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by jbarnes112358
Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question for the NSC Top 12
Replies: 20
Views: 2693

Re: Question for the NSC Top 12

Or if Mr. Roundtree wants to send me his mailing address, I can mail it to him.

John Barnes
Maggie Walker

Jbarnes at gsgis dot k12 dot va dot us
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 44867

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

BuzzerZen wrote:Hey Quint, carry on this discussion with Dr. Barnes off the boards, please.
Thank you.
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 44867

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

But if someone is mad about not being on a team on which they think they deserve to be, they shouldn't "quit the team now". I really don't understand how someone like Dr. Barnes could say that to somebody. Well, I have not said that to anybody yet. But, if a team is picked in good faith by a coach ...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro Area 2007-08
Replies: 164
Views: 44867

Re: DC/Metro Area 2007-08

So Evan Adams, I predict that in 2 years, Sarah Angelo and Greg Tito will be bestial. Thanks Naren...haha. But Evan is right. Gov A is going to have a rocky beginning of the season, as we have 6 players who are all being considered for A team, and 5 of them (sans Matt, who happens to have seniority...
by jbarnes112358
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 22293

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Calculus is a good topic, too, but linear algebra is outside the scope of high school curriculum. I'm not sure this is the standard people who are writing for these national tournaments are using. I do not know what percentage of questions at NSC or HSNCT are outside the high school curriculum, but...
by jbarnes112358
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38120

Re: NAC Schedules

I am not saying that there was any hanky-panky in favor of BTW at this past tournament, nor that any actions were taken by anyone to favor BTW. But the simple fact that I have to make such a statement is bad. Tournaments should stress to make sure via scheduling, staffing, and question writing that...
by jbarnes112358
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38120

Re: NAC Schedules

Quiz Bowl absolutely needs to be a spectator competition. Not that the spectators are a necessary component, but every game should be open to them. I want up-and-coming players to be able to see the varsity, proud parents/teachers/etc. to see smart students in action. In a country that emphasizes s...
by jbarnes112358
Thu May 29, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)
Replies: 80
Views: 7622

Re: NAC Schedules

The closest to quizbowl that I've ever seen Lincoln prep get is French language Jeopardy at UMKC foreign language day, so either Chip has duped them into attending that or it's another Lincoln prep. Well, I received a phone message from QU saying I had a team qualify for NAC jr. (or whatever it's c...
by jbarnes112358
Tue May 27, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Order Problems
Replies: 18
Views: 2694

Re: DACQ Order Problems

The February and March questions do exist - the April questions, as I said, are behind. We are behind for reasons of questions not being written (as I've said) on the most recent questions, but not on the older two sets. I am not trying to mislead anyone - indeed, I think merely telling teams "we'r...
by jbarnes112358
Tue May 27, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Order Problems
Replies: 18
Views: 2694

Re: DACQ Order Problems

After the feedback we collected, it seems likely that we're just going to accept the wash on our own shipping problems and the piracy issue and just send out the questions as soon as possible - but this is a board decision and not my own, so we will be sending out an email confirming what we'll be ...
by jbarnes112358
Mon May 26, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 15756

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I am sorry for whatever role I had in getting this thread too stuck on the math computation issue. Some of the same complaints can be made toward trash and random trivia. I think that the bottom line here is that the more serious competitors want questions that test depth of knowledge in more seriou...
by jbarnes112358
Mon May 26, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 15756

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Strength of schedule does have a lot to do with quizbowl which could also determine why Dorman lost. I'm not sure what you mean by this, But, I hope you didn't mean Dorman played a weak schedule. They traveled far and wide to play the best teams they could find anywhere. They won or finished high i...
by jbarnes112358
Mon May 26, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 15756

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I NAQT math questions are not well-written, if that means having basic pyramidality and rewarding knowledge. I don't think it's impossible, but NAQT math certainly doesn't accomplish it. There are about 20 different skill sets that NAQT regularly tests, and the questions that do not fall into that ...
by jbarnes112358
Mon May 26, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 15756

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I tend to agree with Guy's original premise. The logic of Matt's response is certainly sound. You can lose a close game on a computation or trash question wherever it might fall in the packet. But, you are going to walk away from the game with a worse taste in your mouth if it happens on the last qu...
by jbarnes112358
Sun May 25, 2008 7:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 11720

Re: Biggest Suprise/Dissapointment

Maggie Walker A- Dissapointment just because they went in going good but lost the vibe for some reason Agreed. But, we were not playing terribly. Statistically we were up there - around 13th in P/20TU, and around 9th in bonus convergence. But, we couldn't seem to win the close matches, of which we ...
by jbarnes112358
Sun May 25, 2008 7:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 11720

Re: 2008 HSNCT Live Coverage and Comments

etchdulac wrote:North Carolina 2 (Dorman #1)
Dorman is in South Carolina, not North Carolina.

Interesting list.
by jbarnes112358
Fri May 23, 2008 4:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pre-Nationals 07-08 poll time!
Replies: 32
Views: 8968

Re: Pre-Nationals 07-08 poll time!

13th may be a little too high for us. But, 13 is our lucky number (really, it is.) so, thanks.
by jbarnes112358
Tue May 20, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?
Replies: 41
Views: 11189

Re: Greatest Quiz Bowl team ever?

I think the 2006-2007 Maggie Walker team was the best QB team ever what about you guys? I appreciate the nod, and yes, that was an awesome team, especially down the stretch. But, I agree with the consensus of this board that TJ '05 has been the greatest high school team of the 21st century (or of a...
by jbarnes112358
Tue May 20, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Order Problems
Replies: 18
Views: 2694

Re: DACQ Order Problems

A more detailed announcement will be made in an email update, but there have also been serious issues with unauthorized distribution of the questions that have affected this process. I regret that you suffered any alleged piracy of your materials. But, I am not sure why you respond to a copyright i...
by jbarnes112358
Sun May 18, 2008 6:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Order Problems
Replies: 18
Views: 2694

Re: DACQ Order Problems

Has anyone received questions for February, March, or April?
by jbarnes112358
Thu May 15, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE 2008: May 31 to June 1
Replies: 68
Views: 14066

Re: PACE 2008: May 31 to June 1

We can bring one set of buzzers. We need an invoice for our two teams. I also need the 2007 NSC questions. Thanks.

John Barnes
Maggie Walker Governor's School
by jbarnes112358
Wed May 14, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Freshmen
Replies: 41
Views: 4073

Re: Freshmen

This leads me to my question: Are freshmen-only practices an effective recruiting tool? Our coach is in favor of the practice, but I disagree. I thought I'd see what other opinions were out there. Here's my case: My freshman year began with freshmen mixed into our "real" practice. My career, along ...
by jbarnes112358
Sun May 11, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish Tournament Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 6507

Re: Goldfish Tournament Discussion

As one of the more positive posters regarding the goldfish tournament concept, I will respond to some of the concerns raised on this thread. 1. Teams may replace real quizbowl with a goldfish bowl. I don't see a big danger in people abandoning real quizbowl in favor of goldfishing. Real quizbowl is ...
by jbarnes112358
Mon May 05, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish Tournament Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 6507

Re: Goldfish Tournament Discussion

Good question. It occurs to me that all this data would be excellent feedback for the question writers. They can determine how many teams answer after each of the various clues to get a feel for the quality of the pyramidality. Does the progression of the clues bring teams to the answer in an orderl...
by jbarnes112358
Mon May 05, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish Tournament Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 6507

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

After NSC is over, I would be interested in seeing how PACE can help with offering an NSC question packet (or maybe a couple) for any future goldfish events. Doing a Goldfish tournament on a PACE set would be interesting. Since PACE uses bounce backs, each team would need to try to answer all the b...
by jbarnes112358
Sun May 04, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish Tournament Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 6507

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

I agree with all the positive comments. I thought this was a clever idea all along. Though not a perfect facsimile of quizbowl, it is certainly a closer substitute than, say, KMO. I bet if you put the same teams in a real quizbowl tournament, the results would correlate very well with this virtual t...
by jbarnes112358
Sun May 04, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale Tournament II: 05/03/08 (Richmond, VA)
Replies: 21
Views: 4684

Re: VCU Season Finale Tournament II: 05/03/08 (Richmond, VA)

Congratulations to Matt Weiner, et al for another quality VCU tournament...an excellent warm up for PACE NSC. Like TJ, the date kept many of our players from attending. But, the young team we brought did an awesome job. I doubt our usual A team could have done any better. The upset of Dorman B was a...
by jbarnes112358
Fri May 02, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish National Championship Tournament
Replies: 134
Views: 14566

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

Yeah, Your Brindlee Mountain team seems to be one that beat us, as did Bergen County and possibly others. Our raw score and bonus conversion proved we knew stuff. But, we were a bit slow buzzing in. To quote one of my players, "[We] should have been buzzing faster on some of those...I told you it wo...
by jbarnes112358
Fri May 02, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish National Championship Tournament
Replies: 134
Views: 14566

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

We may have given our goldfish the biggest drubbing, but several teams beat us head to head.
by jbarnes112358
Fri May 02, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish National Championship Tournament
Replies: 134
Views: 14566

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

Yeah, it's pretty obvious a few teams counted to the nearest 5. When I first saw the questions, and before I read the instructions, I also thought that was how to do it.

Depending on how they rounded to the nearest 5, it will either slightly inflate or slightly diminish their performance.
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

Yeah, we will purchase the questions and use them for good development, thanks! Thanks. Send me an e-mail and I will e-mail the question files to you. ( note: I had a character wrong in my above e-mail address that I edited. So, the address should now be correct with the obvious translation into pr...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

No, I get that, but I thought that juniors in a JV tournament was frowned upon. (EDIT: Never mind, I read the first post of the thread. My apologies.) Yeah. we were not really a JV tournament, per se. We were basically like our fall GSAC but without the proven national powers, and with slightly eas...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

Chuhern, the player mentioned in an earlier post, was the high scorer of our tournament, with an average of 100 points per game. He is a junior, and hence James Monroe will likely be good again next year. Our entire team will be returning next year. All the better... I'm sure you are :grin: about t...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

metsfan001 wrote:
jbarnes112358 wrote:Chuhern of James Monroe is a junior.
what
Chuhern, the player mentioned in an earlier post, was the high scorer of our tournament, with an average of 100 points per game. He is a junior, and hence James Monroe will likely be good again next year.
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

The one game finals was between bracket winners Collegiate A and Freeman. Freeman won the game and the tournament. I believe the score was 245-115. For those readers who are wondering why Collegiate A was competing since we closed the tournament to teams already qualified for nationals, let the rec...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

The brackets seemed a bit uneven; the bracket with Freeman and St. Christopher's seemed a bit more loaded. But still well run, the questions were for the most part really good. As it turned out, the brackets were probably a bit uneven in that your bracket appeared to have the two best teams when yo...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

Deesy Does It wrote:What happens if there are two teams in one bracket tied in record for the top spot (say, 2 teams go 6-1).
We plan to break ties with points per game, which we believe is better than H2H. Unfortunately, we do not have enough questions to playoff such ties.
by jbarnes112358
Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

MLWGS-Gir wrote: Will do. Also, the field update has been updated, and we have now reached 16 teams, meaning the top 4 will qualify for PACE Nationals.
Correction: I believe we need 20 teams to qualify 4 for PACE. So, we will qualify 2 teams.
by jbarnes112358
Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008
Replies: 70
Views: 15807

Re: JV tournament at Maggie Walker: April 26, 2008

intothenegs wrote:What time will the tournament start and when is registration?
Registration 8-8:45 It should start around 9 or soon thereafter.
by jbarnes112358
Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Spring KMO's
Replies: 26
Views: 3508

Re: Spring KMO's

ABCLMN wrote:we got 1700
Who?
by jbarnes112358
Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Spring KMO's
Replies: 26
Views: 3508

Re: Spring KMO's

Maggie Walker Governor's School = 1762
by jbarnes112358
Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is Virginia NAQT States still on??
Replies: 24
Views: 2934

Re: Is Virginia NAQT States still on??

yangsta wrote:
jbarnes112358 wrote:Hopefully, they will post the playoff results/stats soon.
I would post them if I had them, but I do not. Pretty sure that individual stats were not fully kept during playoffs, though.
What about the scores at least? Other than the top four, I do not know how the teams finished.
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)
Replies: 114
Views: 21348

Re: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)

BroNi wrote:Playoffs....


Finals
W Johnson A (3) d. Whitman A (1)

This was quality win for WJ. Were both teams full strength?
by jbarnes112358
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is Virginia NAQT States still on??
Replies: 24
Views: 2934

Re: Is Virginia NAQT States still on??

505 points per game and you're not at full-strength? :aaa: TJ A was plenty strong for sure as their preliminary stats indicate. Look at their bonus conversion, for example. I witnessed as they crushed our very good B team by over 500 points. I still cannot believe our A team was able to beat them t...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is Virginia NAQT States still on??
Replies: 24
Views: 2934

Re: Is Virginia NAQT States still on??

1. Maggie Walker A 11-1
2. Thomas Jefferson A 10-2
3. Maggie Walker B 9-2
4. Collegiate 8-3

EDIT: Spelling
by jbarnes112358
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Subject Distribution
Replies: 38
Views: 10204

Re: NAQT Subject Distribution

SwissBoy wrote:
Alex Kidd wrote:
DJ Shadow wrote:The NAQT Distribution is:

Popular Culture 7.5%
Damn. I was not aware it was that high.
Did you see that Sports had an additional 4%?
I wonder what percentage of the sports questions involves ice hockey.
by jbarnes112358
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in the news
Replies: 41
Views: 5611

Re: Quizbowl in the news

Hopefully someone will keep us updated on this story. $4000 is chump change for a school district like this - less than one tenth of one per cent of the 5 million they are trying to cut. It sounds to me like they are sacrificing these really inexpensive clubs as a political gesture to to lay a guilt...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU
Replies: 148
Views: 32668

Re: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU

... However I think you can get a definitive 10-question result IF the round you're using is an intended tiebreaker. That is, if the distribution closely approximates a half-distribution and is not skewed, I think you can do it rather effectively. Something like 2/2 each of the big three, 1/1 fine ...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU
Replies: 148
Views: 32668

Re: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU

I agree with what you are saying about not double counting. I also agree with playing off ties when feasible. I have a problem with a mini-match, however. I believe that stats have a greater chance of determining the better team in most circumstances than a short mini-match whose outcome can be so d...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU
Replies: 148
Views: 32668

Re: DACQ Weekend of Quizbowl Goodness: BYO Dagger (3/15/08) @GMU

I think it's clear that ppg are a better indicator of how a team would play against another than one particular head to head game, but an even better indicator is actually playing those teams together again. Doesn't this statement sound a bit self-contradictory? Isn't the idea of breaking ties with...