ERIS - MS set available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season

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ERIS - MS set available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season

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This is an announcement for ERIS (Early Release Introductory Set), a middle school / novice high school tournament set to be available for mirrors starting September 2020 through the end of the 2020-21 school year. The set is head-edited by me, Conor Thompson, and written by a large staff of current middle and high school students (see below). The set includes twelve packets of 20/20 tossups/bonuses, plus an additional 10/5 to be used as 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. The intended difficulty of the set is “no harder than the preliminary rounds of MSNCT (and very likely easier)”; as MSNCT’s preliminary rounds are used for high school novice tournaments, we feel this is appropriate for both 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 400 characters; this is approximately the average length of an NAQT IS-set tossup. 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 Fine Arts
1.5/1.5 Geography
1.5/1.5 General Knowledge / Other Academic (including “mixed impure academic”)
1/1 Religion
1/1 Mythology
0.5/0.5 Philosophy and Social Science
0.5/0.5 Current Events
0.5/0.5 Popular Culture and Sports

The distribution differs somewhat from other housewritten sets; this is in part because it is intended to conform more closely to NAQT’s distribution and therefore serve as preparation for teams planning on attending MSNCT, and in part because I believe that this distribution will do a better job of enabling the set to be accessible to middle school and new high school players.

The following people are currently writers for the set:
Evan Cui (Barrington HS, IL)
Ayush Dahal (Saraland HS, AL)
Yuti Das (James Clemens HS, AL)
Jared Dong (Springfield HS, IL)
Owen Farra (STL Patriots, MO)
Rohan Ganeshan (Quest Academy, IL)
Soren Gjesfjeld (Bloomington JHS, IL)
Emily Gunter (Salem HS, VA)
Brodie Henry (West Point MS, AL)
Aadit Juneja (Adlai E. Stevenson HS, IL)
Michael Karpov (Barrington HS, IL)
Jordan Lee (LAMP HS, AL)
Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford (East Chapel Hill HS, NC)
Vishal Rameshbabu (James Clemens HS, AL)
Josh Rubel (Greenhill School, TX)
Samir Sarma (Eden Prairie HS, MN)
Neil Sethi (Liberty MS, AL)
Ameya Singh (Laurel Springs School, CA)
Colin Stewart (Barrington HS, IL)
Roxanne Tang (Barrington HS, IL)
Cade Tisdale (Saraland HS, AL)
Rishabh Wuppalapati (Adlai E. Stevenson HS, IL)
Rohan Venkateswaran (Westview HS, CA)
Ethan Xu (James Clemens HS, AL)
Charles Young (Barrington Station MS, IL)
Justin Zhang (Newport HS, WA)

This list will be updated if/when new writers are added.

If you are a current middle or high school student and you are interested in writing, you should contact me! One of my goals for this set is to allow new writers to cut their teeth on an easier set, so don't worry if you think you're bad or don't have experience.

The mirror fee for ERIS is $10 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 ERIS 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.

Current list of mirrors
Salem HS (Salem, VA) -- October 17 (high school)
Conor Thompson (he/him)
Bangor HS (Maine) '16
Michigan '20

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