TQBA World War II Study Tour (June 2020)

Texas Quiz Bowl is planning a 2020 World War II study tour of Europe with curriculum specifically designed for quiz bowl students. This tour is an opportunity of a lifetime to learn about twentieth century Europe by visiting the sites that witnessed history. We anticipate visiting sites in England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, and the Czech republic as part of the tour.

Interested students should fill-out this webform to express interest and received further information on the trip. Additional information on the itinerary will be posted as it is available. Some general information given at this link.

Informational meetings for the tour will held during the following fall quiz bowl events:

  • Kickoff @ Seven Lakes (Oct 12)
  • Panther @ Parish (Nov 16)
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TQBA Logistics Split into North, South Regions

To better represent the logistical realities to which our organization has adapted in recent years, Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance has split its tournament operations as of August 1, 2019, into North and South regions.

All regular-season competition decisions — including but not limited to scheduling, field size, format and staffing — will fall under separate umbrellas. The South remains the purview of Dr. Chris Romero. The North will be run by Stephen Fontenot, as has been the case in most regards since early 2017.

TQBA remains a single entity with unified state championships at both the middle-school and high-school levels. Teams are encouraged to travel for events to the opposite region of Texas if they so choose. This will not affect Texas Quiz Bowl Camp in any manner.

For the purposes of TQBA, the North-South boundary will be U.S. Highway 190. Points beyond its western terminus are outside of TQBA’s jurisdiction.

Romero founded Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance in 1998, and oversaw its growth into a statewide organization running up to 30 events per school year, now approaching 300 total events. He is also the founder of Texas Quiz Bowl Camp and the Texas Invitational. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is currently a computer science teacher at Paetow High School in Katy ISD.

Fontenot has directed or staffed approximately 100 quiz bowl tournaments since joining TQBA in 2005, and has staffed at 12 NAQT HSNCTs and 7 MSNCTs. He founded the San Antonio circuit in 2011 and has supervised the Metroplex area circuit since January 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and is a communications manager for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact both Romero and Fontenot at tqbamail(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Team Texas finishes third at NASAT

The Texas all-star team of William Golden, Raúl Passement, Evan Hochstein and Sean Doyle took third place at the IQBT NASAT this weekend in Lexington, Kentucky with a 12-4 overall record.

Texas won the third-place match 330-205 over New Jersey. Illinois won its fourth straight title at the event, defeating Ohio in a one-match final.

William Golden finished second among all players in the 23-team event in preliminary individual scoring.

Full statistics from the event can be found here.

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Taylor finishes 2nd at PACE NSC

Congratulations to Senior William Golden who wrapped up his high school quiz bowl career leading his James E. Taylor team to a 2nd place finish at the 2019 PACE NSC event held in Reston, Virginia. The Taylor team lost in the finals to defending champion and juggernaut Thomas Jefferson High School (Arlington, Virginia). TJ finished with decisive statistical advantages over all teams. You can find tournament stats at this link.

Taylor went into the final needing to win two matches to take the championship. In the first game, it handed TJ its only loss of the weekend, before falling short in the second game. Kudos to Chris Harris and the entire Taylor Quiz Bowl program for making Texas proud. Other participating Texas teams included LASA (12th), Strake Jesuit A (16th), St. John’s (27th), Carnegie Vanguard (33rd), and Strake Jesuit B (56th).

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Follow Texas Teams via our 2019 HSNCT Live Tracker

The TQBA HSNCT Live Tracker can be found here.

The first tab, “Overall,” will have up-to-date records for each Texas team. The next three tabs, divided geographically, will have all results for each team as they become available. The teams will be listed alphabetically left to right.

Keep in mind, some teams will play their seven Saturday matches in the morning, while others will play in the afternoon.

Good luck to all our teams!

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Follow Texas Teams via our 2019 MSNCT Live Tracker

The TQBA Live Tracker is back for 2019’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 each Texas team. The next three tabs, divided geographically, will have all results for each team as they become available. The teams will be listed alphabetically left to right.

Good luck to all our teams!

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Three Texas teams place in top 5 at SSNCT

This past weekend teams from across the nation played at the 2019 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament in a suburb of Chicago. Three Dallas-area teams (Parish Episcopal, St. Mark’s School, and Greenhill) finished in the top 5 of Open Division. Parish advanced to the final and finished 2nd before bowing out to Champion Miami Valley (Ohio). St. Mark’s finished 4th and Greenhill finished 5th. TAG Magnet and Shelton were also represented in the windy city.

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Taylor repeats as TQBA Champion!

Congratulations to coach Chris Harris and his squad from Taylor High School (Katy) who, on Saturday at Greenhill in Dallas, repeated as TQBA Champions. The team finished the day with an 11-0-1 record and defeated runner-up St. John’s (Houston) 500-200 in the final. Taylor senior William Golden capped off a stellar TQBA career by leading his team to the Division I title as the top individual performer. The remainder of the finishers in Division I were: LASA (Austin), Strake Jesuit (Houston), Parish Episcopal (Dallas), Reagan (San Antonio), Plano West, Cistercian (Irving), St. Mark’s (Dallas), Village (Houston), Brandeis (San Antonio), and Clark (San Antonio).

In Division II, Shelton School (Dallas) finished 1st followed by Memorial (Houston), Country Day (Fort Worth), and Tompkins (Katy).

In Junior Varsity, Greenhill A defeated Coppell in the final. Semifinalists were Strake Jesuit B and LASA B.

Official tournament game and individual stats are posted at this link from naqt.com.

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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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