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2024 Palmyra Academic Winter Showdown (PAWS) - 3rd Feb 2024, Palmyra HS

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2024 Palmyra Academic Winter Showdown (PAWS) - 3rd Feb 2024, Palmyra HS

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The members of Palmyra High School Scholar Bowl welcome your team to join others from across Northeast Missouri, Western Illinois and beyond at our fourth Palmyra Academic Winter Showdown (PAWS), scheduled for February 3rd, 2024. PAWS will consist of a minimum of nine games for all teams in a modified NAQT/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, with an additional five-point “Power” for correct answers given prior to a pre-determined point in a tossup. We will not assess a five-point penalty for interrupting the moderator during the tossup with an incorrect answer. All tossups are five seconds, and there is no math computation.
  • The team that receives the bonus will have five seconds to answer each part. The moderator will prompt after four seconds. Bonus parts will NOT rebound. 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 match. Substitutions, scorechecks, and team conferences may occur at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team. A scorecheck other than at halftime or end of regulation will require the use of a team’s timeout.
  • Team rosters shall be limited to seven players; schools are encouraged to bring junior varsity and “B” teams to compete. Four players per team shall play at a time; teams may play with fewer than four players, but we ask that teams have at least two 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 have secured the SITH I Set, written by members of the Downington STEM Academy (Penn.) quiz bowl team. More information is available at https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27152. If you wish to attend PAWS, you will not be able to compete in any other event using SITH I. We anticipate PAWS serving as a qualifier for the PACE National Scholastic Championship in Reston, Va.

We plan to offer a small school award. At the 2023 PAWS, teams from public schools who had fewer than 250 students in grades 9-11 were eligible for the award.

We have set an initial field limit of 24 teams; this may expand depending on staff availability. We will initially limit schools to two teams. Additional teams will be placed on a waitlist and contacted should an opening occur, with preference given to programs who offer tournament staff. Teams from outside Missouri are welcome to register; however, because of the MSHSAA sanctioning process we ask teams to register no later than December 28th.

Teams will play five morning rounds, break for lunch, then return for at least four afternoon games. (If we have exactly 32 teams, we will again utilize a card system for the morning rounds.) 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., with the first round set for 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 5:00 p.m.

Fee structure is as follows, per school:
  • Each team: $75
  • Discount for traveling more than 100 miles each way (determined by Google Maps): $10
  • Discount for providing a working buzzer set: $5
  • Discount for providing a competent scorekeeper: $10
  • Discount for providing a competent moderator: $20
Discounts may be multiplied but may not exceed $35 per team. All discounts are subject to the discretion of tournament officials.

Palmyra High School is located at 1703 S Main Street, along Business Route 61. Plans are to have a lunch service available, as few lunch options are in the area.

The tournament is under the direction of Palmyra High School Coach Kaitlin Hopke 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 http://tinyurl.com/24PAWS24. Questions concerning the tournament may be directed to either Kaitlin Hopke at HopkeK@palmyrar1.us or Kyle Hill at kyle@hillonline.net. Please include “2024 PAWS” in the subject line.

We look forward to seeing you at Palmyra High School on February 3rd.

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Re: 2024 Palmyra Academic Winter Showdown (PAWS) - 3rd Feb 2024, Palmyra HS

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Field (36/36)
Teams eligible for the Small School Award are noted with an asterisk (*)
Canton (*)
Centralia (2)
Clark County (*)
Fulton
Hallsville (2)
Hannibal (2)
Kirksville (2)
Marceline (2) (*)
Marshall
Mexico (3)
North Shelby (2) (*)
Paris (*)
Pilot Grove (*)
Quincy (IL) (3)
Rushville-Industry (IL) (2) (*)
Schuyler County (2) (*)
Scotland County (3) (*)
South Shelby (*)
Westran (2) (*)
Winfield (2)

Buzzers (24/18)
Canton
Centralia (2)
Clark County
Fulton
Kirksville (2)
Marceline (2)
Marshall
Mexico
North Shelby
Paris
Quincy
Rushville-Industry (2)
Schuyler County (2)
Scotland County (2)
South Shelby
Westran (2)
Winfield

Staff Courtesy Of
Centralia
Hannibal
Kirksville
Mexico
Moberly
North Shelby
Quincy
Scotland County
Westran
Winfield
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Field expansion to 28 is underway. We are a few scorekeepers shy of comfortably expanding to 32, and with a few more moderators could even expand to 36.

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I can now announce a field expansion to 32 teams. With a handful more scorekeepers, we can achieve a final field expansion to 36 teams.

Should we end up with 32 teams, we will again utilize a power-matching card system in the morning, followed by playoff & consolation pools in the afternoon.

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With thanks to additional staff commitments, we are going forward with a final field expansion to 36 teams. Additional teams will be placed on the waitlist and moved into the field should spots become available.

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I have updated the field to account for a recent drop, as well as indicate schools eligible for our Small School Award. Teams from public schools whose 9-11 enrollment does not exceed 275 students are eligible for this award.

Oh, and at the time of this post, we have one opening if anyone's still looking for a tournament to compete at on February 3rd.

(addendum, 22nd January 2024 @ 1615p) We currently have two C teams on the waitlist. If we still have openings at noon on January 29th, I'll add either or both of these squads into the field.

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After five rounds, our playoff pools are as follows:
Preston: Centralia A, Kirksville A, Marceline A, Mexico A, Rushville-Industry A, South Shelby
Derby: Hallsville A, Marshall, North Shelby A, Quincy A, Schuyler A, Winfield A

Five small schools are still in contention for our small school award: Marceline, North Shelby, Rushville-Industry, Schuyler, South Shelby.

Teams carrying over wins are Hallsville, Kirksville, Mexico, Quincy, Rushville-Industry, and Winfield.

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Mexico went 10-0, defeating Hallsville in the finals 480-165. Winfield picked up third with a 320-205 win over Kirksville.

Despite losing to Marceline in playoff pool action, Rushville-Industry ended up tied with the Tigers and advanced to the fifth place game with a stronger PPG, earning the Rockets the Small School award.

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Once again, Mexico A showed their depth and determination as they handled all ten rounds of competition with ease, including their 480-165 victory over Hallsville A. Hallsville made their way into the championship match with a late rally over Winfield A in Round Nine. As a result, the Warriors went to the third place game against Kirksville A, where they prevailed 320-205. Despite losing their head-to-head contest, stronger points per game resulted in Rushville-Industry A finishing ahead of Marceline A in their playoff pool, allowing the Rockets to appear in the 5th place contest against Quincy A and lock up the Small School Award. Rushville defeated Quincy 275-205 to claim fifth. Marceline edged conference foe Schuyler A 190-185 to pick up seven. All eight of these teams are expected to earn bids to PACE's National Scholastic Challenge this June in the DC area.

Camden Williams of Mexico was our top individual player with 205 points per game in the prelims, followed by Jacob Harl of Winfield A (145 ppg) and Adam Wise of Rushville-Industry A (100 ppg).
Complete stats are posted to the Quizbowl Resource Center: CompletePrelimsPlayoffsPlacements
We have also compiled category statistics which are now available on our tournament scoreboard.

A tournament of this size could not be possible without the willingness of our tournament staff to spend their Saturday with us. Our thanks go out to MOQBA member Audrey Kierstead, team staffers including Andrew Darr and Andrew Reynolds from Centralia, Amy Sternke of Hannibal, Dale Schenewerk of Mexico, Kathy Brandon from Moberly, Donna Henderson and Sandy Werr from North Shelby, Tara Winn from Pilot Grove, Michael Stephens of Quincy, Kerry Schoonover of Schuyler County, Nathaniel Orr of Scotland County, Holly Bennett, Clay Bocke, Rachel Walker, and Rhonda Wertz of Westran, and Kathie Tate of Winfield; community member Cyndi Hargis, Palmyra alumni Faedre Lehenbauer, Augustine Mahsman, Ji Ni, and Tim Wellman, Palmyra R-I staffers Stacy Conrad, Sarah Freels, Amanda Haeberlin, Kerri LaSala and Carla Lotz. Additional thanks go to three of Kirksville's team members who spent the day scorekeeping: Chandler, Heather, and Samuel.

For the second time in three weeks, I must extend an incredible amount of gratitude to my wife Stephanie, who was one of our afternoon moderators and once again dealt with my running around getting everything together instead of running around with our two-year-old in the recently thawed-out backyard. Fortunately, our son got some energy out of his system running around during the day, as I think it's safe to say he stole the show at both our morning and afternoon meetings in the gym. A special thank you to our EJ for helping hand out the individual and team awards.

I was thrilled to again bring together our interstate classic at Palmyra, and elated to have the support of Coach Kaitlin Hopke and her team for helping make PAWS possible. Team members Anna, Chloe, Joe, Katie, Neo, and Tegan were also among our scorekeepers, while Elizabeth and Lynton provided crucial behind the scenes support throughout the day. Additional thanks go to Ms. Conrad for again accommodating our use of the library for our tournament central, while Palmyra FFA and co-adviser Jeremy Griesbaum once again staffed our lunch and concession stand. Again we appreciate the support of Palmyra's administration, including activities director Brian Wosman, principal Jared Pontius, and superintendent Jason Harper, as well as everyone at Palmyra R-I Schools who supports and encourages our young scholars.

It might have been a longer day than we had planned, but we hope it was nonetheless a positive and enriching experience for your teams. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to reach out to Coach Hopke or myself. We hope to see you at Palmyra next year, and wish you all the best as the season continues. Until then, and as always, I close with the words of my late freshman journalism adviser: Be Safe! Be Smart!

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