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Legitimate competition?

Post by brenlee » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:58 pm

Hi,

I recently received an e-mail invitation for my teams to participate in the Longfellow Academic Challenge on Feb. 13 in Falls Church, VA. Because I'm new at coaching, I wanted to verify the legitimacy of the competition. Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Legitimate competition?

Post by at your pleasure » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:10 pm

If it came from a organization named Questions Unlimited(QU) headed by a Mr. Chip Beall, it's not legitimate and you should not go.
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Re: Legitimate competition?

Post by Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:11 pm

Perhaps you could contact the organizers and ask for a sample packet?
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Re: Legitimate competition?

Post by brenlee » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:53 pm

Doink the Clown wrote:If it came from a organization named Questions Unlimited(QU) headed by a Mr. Chip Beall, it's not legitimate and you should not go.
Yes, it was an e-mail from that organization headed up by that person, so I won't take it seriously. Hrm, I guess I'm concerned how they found my e-mail address.
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Re: Legitimate competition?

Post by the return of AHAN » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:30 pm

But...but... don't you want to see if "your students are as smart as Jon Leidenheimer?"*
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Re: Legitimate competition?

Post by dtaylor4 » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:40 pm

Doubt it.

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Re: Legitimate competition?

Post by STPickrell » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:22 pm

brenlee wrote:Hi,

I recently received an e-mail invitation for my teams to participate in the Longfellow Academic Challenge on Feb. 13 in Falls Church, VA. Because I'm new at coaching, I wanted to verify the legitimacy of the competition. Thanks again for your help.

Brenda
Email might've been gotten through combing this site. :(

The competition is legitimate in the sense that 'your team will play an number of games, during which they will be asked questions.'

As to the quality of the questions, they will simply be terrible compared to normal pyramidal (NAQT/HSAPQ/good housewrites) or even the VHSL questions I wrote (and if you don't have the VHSL archive please let me know.)

There are other concerns with Beall's organization, which others will be happy to outline (I just don't have them all straight in my head.) However, direct plagiarism in question writing, apparent unprofessionalism during his national championship, and favoritism are among them.
Shawn Pickrell, HSAPQ CFO

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