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NAQT player and team highlights

Postby Important Bird Area » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:29 pm

naqt.com wrote:In 2017 NAQT will be publicly congratulating impressive middle school and high school teams each week.

Each Wednesday, we will review the tournaments that occurred the previous week and have sent in their results. We will choose one middle school player, one high school player, one middle school team, and one high school team whose performance is particularly meritous. We will announce the winners on our home page and our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), and we will contact the players’/teams’ schools and local media outlets.

Selection will be based on a variety of factors at NAQT’s discretion. The goal is not strictly to honor the absolute best team or player; we might also congratulate teams that win their first tournaments or otherwise do particularly well for a new team, players who score many points without ever earning an interrupt penalty, etc. We generally do not expect to honor the same player or school repeatedly within a year. We may skip weeks on which few or no tournaments occurred.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby Skepticism and Animal Feed » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:55 pm

I'm sure lots of people will think this sounds silly or frivolous, but I predict it will do a lot of good raising quizbowl awareness. Imagine each time a player gets honored by NAQT, it gets picked up by the school newspaper, maybe by a local paper, posted to social media by relatives, etc. That might be how somebody learns of quizbowl. Good on NAQT.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby 1992 in spaceflight » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:07 pm

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote:I'm sure lots of people will think this sounds silly or frivolous, but I predict it will do a lot of good raising quizbowl awareness. Imagine each time a player gets honored by NAQT, it gets picked up by the school newspaper, maybe by a local paper, posted to social media by relatives, etc. That might be how somebody learns of quizbowl. Good on NAQT.


Anyone who thinks that is being silly. Good job on doing this, NAQT.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby Big Y » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:12 pm

Thanks to NAQT for doing this.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:10 pm

Selections for the week of January 7 are now posted.

If you have photos of these teams or players, or positive anecdotes to share, please let us know.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:18 am

Honorees for the week of January 14, 2017:
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby AKKOLADE » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:24 am

Wanted to say: this is really rad
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:58 pm

Thanks! It's even radder if I post the link to the writeups, which I have now added to my previous post. We'll have some pictures up in the next hour or so, along with Eric Hillemann's words of praise for Wayzata.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:03 pm

The Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments were last weekend, so this week we're honoring a community college team, Wallace State (Hanceville, Alabama), and a community college player, Gabriela Rodriguez of Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).

In the high school division, we recognize Detroit Catholic Central A and B (Novi, Michigan) and Mason Guillot of Baton Rouge Magnet (Louisiana); and in the middle school division, Cistercian Prep A (Irving, Texas) and Maeve Gaffney of Sacred Heart of Jesus A (Wadsworth, Ohio).

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:26 pm

This week we recognize the standout performances of…
  • Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who won the Manheim Township Academic Challenge
  • Mesa Verde Middle School of San Diego, who went undefeated to the championship of the Triton Invitational
  • Eshaan Vakil of Ed W. Clark High School from Las Vegas, who dominated the Nevada State Championship
  • Isak Dai of Mounds Park Academy from St. Paul, Minnesota, who led his team to run the table at GEMSTONE until meeting Parnassus Prep—and still eked out a win there

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:32 pm

Last weekend's tournaments included remarkable performances by…
  • Corona del Sol High School’s A Team (Tempe, Arizona), on whom the sun never sets
  • Middlesex Middle School A, B, and C (Darien, Connecticut), who took three of the top six spots at the Bergen Winter Classic
  • Kara Combs of Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, "the true epitome of a team leader"
  • Lukas Koutsoukos of Middlebrook School A (Wilton, Connecticut), whose grandfather will be making him study up on his heritage

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:17 am

Our High School Team of the Week for February 11, 2017 is Adlai E. Stevenson A, from Lincolnshire, Illinois, who won the Illinois State Championship for the fourth time.

Our High School Player of the Week is Alia Wilson of George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia, who led her team at the Johns Hopkins Winter Invitational.

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:41 pm

Olympia High School places first and third in its first NAQT tournament ever, Copley-Fairlawn Middle School continues its undefeated season, and Tyler McStravick and Maggie Brown dominate their respective tournaments in Texas and Florida.

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:54 am

This week we've noted the following standout performances:
  • Norman High School A (Oklahoma) winning the Bulldog Invitational
  • Creekland Middle School A (Canton, Georgia) taking the Georgia Middle School State Championship
  • Patrick Hance leading Lincolnton (North Carolina) to second place at the Western North Carolina Shootout
  • William Groger winning the Copley Middle School Invitational, playing solo and going undefeated with a 60% power rate

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:01 pm

At Lake City in Colorado, 45% of the high schoolers play on the quiz bowl team! They're our High School Team of the Week.

Norfolk Academic Guild C is our middle school team, having gone undefeated at the Cave Spring Nerds Competing in Style tournament. Our High School and Middle School Players of the Week are Vishwa Shanmugam (Downingtown STEM Academy, Pennsylvania) and Andrew Cowling (Christ Lutheran School, La Mesa, California), respectively.

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:57 am

Ramses Tanedo scored 64 points per game at his first quiz bowl tournament ever, earning him Middle School Player of the Week honors. He joins Essex High School A of Essex, Vermont; Edgewood Middle School B of Mounds View, Minnesota; and Joe Stitz from Washington High School in Washington, Missouri as our High School Team of the Week, Middle School Team of the Week, and High School Player of the Week.

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:00 am

Our High School Team of the Week went 6–1 in the prelims of their first NAQT tournament ever — let's hear it for Spring Valley A from Columbia, South Carolina!

Also earning honors this week:
  • Middle School Team of the Week: Emerson A from Ann Arbor, winners of the Michigan Middle School State Championship
  • High School Player of the Week: Haggai Anglade of North Babylon A (North Babylon, New York)
  • Middle School Player of the Week: Hunter Bailey of Columbia Independent School A (Columbia, Missouri)

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:07 pm

Winston Churchill Middle School of Carmichael, California entered seven teams in the Sacramento Spring Middle School Tournament, compiling a 29–21 record. They're our Middle School Teams of the Week.

Our High School Team of the Week, Meridian High School, won the Mississippi State Championship on the fourth tiebreaker tossup, bringing their season record to 46–9.

The High School Player of the Week is James Malouf of La Jolla High School (California), and the Middle School Player of the Week is Nick Zhang from River Dell Middle School (River Edge, New Jersey).

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:36 pm

Both of our Teams of the Week won an NAQT tournament for the first time in their program's history. They're Greens Farm Academy of Connecticut (high school) and Keith Country Day School A of Rockford, Illinois (middle school).

The High School Player of the Week is William Koch from Lakeland Junior-Senior High School (Deepwater, Missouri), who led the scoring at the Jefferson City Invitational, and the Middle School Player of the Week is Robbie Safran from Lyman C. Hunt Middle School (Burlington, Vermont), who is building his school's program and racking up a lot of points in the process.

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:57 pm

Congratulations to Montgomery Blair A (Silver Spring, Maryland) and Venu Reddy (Springwood School, Lanett, Alabama) for being our High School Team and Player of the Week, respectively!

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:52 pm

Our Teams of the Week are Lexington High School A (Massachusetts) and Meyzeek Middle School (Louisville, Kentucky), who won their respective state championships last weekend.

Both of our Players of the Week dominated the individual scoring in their respective divisions of the California State Championship: Alistair Gray of Homestead High School (Cupertino) and Aditya Indla of Challenger School-Ardenwood (Newark).

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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:19 pm

Congratulations to Saint Joseph High School (South Bend, Indiana), whom we are naming High School Team of the Week for their performance at the Rotary Club Indiana State Championship.

Our High School Player of the Week is Sabrina Zerrade, the founder of the Timberline High School team and the top scorer at the Idaho State Championship.

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This season is winding down, other than nationals, so there are no Middle School Teams or Players for this week and this will be our last High School Team and Player of the Week until October or thereabouts. Thanks to everyone who submitted recommendations and anecdotes for our inaugural (half-)season of this program, and to everyone who read these articles, helping us honor some of the many accomplished young people who work hard to improve themselves, their teams, and the quiz bowl community.
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Re: NAQT player and team highlights

Postby jonah » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:16 pm

For the 2017–2018 season, these highlights will be announced on our social media, especially Instagram (@naqtqb).
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