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by romeokar
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Darien Spring Academic Tournament 4/6/19 @Middlesex
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Darien Spring Academic Tournament 4/6/19 @Middlesex

Middlesex will be hosting the 2nd Darien Spring Academic Tournament on Saturday, April 6th . We will be using NAQT’s MS-30. The tournament will be similarly formatted to our Charter Oak competition, though I don’t know if we will have a novice bracket yet. Registration will start at 8:30, matches wi...
by romeokar
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Charter Oak VII 1/7/18 in Darien, CT **Field Cap reached!
Replies: 1
Views: 1453

Re: Charter Oak VII 12/9/17 in Darien, CT **Now MS-23

Updated Field: The field is capped at 36 teams; we have reached our cap! Any new team that registers will be wait-listed. We have decided to create a Novice bracket and a Nationals bracket. Teams in the Novice bracket will not be eligible for qualification for MSNCT. Nationals Bracket (teams/buzzers...
by romeokar
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Charter Oak VII 1/7/18 in Darien, CT **Field Cap reached!
Replies: 1
Views: 1453

Charter Oak VII 1/7/18 in Darien, CT **Field Cap reached!

Coaches, Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT will proudly host the 7th annual Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Sunday, January 7th, 2018. This tournament will use NAQT's MS-23 question set. The tournament style will depend on the number of teams present, but will likely consist of 5 or 6 preliminary...
by romeokar
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Skype Tournament Guidelines
Replies: 8
Views: 4290

Re: Skype Tournament Guidelines

It seems that the team/player with the fastest internet connection has a huge advantage over the others, no?
by romeokar
Mon May 15, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Aptakisic!
Replies: 11
Views: 9297

Re: 2017 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Aptakisic!

Congratulations indeed! They ran a tough guantlet to claim this year's championship. I also want to say how incredibly impressed I was with Isak Dai and Mounds Park. They were clearly a cut above MMS this year. Thank you to NAQT for organizing another great tournament. My players and their parents h...
by romeokar
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Speaking about Quiz Bowl at a middle school conference
Replies: 3
Views: 1472

Speaking about Quiz Bowl at a middle school conference

I will be speaking at the annual NELMS (New England League of Middle Schools) conference in Providence, RI about the benefits of a Quiz Bowl program.
I would appreciate any thoughts, comments, or testimonials you have to offer.
by romeokar
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open VI- Darien, CT 12/10/16
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Re: Charter Oak Scholastic Open VI- Darien, CT 12/10/16

The field is now capped at 36 teams. Subsequent teams will be wait-listed.
by romeokar
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open VI- Darien, CT 12/10/16
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Re: Charter Oak Scholastic Open VI- Darien, CT 12/10/16

Field Update: School (Teams/Buzzers) Ben Franklin MS: (2/1) Boston College HS: (2/0) Cavallini MS (1/0) Easton Country Day (1/0) Mansfield MS: (2/1) Middlebrook MS: (2/0) Middlesex MS: (10/10) River Dell MS: (2/2) Teaneck Charter: (2/1) Tenafly MS: (3/1) Tuxedo Park School: (4/2) Western MS: (5/0) T...
by romeokar
Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open VI- Darien, CT 12/10/16
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Charter Oak Scholastic Open VI- Darien, CT 12/10/16

Coaches, Middlesex Middle School will proudly host the 6th annual Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Saturday, December 10th, 2016. This tournament will use NAQT's MS-20 question set. The tournament style will depend on the number of teams present, but will likely consist of 5 or 6 preliminary rounds an...
by romeokar
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: SAGES Quizbowl Questions (elementary & MS)
Replies: 7
Views: 4070

Re: SAGES Quizbowl Questions (elementary & MS)

We recently ran the Second Annual Darien Elementary Academic Challenge, and for the second year in a row, we chose SAGES for our question sets. This year, since SAGES offered two levels, and we wanted our tournament to be a friendly introduction to Quiz Bowl for our 5th graders, we went with the mor...
by romeokar
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 6474

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

My advice is to go over the basic rules with them and then have them come to a practice. They can watch you moderate for a few questions, but have them moderate the rest of the match. Be there with them to give them instant feedback. No question- it's a blessing to have volunteers! Be as patient wit...
by romeokar
Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak V 12/5/15 (Darien, CT; MS-16)
Replies: 1
Views: 2217

Re: Charter Oak V 12/5/15 (Darien, CT; MS-16)

The field is filling up, and we are capping the field at 32 teams. Here is what we have so far: Ben Franklin MS (2 Teams) Boston College HS (2 Teams) Easton Country Day (1 Team) Middlesex (8 Teams) North Canaan Elem. (1 Team) River Dell (3 Teams) Teaneck Charter (2 Teams) Tenafly Middle School (5 Te...
by romeokar
Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Protesting against your own team
Replies: 15
Views: 6187

Re: Protesting against your own team

I think that you all have made an excellent distinction between judgement calls and enforcing the rules. So if the moderator forgets to ask the third part of a bonus to the other team, or awards an incorrect number of points on a bonus to the other team, or ends the match short of the 20th tossup/bo...
by romeokar
Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Protesting against your own team
Replies: 15
Views: 6187

Re: Protesting against your own team

Interesting topic... As someone who coached high school softball, I approach this the same way I would approach a blown call by an umpire. If it's a call against my team, I would protest. If it's a call in favor of my team, I would likely keep my mouth shut. I don't see it as my responsibility to pr...
by romeokar
Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak V 12/5/15 (Darien, CT; MS-16)
Replies: 1
Views: 2217

Charter Oak V 12/5/15 (Darien, CT; MS-16)

Dear Coaches, Middlesex Middle School will proudly host the 5th annual Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 . This tournament will use NAQT's MS-16 question set. The tournament style will depend on the number of teams present, but will likely consist of 5 or 6 preliminary roun...
by romeokar
Tue May 12, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Kealing!
Replies: 40
Views: 22050

Re: 2015 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Kealing!

Congratulations to Kealing and their coach Patty Hill! They truly survived the gauntlet - beating the other four top 5 in succession to claim the Championship! I knew Anna, Daniel, Evan, and Ryan were something special when I met them as 6th graders in Chicago, and they gave Mikee, Porter, and the r...
by romeokar
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Middle School Novice Tournament
Replies: 0
Views: 1364

Middle School Novice Tournament

In an effort to spread Quiz Bowl to more parts of New York and Connecticut, Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT is planning on hosting a novice/new to quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, June 6th. We would likely feature NAQT's MS-14 questions packet. Since this is a novice tournament, we are lookin...
by romeokar
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 64
Views: 44466

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

We have adopted Google everything in Darien. At the last tournament I ran, we used Google Sheets and Google Docs in conjunction with SQBS to aid with scoring. The system was efficient and precise. If you would like me to share the files with you, just email me (kromeo@darienps.org).
by romeokar
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak 1/25/15 Darien, CT 2015 (MS-13)
Replies: 2
Views: 2646

Re: Charter Oak 1/25/15 Darien, CT 2015 (MS-13)

Thank you all for braving the weather and coming to our tournament this weekend. I hope you all had as much here as I did! Congratulations to MIddlesex Middle School for taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! Tenafly A finished fourth to earn a qualifying spot in this year's MSNCT in Dallas. Complete stats will ...
by romeokar
Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak 1/25/15 Darien, CT 2015 (MS-13)
Replies: 2
Views: 2646

Re: Charter Oak 1/25/15 Darien, CT 2015 (MS-13)

As of 1/7/15, here are teams who have committed: Middlesex (4+ teams) Western MS (2 Teams) River Dell (1 Team) Warren (1 Team) Teams that are interested: Tuxedo Park (3 Teams) Teaneck Charter (3 Teams) Easton Country Day (1 Team) Tenafly (2 Teams) Independence (1+ Teams) Ardsley (1 + Teams) North Ca...
by romeokar
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Bergen Junior 4 (Hackensack, NJ) 11/1/14
Replies: 4
Views: 3244

Re: Bergen Junior 4 (Hackensack, NJ) 11/1/14

Thank you for hosting, Jon! We had a great time, as always!
by romeokar
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak 1/25/15 Darien, CT 2015 (MS-13)
Replies: 2
Views: 2646

Charter Oak 1/25/15 Darien, CT 2015 (MS-13)

Dear Coaches, Middlesex Middle School will proudly host the 4th annual Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Sunday, January 25th, 2014. This tournament will use NAQT's MS-13 question set. The tournament style will depend on the number of teams present, but will likely consist of 5 or 6 preliminary rounds ...
by romeokar
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)
Replies: 4
Views: 2688

Re: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)

Congratulations to our top four finishers, all of whom qualify for nationals. These are the final standings (prelim record, overall record). 1. MMS Blue (5 – 0, 9 – 0) 2. Warren B (5 – 0, 8 – 1) 3. MMS Silver (4 – 1, 7 – 2) 4. MMS White (4 – 1, 6 – 3) 5. Tenafly A (5 – 0, 7 – 2) 6. BC High Gold (5 –...
by romeokar
Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)
Replies: 4
Views: 2688

Re: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)

I'll be sending information to the teams in a day or two. Please arrive by 9. The tournament should end no later than 3:30.
by romeokar
Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)
Replies: 4
Views: 2688

Re: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)

The Final Field: Ardsley (3 Teams) Ben Franklin (1 Team) Boston College High (2 Team) Middlesex (6 teams) North Canaan (1 Team) River Dell (1 Team) Salisbury (2 Teams) Teaneck Charter (2 Teams) Tenafly (2 Team) Warren TWP (2 Team) Western (2 Teams) Total: 24 Teams Each team will play 5 preliminary g...
by romeokar
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Bergen Junior 3 (Oct 26, 2013)
Replies: 19
Views: 6894

Re: Bergen Junior 3 (Oct 26, 2013)

Great work, as usual, Jon! We look forward to Bergen Junior 4!

Congratulations to Independence! They were truly spectacular!
by romeokar
Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)
Replies: 4
Views: 2688

2014 Charter Oak Scholastic Open (MS-09)

Dear Coaches, Middlesex Middle School will proudly host the 3rd annual Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Sunday, January 26th, 2014. This tournament will use NAQT's MS-09 question set. The tournament style will depend on the number of teams present, but will likely consist of 5 or 6 preliminary rounds ...
by romeokar
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Quizbowl Awards 2013: Congrats to the Recipients!
Replies: 12
Views: 5432

Re: National Quizbowl Awards 2013: Congrats to the Recipients!

Congratulations to all of this year's winners. In particular, congratulations to Coach Price of Barrington Station; his team played with great skill, class, and integrity. My thanks to all of those involved in the nomination process. It was truly an honor to be recognized by my colleagues in the qui...
by romeokar
Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Bergen Junior 3 (Oct 26, 2013)
Replies: 19
Views: 6894

Re: Bergen Junior 3 (Oct/Nov TBA 2013)

I can't say for sure how many teams we will send, but count Middlesex in!
by romeokar
Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open
Replies: 7
Views: 2519

Re: Charter Oak Scholastic Open

Our field is finalized with 14 teams:

Adams MS
Ben Franklin (2)
BC High (2)
Middlesex (4)
North Canaan Elem.
Tenafly Elem.
Warren (2)
Western MS

We look forward to a great tournament. I will post results upon completion.
by romeokar
Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open
Replies: 7
Views: 2519

Re: Charter Oak Scholastic Open

BC High does have middle school teams, they sent 2 last year.

Thank you for your gracious offer on buzzers; I'll let you know if we need any.

We held our first History Bee yesterday. A lot of our quiz bowl players participated. They seemed to have enjoyed it!
by romeokar
Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open
Replies: 7
Views: 2519

Re: Charter Oak Scholastic Open

As of now, we have three schools confirmed, and interest from seven others. The confirmed schools are: Middlesex Middle School, CT (4 teams) Boston College High School, MA (2 teams) Warren TWP MS, NJ (2 Teams) Adams MS, CT North Canaan Elementary, CT (Possibly 2 teams) Western MS, CT and interest fr...
by romeokar
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open
Replies: 7
Views: 2519

Charter Oak Scholastic Open

Dear Coaches, I am pleased to announce the return of the Charter Oak quiz bowl competition. This year's tournament will be held on Sunday, January 27th 2013 at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT. We will be using NAQT's MS-05 question set. The tournament will likely be similar to last years: 5 - ...
by romeokar
Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2012/13 Northeast US Middle School Date Claims
Replies: 11
Views: 3768

Re: 2012/13 Northeast US Middle School Date Claims

There are many middle school students taking the SATs on January 26th. As a result the Charter Oak Scholastic Open will be moved to Sunday, January 27th.
by romeokar
Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2012/13 Northeast US Middle School Date Claims
Replies: 11
Views: 3768

Re: 2012/13 Northeast US Middle School Date Claims

Dear Mr. Jackson,

Thank you for your offer! Our school year is just beginning, but when it settles down I would love to call you and discuss our tournament. Thank you for your referral; I will contact Coach Pirrie soon.
by romeokar
Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2012/13 Northeast US Middle School Date Claims
Replies: 11
Views: 3768

Re: 2012/13 Northeast US Middle School Date Claims

Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT will host the Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Saturday, January 26th. We will plan to use a question packet from NAQT. More information to follow.
by romeokar
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:13 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open: Sunday, January 29th
Replies: 8
Views: 2708

Re: **Changes: Connecticut Tournament is a GO!

Your objections to QU are noted. I am currently looking into alternatives.
by romeokar
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open: Sunday, January 29th
Replies: 8
Views: 2708

Re: Connecticut Tournament is a GO!

Some changes to the format, thanks to some good advice from a poster: Tournament play: Each team will play three games in the morning to determine seeding for the afternoon elimination tournament. The top eight teams will play in the afternoon. Teams that do not qualify for the elimination tournamen...
by romeokar
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Oak Scholastic Open: Sunday, January 29th
Replies: 8
Views: 2708

Charter Oak Scholastic Open: Sunday, January 29th

Middlesex Middle School in Darien, Connecticut will be hosting the inaugural Charter Oak Scholastic Open on Sunday, January 29th. Currently, the competition has a field of nine teams. We are still accepting registrations, and will up to January 20th. We are using NAQT's MS-02 question packet. Please...
by romeokar
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Any interest in a winter middle school tournament in CT?
Replies: 1
Views: 1150

Any interest in a winter middle school tournament in CT?

I would like to host a competition in our middle school in Darien, CT sometime in either January or February. The tournament would be open to everyone near or far, public or private. I'm just trying to gauge interest, so please let me know if you would might want to participate. Please also include ...
by romeokar
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Middle School Quiz Bowl in Connecticut
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Re: Middle School Quiz Bowl in Connecticut

I do know about the tournament in New Jersey, but I found out too late. I look forward to it next year, though! I would be more than willing to organize an event, but there aren't middle school teams in Fairfield County. I welcome the opportunity to bring my team to local school in New York or New J...
by romeokar
Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Middle School Quiz Bowl in Connecticut
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Middle School Quiz Bowl in Connecticut

Hello everyone, I started a quiz bowl team in our middle school in Darien, CT in 2009. I have been searched for live competition in the NY-NJ-CT area, but have yet to find anything. We are willing to travel, within reason, and will bring our own buzzers, judges, and moderators. If you would like to ...