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by socalcaptain
Tue May 07, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Just wanted to pop in and wish a Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to all the teachers and coaches who make quizbowl in Missouri possible! Even though I am now far away on the east coast, I have many fond memories of working alongside the teachers in Missouri who take many, many hours out of their pers...
by socalcaptain
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: WAY TO GO EAST CENTRAL!!
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: WAY TO GO EAST CENTRAL!!

This is FANTASTIC! Huge kudos to the team at ECC for their dedication and hard work.

These folks are a perfect model for what I'm trying to get off the ground in the mid-Atlantic, so I will definitely be sharing this article with potential teams up this way.
by socalcaptain
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: South Callaway Invitational
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: South Callaway Invitational

Go Bulldogs! *proud alum face*
by socalcaptain
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl Player Poll 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 541

hsquizbowl Player Poll 2018

Congratulations to Akshay Govindan and Raj Paul, both of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, for their achieving ranks of 29th and 36th, respectively, on the recently-released player poll on the hsquizbowl forums. Additionally, William Gentry of St. Joseph Central High School received votes in the pol...
by socalcaptain
Fri May 11, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open -- August 11-12, 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 444

Illinois Side Event Open -- August 11-12, 2018

Just saw that Mike Etzkorn had posted the official announcement for a side event weekend to be hosted at UIUC this August.

I'm tentatively interested in seeing about making it back for something like this, but I don't know yet.
by socalcaptain
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Translating Packets
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Re: Translating Packets

I pondered this once myself. I don't really speak any other languages fluently, but I always wondered how it might work. I think you'd have to really consider the flexibility of word order in the target language as well as its ability to use pronouns flexibly. But given that the target language coop...
by socalcaptain
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hurricane relief - what you can do
Replies: 0
Views: 885

Hurricane relief - what you can do

Hi everyone! Just as I have moved significantly closer to an ocean, hurricanes have recently been rather newsworthy. Florida and Texas have recently been walloped with some very strong storms and sustained heavy damage. With such destruction, it can be hard to know where to begin to help. I also kno...
by socalcaptain
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: For Coaches - An invitation to the IHSSBCA SchoBowl Fest.
Replies: 1
Views: 664

Re: For Coaches - An invitation to the IHSSBCA SchoBowl Fest.

As a recent resident of Illinois and member of the IHSSBCA, I can't do enough to recommend this event! Especially coaches along the eastern side of Missouri ought to find the drive manageable and the company welcoming.
by socalcaptain
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Active college programs in Missouri
Replies: 0
Views: 865

Active college programs in Missouri

I was thinking earlier and realized that there really isn't a good list anywhere on this board of currently active Missouri college quizbowl programs. Maybe this thread could be a place to collect information about such programs, including a contact point for interested parties.
by socalcaptain
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: St. Louis Open 2017 (7/8/2017)
Replies: 8
Views: 1122

Re: St. Louis Open 2017 (7/8/2017)

I, too, want to thank everyone at SLO this year for making my final tournament as a midwesterner (at least for now) so amazing! For those who haven't heard, I'm moving to Philadelphia later this summer and so I won't be around for these kinds of events on a regular basis. My time competing against f...
by socalcaptain
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buzzer on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 720

Re: Buzzer on eBay

Found a couple more buzzers listed on eBay... this one seems like a decent usable set, whereas this one maybe not so much.
by socalcaptain
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missouri Boys State Quizbowl
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Missouri Boys State Quizbowl

Apparently MBS has added a quizbowl competition to their offerings at some point recently. From what I hear, it's basically just a trivia night that they're calling "quizbowl."

Just thought I'd share this fun news.
by socalcaptain
Tue May 23, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buzzer on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 720

Buzzer on eBay

If anyone's looking for a buzzer, this one on eBay might be worth looking into.
by socalcaptain
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl in the news again!
Replies: 2
Views: 1290

Re: Quizbowl in the news again!

The Fulton Sun had coverage in today's paper of the recent success of the South Callaway high school team, including their upcoming trip to SSNCT. The New Bloomfield team is also attending and gets a brief mention at the end of the article. Speaking as an alumnus of SCHS (Go Bulldogs!) and as the fo...
by socalcaptain
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: College Decisions-Class of 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: College Decisions-Class of 2017

I'm graduating from U of I with my masters this spring and currently pursuing a number of job opportunities in the Philadelphia area. If I end up getting a job at a university, I would like to perhaps enroll in some classes and possibly play some quizbowl (whatever I'd still be eligible for).
by socalcaptain
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Book Reviews
Replies: 1
Views: 676

Re: Book Reviews

Sadly I don't have much time to read for pleasure or even read things that I choose, thanks to grad school and thesis work. I'm really enjoying reading a book for one of my classes though - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. She explores the use of indigenous ways of knowing the world and h...
by socalcaptain
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2017 NAQT Missouri Qualifier - March 4 in Fulton
Replies: 9
Views: 2836

Re: 2017 NAQT Missouri Qualifier - March 4 in Fulton

Fun fact: this is not the only NAQT state event taking place in a city named Fulton. :)
by socalcaptain
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Middle School or Elementary Quiz Bowl Teams?
Replies: 1
Views: 814

Re: Middle School or Elementary Quiz Bowl Teams?

Hi Cody, welcome to the forums! We don't have a separate space for elementary/MS discussion, but several of us on the board are heavily involved in working with elementary and middle school teams. Myself, Jason Loy at Tuscumbia, Scott Allen at Hallsville, and David Dennis at Washington are all invol...
by socalcaptain
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Editors & writers needed - paid
Replies: 2
Views: 815

Re: Editors & writers needed - paid

PM'd you with more details, Matt!
by socalcaptain
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Editors & writers needed - paid
Replies: 2
Views: 815

Editors & writers needed - paid

The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, and preferably early enough to get help. I'm not in crisis mode yet, but as I'm triaging my workload for the next few weeks it has become clear that I need help producing this year's quizbowl questions for SAGES, more so than I thought. ...
by socalcaptain
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on the 2016-2017 Season
Replies: 22
Views: 2970

Re: Thoughts on the 2016-2017 Season

FWIW, Clark County would certainly be welcome at west central Illinois events for which they are eligible. Quickly glancing at the IHSSBCA calendar I see tournaments at Moline (2.5 hrs) and Macomb (1.25 hrs). There's also a November event scheduled in Chariton, IA, also just shy of 2.5 hours away fo...
by socalcaptain
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Quality Questions for a Trivia Night Style Competition
Replies: 1
Views: 1023

Re: Quality Questions for a Trivia Night Style Competition

Mr. Crowder, I'd likely be able to help you with this. I currently write elementary and middle school questions professionally, and they are in fact pyramidal. I'm sending you a message now.
by socalcaptain
Fri May 13, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ACE Quizbowl Camps this summer
Replies: 0
Views: 1419

ACE Quizbowl Camps this summer

ACE is hosting another year of summer quizbowl camps, including another session in Missouri. Here's a link to the HSQuizbowl post with more information. The Missouri camp is June 14-18 at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. There are also two camps in Illinois, which is still reasonably close for M...
by socalcaptain
Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Some thoughts on interstate competition around St. Louis
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

Re: Some thoughts on interstate competition around St. Louis

I also think that, in pursuit of this goal, somebody from Missouri should get in touch with the Illinois equivalent to MACA (called IHSSBCA), and convince them to advertise our tournaments and maybe even attend their convention to try and make face-to-face connections with the kinds of teams we wan...
by socalcaptain
Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Season Start!
Replies: 1
Views: 1375

Re: Happy Season Start!

From afar (OK, not that far, but still), I wish my Missourians a happy and successful 2015-2016 season. Hoping to make it back to see you all a couple of times. Feel free to come to Illinois as well if you'd like. :)
by socalcaptain
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: getting into quizbowl coaching
Replies: 5
Views: 1860

Re: getting into quizbowl coaching

1. How much does playing experience help with coaching? I think it's a useful, but not necessary, part of understanding how the game works. It helps to know what it feels like to be in the moment of a game. You can't base everything off your own personal experience as a coach though, since each of ...
by socalcaptain
Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: things that suck...
Replies: 620
Views: 125198

Re: things that suck...

Mizzou administration, for egregious mistreatment of vital graduate student employees!
by socalcaptain
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New MOQBA Secretary
Replies: 3
Views: 1913

Re: New MOQBA Secretary

scphilli wrote:At this time, I'd like to thank Alex Dzurick for his seven years of work with the organization. It has been a privilege to work with him and I wish him success in Urbana.
Thanks, Sean. It's been a pleasure to work with you as well.

P.S. The Education department is located in Champaign.
by socalcaptain
Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New MOQBA Secretary
Replies: 3
Views: 1913

New MOQBA Secretary

As many of you may have heard, I am heading to the University of Illinois in just a couple of days to pursue a masters degree in education policy. I am excited for this new opportunity in my life, but it does mean I'll be leaving the day-to-day operations of MOQBA to others. Jacob O'Rourke will be t...
by socalcaptain
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Congratulations are in order
Replies: 5
Views: 2364

Congratulations are in order

Congrats to Hickman's Alex Harmata for acing the ACT this spring!
by socalcaptain
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT - May 29-31 in Chicago
Replies: 23
Views: 4536

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT - May 29-31 in Chicago

Looks like William's performance earned him a nomination for 9th grade player of the year at the National Quizbowl Awards!

Congratulations, William!
by socalcaptain
Sun May 17, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: College Decisions-Class of 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1863

Re: College Decisions-Class of 2015

I know that Jared Lockwood has accepted his offer to Princeton for this fall, and from our conversations it sounded like he planned to be peripherally involved with quizbowl while there. Personally, I'm headed to the University of Illinois for grad school (Education Policy) and hope to remain involv...
by socalcaptain
Sat May 16, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 5.16--Pre-Nationals and MOQBA Singles Championship!
Replies: 8
Views: 3522

Re: 5.16--Pre-Nationals and MOQBA Singles Championship!

Hickman won the Pre-Nationals tournament over Hannibal, going into the finals with an advantage after the round-robin prelims. In the post-lunch "Staffers vs Coaches" fundraiser game for Matt's Buzzers , the staffers (Jeffrey Hill, Matt Chadbourne and Alex Dzurick) were up at halftime but the coache...
by socalcaptain
Sat May 09, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 MSHSAA Sectionals/State
Replies: 36
Views: 6857

Re: 2015 MSHSAA Sectionals/State

Jeff, to answer your question - yes. I have a spreadsheet of all the individual statistics. This year, MACA also decided to award medals ("All-Star") to the top 4 individuals in each class based on the whole day, in addition to the All-State medals based on prelims only. [In order to get an All-Star...
by socalcaptain
Fri May 08, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 MSHSAA Sectionals/State
Replies: 36
Views: 6857

Re: 2015 MSHSAA Sectionals/State

MSHSAA All-State (Prelim) Award Winners: Class 1 1. Ross Sparrow, Tuscumbia, 23.33 T2. Noah Dickinson, Thomas Jefferson, 11.00 T2. Christian Atteberry, Thomas Jefferson, 11.00 4. Cameron Albrecht, Green City, 8.67 5. Noah Wells, Thomas Jefferson, 8.00 6. Danielle Bailey, DeKalb, 6.67 T7. Jacob Schwe...
by socalcaptain
Thu May 07, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 MSHSAA Sectionals/State
Replies: 36
Views: 6857

Re: 2015 MSHSAA Sectionals/State

Prelim games at 10, 11, and 12.
by socalcaptain
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 MSHSAA District Results
Replies: 10
Views: 3437

Re: 2015 MSHSAA District Results

Hallsville 460 over Centralia 230 for C3D7.

Semis:
(1) Hallsville def. (4) North Callaway
(3) Centralia 360 def. (2) Montgomery County 330
by socalcaptain
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2014-15 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
Replies: 24
Views: 9753

Re: 2014-15 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

I guess this fits here: The Show-Me Conference also hosts an elementary knowledge bowl, which this year went pyramidal. Each grade competes separately. Format is double-elimination. Results from said tournament this year, which was on March 17: 3rd Grade: 1st Chamois, 2nd South Callaway, 3rd Eugene ...
by socalcaptain
Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Late Summer Open Mirror-Interest?
Replies: 15
Views: 2924

Re: Late Summer Open Mirror-Interest?

I'd probably be in Illinois by this point, but depending on where this tournament is and when I might be interested.
by socalcaptain
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1960

Re: Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl

Quick thoughts from this tournament, which I was able to attend today: - Difficulty level seemed to be pretty much on target. Top teams were answering 16-17 out of 20 tossups combined, lower teams around 13 combined. This was a major question style change for many of the teams, so next year I would ...
by socalcaptain
Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1960

Re: Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl

So, I have officially delivered this question set for the main site! It’s been a blast working on this project and providing what I hope is a good quality set for elementary students. This project would not have been possible without a number of writers and contributors: -David Dennis, who personall...
by socalcaptain
Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 NAQT Missouri Qualifier - March 7 at Mizzou
Replies: 11
Views: 7763

Re: 2015 NAQT Missouri Qualifier - March 7 at Mizzou

Consolation brackets are in the middle of Round 10. Not sure what things look like for the championship playoffs.
by socalcaptain
Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2015 NAQT Missouri Qualifier - March 7 at Mizzou
Replies: 11
Views: 7763

Re: 2015 NAQT Missouri Qualifier - March 7 at Mizzou

QUICK UPDATE Round 6 has begun. Rounds 1-5 finished in a combined total of 149 minutes, just shy of 30 minutes average per round. That's not possible without our AWESOME staff. More thanks to come. After lunch, during the presentation of awards, Jared Lockwood was awarded the 2015 MOQBA Award for Ou...
by socalcaptain
Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1960

Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl

I'm pleased to announce that this year's Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl will feature a pyramidal question set. The Knowledge Bowl will be held on March 17th and will bring together elementary school (3rd-6th grade) teams from the 9 schools in the Show-Me Conference (Chamois, Eugene, Fa...
by socalcaptain
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Tiger Bowl VII at Mizzou - January 31, 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 4003

Re: Tiger Bowl VII at Mizzou - January 31, 2015

Yes, it did. I left before finals so I do not know who won.
by socalcaptain
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two Missouri teams ranked in new poll
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

Re: Two Missouri teams ranked in new poll

Yes, there were some oddities. Not from me, that I can say.
by socalcaptain
Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two Missouri teams ranked in new poll
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

Two Missouri teams ranked in new poll

Congratulations to Hallsville and Richland, who were both ranked among the top 10 small schools in the first iteration of the new hsquizbowl high school poll! No teams from Missouri were ranked in the top 25 overall poll. The full poll results can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/jan15poll.h...
by socalcaptain
Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Academic Research on Quizbowl-like Competitions
Replies: 0
Views: 4273

Academic Research on Quizbowl-like Competitions

Has anyone else ever taken a dive into the research on "quiz competitions"? For instance, this article and some of its citations? http://seceij.net/seceij/summer14/science_bowl_ac.html
by socalcaptain
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: 2014-15 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
Replies: 24
Views: 9753

Re: 2014-15 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

A correction to be made: At the present time South Callaway is a football-only affiliate for EMO, and competes in the Show-Me Conference in all other activities, including Scholar Bowl.