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by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on International History Olympiad Staff
Replies: 0
Views: 1330

Update on International History Olympiad Staff

The International History Olympiad is pleased to announce that the following coaches and players will be joining us at our inaugural Olympiad in Williamsburg, VA this summer, together with all of NHBB/IHBB's full time staffers: Irene Ducharme - Wauconda High School, Wauconda, IL - Quiz Bowl Coach La...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NHBB Full Time Staff Member
Replies: 0
Views: 1501

New NHBB Full Time Staff Member

The National History Bee and Bowl is delighted to announce that Brad Fischer, of Rockford, IL has been named its Director of Question Production and Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator, effective immediately. Brad brings years of distinguished experience to NHBB and will be assisting us primarily wit...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 46774

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

just because a question was in the finals packets, doesn't mean it was written to be. It was stated above that both power rates and conversion stats were much better this year than last and both were above what NAQT was hoping for, something that would not have happened without people considering t...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 46774

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

--Pretty sure you didn't have power over this, but I think the tossups you wrote that made it into the finals packets weren't harder within their subject than others. I don't believe NAQT has a policy of making finals packets any harder than the rest of the set, so I'm not sure what the issue is he...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field
Replies: 6
Views: 4416

Re: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field

A few updates here - Andrew Leung of the HSNCT Champion Arcadia team and Bruce Lou of the NHBB Champion Saratoga team are both planning on coming - hopefully this may encourage some other top 11th and 12th grade players to sign up. Also, it's likely that students who have finished 10th grade by the ...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)
Replies: 28
Views: 9236

Re: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)

Thanks, Jeff, for organizing this. Always one of the highlights of my year. Karan Menon (National Geo Bee champion and USGO JV National Champion) will be at this next year; we can all begin dreading being schooled by a 14 year old.
by Great Bustard
Sun May 31, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 40222

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

I'm curious how the protest on the Music Man in the final would have been ruled. Is there a general NAQT rule for accepting nicknames of characters if that nickname is in the title? Can anyone from NAQT comment on how this would have hypothetically gone?
by Great Bustard
Fri May 29, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Elementary competition in the NY area
Replies: 1
Views: 1217

Re: Elementary competition in the NY area

alexdz wrote:... Madden Outdoor Education Center...
Well, now everyone knows what my next project is...
by Great Bustard
Fri May 29, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 12964

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

As an addendum, an email is going out tomorrow to everyone who has signed up or expressed interest with further details.
by Great Bustard
Fri May 29, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 12964

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

All types of rooms are still available and will not sell out. Having gone down to William and Mary today, I can confirm this. 80% of people are choosing double occupancy w/air conditioning for what that's worth. We have plenty of rooms of all types.
by Great Bustard
Thu May 28, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team in Connecticut looking for tournaments
Replies: 5
Views: 4057

Re: New Team in Connecticut looking for tournaments

Hi Tiger, Thanks for playing IHBB earlier this school year in Shanghai! Back in the USA, you can play the National History Bee and Bowl. We have a number of tournaments within an easy drive of Kent each year, including CT states (Newtown), Upper Hudson (Bethlehem, NY), Lower Hudson (White Plains, NY...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 27, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 20802

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Yeah, I had just moved up the dates by one day over last year, not remembering the date switch for NSC. I'll adjust accordingly.
by Great Bustard
Wed May 27, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 5431

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

Additionally the set had a serious issues in regards to alternate answerlines/prompts/do not accepts. From my understanding it was up to the student to protest if they though their answer was correct. This doesn't seem very fair to the student and only serves to clog up the protest hotline. This is...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 27, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 20802

2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!

The National History Bee and Bowl is happy to sponsor the fourth annual National Quizbowl Awards for the 2014-2015 season. This year, we will increase the budget for this from $1500 to $2000 in prize money, plaques, and food at NASAT to recognize the nation's top students and coaches at the middle ...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 26, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank All-World Teams
Replies: 38
Views: 21808

Re: HSQBRank All-World Teams

Fred, can you explain a bit of your methodology here? There are a number of ways a list like this could be compiled, and I think this whole exercise is much more interesting if we know where you're coming from. For example, this could be done on the basis of: a) if you wanted to form the actual best...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 26, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Elementary and Middle School US Geo Olympiad
Replies: 0
Views: 1227

2015 Elementary and Middle School US Geo Olympiad

Congratulations to our 2015 Elementary and Middle School US Geography Olympiad National Champions! Middle School National Champion: John Phipps, Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT Elementary National Champion: Rohil Bhinge, Nysmith School, Herndon, VA Middle School US Geography Exam Champion: John ...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 26, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 5431

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

I might have missed the memo, but will the question set(s) be made publicly available? I can't remember what NHBB policy is for middle school questions. Also, out of curiosity, how were the questions for the Middle School National History Bowl produced this year? Every question that we used this we...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 26, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 5431

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

The History Bowl did not run nearly as well as any other event. It seems as if your biggest issue here was with the difficulty of the set (more on my responses below), but I just wanted to clarify here regarding logistics, since "running well" usually implies logistics more than question quality. P...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 26, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 5431

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

I'll begin by echoing Bunnie's thanks to everyone who made this tournament possible. Over the past four years, our middle school History Bowl Nationals has gone from 12 to 28 to 51 to 72 teams, and next year, we should be at or near 100 or more. For those interested in stats, these were maintained a...
by Great Bustard
Sun May 17, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB / USGO Sets Posted
Replies: 2
Views: 1726

Re: NHBB / USGO Sets Posted

http://www.geographyolympiad.com/region ... ournament/
Accessible at geographyolympiad.com under the Regionals tab, Varsity & JV National Qualifying Quiz Tournament link
by Great Bustard
Sun May 17, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB / USGO Sets Posted
Replies: 2
Views: 1726

NHBB / USGO Sets Posted

The following sets have now been posted: 1. NHBB 2014-15 B Set 2. USGO National Qualifying Quiz Tournament Set - see geographyolympiad.com 3. USHB National Qualifying Quiz Tournament Set - see ushistorybee.org 4. IHBB Europe and Asia Alpha Set - see ihbbeurope.com or ihbbasia.com 5. USGO National Qu...
by Great Bustard
Sun May 17, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)
Replies: 28
Views: 9236

Re: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)

I will certainly play this of course (Raynell will too, not sure if he's checking this thread) and will write an unspecified number of questions for it (somewhere between 2/0 and a full packet, time permitting).
by Great Bustard
Sat May 16, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I liked the essay qualification for USHB last year because it would allow for the people who didn't have a regional QB site in their area a chance to qualify to Nationals. Why wasn't this in place this year? I understand the part about giving qualifying tests at regional sites for NHBB, but what if...
by Great Bustard
Fri May 15, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

So, on the matter of tiebreaks after pool play. At our middle school nationals on 5/24 in Louisville, it's going to work exactly how I've outlined it for the high school division next year with 6 pools of 4 (except in the middle school, effectively, the afternoon stage is cut out, since we have 72 t...
by Great Bustard
Fri May 15, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 8073

Re: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments

Maybe this group can help you with funding to attend History Bowl: http://smithtownhistorical.org/ It looks like they already support elementary students here http://smithtownhistorical.org/school-field-trip-programs/ so maybe you could propose going to NHBB as a way for them to support high schoole...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 13, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Geography tossups needed - $5 a question
Replies: 1
Views: 1569

Re: Geography tossups needed - $5 a question

About 8 people have responded to the call, so we should be in good shape for now. I'm no longer taking writers at the $5 rate (for the time being, at least), though if you want to write geography (or history) for us at either high school or middle school, that's fine. We pay a minimum of $3.50 per q...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 13, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHBB 2016 Canada Nationals: Univ of Toronto Schools, May 14
Replies: 8
Views: 3189

Re: IHBB 2016 Canada Nationals: Univ of Toronto Schools, May

Okay, so would we be ok if we had everything wrapped up by 5:30 on Saturday, May 14? What time does the gala dinner start? May 7 didn't work for the host school; April 30 is honestly too close to US High School Nationals. Frankly, that week was exhausting for me to run a second National tournament o...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 13, 2015 12:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Geography tossups needed - $5 a question
Replies: 1
Views: 1569

Geography tossups needed - $5 a question

Hi All, We need some additional geography tossups written for our Middle School USGO Nationals next week in Louisville. Currently, the rate is $5 per question. This may go up or down depending on our needs over the next week, but for now, if people want to write 5 line geo tossups and get paid nicel...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 12, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I remember staff being told to read the entirety of the tossups in the JV playoffs. Did that not actually happen? I certainly read the entirety of the tossups, including the first line, in the JV Bowl final (I believe other readers followed this rule for the playoffs as far as I know). On the matte...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 12, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I'll also repeat my suggestion from last year that--for the purpose of better recognition of winners in front of an audience--the champions for the USGO and USHB could be announced during the playoff bracket announcement on Saturday I'm all for this, except (especially for USGO) many of the top pla...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 12, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB TV
Replies: 0
Views: 1237

NHBB TV

Highlights of Nationals, including the Playoff Matches, Interviews with Raynell Cooper, and the Opening Ceremonies here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN-fub ... cXUkHYl72Q
by Great Bustard
Tue May 12, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Playoff Fixes: Bowl A significant amount of the upthread chatter was along the lines of how to revamp the playoff system for the Bowl. Until this year, both the Varsity and Junior Varsity had been single elimination; this year, the Varsity departed from that with the 8 groups of 4 teams for the Sat...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 12, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Sorry for the delay in continuing my thoughts on Nationals here; I've been busy coordinating our Canadian National Championships, planning for our Elementary and Middle School Nationals, Olympiad planning, and the general wind down from High School Nationals. It's a busy month. Anyway, I'll try and ...
by Great Bustard
Mon May 11, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Fledgling Scotch Plains NJ trivia team
Replies: 2
Views: 2924

Re: Fledgling Scotch Plains NJ trivia team

Hi Arthur, The National History Bee and Bowl was founded in New Jersey 5 years ago, and it's still our best state in the country (36 NJ teams competed at our National Championships two weeks ago). Our big 3 area tournaments in Seton Hall, Ridgewood, and Princeton will each probably draw about 50-80 ...
by Great Bustard
Mon May 11, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHBB 2016 Canada Nationals: Univ of Toronto Schools, May 14
Replies: 8
Views: 3189

IHBB 2016 Canada Nationals: Univ of Toronto Schools, May 14

IHBB is pleased to announce that its second annual 2016 Canadian National History Bee and Bowl Championships will be held at the University of Toronto Schools on Saturday, May 14. We are also exploring the possibility of mirrors of our US Geography Olympiad Quiz Bowl Set and our Sports and Entertai...
by Great Bustard
Thu May 07, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 1411

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Monstruos de Bolsillo wrote:According to this thread, it will be released on June 15th.
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... 04&t=17245
That's correct.
by Great Bustard
Thu May 07, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 1411

Re: Specific Question Discussion

1st Quarter, Round 11 (First Sat. Evening Playoff Round) 6. Arthur Krock helped lead the lobbying efforts for this book to win the Pulitzer Prize. It was written while the author was recovering from back surgery, and columnist Drew Pearson claimed that Ted Sorenson actually wrote this book. This boo...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 06, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 1411

Re: Specific Question Discussion

2015 National History Bee National Championships Round 3 - Prelims 1. In this campaign’s first battle, Admiral Crutchley was defeated at Savo Island. Edson’s rangers successfully defended the Lunga ridge during this campaign, which was codenamed Operation Watchtower. Supplies were transported down “...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 06, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHBB Canadian championships
Replies: 11
Views: 4745

Re: IHBB Canadian championships

This man hypothesized the existence of an “aperiodic crystal” that contains genetic information in his book What is Life? In the paper “Quantization as an Eigenvalue Problem”, this man presented a result often stated as the Hamiltonian of psi equals energy times psi. Eugene Wigner extended an idea n...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 06, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHBB Canadian championships
Replies: 11
Views: 4745

Re: IHBB Canadian championships

I think this tournament cost waaaaaay too much - A team of 4 is paying $430 for 9 rounds of quizbowl. A lot of this money is coming out of student's pockets. This needs to be seen in its proper context. Yes, Varsity and JV teams were only guaranteed 5 rounds in the Bowl, but almost all teams played...
by Great Bustard
Mon May 04, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 1411

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Roman Numerals correspond to difficulty classes. Note that some II questions made it into the final rounds, though most of the playoffs were coded III. Bee Prelims were meant to be coded II.
by Great Bustard
Mon May 04, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 1411

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Bowl Round 4, Q 4 7. Following one of these events, the emissary Suh Chan was beheaded. During one of these events, Hong Dagu chose to attack before reinforcements traveling from Zhousan Island arrived. Fan Wenhu and much of a defeated Song army was pressed into service for the (+) second of these c...
by Great Bustard
Sun May 03, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

First off, a big thank you to everyone who competed at, assisted with, and otherwise made our 2015 Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships possible. This was one of the largest tournaments of any kind ever (the 123 simultaneous rooms playing on Saturday is certainly a record by a wide marg...
by Great Bustard
Sat May 02, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 44367

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

The idea of only getting 7-8 bowl games, or 3-4 bee rounds would--in my opinion--make a number of coaches of teams who are not contending for 1st place less willing to commit the resources to attend. I'm not about to ask my students to pay several hundred dollars each, give up an entire weekend jus...
by Great Bustard
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Future of College History Bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4150

Re: The Future of College History Bowl

Mike, I'd be happy to pay you for those questions, and use them for whatever purposes it makes sense to do so. As for College History Bowl, this was largely started at Matt Weiner's desire, and though I was happy to support the project, it was never something that I had much time to devote to. I, li...