I am pleased to announce that the Washington-Hickman Academic Questionfest (WHAQ) set will be available for mirrors nationwide (and internationally too, if there’s interest)! WHAQ will be a regular difficulty set that is written by current and former members of the quizbowl teams at Washington and Hickman High Schools in Missouri. The set will be head-edited by myself (Jacob O’Rourke); the rest of the editing team is David Dennis, the head coach at Washington (the classical music, current events); Andrew Wang, formerly of the University of Illinois (Biology, Chemistry); Seth Ebner of Washington University in St. Louis (Physics, Other Sciences, Visual Arts, some Religion); and Chris Chiego of the University of Pennsylvania (Geography and Social Science). Sean Phillips and Eric Mukherjee are also helping supervise the set to make sure no answers of inappropriate difficulty slip through.
We’ll be providing 14 packets for the cost of $10 per team that attends your tournament. If you mirror our tournament, I expect you to have statistics posted within a week of your tournament happening (and the statistics should be posted in a post on the thread for your tournament). We will also be offering a discount of $1 off per team (that attends your tournament) for you to scan and email your scoresheets to me at my email.
The set is currently at 70% written and 33% edited. I’ll be posting periodic updates about our progress until the set has been written and edited fully. This set will be available from September 17, 2016 until a few days before the 2017 HSNCT. I'll be posting the set shortly after that.
I plan on playtesting the tournament and submitting it to PACE’s Question Set Certification Program.
The tossups in the set will be powermarked and will run from 5 to 6 lines before the powermark is applied. The bonus parts will be no longer than two lines long.
Each packet will consist of 21 tossups and 21 three-part bonuses, distributed as follows (thanks go to Jason Loy for some of the distributional ideas):
1.5 American Lit (1 tossup and 1 bonus, plus an additional tossup or bonus in each packet)
1.5 British Lit (1 tossup and 1 bonus, plus an additional tossup or bonus in each packet)
1 European/World Literature
1 U.S. History
1 European History
1 World History
1 Miscellaneous History (this is ancient history and questions that don’t fit neatly into one of the other history categories, or just more of U.S., European or World History)
1 Other Science
1 Classical Music
1 Visual Fine Arts
0.5 Miscellaneous Arts
0.5 Social Science
0.5 Current Events
1 Extra Question (This will come from any category other than Trash)
I’d love for as many circuits as possible to have a mirror of this set. If you’d like to mirror this set, please email me at email@example.com
with the subject line “WHAQ Mirroring” to help me make sure I don’t lose it in my email.
Current Mirrors:Chattahoochee Academic Team Tournament XII (Johns Creek, GA)-September 24, 2016
. Contact Ashwin Ramaswami (hoochqb at gmail.com) for more information.Golden Eagle Bowl (Raleigh, NC)-September 24, 2016
. Contact Celia Rowland (crowland at wcpss.net) for more information.California Cup 1-October 22, 2016
. Contact the Berkeley team at californiacupquizbowl at gmail.com for more information.Beavercreek Fall Invitational (Beavercreek, OH)-October 29, 2016
. Contact Joe Czupryn (gbdriver80 at woh.rr.com) for more information.University of Kentucky Fall Championship (Lexington, KY)-October 29, 2016
. Contact Tyler Reid (ukquizbowl at gmail.com) for more information.CSI XI (Roanoke, VA)-November 19, 2016
. Contact Bob Powers (csquizbowl at gmail.com) for more information.Three Trails Tournament (Independence, MO)-November 19, 2016
. Contact Josh Malecki (jmalecki at fortosage.net) for more information.Washington Invitational (Washington, MO)-December 3, 2016
. Contact David Dennis (david.dennis at washington.k12.mo.us) for more information.Penn's Quaker Fall Open (Philadelphia, PA)-December 3, 2016
. Contact Chris Chiego (pennquizbowl at gmail.com) for more information.Columbia Winter-December 3rd, 2016
.Rancho Bernardo's Bronco Bowl II (San Diego, CA)-December 17, 2016
. Contact Bryan Ugaz (bryantugaz at gmail.com) for more information.LIMIT (Lexington, MA)-December 17, 2016
. Contact Colin Cantwell (ccantwell746 at gmail.com) for more information.Georgetown University-January 14, 2017
. Contact Michael Wong (quizbowl at georgetown.edu) for more information.NIU's Huskie Bowl (DeKalb, IL)-January 28, 2017
. Contact Anna Phillips (aphillips4 at niu.edu) for more information.Hickman’s Kewpie Academic Tournament IV (Columbia, MO)-February 25, 2017
. Contact Kathleen Wells-Morgan (kwellsmo at cpsk12.org) for more information.Michigan State's March Madness-March 18, 2017
. Contact Harris Bunker (msucbowl at gmail.com) for more information.
Texas Mirror-Date TBD. Contact Chris Romero (romeroc at gmail.com) for more information.
Florida State-TBD in the next semester. Contact Saiem Gilani (fsuquizbowl at gmail.com) for more information.