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by bdavery
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Oklahoma 19-20
Replies: 0
Views: 518

Oklahoma 19-20

This may seem early to talk about next year already, but OSSAA is soliciting bids for state Academic Bowl vendor for next year and the 2 years after. For info on how to submit a bid, email Todd Goolsby at tgoolsby@ossaa.com. Deadline is April 4, 2019 (it actually says 2016 on the letter, so I'm maki...
by bdavery
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 2331

Re: Mythology

The link below is targeted for middle schoolers and is only for Greek myth, but if you skip the lesson plan/activity stuff and just read the material there, it's a good start. At the bottom of the page, there's a link to Encyclopedia Mythica, which should help in learning some of the other myths out...
by bdavery
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying specific parts of the Lit Cannon
Replies: 3
Views: 2165

Re: Studying specific parts of the Lit Cannon

Fact Mountain has an app for 19th-century British literature:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fact-mo ... 26555?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... britishlit
by bdavery
Thu May 17, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 4969

Re: My Health

I wish you all the best and a full recovery.
by bdavery
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 12371

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

Going only by what I was told in writing when the last OK contract was awarded, the company that won was an OK firm who bid less than half of what QG and I both bid separately (as this was awarded before our merger). It is a firm I'd never heard of, before or since, neither in 16 years in the writin...
by bdavery
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MS History Bee ORQE???
Replies: 4
Views: 2792

Re: MS History Bee ORQE???

In past years with 3 of my own kids, the exam has always been in January. They announced postmark deadline for this year's entries as Dec 9 (and I just sent my kid's in), so by that, they wouldn't know who all to give the exams to until the end of next week anyway. For all I know, they may have the ...
by bdavery
Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 31784

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

My kids played the Bee on Friday. The questions were good IMO, and some players are truly amazing. My only complaint is--when you have 400 kids in a division, is there really any reason that a single group of 10 kids must basically play each other for 4 of the 5 rounds ? I understand the seeding may...
by bdavery
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28
Replies: 4
Views: 2356

Re: Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28

We had schools from 21 different states. Our HS winner was Pennsylvania's West Chester East HS, with 55 of 60. Our MS winner was Georgia's South Forsyth MS, with 43 of 50.
by bdavery
Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28
Replies: 4
Views: 2356

Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28

Bump... We have schools signed up now from 16 states, which is roughly what we normally get. There's still room for your team! Signup link above.
by bdavery
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28
Replies: 0
Views: 1940

Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28

(Also posted on Misc HS page) Avery Enterprises announces our annual Fall Recent Events Challenge, which will take place during the week starting Mon. Sept. 28. If you've played before, the rules haven't changed. We anticipate middle schools will play from 8-10 different states, as in previous years...
by bdavery
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28
Replies: 4
Views: 2356

Fall Recent Events Challenge, week of Sept. 28

Avery Enterprises announces our annual Fall Recent Events Challenge, which will take place during the week starting Mon. Sept. 28. If you've played before, the rules haven't changed. We have schools from 7 states already signed up and anticipate 15-20 states total, as in previous years. If you would...
by bdavery
Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 38051

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

And I would be curious to know what exactly Chip asks that would cause girls to think of his stuff as gender-unbiased...
by bdavery
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 13679

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

With respect to Matt's food thing...in my day, most kids who saw food at a tournament ate it and were glad to get it. Even the weeks-old packaged Day's Inn danishes were scarfed up in record time. But in the last 7-10 years, since my kids started being teenagers, we've seen all kinds of food, brough...
by bdavery
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: What to study for middle school quizbowl? Help
Replies: 13
Views: 6016

Re: What to study for middle school quizbowl? Help

If you have a Windows computer or iPhone/iPad, use the Fact Mountain apps for US Presidents, 19th-century American literature and Great Paintings. http://www.factmountain.net The US Presidents app got my younger kids enough history points to make the National History Bee finals last year.
by bdavery
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winter 2015 Recent Events Challenge, Jan. 12-16
Replies: 1
Views: 1262

Re: Winter 2015 Recent Events Challenge, Jan. 12-16

We had schools from 20 different states participate in the HS division. Congrats to La Follette HS, our winners! I have attached the rules and questions to show how it works. We will do the Recent Events Challenge again next Sept and Jan. The answers were given to participating schools but are not i...
by bdavery
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winter 2015 Recent Events Challenge, Jan. 12-16
Replies: 1
Views: 1262

Winter 2015 Recent Events Challenge, Jan. 12-16

Avery Enterprises is holding its Winter Recent Events Challenge this week (Jan. 12-16). Back in September, we had schools from 22 different states take part--so if you're looking to play against people from all over the country without leaving your classroom, you should try it. We have both HS and M...
by bdavery
Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Fact Mountain app for iPhone/iPad--promo codes available
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Re: Fact Mountain app for iPhone/iPad--promo codes available

The reviews here mentioned the stuff above and also said: "LOVE, LOVE, Love the president App." -- Claudette Smith, ASCA State President-Elect "Your app does a good job of teaching a limited amount of American literature." -- Mike Flandermeyer, Lutheran HIgh School of St. Charles County (MO) "Like t...
by bdavery
Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Fact Mountain app for iPhone/iPad--promo codes available
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Re: Fact Mountain app for iPhone/iPad--promo codes available

People who have tried them out have noted things that I forgot to put in the "help" area of the app. Until I get to that, they are : 1) For U.S. Presidents, type last name only. You can type FDR, LBJ, JFK, Bush 41 or Bush 43 if it is the answer. A prompt is given if a shared last name is the answer....
by bdavery
Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Fact Mountain app for iPhone/iPad--promo codes available
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Fact Mountain app for iPhone/iPad--promo codes available

The first 3 apps in the series [U.S. Presidents, Russian Literature--written by Dallin Kelson (whom some of you know), and 19th-Century American Literature] are now available in Apple's App Store for iPhone/iPad: US Presidents https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fact-mountain-u.s.-presidents/id580766468...
by bdavery
Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?
Replies: 22
Views: 7780

Re: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?

If all questions are written/edited before you assemble packets, it's much faster to put questions in by subject instead of by game. For a 10-round set, cut and paste the 10 chemistry questions in, one per round, from round 1 to round 10. Then the 10 bio, or 10 US hist, or whatever. Doing it that wa...
by bdavery
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall 2013 Recent Events Challenge
Replies: 0
Views: 736

Fall 2013 Recent Events Challenge

Our Fall Recent Events Challenge will be held the week of Sept. 23-27. Rules, info, etc. at http://www.averyenterprises.net/quiz-bowl/current-events-challenge If you played KMO in the past and liked the competition against other schools without traveling, try us out once. We charge a lot less and do...
by bdavery
Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Fact Mountain
Replies: 3
Views: 2780

Re: Fact Mountain

[MOD, please change the title of this thread to just "Fact Mountain", since the Challenge time period is over.] Fact Mountain apps are now available for Windows desktops/laptops. Go to http://www.factmountain.net/fact-mountain-free-sample-app to download the free installer program and a free sample ...
by bdavery
Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Fact Mountain
Replies: 3
Views: 2780

Fact Mountain

This past summer, I hired several interns to work on a quizbowl app for me. One of those interns was Dallin Kelson, whom many of you know personally and who did a great job on Russian literature. The app he did should be available in January. In the meantime, the first app in the series, U.S. Presid...
by bdavery
Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Recent Events Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 1439

Re: 2012 Recent Events Challenge

Out of 73 schools from 25 states, the winner in the HS division was Minnesota's Roseville HS. The winner in the MS division was Georgia's Chamblee MS. Tournament organizers may contact me privately to request info on any schools in their area who took part and who may be interested in attending thei...
by bdavery
Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Recent Events Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 1439

2012 Recent Events Challenge

Our 2012 (third annual) Recent Events Challenge will be held in 2 weeks, from Sept.
24-28. All high school and middle school teams are invited to participate.

To get more info and enter, go to
http://www.averyenterprises.net/quiz-bo ... -challenge
by bdavery
Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl internship for summer 2012
Replies: 33
Views: 6848

Re: Quizbowl internship for summer 2012

I appreciate the feedback (snarky as much of it was). I will use some of the feedback to update the offer as follows: My start-up company, Foothills Education LLC, is offering paid 14-week quizbowl internships for three college students from May 14 to August 17, 2012. You will be helping to write an...
by bdavery
Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl internship for summer 2012
Replies: 33
Views: 6848

Quizbowl internship for summer 2012

My start-up company is offering paid 14-week quizbowl internships for between two and five college students from May 14 to August 17, 2012. You will work by computer wherever you are and e-mail me regular stuff, so there are no official work hours and no specific place you must show up. Each week, y...
by bdavery
Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Off-limits?
Replies: 16
Views: 3498

Re: Off-limits?

AFAIK, many major religions (or local churches) post material about themselves online, and so anything you find on any of those is not only fair game for questions because it's publicly available, but should have the added benefit of higher accuracy to help prevent protests. As an active Mormon, I k...
by bdavery
Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Packet Distribution Form
Replies: 4
Views: 1224

Packet Distribution Form

The attached form is intended to improve question distribution both within a packet and within a tournament. Editors may use multiple copies to ensure, for example, that in a 10-round tournament, they have more than (say) 2 world history questions but only 10 (say) chemistry questions. When putting ...
by bdavery
Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Me - Lee Henry
Replies: 76
Views: 13802

Re: Me - Lee Henry

If you are willing to relocate to Denver (and start weaning Colorado off Knowledge Bowl), I see a couple of English teacher jobs for middle school and high school at the Denver Public Schools website: http://teachindenver.dpsk12.org/all_positions For a more nationwide search (in case you haven't tri...
by bdavery
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri quizbowl 2010-11
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Missouri quizbowl 2010-11

[Mod, please put this wherever you think it goes.] Here is the MSHSAA question proposal for this coming year. Note it requires 21 games of 50 tossups/20 bonuses + replacements, and that e-mail/fax proposals will _not_ be accepted. OTOH, you can now have some past connection to Missouri quizbowl prov...
by bdavery
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Music Theory Help
Replies: 11
Views: 3261

Re: Music Theory Help

This site has a lot of theory/definitions, while the appendix link at the bottom of the page talks about composers and other useful stuff.

http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/
by bdavery
Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Elementary school quiz tournaments in Georgia
Replies: 0
Views: 965

Elementary school quiz tournaments in Georgia

Mods, if you can put these in a good place (the Georgia section or whatever), that would be great. Upcoming Elementary School Tournaments 1) Rose Bowl Academic Challenge Jerger Elementary School, Thomasville, Georgia Saturday, March 6, 2010 Cost: $65/team Two divisions of competition -- Primary (1-3...
by bdavery
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Oklahoma Academic Bowl contract
Replies: 9
Views: 1801

Oklahoma Academic Bowl contract

I received in the mail this week Oklahoma's request for a state Academic Bowl question provider, beginning in 2009-10 and for 2 more years after that. If someone would seriously like to bid, I will mail the paper copy of everything to you (but since I only have one copy, first come-first served). De...
by bdavery
Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri 08-09 Contract Info
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Missouri 08-09 Contract Info

Next year's Missouri state championship question request is now out. Deadline to submit a proposal is July 14. To get an official copy from MSHSAA, contact stacy@mshsaa.org Past years have requested 13 rounds only, so this year's increase to 21 is interesting. Writers must promise not to use their 2...
by bdavery
Sat May 10, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Ocean Science Bowl --call for writers
Replies: 0
Views: 1060

National Ocean Science Bowl --call for writers

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) are seeking question writers for the 2008-09 competition. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is a national competition for high schools on ocean-related topics. Categori...
by bdavery
Wed May 07, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Appropriate Pop Culture Subjects In HS
Replies: 49
Views: 7762

Re: Appropriate Pop Culture Subjects In HS

Shawn did a great job spraying answers around the entire pop culture answer space (he even vacuumed out some dust bunnies in the corners.) A lot of different things are in there, every question has a fairly easy part, and if there are multiple difficult parts within one bonus, well...it _is a state ...
by bdavery
Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip Beall- Big Plagiarizer or the Biggest Plagiarizer?
Replies: 7
Views: 5050

Re: Chip Beall- Big Plagiarizer or the Biggest Plagiarizer?

:chip: told me once that he had fired a writer who had plagiarized questions from the Stanford Archive (but only after multiple complaints). So my guess is, if CBI complained about this one, he would tell CBI that it was one of his writers who did it without his knowledge or consent, fire that perso...
by bdavery
Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Writing Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Re: Question Writing Questions

As someone whose income has been 80-90% quiz writing for most of the last 5 years, I agree with what has been said by others. I would add: 1) Practice writing and re-writing and editing until you learn to enjoy all of those processes. You may find that writing 20 tossups for one pack is fun, writing...
by bdavery
Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Arkansas quiz bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 3311

Arkansas quiz bowl

Here is the Arkansas quizbowl bid announcement for this coming year. Dear Sir or Madam: The Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) is an alliance of Quiz Bowl coaches from around the state, with the goal of promoting academic team competition throughout the state and at all education leve...
by bdavery
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My withdrawal from the Missouri market
Replies: 27
Views: 3449

Re: My withdrawal from the Missouri market

As the last person who had Shawn's (thankless?) job in MIssouri, and knowing that he had his first child this past year or so, congrats on great work, Shawn--and I entirely sympathize. Writing a lot of conference rounds (besides the 13 for the state series) is a tremendous amount of work, especially...
by bdavery
Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College Jeopardy finally finds a way to avoid quizbowlers.
Replies: 23
Views: 4453

Re: College Jeopardy finally finds a way to avoid quizbowlers.

The issue isn't so much about avoiding quiz players as it is that Jeopardy is beyond paranoid about question security. The reason for "are you affiliated with NAQT?" is probably that since :kenj: writes for NAQT, you might know Ken personally, and he might have told you some of the answers that coul...
by bdavery
Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: All Things Bonus
Replies: 18
Views: 19446

Re: All Things Bonus

Many standardized tests now include questions that are not multiple-choice. One basic rule of writing such questions is: Less than 20% full-credit answers means it's too hard; more than 80% full-credit answers means it's too easy. As many have said already, packets (especially in college events) are...
by bdavery
Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 192946

Illinois 08-09 SchoBowl conference questions

We did 7 Illinois conferences this year, 3 other Illinois tournaments and an Illinois radio series. Most of the conferences have been with us for more than one year. Most of the conferences are in the Chicago area (which is, with a few clear exceptions) the best place in the state for quality Schola...
by bdavery
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: High IQ Bowl (2/16/2008) (Greensboro, NC)
Replies: 9
Views: 1878

Re: RESULTS: High IQ Bowl (2/16/2008) (Greensboro, NC)

I could live with making bonuses all the same value (say, 15 each). I don't know if the organizers adjusted my point levels, but since there are only 4 bonus levels and bonuses are 1 or 2 parts only, establishing a fairly clear cutoff is pretty easy. Most disagreements in a knowledgeable committee w...
by bdavery
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: High IQ Bowl (2/16/2008) (Greensboro, NC)
Replies: 9
Views: 1878

High-IQ scoring

Tossups are 10 points each; bonuses are 1 or 2 parts, worth even numbers from 12 to 18 points, based on difficulty. (I wrote 60% of the questions this year after several years of writing the current events/pop culture category only, so I know that much; as far as rules/procedures onsite, I defer to ...
by bdavery
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A very serious request
Replies: 44
Views: 20758

MO questions

Charlie, I know your heart is in the right place on this. But since I'm an adult and you are not, I will tell you something important --and you should pay attention even though you think little of my question-writing skills. (This applies to the rest of you readers under age 21, too.) You have proba...
by bdavery
Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri 2006-07
Replies: 128
Views: 54955

MO districts

I have a 3-part response. 1) The errors Charlie mentions are my fault. The Merchant of Venice is a true atrocity. Sincere apologies--and sincere embarrassment. I gotta edit a lot better--and do even more checking of the work of those I buy questions from. The Clinton question was, "name the home sta...
by bdavery
Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JUCO Quizbowl NIT (Not-invited-tournament)
Replies: 5
Views: 3458

NIT

I did contact the tournament leader for this event and offered the Kansas state CC championship set we wrote for this year (on the assumption that no one from KS would be driving to AL for a weekend)--since the A set proposal got such deserved ridicule. If any other CC group wants to do a tournament...
by bdavery
Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Congrats
Replies: 3
Views: 2618

Congrats

We do quite a few events in Illinois and would love to help you out next year. http:www.averyenterprises.net/academic.html