 [HOU] Science Challenge I (JV) [Register]
Nov 18 [SAN] Rattler Rally @ Reagan (MS-24, IS-169A) [Register]
Nov 18 [HOU] Owl City @ Rice University [Register]
Dec 02 [DAL] Greenhill Games @ Greenhill (MS/HS) (MS-24, IS-171A) [Register]
Dec 02 [HOU] HoHoHo X @ TBA (IS-170) [Register]
Dec 16 [HOU] Harvard Fall Mirror @ TBA [Register]

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Announcing Texas Quiz Bowl Academy!

This fall, Dr. Romero will be teaching science (11 a.m.) , history (1 p.m.), and humanities (3 p.m.) classes on Sundays.  Each class period will include 50 minutes on instruction in a specific topic area, 50 minutes of targeted practice (with coaching on buzzing strategies), a 10 minute quiz to review from the previous weeks, and a short break. Students will be given a brief homework assignment each week. More information on the classes including a registration link can be found on the Academy tab of the Texas Quiz Bowl website.

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New Study Guides Available!

The Pookie Collection is the set of novice quiz bowl packet sets written for the Texas Quiz Bowl Camp from 2013 through 2016. The collection includes 7o packets (each with at least 20 tossups and 20 bonuses) and more than 2800 questions. The topics covered are specifically chosen to appeal to younger and beginning players. All the major quiz bowl categories (Arts, Astronomy, Bible, Biology, Chemistry, Culture, Geology, History, Music, Mathematics, Mythology, Novels, Physics, Poems, Plays, Religion) are covered. Additional questions on popular culture (celebrities, movies, pop music, sports, and more) and general knowledge make the sets more accessible to new players.  They are an excellent set of practice material for elementary and middle school teams. Please email tqbacamp@gmail.com to order the books or request more information. Books can be mailed to your address.

The Tilapia Collection (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters) of quiz bowl study guides are are new for 2017 and are now available for purchase. Each of the four books features tossup study sets utilized at previous Texas Quiz Bowl Camps. Each of the books features 24 chapters of questions distributed like a standard high school packet. Each of the chapters focuses on a specific category of questions (e.g., organelles, poems, wars) allowing students to focus on clue patterns to learn new material as quickly as possible.You may order books via this online form. Books typically take 2-4 weeks for delivery. Books can be mailed to your address.

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In Memoriam: Candace Benefiel

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July 7, 1957 – August 1, 2017

It is with great sadness that Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance (TQBA) announces the passing of Candace Benefiel following a fight with cancer. Candace worked with TQBA as a mentor and advisor since its founding and served as faculty sponsor of the Texas A&M Quiz Bowl program. She moderated hundreds of tournaments over the course of her decades-long quiz bowl career, with her final appearances coming at the 2016 Prep Bowl and HoHoHo.

Candace was the faculty sponsor of the Texas A&M Quiz Bowl program for 30 years (1987-2017). She began working with the A&M teams during the College Bowl era and helped the program transition to the modern NAQT/ACF era in the late 1990’s. During the early years, she served as College Bowl Regional Coordinator, and during the mid-1990’s she was instrumental in orchestrating the student development efforts that set in motion the events that would eventually lead to the founding of the Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance in 2003.

Candace was an Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian for the Evans Library at Texas A&M University. She was a graduate of Brazoswood High School (’75), Rice University (Classics ’79), the University of Texas at Austin (Library Science ’81), and West Texas State University (English ’89). In 2000, Candace began course work towards a Ph.D. in English and joined the Texas A&M Graduate student quiz bowl team.

Candace’s team would place in the top five of the Academic Competition Federation National Tournament five times (2003-2007) and win the tournament in 2006. Candace’s team was the first ACF Champion to include two female players. It was Candace’s buzz on the last tossup (George Bernard Shaw’s play Caesar and Cleopatra) of the last match of the final series against the University of Michigan that allowed the Aggies to celebrate one of the most surprising victories in ACF history.

Candace is survived by dozens of students and colleagues whose lives she positively impacted. Candace cared, sacrificed, challenged, and humored. Year after year, Candace gave her time to mentor and mold young adults. Candace was our voice of reason, our “I can’t believe you said that” adult, our diplomat, our perspective, and our cheerleader. Candace was our friend and will be missed.

Texas Quiz Bowl is grateful for Candace’s years of service and in commemoration of her contributions, Texas Quiz Bowl will dedicate the Candace Benefiel rotating trophy in her honor on March 24, 2018. The trophy will be awarded annually to Texas Quiz Bowl’s top middle grades team.

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Taylor Finishes 5th to Lead Texas HSNCT Contingent

William Golden lead Katy Taylor to a tied-for-fifth-place finish at NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament last weekend in Atlanta.

Taylor was eliminated by eventual repeat national champion Hunter (NY). Finishing two rounds behind Taylor, tied for 15th, were St. John’s, St. Mark’s A, and LASA B.

LASA A and Strake Jesuit wound up tied for 25th. Between LASA B’s ninth- and 10th-grade squad and Strake’s sophomore-freshman team, the future seems bright for those two programs.

The group tied at 65th included Cistercian A, whose top four scorers return next year. Also at 65th were Cinco Ranch, St. Stephen’s, Seven Lakes A and Carnegie Vanguard. Reagan‘s all-underclassman team tied for 97th, rounding out the 12-strong Texas playoff group.

Review the results from the 24 TQBA teams that competed in Atlanta via our 2017 HSNCT Texas Team Tracker.

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