CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

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CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by Arras Agility » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:14 am

CALISTO (CALIfornia Spring TOurnament), a regular-difficulty high school set, will be available for mirrors starting January 4, 2020.

Writers/Editors

The set will be written by various Californians, and head-edited by Justin French. Our subject editor team currently consists of Shahar Schwartz (Literature; Westview), Avinash Iyer (History; Mission San Jose), Jeffrey Ma (FA; Saratoga), Anishka Bandara (Chemistry, Biology; UCLA), Justin French (Physics, Math, Other Science, Mythology; UCLA), and Alistair Gray (Philosophy, SS, Other; UCSD). Production will be overseen by Ankit Aggarwal and James Malouf (UCB). I will be handling set logistics.

Set Details

The set will be 15 packets of 20/20 power-marked tossups and bonuses, plus tiebreakers and extras. Tossups will be capped at six lines of 10-point Times New Roman.

Our distribution is:
4/4 Literature (1/1 Long Fiction, 1/1 Poetry, .75/.75 Drama, .75/.75 Other Literature, .5/.5 Mixed)
4/4 History (1/1 US, 1/1 European, 1/1 World, .5/.5 British, .5/.5 Classical/Ancient)
4.5/4.5 Science (1/1 Physics, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Biology, 0.5/0.5 Math, 1/1 Other Science)
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 Visual, 1/1 Auditory, 1/1 Other)
2.5/2.5 RMPSS (0.75/0.75 Religion, 0.75/0.75 Mythology, 0.25/0.25 Philosophy, 0.75/0.75 Social Science)
2/2 Other (0.5/0.5 Geography, 0.5/0.5 Current Events, 0.5/0.5 Mixed Academic, 0.5/0.5 Trash)

Mirrors

The mirror fee will be $10 per non-house team playing the set. We're looking for mirrors in all circuits; please email me at ajgray@ucsd.edu if you would like to mirror, or if you have any questions about the set. Thank you!


edit 6/22: We've added Anishka Bandara as an editor and changed the distribution to have .5/.5 more Other Science, taking that space away from Philosophy.
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by Arras Agility » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:17 am

As of 8/16/19, CALISTO is 68% written.

Current Mirrors:
  • Illinois: Loyola Ultima -- January 18
  • Northeast Missouri: Louisiana HS -- late January
  • Southwest Missouri: Fort Osage HS -- February
  • Mid-Atlantic: Richard Montgomery HS -- late February / early March
  • Southern California: Westview HS -- TBD
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by ansonberns » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:27 am

Can you comment on the reasoning behind the unorthodox distribution of this tournament?
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by justinfrench1728 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:54 pm

ansonberns wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:27 am
Can you comment on the reasoning behind the unorthodox distribution of this tournament?
We elected to have a smaller than usual amount of philosophy (.25/.25) because we believe that philosophy is not commonly learned in high school classes and is not a large area of amateur interest among high schoolers. Note that .25/.25 still comes out to 4/4 over the whole set, so philosophy will still be noticeable, just as a minor category rather than a major category.

In place of philosophy, we are asking a greater amount of computer science, astronomy, and earth science since those categories are all either taught in school, have a large amount of amateur interest, or both. Although this makes science 4.5/4.5, upsetting the symmetry of the so-called "big three," science is such a diverse category that (in our opinion) it necessitates being larger.

The only other abnormality in the distribution is that we are distributing literature by genre rather than geography. This has been done by multiple previous HS tournaments, and, given the small askable range of geographies at this level, makes a lot more sense than a geographical distribution.
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by Hypersmart » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:00 pm

justinfrench1728 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:54 pm
We elected to have a smaller than usual amount of philosophy (.25/.25) because we believe that philosophy is not commonly learned in high school classes and is not a large area of amateur interest among high schoolers.
justinfrench1728 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:54 pm
In place of philosophy, we are asking a greater amount of computer science, astronomy, and earth science since those categories are all either taught in school, have a large amount of amateur interest, or both. Although this makes science 4.5/4.5, upsetting the symmetry of the so-called "big three," science is such a diverse category that (in our opinion) it necessitates being larger.
While it is a good idea to include more "relevant" science and show love to categories which are underrepresented in quizbowl, I'm worried that it comes at the cost of other categories. For example, Math, Geography, CE, Social Science, and Trash have a greater distribution than Philosophy.
In my admittedly limited opinion, this might not be a good idea. Geography, Current Events, and Trash aren't really taught in school. Math and Social Science aren't taught (in high school) in a way thats naturally conducive to quizbowl.

I can't suggest a distribution that better either.
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by Deviant Insider » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:02 pm

This distribution is good. It's not the only way to do things, but neither is any other distribution. I would prefer making the math 1/1 and the other science .5/.5, or making them both .75/.75, but it's not my tournament, and these are things that reasonable people can disagree on.

.25/.25 philosophy for regular high school difficulty is enough philosophy. If somebody else wants to do .5/.5, that can be done, but I think that Justin's assessment of philosophy is accurate. In higher difficulties, there should be more philosophy than .25/.25, but I don't see the need for more at regular high school difficulty.
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by justinfrench1728 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:26 pm

Hypersmart wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:00 pm
In my admittedly limited opinion, this might not be a good idea. Geography, Current Events, and Trash aren't really taught in school.
There is a lot of extracurricular interest in these categories (and also in math and parts of social science), unlike philosophy, which has a fairly small amount of extracurricular interest at this level.
Hypersmart wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Math and Social Science aren't taught (in high school) in a way thats naturally conducive to quizbowl.
I don't think this is true— anecdotally I've gotten lots of buzzes from high school math and economics, and we are writing our questions specifically to reward knowledge that is taught in school.
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Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Post by Arras Agility » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:48 pm

CALISTO is 68% complete, and still looking for mirrors in many regions!

We have also decided, on Ankit's suggestion, to waive the mirror fee for teams that hosts would charge $10 or less from schools classified under Title I of the ESEA; we hope that this policy will help hosts in efforts to expand quizbowl to high-poverty schools that might be priced out.
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