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The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:29 am
by L-Town Expatriate
The members of Hannibal High School Academic Team are proud to again host The Winter Academic INvitational (TWAIN) at Hannibal, and invite your team to participate in our tournament at HHS, scheduled for January 27th, 2018. 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. An additional five-point “power” is awarded for a correct answer given before a pre-determined point in the tossup. All tossups are five seconds, and there are no math computation tossups.
  • Unlike other national tournaments, we will NOT assess a five-point penalty for interrupting the moderator during the tossup with an incorrect answer.
  • The team that receives the bonus will have five seconds to answer each part. The moderator will prompt after four seconds. Each incorrect part will immediately rebound, with the rebounding team expected to provide an answer within three seconds. Unless otherwise specified in a bonus set, each bonus part shall be ten points each.
  • 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 30 second timeout per half. Substitutions, scorechecks, and team conferences may occur at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team.
  • 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 will again mirror the GSAC set written by members of the quiz bowl team at Maggie Walker Governor's School in Virginia. While no other mirrors have been announced for Missouri yet, we anticipate this set also being mirrored in the St Louis and Kansas City areas. If you attend TWAIN, you will not be able to participate in any other tournament using the set. (A complete list of mirrors and set information is available in GSAC’s mirror thread.)

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 cafeteria, 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. Tentatively, trophies will be presented to the top three overall teams, as well as the top public school team whose school population does not exceed 400 students in grades 9-12.

We are initially limiting the field to 24 teams, with plans to expand to 36 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.

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.

To register for this tournament, please visit
Teams outside the state of Missouri are welcome to register; however, owing to MSHSAA’s sanctioning process, we ask that any teams from out of state register prior to December 18th.

Questions concerning the tournament may be directed to either Amy Sternke at or Kyle Hill at Please include “TWAIN 2018” in the subject line.

We look forward to seeing you at Hannibal High School on January 27th.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:32 am
by L-Town Expatriate
Field (36/36)
(Boldface indicates rosters received. * indicates eligible for small-school title - see update below)
Ankeny (IA)
Centralia (2)*

Culver Academies (IN)
Hannibal (3)
Illini West (Carthage, IL) (2)*

Kirksville (2)
Knox County*
Macomb (IL) (3)

North Shelby (2)*
Quincy (IL) (2)
Rochester (IL)

South Shelby*
Southwestern (Piasa, IL) (3)
Springfield (IL) (2)
Washington (2)



Buzzers (22/18)
Culver (2+)
Knox County
Macomb (2)
North Shelby
Piasa (2)
Quincy (2)
South Shelby
Washington (2+)

Staff Courtesy Of

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:52 am
by L-Town Expatriate
We have hit our initial cap of 24 teams! We'll begin a waitlist, but it is likely that we will expand the field.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:50 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
Three notable updates:
  1. We are now listed as a Platinum Certified Tournament by the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE). Therefore teams that finish in the the top 25 percent of the field should receive bids to take part in the 2018 National Scholastic Championship, set for June 2nd and 3rd in Washington DC.
  2. We can now say that the top seveneight teams should qualify for NSC, as we've just expanded the field to 2832. If we are able to secure enough additional staff, we will continue with the push to expand to 36 teams.
  3. To ensure that we will end up with an even number of teams, Hannibal will field up to two house teams.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:18 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
We have enough staff commitments to confidently raise the field size to 36. This does mean that if realized, we will be qualifying nine teams for NSC.

Be forewarned… we're not going any larger. Once these five spots are claimed, we'll start a waitlist.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:52 am
by L-Town Expatriate
As of this post, the field is full. We'll be starting a waitlist in the event of any drops between now and January 27th.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:21 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
We're in the process of securing formal sanctioning from MSHSAA.

We've also had an opening develop in the field. If you haven't signed up yet and want to compete, please do so!
Update: field is full again. We'll still welcome entries to the waitlist in the event of any potential drops.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:56 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
We've tweaked the cutoff for the small school award, which might sound melodious to some of our area schools: The cutoff is now 440 students grades 9-12.

Again, only public schools are eligible for the small school award, and populations are based off the most recent figure used by MSHSAA (or a corresponding state activities association) for classification purposes.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:27 am
by L-Town Expatriate
The tournament primer/fortnightly went out to registered teams over the weekend.

I can also report that per MSHSAA's website, TWAIN is sanctioned for the above registered teams from outside Missouri to participate.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:42 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
We have TWO openings in the field. If you're still looking for a tournament to compete in this weekend, please get in contact with us!

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:13 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
Five rounds are in the books. Prelim stats: ... s/prelims/

Playoff Pools:
Moberly, Piasa A, Springifeld A (1-0); Centralia A, Kirksville A, Rochester (0-1)
Culver, Macomb A, Washington A (1-0); Hannibal A, Quincy A, Savannah (0-1)

Small School Title: Centralia is the lone small school in the top 12. North Shelby A is in the top consolation pool. North Shelby must finish no more than five positions behind Centralia to force an advantaged final. Should an advantaged final take place, Centralia would have the advantage.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:28 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
Washington A went unblemished through the playoffs to win TWAIN 2018! Piasa A, Macomb A and Moberly ended up in a three-way tie for second at 1-2 each. Piasa A received a bye into the second-place game, while Moberly & Macomb A battled for the second spot. The Bombers of Macomb prevailed, and that game is nearing completion.

Centralia A's loss in the ninth-place game not only denied the Panthers the final available bid to PACE NSC, it also forced an advantaged final for the small-school title with North Shelby A, who ended up in 15th. Centralia held on for the win in the first game to claim the small school title.

I will have complete details tomorrow - long day.

Re: The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) 2018—Hannibal, 1/27

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:20 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
Washington A cleared the field to finish an unblemished 11-0 and win today's tournament. Macomb A, Moberly and Southwestern (Piasa) A finished tied at 1-2 among playoff teams, resulting in a three-way tie for second which was played off in favor of Piasa. Macomb A finished third. Centralia A needed to play an advantaged final against North Shelby A, defeating the Raiders in the first game to win the small school title.

Caleb Carrigan of Rochester was our top individual scorer with 87 points per game in the five preliminary rounds.

Complete stats: ... /combined/
Additional stats:

My immense thanks to our tournament help: moderators Audrey Brandon and Kathy Brandon from Moberly, Drew Darr from Centralia, Jon Deering from Wellsville, Matt Hasquin and Brian Tutterow from Piasa, Tom Newman from Rochester, Christina Zibart from Warrenton, community members Brian Baker, Missy Barrie and Christina Booth; Corey Barnard, Claire Bensman, J'Nelle Lee, and Jill Schulte from Hannibal Schools, as well as Stephanie Hull, Jason Loy, Jacob O'Rourke and Sean Phillips from the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance; scorekeepers including Andrew Reynolds of Centralia, Elizabeth Newman of Rochester, and Louis Schnoebelen of Fulton, as well as Bob Catalpa and Crissy Strode from Hannibal. Ms Strode also crafted our signs that led teams to our tournament rooms. MOQBA President Jeffrey Hill masterfully ran our upstairs control room, notably our playoff rounds.

The expansion of our tournament to 36 teams, including 15 teams from eight schools across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, would have not been possible without the incredible support and partnership I once again enjoyed with Hannibal Head Coach Amy Sternke. The constant collaboration which began not long after last year's inaugural tournament led us to this expanded push to bring together the top teams along the US-36 corridor and beyond. Appreciation is also extended to the members of Hannibal High School's team, as well as principal Ted Sampson, activities director Clint Graham, and the administration of Hannibal Schools for again allowing us to host so many teams on campus today.

We are already mulling improvements for next year's tournament; if you have any comments about this year's tournament or suggestions for next year, please reach out to either Coach Sternke or me. In the meantime, best wishes on the remainder of your season, and "Be Safe! Be Smart!"