TQBA’s Season 20 Fall Schedule Announcement

In Fall 2018, Texas Quiz Bowl will celebrate our 20th season of quiz bowl events in Texas. Our first tournament was on October 2, 1998 at Texas A&M in College Station. Since then we have hosted more than 200 events over two decades.

In honor of our 20th season, this year’s pair of TQBA Championship Events (Varsity scheduled for April 13th & Middle Grades scheduled for March 23rd) will include  birthday cake for all attendees.

Before we get to our spring championship events, we are proud to announce our schedule of events for the fall. The first events of the years are open for registration. We hope to see all teams at an event very soon. Additional events and more links to registration forms will be posted when they are available.

As always please email tqbamail-at-gmail-dot-com if you have any questions. Thank you all for your support of quiz bowl in Texas.

Middle School/Elementary Events
[Register] 09/15 Bayou City Jamboree @Village (IS-176A/Pookie18) {Houston}
[Register] 10/06 Bulldog Bonanza (MS-27) @Beck {Houston}
[Register] 10/06 Lion’s Lair (MS-27) @St. Mark’s {Dallas}
[Register] 11/10 Eagle’s Nest (MS-28) @St. Thomas {Houston}
[Register] 11/10 Hawk’s Nest (MS-28) @Cistercian {Dallas}
[Register] 12/08 MS HoHo (IS-180A) @TBA {Houston}

High School Events
[Register] 09/15 Bayou City Jamboree @Village (IS-176A) {Houston}
[Register] 09/22 Hornet Hullabaloo @Greenhill(IS-177) {Dallas}
[Register] 09/29 Alamo City VIII (IS-176A) @MacArthur {San Antonio}
[Register] 10/13 Kickoff Classic XIV (IS-177) @Seven Lakes {Houston}
[Register] 10/20 Penn Bowl Mirror (Penn18) @ LASA {Austin}
[Register] 10/27 Panther Parley (IS-178A) @Parish Episcopal HS {Dallas}
[Register] 11/17 Harvard Fall Mirror @TBA (HFT18) {Houston}
[Register] 12/15 HoHoHo (IS-179) @TBA {Houston}

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Quiz Bowl Camp Class Offerings

The following are the classes that will be offered at the 2018 Texas Quiz Bowl Camp Sessions to be hosted at the University of Texas at Dallas at the end of July.

2018 Session B Courses: July 15-21  [Register Here for Session B]

  • American History Survey
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Literature
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Visual Arts
  • World Culture
  • World History Survey

2018 Session C Courses: July 22-28 [Register Here for Session C]

  • American History I (until Civil War)
  • American History II (Civil War to Present)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Poems
  • Prose
  • Visual Art (Paintings, Sculpture, Architecture)
  • World Culture (including Religion & Mythology)
  • World History I (1945 to present)
  • World History II (before 1945)
  • Masters Topics (for advanced players)

In order to sign-up for classes, please register via the above link and a second link for camp preferences (classes, roommates, and more) will be emailed. Questions can be sent to tqbacamp@gmail.com.

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Plano West Wins HSNCT! LASA third; Taylor Ties for Fifth

The Plano West A team of (from left) Jas Singh, Thomas Gioia, Avi Ackermann and Abhinav Godavarthi made a surprise undefeated playoff run from the #9 seed to the title at NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament this weekend in Atlanta. LASA finished third, and Katy Taylor was among three teams tied for fifth, completing Texas’ best showing since the unprecedented 1-2-3 finish in 2014.

The double-elimination tournament’s winners’ bracket culminated in a matchup of #6 Taylor, who ended #1 Wayzata’s (MN) 13-game win streak, and Plano West, who stormed past #4 seed Lehigh Valley (PA), #3 Montgomery Blair (MD) and two-time reigning national champion #2 Hunter.

Despite William Golden’s 120-point showing, Plano West pulled through 420-390 after a protest was decided in their favor. From that point, West could finish no worse than 2nd, while Taylor faced a Super-7 matchup with Thomas Jefferson A (VA), who they’d already had to beat once in the playoffs. Taylor was eliminated in a 15-point loss.

Meanwhile, LASA, which had been seeded #13 for the playoffs, was making a run through the losers’ bracket after becoming Wayzata’s 13th straight victim. Led by sophomore Chinmay Murthy, the Austin team beat Hoover (AL), #2 Canyon Crest A (CA), Downingtown STEM (PA) to reach a Super-7 test against #10 Beavercreek (OH), who themselves had just eliminated perennial powerhouse Detroit Catholic Central (MI).

Murthy and Graham Stockton each scored 35 points as LASA overcame six negs and second-ranked overall preliminary scorer Hari Parameswaran, 340-295. This put them in a rematch with Plano West, who decisively beat them the day before.

This time, Jas Singh scored 65 to keep an improved LASA team at arm’s length in a 430-325 victory that meant Plano West would play an advantaged final, needing to lose twice consecutively to lose the tournament.

In the opposite semifinal, Sam Brochin scored 60 points and Chloe Levine added 55 as Hunter put away Thomas Jefferson on the final tossup, 405-330, and earned another shot at Plano West.

Despite all they’d accomplished against the rest of the field, Hunter just seemed like a favorable matchup for Plano West, who raced to a 390-30 halftime lead in front of a stunned crowd. Abhinav Godavarthi had 3 powers in the final, more than in any other match in the tournament. Each Plano West player got at least 3 tossups in the 535-285 victory. ending the New York City school’s reign just short of a threepeat and bringing the HSNCT trophy to North Texas for a first time.

Plano West finished 16-2, LASA 15-4 and Taylor 12-4. Congratulations to this outstanding trio of Texas teams.

Texas Quiz Bowl must acknowledge the sterling career of graduating senior Gram Brinson, who for a third consecutive year finished in the top dozen individual preliminary scorers at HSNCT. After being 10th in 2016 and 11th in 2017, Brinson was 7th this year with 87.67 points per 20 tossups as DeBakey went 9-5 to finish tied for 32nd.

Joining DeBakey in that top-50 grouping were Carnegie Vanguard A (9-5), all-junior Colleyville Heritage (8-5), and all-underclassman Strake Jesuit B (9-5).

St. John’s (7-5) tied for 51st, while LASA B (7-5), Cistercian A (7-5), Seven Lakes A (7-5), Strake Jesuit A (6-5) and Parish Episcopal (6-5) tied for 77th.

The teams eliminated in the opening playoff round were Clark, Seven Lakes B and Carnegie B. Clark becomes the first Northside ISD playoff team at HSNCT, and the first such school from San Antonio besides Reagan.

Other top-50 preliminary scorers from Texas teams include Golden in 11th (83.93), Jayaker Kolli of Heritage in 21st (71.88), Shomik Ghose of St. John’s in 29th (69.08), Tyler McStravick of St. Thomas in 35th (65.87), Vishal Sivamani of Coppell in 39th (64.13) and Calvin Carroll of MacArthur in 45th (62.44).

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Summer Camps Timeline

This summer, for the ninth year, Texas Quiz Bowl will its quiz bowl camps. These camps are open to all students in grades 4-11 eager to become better learners and improve their academic competition skills. This summer we have scheduled three sessions of summer camp during June and July 2018.

Session A: Houston Day Camp @ St. Thomas June 11-15 [Info and Registration Here]
Though any student can attend any or all sessions, we recommend Session B for students currently in grades 4-10.

Session B: Dallas Day/Overnight Camp @ UTD July 15-21 [Register Here]
Though any student can attend any or all sessions, we recommend Session B for students currently in grades 4-7.

Session C: Dallas Day/Overnight Camp @ UTD July 22-28 [Register Here]
Though any student can attend any or all sessions, we recommend Session C for students currently in grades 8-11.

Sunday, May 20: Roommate Requests Open (via email)
Friday, June 01: Regular Registration Deadline for all Camps

Tuesday, June 5: Camp Session A Fee Deadline
Thursday, June 7: Camp Session A Details Email
Monday, June 18: Class Selections & Final Registration Open for UTD Camps
Tuesday, June 19: No Penalty Fee Deadline

Friday, July 6: Camp Session A Details Email
Sunday, July 15: Camp Session A Opens
Saturday, July 21: Camp Session A Closes

Friday, July 13 Camp Session B Details Email
Sunday, July 22: Camp Session B Opens
Saturday, July 28: Camp Session B Closes

The regular registration deadline for the all Texas Quiz Bowl Camps is June 1st. We ask that all students register as soon as possible to allow us time to plan accordingly. Fees will be due on Tuesday, June 5th (SessionA) or Tuesday, June 19th (Sessions B & C).

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Beck, Greenhill tie for 8th at MSNCT

Teams from Beck Junior High in Katy and Greenhill School in Addison tied for eighth to lead Texas’ delegation at NAQT’s Middle School National Championship Tournament.

The Beck team of Charles Chen, Aaryan Sagar, Ben Hassall and Connor Oberg went 10-4 on the weekend, while the Greenhill A team of Gokulan Anand, Shruti Siva, Josh Rubel and Ravi Ingle went 9-4. Each reached Round 20 of the tournament.

Beckendorff A (9-4) finished tied for 13th, while Greenhill B (8-5), AOS (8-5) and Holy Family (8-5) finished tied for 21st.

Holy Family’s Johnny Miri was the sixth-leading scorer in preliminaries, scoring 89 points per 20 tossups heard. Beckendorff’s Sidharth Nair was 11th (78.26 PP20TUH) while Nikita Nair of Coppell West was 14th (72.22).

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Thirteen Texas teams in the hunt for MSNCT Trophies

Thirteen Texas middle school teams qualified for today’s playoff rounds at the 2018 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament being held in Chicago. You can follow the progress of today’s playoffs via this link to the online NAQT Playoff Brackets. The participating teams are listed below.

#8 Greenhill A (6-2)
#14 Beckendorff A (6-2)
#15 St. John’s A (6-2)
#16 Beck (6-2)
#32 TH Rogers (5-3)
#34 AOS (5-3)
#35 Kinkaid (5-3)
#42 Village A (5-3)
#45 Greenhill B (5-3)
#50 Fulmore A (5-3)
#57 Village B (5-3)
#63 Holy Family (5-3)
#65 St. John’s C (5-3)

Each team played in 8 preliminary games on Saturday. All teams with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses or better advanced to the Sunday double elimination playoffs.

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Follow Texas Teams via our MSNCT Live Tracker

A new and improved TQBA Live Tracker is here for 2018’s middle school and high school national championships. The MSNCT version can be found here.

The first tab, “Overall,” will have up-to-date records for all 25 Texas teams. The next four tabs, divided geographically, will have all results for each team as they become available. Thea teams will be listed alphabetically left to right. Houston-area teams are divided into “Houston” and “Suburbs” just so that 17 teams aren’t on a single tab.

Good luck to all our teams!

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TQBA Summer Camps

Registration for this summer’s quiz bowl camp sessions at the University of Texas at Dallas  (Sessions B & C) are open. Registration for a day camp at St. Thomas High School in Houston is also open.

Session A: Houston Day Camp @ St. Thomas June 11-15 [Info and Registration Here]
Session B: Dallas Day/Overnight Camp @ UTD July 15-21 [Register Here]
Session C: Dallas Day/Overnight Camp @ UTD July 22-28 [Register Here]

Questions concerning 2018 camps can be sent via email to tqbacamp@gmail.com.

For general camp questions and information, please visit this Camp General FAQ page.
For some more information regarding logistics, please visit this logistics page.
For quiz bowl accolades won by TQBA campers, please visit the accolades page.
For information about fees and payments, please visit the camp financials page.
For information about some of the safety measures at camp, please visit the safety page.

Here are the lists of planned course offerings for each of the 2018 TQBA Summer Camp Sessions:

Session A (June 11-15): American History, Astronomy, Classical Music, Geography, Human Biology, Literary Classics, Mythology, Physical Science, Poetry, Sports, World History
Session B (July 15-21): American History, Ancient World, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computational Math, Literary Classics, Mythology, Poetry, Political Geography, Popular Music, Short Stories, World History
Session C (July 22-28): American History, Ancient World, Biochemistry, Conceptual Math, Drama, Film & Opera, Human Geography, Philosophy, Physics, Visual Art, World History, World Literature

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James Taylor, Plano East win State!

Congratulations to James E. Taylor High School from Katy and Plano East High School for winning the Division I and Division II, respectively, at the Texas Quiz Bowl Championships, which were held at Seven Lakes High School, on Saturday.

Taylor defeated Austin’s Liberal Arts & Science Academy in a thrilling one-game final after the two teams ended regularly scheduled matches with identical 10-1 records. Strake Jesuit College Prep, St. John’s School, and Cistercian Prep rounded out the top five in Division I.

Plano East defeated Houston Memorial in the final for Division II. Both teams began the day with 9-1 records and emerged a top five which also included Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Monsignor Kelly, and John Cooper.

Strake Jesuit, who began with a 9-0 record, emerged victorious over St. Mark’s, who had a 8-1 record in the first game of an advantaged final. The top five JV teams also included:  Cistercian, Greenhill, Seven Lakes A, and St. John’s.

More details, pictures, and statistics will be available soon.

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2018 TQBA Championship planned for Saturday

Texas Quiz Bowl will host its 19th annual Championship event on Saturday at Seven Lakes High School in Katy. A record total of 49 teams from across the state will compete in three divisions (Division I, Division II, and JV) for the distinction of being named as the 2018’s best academic competition team in the Lone Star State.

The groups for Division I were determined in a soccer style draw from eligible participants. A You-Tube Video of the draw is available for viewing. TQBA Championship Tournament Director Steve Fontenot conducted the draw and will run Saturday’s event. The teams competing in each group for Saturday’s event are listed below.

This year is the first in which a Division II Championship opportunity is available. This group is available to smaller schools and newer programs, including those from regions outside of the TQBA hubs in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. This year teams from Beaumont, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, and McAllen are a part of the Division II group. The JV group is limited to teams including juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, the sum of whose grade levels is 40 or less.

Past champions of the event are:

2017 St. Mark’s School
Abdullah Akbar, John Crawford, Patrick Magee, Connor Pierce
2016 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Trevor Binford, John DiCarlo, Ethan Russo, Corin Wagen
2015 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Trevor Binford, John DiCarlo, Ethan Russo, Corin Wagen
2014 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Alex Freed, Nathan Weiser, Ben Jones, Arnav Sastry
2013 St. John’s School
Carlo DeGuzman, George Davies, Claire Jones, Jeffrey Fastow, Deven Lahoti
2012 Seven Lakes High School
Daniel Chapman, Alex Cai, Nathan Agnew, Carlo DeGuzman, Andi Qi
2011 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Thomas Littrell, Benji Ngyuen, Aaron Pellowski, Danny Chupin
2010 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Thomas Littrell, Benji Nguyen, Roger Cain, Matt Goodman, Ben Goldstein
2009 Bellaire High School
Shanna Chu, Ruiji Jiang, Zach Herrera, Liz Wright
2008 Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Albert Bayer, Cyrus Bordbar, Prashant Ragveadran, Tyler Smith
2007 St. John’s School
Ryan Hodgson, Zach Yeung, Zachary Curry-McDougald, Caroline Flowers, Alex Stadnyk
2006 St. John’s School
Ryan Hodgson, Sarah Longhofer, Rish Sinha, Stephen Spencer, Mark Stadnyk
2005 Bellaire High School
Larissa Charnsangavej, Will Flaherty, Kelly Marshall, Kevin Peng
2004 Bellaire High School
Larissa Charnsangavej, Nick Malouta, Andrew Soloman, Tiffany Pan
2003 St. John’s School
Alexander Akhter, Warren Bellows, Andrew Brantley, Matt Dunn, Ranjan Ranshandani
2002 St. John’s School
Andrew Brantley, Eric Kwei, Michael Friedman, Alex Wright
2001 Huntsville High School
Lauren Matherne, Emily Resnick, Lillian Resnick, Drew Russell, Eric Weatherwax,
2000 Cistercian Preparatory School
David Daly, Chris Edgemon, Andrew Gregg, Mark Edinburgh

2017 Champion St. Mark’s School of Texas

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