Pacific Rim Discussion 2011-2012

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Pacific Rim Discussion 2011-2012

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By that I mean Asia, Guam, Alaska, and Hawaii. All of which are in the NHBB sites for this coming year. Apparently, there's actually a 14 school academic team league on Guam (who knew?). Beyond that, we're starting from scratch, though the teacher who reached out to me to get our TN tournament started this year is transferring to Shanghai American and wants to make it happen there too. I know Shanghai American has also been to Nationals in the US before. Any other suggestions? We've got a school that has a history club on Oahu that we'll be approaching re HI; for Alaska, my only contact is in Fairbanks - that's not going to work. Any other leads are greatly appreciated. Btw, I'd be happy to combine forces with anyone else looking to set up tournaments in the far west, at least at the level I can.
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Re: Pacific Rim Discussion 2011-2012

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Looks like someone's going to have to change the description of this subforum.
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We're looking at our Guam regional on Dec. 10, followed by Hawaii the following weekend. Alaska will quite possibly run Dec. 17 too. Confirmation of these eagerly anticipated dates forthcoming. If anyone has a date conflict any of this, I will hunt you down with water balloons.
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Guam is confirmed for NHBB at St. John's School in Tumon Bay on Dec. 10. We have an interested Hawaii host; discussions are ongoing with a school in Shanghai and we are contacting Alaska schools this week.
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The Hawaii History Bee and Bowl has been confirmed for Saturday, December 17 at 'Iolani School in Honolulu. Also, our first middle school Regional Bee will run in Hawaii on either the preceding Thursday or Friday - only school champions are eligible; details to follow.
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NHBB's Alaska tournament has now been confirmed for Saturday, Jan. 14 at South Anchorage High School with Assistant Executive Director Greg Bossick directing. Greg will also direct the Alaska History Bee Middle School Regional competition the preceding Friday in the Anchorage area. We're happy to have gained the support of an Alaskan school to host and are happy to talk up quiz bowl more broadly speaking in the 49th state as well. Email Greg at greg at historybowl dot com if you would like a shout out up north.
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http://www.historybowl.com/regionalsite/alaska/
This. Greg Bossick basically gave birth to Alaska History Bee and Bowl / quizbowl this past week with a very productive trip up to the Anchorage area. As you can see, some schools have really taken to it, and we're excited about getting quizbowl off the ground up in the 49th state. We have 3 schools basically down for Guam Bowl at the moment; more to come. All Hawaii schools were sent a letter about our tournament last week too, and we're working together with History Education Hawaii to spread the word there as well.
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I am writing this gazing out at a Pacific sunset drinking a margarita and contemplating a dip in the infinity pool or going bodysurfing having just come back from directing the inaugural Guam History Bee and Bowl, my Christmas present to myself. This was so much fun, I barely know where to begin. I think partly it's because I actually slept six hours for the first time ever before directing a tournament. Secondly; there is an absolutely thriving quizbowl scene here (which has just gotten their first taste of pyramidal quizbowl and loved it) with something like 15 high schools and 15 middle schools having teams. With less than 200,000 people here, Guam, it's safe to say, has the highest qb density of teams of any geopolitical entity in the world. The competition was great - they were not overwhelmed by our C set, and even the middle school that brought three teams had a great time. I've never seen kids have so much fun going a collective 2-13, with the only 2 wins coming in intraschool matches. We ended up with 10 teams from 5 schools - oddly, the split was 3 Varsity, 7 JV.
Jeff Hoppes, if you're reading this you'll know the birding on Guam is terrible, due to the brown tree snake, but that was also one of the answer lines in 8 Guam History tossups I wrote for the event. They all elicited lots of enthusiasm (and yes, the brown tree snake was answered for 20 points in the room I was reading in). In the results, Harvest Christian and Father Duenas both contested the JV and Varsity Bowl finals. Father Duenas, who had a great lineup that could easily vie for top 100 national status on the mainland took the Varsity, but Harvest Christian took the JV. Lenny from Bishop Baumgartner won the middle school division of the Bee (not a part of our middle school competition, officially), Alfonso from Father Duenas took the Junior Varsity Bee, and Adam from Father Duenas took the Varsity Bee.
I have 3 more school visits here on Monday and Tuesday. Next year's Guam Bowl will almost certainly have 20+ teams. That's enough to pay for the flight out here, and there was interest from Guam teams in coming to DC for Nationals. This, like all NHBB "exotics" was not a boondoggle, but an investment in the growth of NHBB and quizbowl in the Western Pacific. At lunch, I had an audience of about 80 for my clinic, where I discussed ACE camps, the Torrey Pines Database, my resources guide, and our partnership with the History Channel for the Middle School Bee. We hope to make Guam an official region next year.
Next stop: Hawaii for next Saturday's Hawaii History Bee and Bowl at Iolani School in Honolulu. Now back to that sunset and margarita...
David Madden
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