National Academic Quiz Tournaments Announcements http://www.naqt.com Announcements and news from National Academic Quiz Tournaments relating to its question sets, study guides, and state, regional, and national championship tournaments. Human-Computer Quiz Bowl Match at the 2015 HSNCT http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2015/qanta.jsp NAQT's 2015 High School National Championship Tournament will feature an exhibition game between four humans and an artificial intelligence trained to compete on tossup questions. Come cheer for humanity's champions! 1415 2014 Championship Tournament Podcasts http://www.naqt.com/podcasts/index.html Podcasts are now available of selected matches from NAQT's 2014 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, Middle School National Championship Tournament, and High School National Championship Tournament. 1414 Kealing Wins 2015 MSNCT stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5699 Congratulations to Kealing Middle School of Austin, Texas, for winning the 2015 Middle School National Championship Tournament! T. H. Rogers School of Houston, Texas was second; River Trail Middle School of Johns Creek, Georgia was third; and Middlesex Middle School of Darien, Connecticut was fourth. 128 teams attended. 1413 2015 MSNCT Playoff Bracket http://www.naqt.com/ms/msnct/2015/playoff-bracket.html NAQT has posted the playoff bracket for the 2015 Middle School National Championship Tournament. We plan to update the bracket throughout the course of play Sunday. 1412 2015 End-of-Year Practice Question Sale http://www.naqt.com/articles/2015-end-of-year-sale.jsp NAQT's 2014-15 tournament sets are now available for purchase as practice material. Orders over $100 will receive free domestic shipping and a complimentary lightning round set. Orders will begin shipping on May 15 (but may be delayed if the purchased sets are scheduled for tournament use in the purchaser's area). 1410 Harmony Science Wins 2015 SSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5702 Harmony Science Academy - North Austin (Pflugerville, TX) won the 2015 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament by defeating Hallsville (MO) R-IV School 450-375 in the first game of an advantaged final. Glasgow (KY) claimed third place. Full team and individual statistics are now available. 1408 2015 SSNCT Playoff Bracket http://www.naqt.com/hs/ssnct/2015/playoff-bracket.html NAQT has updated the playoff bracket for the 2015 Small School National Championship Tournament with the results of the sixth round of playoffs. We plan to update the bracket throughout the course of play Sunday. 1407 You Gotta Know These Mexican Leaders http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/mexican-leaders.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including eleven leaders of Mexico. 1403 2015 HSNCT Overflow Hotel http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2015/details.html#overflow The official hotel of the 2015 High School National Championship, the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, is now effectively full. NAQT has signed a contract with the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare to act as an overflow hotel. 1401 Virginia and Texas win ICT titles http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5701 The University of Virginia defeated the University of Pennsylvania to win the Division I overall title at the 2015 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Chicago claimed third place. Maryland claimed the Undergraduate championship. In Division II, the University of Texas defeated Chicago in the final to claim the title, with Stanford finishing third. 1400 2015 HSNCT Field Expanded to 272 Teams http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=5700 Due to high demand, NAQT has expanded the field for its 2015 High School National Championship Tournament from 256 to 272 teams. The first 16 teams on the waitlist have been promoted into the main field. 1399 2016 SSNCT to be held in Chicago http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html NAQT is pleased to announce that its 2016 Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) will be held on the weekend of April 29-May 1 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL (a suburb of Chicago). 1398 2015 HSNCT Waitlist Started http://www.naqt.com/registration/waitlist.jsp?tournament_id=5700 The 256-team field for the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament has filled, and NAQT has started a first-come, first-served waitlist for qualified teams. In addition, the opening of the waitlist triggers a seven-day grace period after which registrations will be considered final (and cancellation penalties will apply). 1397 You Gotta Know These World War II Campaigns in the Pacific Theater http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/world-war-ii-pacific-campaigns.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten Pacific campaigns of World War II. 1395 State College-Manatee Wins 2015 CCCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5703 State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, defeated Valencia (FL) 410-195 in the finals to win the 2015 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament. Broward College (FL) took third. Redlands (OK) finished fourth; the top four teams earned invitations to the 2015 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. 1393 Boca Science's 2014 MSNCT Result Voided http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=4999 NAQT has determined that several players for Boca Science--a homeschooled team that competed at the 2014 Middle School National Championship Tournament--were enrolled at other schools. As a result, we have voided its finish at the championship. 1389 2015 HSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=5700 As of February 1, NAQT is accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2015 High School National Championship Tournament. To submit an application, follow the above links to the appropriate online form (this will require having or creating an account on NAQT's website). 1386 You Gotta Know These Works by Beethoven http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/works-by-beethoven.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven. 1382 Authorized-Use Policy for Question Packets http://www.naqt.com/licensing-policy.html NAQT has posted an overview of its authorized-use policy for practice questions and other licensed materials. This covers questions like, "Can I make copies for other people?" and "Can I scan this packet set?" 1378 2016 HSNCT to be held in Dallas http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html NAQT is pleased to announce that its 2016 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) will be held on Memorial Day weekend (May 27–30, 2016) at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. 1376 NAQT Welcomes New Members Andrew Hart and Nathan Murphy http://www.naqt.com/biographies.html Andrew Hart and Nathan Murphy have accepted offers of membership in NAQT. Andrew will focus on subject- and set-editing across NAQT's spectrum of tournaments, while Nathan will concern himself with logistics for NAQT's national championships. 1375 You Gotta Know These Scientific Scales http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/scientific-scales.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, discussing thirteen scales used to measure scientific phenomena. 1372 Change in Reserved Berth Policy for the NAQT HSNCT http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/qualification.html NAQT wants to highlight a change in its reserved-berth policy for the 2015 (and subsequent) HSNCTs. Instead of reserving a berth for every (division of every) state championship, we will be limiting the practice to state championships in areas of the country with limited participation. Normal invitations will continue to be given out (including one to the top not-previously-qualified team). 1359 Matt's Buzzers Grants http://mattsbuzzers.com/ Matt's Buzzers is an annual program that allows quiz bowl teams to apply for grants to fund the purchase of new buzzer systems. It is run by the parents of Matt Cvijanovich in memory of their son's favorite activity; Matt was an Iowa State quiz bowler who died unexpectedly of acute pancreatitis in 2005. 1356 NAQT Writer Fired For Plagiarism http://www.naqt.com/articles/plagiarism-incident.jsp NAQT has fired one of its writers for submitting plagiarized questions (including some that appeared in finished tournament sets from 2013-14). 1354 2015 HSNCT Hotel Reservation Link https://resweb.passkey.com/go/naqu Schools may now reserve rooms online for the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. 1352 National Championship Lockout System Policy http://www.naqt.com/buzzer-discount-policy.html NAQT has instituted uniform standards for the lockout systems that it will accept for discounts at any of its national championship tournaments. 1351 2015 HSNCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2015 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for the 2015 High School National Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of May 30, 2015, in Chicago. 1349 2014 Championship Tournament Survey Results Available http://www.naqt.com Results of the surveys conducted at NAQT's 2014 championship tournaments have now been posted: ICT SSNCT MSNCT HSNCT 1347 Congratulations to LASA A, 2014 HSNCT champions! http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5000 Congratulations to the A team from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin, Texas, for winning the 2014 High School National Championship Tournament! St. John's School of Houston, Texas was second; LASA B was third; and Ladue Horton Watkins High School of Ladue, Missouri was fourth. 272 teams attended. 1342 Scorekeeper Training https://www.udemy.com/naqt-scorekeeper NAQT has made available its Scorekeeper Training course. If you are interested in staffing NAQT's national championship tournaments, please complete the course and contact naqt@naqt.com. 1319 New Military Topics Frequency List; Updated Lists http://www.naqt.com/frequency-lists.html NAQT has updated its Literature, Art, Music, and Nonfiction lists with data from its packets through September 2013. In addition, it has released a new Military Topics list with the 696 most asked about wars, battles, treaties, and commanders. Updates are available at low prices to schools that previously purchased the lists. The updated lists will begin shipping on October 1. 1276 2014, 2015, and 2016 MSNCT Dates and Locations http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html The 2014 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) will be held May 9-11 (Mother's Day weekend) at the Atlanta Hilton. The 2015 MSNCT will be held May 8-10 (Mother's Day weekend) at the Hyatt Regency DFW at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on May 8-10. The 2016 MSNCT will return to the Atlanta Hilton on May 6-8. 1256 2014, 2015, and 2016 CCCT Dates and Locations http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html The 2014 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT) will be held February 28-March 1 at the Atlanta Hilton. The '15 and '16 tournaments will take place at the same hotel on February 27-28, 2015, and February 26-27, 2016, respectively. 1254