NHBB is once again delighted to sponsor the 6th annual National Quiz Bowl Awards for the 2016-2017 season. $2500 in prize money and plaques this year will go to recognize the nation's top students and coaches at the middle and high school level.
The awards being given out this year are:
1. Top 9th grade player - $200 prize
2. Top 10th grade player - $200 prize
3. National High School Player of the Year - $300 prize
4. National High School A Team (i.e. students who rank 1-4 in the High School Player of the Year Voting) - $150 prize for students ranking 2-4
5. National Middle School Player of the Year - $300 prize
6. National Middle School A Team (i.e. students who rank 1-4 in the Middle School Player of the Year Voting) - $150 prize for students ranking 2-4
7. National High School Coach of the Year - $200 prize
8. National Middle School Coach of the Year - $200 prize
The remaining $200 will cover a plaque for each recipient, which will be sent to them by the end of July together with their check.
The nominating committee consisted of Brad Fischer, Jason Russell, and David Madden. We each ranked 2 players/coaches in order for each of these categories except the two players of the year - for that category, four names were submitted. Rankings were done on a 7-5-3-1 basis based in order of their ranks from each nominator. We then tallied the votes and the top 3 players/coaches for each position are listed below. Only 6 players received votes in the Middle School balloting.
Voting is limited to coaches, non-coach adult organizers, and players who were in at least their 2nd year of collegiate play during 2016-17 and played at least 3 tournaments over the course of the year. High school players are not eligible to vote, even if they have played college-level events for two years. Coaches who are nominated will not have their votes counted for Coach of the Year in the level at which they coach.
To prevent bandwagon voting, for collegiate players, only the first alumnus/alumna for a high school and middle school will have their votes count. All ballots must contain either an affiliation listed (i.e. coach of School X or organizer of Y) or a listing of a collegiate player's middle and high schools, or they will not be counted.
Voting is open from now through 11:59pm PDT this Friday, June 23. The winners will be announced by Sunday morning. Voters will submit their ballots by emailing Jason Russell at email@example.com
- please do not email/PM me personally.
To vote for 9th Grade player, 10th Grade player, and coaches, simply select the one nominee you'd like to vote for. To vote for Players of the Year, select your top 4 from each list, labeling them in order first to fourth. Your first place nominee earns 7 points, second place 5, third place 3, and fourth place 1 in the balloting. The top overall vote-getter is named National High/Middle School Player of the Year; that player and the next 3 highest scorers are honored on the National A team.
If you are voting, you may leave a category with which you are unfamiliar blank (or vote for only 1-4 people in a given category); that is indeed preferable than casting an uninformed ballot. Voters are encouraged to review performances of those who are on the ballot - more weight should be given to recent National Championship performances than other results. The nominating committee reserves the right to disallow ballots if we have reason to suspect that you are unfamiliar with the high school/middle school quiz bowl community. (We may contact you to clarify this.) Note that this does not mean that only people who organize or are intimately familiar with the game on a national basis can vote; rather, we want informed voters for a fair vote.
In the interest of time, we are not going to go through and post individual statlines, but we strongly encourage all voters to look up stat reports when considering their votes, especially here: Harry White's database searchNAQT HSNCT statsPACE NSC statsNAQT MSNCT stats
Congratulations to the nominees and winners (in bold)!
1. HS Coach of the Year
1. Todd Garrison, Glasgow High School, Glasgow, KY
2. Chris Gismondi and Ben Herman, Detroit Catholic Central, Novi, MI
3. Michael Mathis, Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek, GA
2. MS Coach of the Year
1. Anne Marie Lanz, Burleigh Manor Middle School, Ellicott City, MD
2. Barry Love, Aptakisic Junior High, Buffalo Grove, IL
3. Ken Romeo and Barbara Ivey, Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT
3. HS Player of the YearJakob Myers, Naperville North High School, Naperville, ILHS National A Team
1. Rahul Keyal, Westview High School, San Diego, CA
2. Matthew Lehmann, Barrington High School, Barrington, IL
3. Jakob Myers, Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL
4. Ashwin Ramaswami, Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek, GA
5. Ali Saeed, Adlai Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
6. Alex Schmidt, Lehigh Valley Academy, Bethlehem, PA
7. Clark Smith, Dublin Scioto High School, Dublin, OH
8. Luke Tierney, Hunter College High School, New York, NY
4. MS Player of the YearWilliam Groger, Miami Valley School, Dayton, OH
4. MS National A Team
1. Isak Dai, Mounds Park Middle School, Mounds Park, MN
2. William Groger, Miami Valley School, Dayton, OH
3. Karan Gurazada, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
4. Robert Muniz, Midtown Classical, Tallahassee, FL
5. Arjun Nageswaran, Aptakisic Junior High, Buffalo Grove, IL
6. Shiva Oswal, Team Pi-oneers, CA
5. 9th grade Player of the Year
1. John John Groger, Miami Valley School, Dayton, OH
2. Josh Rollin, Team Pi-oneers, CA
3. Eshaan Vakil, Clark High School, Las Vegas, NV
6. 10th grade Player of the Year
1. William Golden, James E. Taylor, Katy, TX
2. Hari Parameswaran, Beavercreek High School, Beavercreek, OH
3. Ethan Strombeck, Auburn High School, Rockford, IL