2019 Texas Quiz Bowl Camp

Texas Quiz Bowl’s 2019 Summer Camp will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas from Sunday, July 21st through Saturday, July 27th. Pre-Registration for the camp is now available through the following google form registration page.

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2019 Texas Invitational & Summer Quiz Bowl Camps

Texas Quiz Bowl is proud to offer preliminary announcements for 2019 editions of our annual Texas Invitational Event and our summer quiz bowl camps.

Texas Invitational will be held on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th at Taylor High School in Katy. Saturday’s contest will feature questions from the Terrapin Event and Sunday’s will feature questions from the Illiac event. All teams will play at least ten matches in both events. Each event is limited to a maximum of 24 teams. Registration is $250 for one event or $450 for both events and lunch is included both days. For teams with demonstrable financial need, assistance in the form of discounted entry fees is available.  Please email romeroc-at-gmail-dot-com to register or request additional information on Texas Invitational.

In Summer 2019, Texas Quiz Bowl is once again planning two weeks for its annual quiz bowl camps. Each camp will start on a Sunday and conclude the following Saturday. Each day of camp, students will participate in sessions on quiz bowl knowledge, learning theory, practice, strategy, and team work. The camps are open to students currently in grades 4 through 11. The announcement of dates and locations will be made early in the spring. We will open registration for our camps on March 1st. Please email romeroc-at-gmail-dot-com with any questions concerning Texas Quiz Bowl Camps.

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TQBA Season 20 Spring Schedule Announcement

Below is TQBA’s tentative schedule of Spring regular-season middle-school and high-school events.

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] 01/19 TQBA Winter Roundup @ Beckendorff (MS-29)
[Register] 01/26 TQBA Fort Worth Open @ All Saints’ Episcopal (MS-29)
[Register] 02/23 TQBA Greenhill Games III (MS-30)
[Register] 03/02 TQBA TBA Houston-Area event (MS-30)
[Register] 03/09 TQBA Bluebonnet Bowl @ TBA {Houston} (IS-183)

High School Events
[Register] 01/26 TQBA Winter Rodeo @ Cinco Ranch (IS-181)
[Register] 02/02 TQBA Rio Grande Valley Bowl III @ Lamar Academy (IS-182A)
[Register] 03/09 TQBA Bluebonnet Bowl @ TBA {Houston} (IS-183)
[Register] 03/09 TQBA Mean Green Meet @ North Texas (IS-181)

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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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