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The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17 
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Post The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
The members of the Hannibal High School Academic Team are proud to debut The Winter Academic INvitational (TWAIN) at Hannibal, and invite your team to participate in our tournament at HHS, scheduled for January 28th, 2017. This tournament will consist of a minimum of eight games for all teams in a modified national format:
  • Each game shall consist of two halves of ten tossups each, with each correct tossup followed by a three-part bonus.
  • Correct tossup answers are ten points each.
  • Unlike other national tournaments, we will NOT assess a five-point penalty for interrupting the moderator during the tossup with an incorrect answer.
  • Unless otherwise specified in a bonus set, each bonus part shall be ten points each. Incorrect bonus parts shall immediately rebound.
  • Teams will have five seconds to buzz in on a tossup, and three seconds (after verbal recognition) to begin a significant response. However, teams shall receive only five seconds to answer a bonus. Moderators will be instructed to prompt after four seconds. Should math calculation tossups and bonus be in the set selected, they shall receive ten seconds instead of 15.
  • In the event a game is tied after regulation, additional tossups shall be read until the next change in score.
  • Each team shall have one 60-second and one-30 second timeout per game. Teams may substitute at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team. However, coaches may not confer with their players during a 30-second timeout.
  • Teams rosters shall be limited to seven players; schools are encouraged to bring junior varsity and “B” teams to compete. Teams may play with fewer than four players. Rosters shall be submitted in advance and finalized at registration the morning of the tournament. Players may not change teams during the tournament.
We are using the GSAC set written by members of the quiz bowl teal at Maggie Walker Governor's School in Virginia. As of December 12th, this set is also being used at tournaments in Pilot Grove, Oakville, and Fort Osage's MARS III; if you attend any of these tournaments, you will not be able to compete in TWAIN. This set is power-marked, therefore an additional five points will be awarded if a correct answer is given prior to the mark.

Teams will play five morning rounds, break for lunch, then return for three afternoon games. This setup is subject to change, depending on the number of teams signed up. We plan to start the team meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the library (second floor, north end), with the first round set for at 8:50 a.m. and afternoon rounds slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. With the exception of any playoff games for trophies, we anticipate the last game ending around 4 p.m. We are currently limiting the field to 24 teams. Additional teams will be placed on a waitlist and contacted should an opening occur.

Fee structure is as follows, per school:
  • First team: $65
  • Additional teams: $60
  • Discount for travelling more than 100 miles each way (determined by Google Maps): $10
  • Discount for providing a working buzzer set: $5 (maximum $10)
  • Discount for providing competent staff: $5 per staffer (maximum $10)
All discounts are subject to the discretion of tournament officials.

Teams outside the state of Missouri are welcome to register for TWAIN. However, owing to MSHSAA’s sanctioning process, we ask that any teams from out of state register prior to December 19th. Additionally, we remind out-of-state teams that MSHSAA rules require the moderator to verbally recognize players in order to accept an answer on a tossup. Additionally, on bonus parts the captain must verbally defer by name if he/she wishes to do so, within the time allotted to answer the bonus.

To register for this tournament, please visit http://tinyurl.com/TWAIN2017Registration.

Hannibal High School is located at 4500 McMasters Avenue, on the right side of Highway 61 northbound, north of Highway 36/Interstate 72. Parking is available on either end of the building. There are many lunch options close to the school. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver’s are directly across from the school, but with a 1-2 minute drive you can also find Subway, Hardee’s, KFC, several Mexican and Chinese options, etc.

The tournament is under the direction of Hannibal High School Coach Amy Sternke and veteran scholar bowl moderator Kyle Hill of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting quality scholar bowl tournaments around the state. We anticipate receiving certification and assistance from their membership. Questions concerning the tournament may be directed to either Amy Sternke at ASternke@hannibal.k12.mo.us or Kyle Hill kyle@hillonline.net. Please include “TWAIN 2017” in the subject line.

We look forward to seeing you at Hannibal High School on January 28th.


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Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:35 am
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
Field (24/24)
Teams in bold have submitted their rosters. Teams eligible for small-school title are noted by a red asterisk *
Clark County (2) *
Culver Academies (IN)
Helias Catholic (2)
Kirksville (2)
Knox County *
Macomb (3)
Mexico
North Shelby (2) *

Palmyra (3) *
Quincy (2)
Schuyler R-I *
South Shelby *
Southwestern (Piasa, IL) (2)
Wellsville-Middletown *



Waitlist:
Paris *


Buzzers (16/12)
Clark County
Helias (2)
Kirksville
Knox County
Macomb (2)
North Shelby
Palmyra
Quincy (2)
Schuyler
South Shelby
Southwestern (2)
Wellsville
(Paris)

Staff Available Courtesy of:
Wellsville
(Paris)


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Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:02 am
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
Seven spots remaining! Hope you're able to make it in January!


Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:21 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
We have secured the GSAC set for TWAIN. This set is also being used at Pilot Grove on the same day, Oakville on January 21st, and Fort Osage on February 25th. The original thread will be updated when the mirror thread is updated on HSQuizBowl.com


Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:13 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
The Eagles of Knox County have flown into the field, fulfilling our 24-team cap. We'll be establishing a waitlist for future entries, in the event we have any drops.


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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
We've just had an opening in the field. Again, should this spot fill, we will start a wait list.


Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:34 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
Because everyone is preparing for the imminent encasing of the state in solid ice, now might as well be the best time to post an update on where things stand 15 days before TWAIN.

  • TWAIN has received MSHSAA sanctioning, authorizing us to host out-of-state teams that registered prior to the December 19th deadline.
  • PACE has granted us gold certification, meaning the top 20% of teams in the field (rounded up) will receive a bid to the National Scholastic Challenge, June 9-11th at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. If my math is correct, that means top five finishers.
  • We are also offering a small school title. This title will be conferred upon the top team from a public school whose 9-12 population does not exceed 400. We are using populations reported to MSHSAA and its counterpart organizations in Illinois and Indiana.
  • We've had a couple teams register under a "JV" moniker. We welcome junior varsity teams to compete; however, we are not placing JV teams in a separate division nor will a separate JV title be conferred.
  • The field remains full, however we welcome additions to the waitlist in the event we have any drops. You can find a link to the registration form at the top of this thread.
  • Two critical reminders for out-of-state teams:
    • Consistent with both Missouri state and national formats, four players per team will compete at a time. (Obviously if you have fewer than four on a team, you'll be playing with fewer than four at a time.)
    • MSHSAA rules mandate that the spotter (in our case, the moderator) must verbally recognize the player buzzing in before an answer is given. Any response given by a player before receiving said verbal recognition cannot be accepted.

Coaches will be receiving the comprehensive fortnightly this weekend via e-mail. I'll be sending a similar missive to tournament staff as well.


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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
A brief update after the morning rounds.

Advancing to the championship pools:
Culver (5-0)
Helias A (5-0)
Helias B (4-1)
Macomb A (5-0)
Mexico (4-1)
Piasa A (5-0)
Quincy A (4-1)
Wellsville (4-1)

In the running for the small school title:
Wellsville (Championship Pools)
Knox County (Consolation 1)
Palmyra A (Consolation 1)

The better of the two consolation teams must finish within three positions of Wellsville to invoke the option of playing the small school final.


Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:01 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
After Round 7, your top four:
Macomb A (1-0)
Piasa A (0-1)
Helias A (0-1)
Culver (1-0)

Places 5-8:
Helias B (0-1)
Mexico (1-0)
Wellsville (1-0)
Quincy A (0-1)

Small School Status:
Wellsville (5th-8th, 1-0)
Palmyra (9th-12th, 1-1)
Knox County (9th-12th, 0-2)


Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:06 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
Culver has the advantage in the final against Helias A; that game is in progress. Macomb A won 3rd.

Wellsville's strong last game against Mexico allowed them to catapult to fifth, six spots ahead of Palmyra A for the small school title. Gage Smith was the top individual performer with 110 points per game.


Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:39 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
Helias A powered tossup 19 and claimed all 30 points on the bonus to pip Culver 360-355. We've gone to a second match!


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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
Culver A defeats Helias A 330-300. An incredible day all-around! More details to follow tonight!


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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
What a day! Helias A avenged its round seven loss to Culver by beating our visitors from Indiana to force a second game in the advantaged playoff, and Culver responded by the clinching victory on the last tossup of the last match! Macomb A finished 3rd, Piasa A was 4th, and Wellsville surged to fifth in the last match, assuring themselves of the small school championship.

I am thrilled to see a wonderful tournament take root at Hannibal. We had many eager staffers, several of them working a tournament for the first time, and others who reconnected with the activity for the first time in years. I am hopeful that we can grow this event that I hope to see become a magnet to teams in the Tri-State area!

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In particular, I want to extend my gratitude to our tournament staff: moderators Brian Baker, Michelle Conrad, Jon Deering, Alex Dzurick, Jeffrey Hill, Stephanie Hill, J'Nelle Lee, Allyson Lotz, J'Lynne Mundle, Corey Lovelace, Jacob O'Rourke, Sean Phillips, Jill Schulte and Nick Telep; scorekeepers Caleb, Michael and Brett from Louisiana, as well as Hannibal team members Gavin, Donovan, Clayton, Jessica, Yudsara, Akira, Anna, Brecklyn and Ruby. Major kudos to Pranati Parikh for taking on the task of entering stats and assistant coach Chrissy Strode for the remarkable creativity on the signs leading teams to each room, as well as designing signs for each room that wonderfully matched our tournament moniker.

I want to express my extreme gratitude to principal Ted Sampson, activities director Clint Graham and the administration of Hannibal Schools for allowing us to put together The Winter Academic Invitational and expand playing opportunities for teams across Northeast Missouri as well as Western Illinois. We already anticipate hosting next year and hope you'll consider attending!

The caliber of the inaugural TWAIN would not have been possible without the avid support and collaboration I enjoyed with Coach Amy Sternke. It was about this time a year ago that I e-mailed her to inquire about the prospect of hosting a tournament. The many conversations and e-mail exchanges since then have culminated into this successful event. A big thank you to Coach Sternke and her well-versed team for going along with this crazy idea!!

I close this post with this brief directive, in honor of my late junior high journalism adviser: "Be Safe, Be Smart!"


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Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:28 pm
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Post Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) Hannibal HS 1/28/17
We had a fantastic time. It was obvious that a great deal of planning and care went into the creation of the TWAIN. I am appreciative that we were invited and happy that we were able to attend. I will be sharing our experiences with other teams on this side of the river. The fact that this was an inaugural tournament is impressive, because it had the feeling of a well-established classic.

Best of luck to everyone as we all move throughout the season.


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