Academy Classes delayed start

Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, TQBA is going to delay the start of the Sunday Texas Quiz Bowl Academy classes for two weeks. The first class will take place on Sept 24th (instead of Sept 10th). The classes (Science, Humanities, and History) will still be 13 weeks and will end on December 18th.

If you wish to sign up for classes you may do so at this webform. More information about the classes is available at this link.

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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] Cougar Clash V @ Clark? (MS/HS) (MS-24, IS-169A) [Register]
Dec 02 [DAL] Greenhill Games @ Greenhill (MS/HS) (MS-24, 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)
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] Cougar Clash V @ Clark? (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 09 [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 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

BenefielCandace Benefiel
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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2017 Quiz Bowl Summer Camp!

slide-uc-sunsetRegistration for the 2017 Texas Quiz Bowl Summer Camps at the University of Texas at Dallas has begun. Please visit this online form to register your student.

Students may register to attend one of two sessions Session A: July 9-15 or Session B: July 15-23. We suggest Session A for students currently in grades 4-8 and Session B for students currently in grades 9-11. Any student can attend either or both sessions.

Like past years, this year’s camp will feature a number of fun activities for students. In addition to learning about history, science, geography, and humanities, students will participate in sessions on learning strategies, lateral thinking, and study skills each day. Student registration fees include: lodging for six nights at UTD, 2 classes and 2 meals daily, study materials, a t-shirt, and activities from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Full details on the 2017 Texas Quiz Bowl Summer Camps, include a list of available classes will be posted soon to

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Quail Valley, TH Rogers lead Texas MSNCT Contingent

Quail Valley and TH Rogers A finished tied for 21st at 7-5 to lead the 33 Texas teams at the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament this weekend at DFW.

Nine Texas teams went 5-3 on Saturday to reach the playoffs. Cistercian A, Kinkaid and St. John’s A finished tied for 33rd, while Coppell West, Fulmore A, Holy Family and St. Monica tied for 49th.

Jathin Desan of Frisco Nelson (4-4) finished as the 7th highest individual scorer on Saturday with 89.94 points per game. Seventh-grader Sidharth Nair of Beckendorff A was 20th with 69.7 PPG.

Johnny Miri of Holy Family earned individual honors for a second straight year, scoring 60 PPG to finish seventh among all seventh-graders. Alex Mitchell of St. Clare of Assisi was 10th among seventh-graders with 54.7.

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St. Mark’s wins Texas Quiz Bowl Championship

IMG_2047St. Mark’s is the 2017 TQBA champion! The team of John Crawford, Patrick Magee, Abdullah Akbar and Connor Pierce beat St. John’s 390-240 in the final after each team lost one match out of 11 during the day. This same quartet is just one week removed from capturing the NAQT’s (Private/Charter) Small School title.

The freshmen-sophomore team from LASA of Elena Alcala, Evan Hochstein, Chinmay Murthy and Ryan Russo took top honors in Division II and the group from Little-Cypress Mauriceville took home the award for best Small Public School. Stats from the Championship division can be found here and from Division II can be found here. Pictures will be available soon.

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St. Mark’s wins NAQT Small School National

SMS_Small_SchoolCongratulations to St. Mark’s School of Texas, Coach Paul Mlakar, seniors John Crawford and Patrick Magee, junior Abdullah Akbar, and sophomore Connor Pierce for winning the Charter and Private School portion of the 2017 NAQT Small School National Championship held in Chicago this weekend. The team from Dallas went 13-0 on Saturday and Sunday defeating Miami Valley (Ohio) in both the winner’s bracket final and the overall final to take the championship. Two other Texas teams played in the contest. Parish Episcopal finished tied for 9th and Greenhill finished 22nd. Stats from the event are available at this link

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