CERES [Easy HS, 2021-22]

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CERES [Easy HS, 2021-22]

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This is an announcement for CERES (Collective Early Release Entry-level Set), a middle school / novice high school tournament set to be available for mirrors starting September 2021 through the end of the 2021-22 school year. The set is head-edited by me, Conor Thompson, with several deputy editors, and written by a large staff of current middle and high school students (see this set's other announcement for details). The set includes twelve packets of 20/20 tossups/bonuses, plus an additional packet of replacements. Tossups are powermarked, and bonuses follow the standard 10-points-each, three-parts-of-varying-difficulty standard.

Difficulty and length
The set is intended to be suitable for both middle school and novice high school audiences. As such, care is being taken to ensure that both tossup answerlines and bonus parts are accessible to brand-new quizbowl players. Tossups will be capped at 425 characters; this is the maximum length of an NAQT IS set. Bonuses will not have a hard character cap, but bonus parts exceeding two lines will be rare if not nonexistent.

The distribution will be as follows:
5/5 Science (including 1/1 non-computational math; there will be zero computational math)
4/4 History
3/3 Literature
1.5/1.5 Geography
1.5/1.5 General Knowledge / Other Academic (including “mixed impure academic”)
1/1 Fine Arts
1/1 Religion
1/1 Mythology
1/1 Popular Culture and Sports
1/1 Philosophy, Social Science, Civics/Government, and Current Events

The mirror fee for CERES is $12 per team, including house teams. This is the same for both middle school and high school mirrors. If you have specific financial circumstances (such as outreach to low-income schools) and would like to negotiate an exception to this fee, you are invited to contact me.

If you are planning on using the set for a non-standard format (for example, by having more than two teams play per match, or reading only the first two parts of bonuses, or by introducing housewritten lightning rounds or worksheets), you must clear this with me in advance of receiving the set.

If you would like to use CERES for your tournament, or you have any other questions about the set, please contact me at [email protected]. We are open to having this set used by both traditional one-day tournaments and by leagues or conferences in need of a set. We also expect that the set will be available for in-person tournaments, barring unexpected developments in the public health situation.

A list of mirrors will be maintained at the announcement for this set in the MS subforum.
Conor Thompson (he/him)
Bangor High School '16
University of Michigan '20
Iowa State University '25
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