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by ndikkala
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

Thank you to all the teams who came out on Saturday, especially with the rain! Also we appreciate the patience of the teams who stayed through the entirety of the playoffs as requested from the beginning, while we dealt with fixing brackets after teams started leaving without notifying us. Final Sta...
by ndikkala
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

We have had several teams drop at the last minute and now are in need of extra teams to help fill the field. At least five spots are open. If you are interested, it is only $30 per team. This offer is only valid to teams that have not registered before and you must register by 11PM tonight on the Go...
by ndikkala
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

I've updated the field and we still have space available. I should have an update within a day, but one of the teams is considering backing out, in which case we would have two spots open. Please contact me if you are interested in attending, as there is still time to register.
by ndikkala
Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

Field update going into the weekend: there are four officially "open" spots, and there remain two "interested" teams on the list. Assuming the interested teams register, we will only have 2 open spots. There's still time left to sign up if you would like to compete!
by ndikkala
Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

There are just four spots left now until we hit our initial field cap. Please continue signing up and thanks to those teams who have already registered!
by ndikkala
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

The field has just been updated as of 4/12, and there are still spots available if any teams want to register. Please consider signing up for the tournament!
by ndikkala
Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

In the interest of maintaining a balance towards high school teams, I am capping the number of middle school teams to a maximum of 9 under our current 18 team field cap, and I may need to lower this number as we get closer to the tournament if we do not have an equal or greater number of high school...
by ndikkala
Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

Today I am pleased to announce that GSMST Season Ender has been Platinum Certified by PACE, meaning that the top 25% of teams will qualify for the PACE NSC in the D.C. Metro area this June! I would like to invite any interested teams to sign up using the Google Forms link above. Also, to clarify: I ...
by ndikkala
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

We are now up to 5 signups, and are discussing information with a potential 6th team. Please continue signing up for the tournament and thank you to the teams who have signed up so far!
by ndikkala
Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

Today I am pleased to announce that GSMST Season Ender is now a PACE NSC Qualifying Tournament! The top 15% of the field will qualify for the PACE NSC Championship in the Washington, DC. Metro area this June. There are still a lot of spots available, so please consider signing up!
by ndikkala
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 42564

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: May 30-31, Chicago

Is there any way to get an extension on the grace period? There were some last-minute changes I had to make and my coach has been unreachable all day.
by ndikkala
Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

Re: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville

With a month and a half to go until the tournament, we have one team signed up. Please register for the tournament if you are interested in playing the set! This is the only Potatoville mirror being hosted in the SE U.S. and we'd love to see teams from neighboring states compete as well! Please chec...
by ndikkala
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA
Replies: 11
Views: 8755

GSMST Season Ender (Potatoville), 4/25/15, Lawrenceville, GA

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology will be hosting its first Quizbowl Tournament, the GSMST Invitational Scholar’s Bowl Tournament*, on April 25, 2015. We will be mirroring the Potatoville Tournament written by students of Northern Illinois University. This set is a regular ...
by ndikkala
Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 4389

Re: General Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)

I found the general difficulty of the set to be much higher than a regular level set, much worse than HFT, though I think HFT had longer length questions. I have to say that I found the inconsistencies in the difficulty level of the set to be frustrating. I haven't gotten a copy of the questions fro...
by ndikkala
Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 5595

Re: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)

Can I please see the opera tossup? I'd also like to see the prime number bonus.
by ndikkala
Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105441

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote: ACF Fall: +3.01
Maryland Spring: +2.94
I noticed that earlier ACF Fall was +2.22 and Maryland Spring was +2.21. Is there any reason for the increase in adjustment value? Oh, and thanks for posting the adjustments.
by ndikkala
Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105441

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

What's the HFT stat adjustment?
by ndikkala
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/14
Replies: 11
Views: 4996

Re: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/

If anyone is interested in seeing them, I can post prelim stats (which is all I have right now), but it would have to be as an attachment because they won't be on SQBS for some time as I understand it.
by ndikkala
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2103

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

Thanks, I had it after "ambulance," so it would have been power. Interestingly enough, I've never seen the movie.
by ndikkala
Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2103

Re: 2014-2015 BISB Specific Questions Discussion

Can I see the Die Hard tossup? We didn't have powers so I wasn't sure if I would have gotten it early.
by ndikkala
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1131

Re: Errata

There was a general trend of grammar mistakes like misplaced apostrophes and poorly used pronouns across the rounds. I can't pinpoint specific questions, but it did happen numerous times throughout the day.
by ndikkala
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southeast HFT mirror @ Marist School (GA) 11/15
Replies: 26
Views: 9368

Re: Southeast HFT mirror @ Marist School (GA) 11/15

I mean, the scorekeepers would still need to take down individual stats during the match, and that can be a slowdown especially in matches with powers. Not to mention the need to keep accurate score of the match and of players can lead to more score checks, which delays matches further. Also the dif...
by ndikkala
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4377

Re: Question-specific discussion

That could be it. I can't remember the specific details, but if it's posted I'll know for sure.
by ndikkala
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1131

Re: Errata

There was a bonus that I think was in packet 6, but I'm not sure. The word "altruism" came up in the second part of the bonus, then was the answer to the third part. My teammate sitting next to me said "I think it's altruism". I replied to him with, "But they just said altruism in the last part, it...
by ndikkala
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4377

Re: Question-specific discussion

There was a difficult math bonus in one of the rounds that I wanted to look at again. I know for sure that it wasn't in rounds 9 or 10. I think it was the round that had the azide bonus, or possibly the round before that. If you can identify it, could you please list it?
by ndikkala
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 56623

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I was unable to find the subforum for the tournament. Where is that located? I did not go to the HFT IX @ Harvard but I was a moderator at the Marist mirror and I wanted to share some feedback on the questions.
by ndikkala
Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16853

Re: What defines a team captain?

I have to agree with Mark. You can't really define something by what it isn't. I would like to know what your [Alex] own views are, however.
by ndikkala
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16853

Re: What defines a team captain?

I sense it isn't, but if this is mostly about what you can claim on college applications, you can always use a short phrase that describes the things you actually do, such as "academic team organizer and manager." Even if that's not your actual title, it's truthful and describes what you've actuall...
by ndikkala
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105441

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Do these new rankings include the Walton Academic Challenge results from this past Saturday? They used SQBS for the first time this year.
by ndikkala
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: Things that make a good tournament

I would say another important thing is to give clear instructions to readers on exactly what to do. I've been to a tournament where the readers didn't know whether or not to neg people when the tournament was in fact no negs, and the inconsistency on bounceback policy is just as bad. Make sure you t...
by ndikkala
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16853

Re: What defines a team captain?

It's great that you're so committed to your team and quizbowl, and that you have been taking all these burdens to benefit your team. So, I can see why you would be irritated, especially after the dismal behavior of your teammates. That being said, I would be cautious of bringing this up too much an...
by ndikkala
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16853

Re: What defines a team captain?

But even in the preceding week, both the junior and the "captain" refused to let me describe my duties for the team as captain on a college application, which I feel is only fair for a person who is performing all duties not only as a player, but as a captain and coach. I have a solution, at least ...
by ndikkala
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16853

What defines a team captain?

So this is an issue that I've been dealing with for about 2 years now. Last year, I ran all of our teams' practices, from finding and reading questions, to coaching the JV team, as well as finding tournaments for us to go to and arranging for the first bake sale in the history of our team. I had to ...
by ndikkala
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 25th Annual Walton Academic Challenge - 10/18/14
Replies: 14
Views: 4957

something about the state of Georgia

Congratulations to Chattahoochee A and Westminster; I was watching and it was a fairly competitive match. Westminster made a big comeback in the second half.
by ndikkala
Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: individual stats and Georgia tournaments
Replies: 15
Views: 6311

Re: 25th Annual Walton Academic Challenge - 10/18/14

I'd like to say that the lack of individual stats was not a failure to use SQBS, but rather due to the fact that the score sheets did not account for individual performances. As for the bounceback separation, those were a part of the score sheets handed out but I'm not sure what the statistics peopl...
by ndikkala
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 25th Annual Walton Academic Challenge - 10/18/14
Replies: 14
Views: 4957

Re: 25th Annual Walton Academic Challenge - 10/18/14

GSMST is interested in bringing 1-2 teams, and we'll have paperwork sent in sometime this week.
by ndikkala
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Evaluating Housewrite Quality
Replies: 1
Views: 1862

Evaluating Housewrite Quality

I've been looking for mirrors for a tournament to host, but we also do have a housewrite that we wrote a few years back but never used in an actual tournament. The problem is, I don't want to put out a bad housewrite, but I can't evaluate the quality of the questions myself. So I'm looking for some ...
by ndikkala
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105441

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Can someone explain what the difference is between the top 200 list for the 2014-15 season preview and the top 50 2014-15 preseason list? Because the rankings were completely different in the two, and there's no explanation of why Brookwood is #36 in the top 50 but #150 in the top 200, since both li...
by ndikkala
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: buzzer system repair
Replies: 5
Views: 2842

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: May 30-31, Chicago

Thanks for the link and for the advice on contacting the company. I plan on doing some fundraisers throughout the year and getting a third buzzer system is one of my priorities, because both of the systems we have are aging and one of them has a high-pitched buzz sound that annoys everyone who plays...
by ndikkala
Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: buzzer system repair
Replies: 5
Views: 2842

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: May 30-31, Chicago

Actually, I never considered that there was a repair service at all for buzzer sets. Who would I have to contact to get them fixed?
by ndikkala
Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2014-15
Replies: 13
Views: 5663

Re: Georgia 2014-15

Results from the Gwinnett County Tournament earlier today (Varsity division) 1. Brookwood (7-0) (Wins County for second straight year, also 7-0 last year) 2. Collins Hill (5-2) (l. Brookwood in finals, GSMST in prelims) 3. Peachtree Ridge (5-2) 4. Parkview (4-3) (l. Peachtree Ridge in 3rd place matc...
by ndikkala
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2014-15
Replies: 13
Views: 5663

Re: Georgia 2014-15

Will the BHSAT be mirrored in the Atlanta area this year? I was interested in going to the BHSAT mirror this year as last year there was a scheduling conflict for our team coaches.
by ndikkala
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: buzzer system repair
Replies: 5
Views: 2842

buzzer system repair

Split from the 2015 HSNCT thread --Mgmt. I have a somewhat technical question regarding buzzers lighting up. Some of our buzzers have lights that work but do not fit through the slot in the buzzer, because they have gotten loose inside the housing. It is still possible to see that the buzzer is lit...
by ndikkala
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105441

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

I loved the writing on that Eric Xu preview. Also, Shub Mehta of Dorman was near-impossible to beat at Ace Camp this year, he should be a significant part of whatever team he's on this year. My friends from Brookwood tell me he's much improved over his performance at Collins Hill in April.
by ndikkala
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Team Members to Study
Replies: 7
Views: 6428

Re: Getting Team Members to Study

Really? I thought ProtoBowl was pretty decent. How is it bad for studying as opposed to Quinterest? I've written stuff about this in more detail elsewhere on the forums ( here in particular, you can find more by searching posts with the word "Protobowl" in them written by Mewto55555), but a brief s...
by ndikkala
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Team Members to Study
Replies: 7
Views: 6428

Re: Getting Team Members to Study

Yeah, as for that culture of quiz bowl participation, we wouldn't have a team at all this year if I didn't find a sponsor on my own. Our administration had originally intended to cut the club this year because our previous sponsor left the school. I wasn't going to let them marginalize us in favor o...
by ndikkala
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Team Members to Study
Replies: 7
Views: 6428

Re: Getting Team Members to Study

Really? I thought ProtoBowl was pretty decent. How is it bad for studying as opposed to Quinterest?
by ndikkala
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2014-15
Replies: 13
Views: 5663

Re: Georgia 2014-15

Well, our attendance last year was pretty limited. We went 2-3 in Gwinnett County last year, with a 980 total score at the end of prelims, got 2nd in BISB (lost to Ezell-Harding), 8th in prelims in ATTACK with a 15.95 P/B score, and 3rd in GATA Varsity 3A with a 20.05 P/B score. BISB final stats are...
by ndikkala
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Team Members to Study
Replies: 7
Views: 6428

Getting Team Members to Study

My school is one of those STEM Charter schools, and because of that and our being ranked #3 in the nation, a lot of people on my team don't really take quiz bowl too seriously. They seem to think that going to a STEM school means that they don't need to study science, and I really doubt that half of...
by ndikkala
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Turning Away from Bad Quiz Bowl
Replies: 5
Views: 3962

Re: Turning Away from Bad Quiz Bowl

We were severely limited on the number of tournaments we could attend last year. The only tournaments we went to were County, BISB, ATTACK, and State. I thought it was due to financial reasons, but we changed coaches this year and it turns out our balance was in the multiple hundreds of dollars. So ...