Hello to all:
I would just like to take the time to recognize a few amazing people who made this day a success.
Mr. Diver and Mr. Truocchio, as second- and first-year coaches, for helping to organize this torunament.
The teams, without whom there would have never been a tournament in the first place.
Teacher and Coach Moderators, who were fantastic at making sure rounds ran smoothly.
My mom, Mrs. Ramsay, as well as Abby Ritter and Hannah Dragone, who were all indispensable to helping the building stay under control under the direction of Mrs. Margulies.
Mr. Maroney and Azaria Zornberg, who worked (and will continue to work) tirelessly on the statistics for the entire tournament, along with a few AP Computer Science students, who can all type more in a minute than I can in five.
Student volunteers, who all put in their own time this past week to be trained as either buzzer operators, scorekeepers, or moderators.
Dave Madden, as well as Alan Matlick and Joe Rello, who helped tremendously today and yesterday, as well as supplying almost 40% of the buzzer systems used today.
Dianna Hu, Quan Zhou, Erica Huang, Kim Brazier, Levent Alpoge, Will Schneider, Alex Mastorgiannis, Robert Pond, and Winston Jiatu, who all came down from their various colleges for the weekend (if not the past week or whole break) just to help out and moderate. They are all very committed and I hope they come back next year!
Lois, one of our school secretaries, who coordinated the P.A. system and also acted as an invaluable resource (yet again, as this is not her first Hills Invitational)to our coaches, Mrs. Margulies, and Mr. Blayne.
The remainder of the Brainstormers, Sandhiya Kannan, James Battle, Dimitri Mastrogiannis, Nick Ng, Elana Weber, and Lexi Weber, who all did a fantastic job moderating.
Alan Blayne, a quiz bowl legend, who also works for NHBB and formerly taught AP Calculus. Without our veteran coach, we would have never been able to get everything else done in time. Mr. Blayne came in multiple times the past week to bracket for the prelims, drop off the trophies for the entire playoff bracket, organize the rooms, assign moderators, scorekeepers, and timers, and make sure that everybody had something to do and did it to the best of their ability. It is impossible to describe all of the work he did on the day of the tournament, such as bracketing the playoffs and using his quiz bowl expertise to make this tournament the largest tournament in New York State history to date.
Fern Margulies, parent extraordinaire and mother of the team captain, who runs registration and everything else. She put in more hours than almost anybody else for this and should get an award for doing so. She and her son are the glue that held the entire event together, along with Mr. Blayne. She set up the entire breakfast and lunch extravaganza, as well as kept track of the buzzer systems and brought in a television so teams could view their scores and standings as the day progressed. Although I was moderating, I know for a fact that she put her heart and soul into this event and it has been a pleasure getting to know her over the past year and a half.
Andy Margulies. What can I say? No matter what, he always gets the job done in time, be it quiz bowl or anything else. The extraordinary way in which he was able to collaboratively create a non-national tournament with over a hundred teams in attendance was, in my mind, a feat which could only be accomplished by a truly dedicated student such as himself. When I joined the team last year, I figured that he was helping the coaches run the club, while the opposite is actually true. He is a truly phenomenal person and I have no doubt in my mind that he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do. He is someone who I personally consider to be a mentor, and it will indubitably be a challenge to follow the footsteps of such a great captain when he heads off to NYU's Stern School of Business next autumn. He will not be forgotten.
Once again, thanks to all of you who made this event possible, especially Andy, Fern, and Alan.
Last edited by Arthur.Ramsay
on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Arthur "Eternal Freshman" Ramsay
Half Hollow Hills HS West '14