12/06 Houston HoHo

Texas Quiz Bowl will host its Houston Holiday Hoedown at Harmony School of Excellence (7340 N Gessner Dr, Houston, TX 77040) on December 6, 2014.  This event will feature three divisions: MSNCT-Prep, Middle School, and Elementary. Registration is open and can be done by emailing tournament director, Dr. Romero (cromero@texasquizbowl.org).

Registered Teams (8/16/9)

 MSNCT Prep (9)

  • Greenhill (2)
  • Harmony (1)
  • Rogers (2)
  • St. John’s (2)
  • St. Theresa (2)

Middle School (17)

  • Annunciation Orthodox (2)
  • Harmony (1)
  • League City (2)
  • Quail Valley (3)
  • Rogers (1)
  • St. Clare (1)
  • St. Francis de Sales (1)
  • St. Laurence (1)
  • St. John’s (1)
  • St. Thomas Episcopal (2)
  • Village (2)

Elementary (9) 

  • Annunciation (3)
  • Harmony (3)
  • St. John’s (1)
  • St. Helen (1)
  • St. Thomas Episcopal (1)

Quiz Bowl is an academics-based game in which two teams of four students compete to answer questions about math, science, history, literature, religion, and arts. Students buzz in to answer tossup questions and correct tossup responses are rewarded with an opportunity to answer 3 bonus questions that cannot be stolen by the opposing team. The team with the most points after 20 tossup-bonus pairs is the winner.

Advanced Division
In anticipation of the 2015 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament being hosted in Dallas in May, TQBA is proud to offer a special 12-team round robin event. Each participating team will compete against each other team in a full round robin. Plaques will be awarded to the top 4 teams based upon win-loss record. If necessary ties will be played off. Spots for this division will be made available to the top performing teams at the TQBA middle school events previously held in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Standard middle school fees and discounts apply for this contest.

Middle School Division
This event is open to all middle school teams with students currently enrolled in grades 8 or lower. This event will be contested with questions from NAQT MS-12. A sample middle school series packet is available. Each team in this division will play 6 preliminary matches. Following preliminary rounds, teams will be seeded by win-loss record into a single elimination playoff bracket. This contest is free for the first team from any school that has never participated in a quiz bowl event. Standard middle school fees and discounts apply for this contest for all other teams.

Elementary Division
This event is TQBA’s first ever elementary division. This division open to all elementary teams with students currently enrolled in grades 6 or lower. This event will be contested with questions from NAQT MS-12. A sample middle school series packet is available. Each team in this division will play 7 scrimmage matches. There will be no playoff and no winner will be declared. This contest is free for the first team from every school. Entry fees for additional teams is $60 per team.

Check-in for the event will begin at 8 a.m. on tournament morning. An opening meeting will start at approximately 8:45.  A brief lunch break is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Pizza for lunch can be pre-ordered at the tournament site the morning of the event for $10 per one-topping large. There will not be enough time to leave the tournament site for lunch. Teams not opting for pizza should make alternate arrangements.

The top middle school teams from this event will qualify for the 2015 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament to be held in Dallas the weekend of May 9, 2015 . Every school that attend this event will qualify to participate in the sixth annual Texas Quiz Bowl Middle Grades Championships that will be contested on April 25, 2015.

Staffers: Romero, Hanks, Ayoub, Chatterjee, Savitski (11), Cai, Athaide, Suresh, Thapliyal, Durgin, DeGuzman, Lawrence, Nemec

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