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. You Gotta Know These Explorers http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/explorers.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including thirteen major world explorers. 1371 First Batch Of 2015 SCT Sites http://www.naqt.com/schedule.jsp?coll=yes NAQT has begun announcing sites for its 2015 Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs). As of November 7, 2014, a total of eight hosts have been chosen. We expect to announce additional midwestern and northeastern sites in the near future. 1369 2015 ICT Wildcard Policy http://www.naqt.com/ict/qualification.html#wildcard NAQT will accept wildcard applications for both divisions of its 2015 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament using similar terms to those used for its Community College Championship Tournament. NAQT does not anticipate awarding them to any school for which the closest SCT is not an all-day trip, and NAQT anticipates that most years will see zero wildcard bids awarded. 1368 You Gotta Know These 20th-Century African Leaders http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/20th-century-african-leaders.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten African leaders of the 20th century. 1367 2015 SSNCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/hs/ssnct/2015 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for the 2015 Small School National Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of April 25, 2015 in Atlanta. 1365 2015 CCCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/cc/ccct/2015 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for the 2015 Community College Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of February 28, 2015 in Atlanta. 1363 2015 ICT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ict/2015 NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for the 2015 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Atlanta. 1362 2015 NAQT SCT Editors http://www.naqt.com/sct/2015/editing.jsp NAQT is pleased to announce that Chicago's John Lawrence and Virginia's Matt Bollinger will be serving as guest editors for the 2015 Division I Sectional Championship Tournament set. Their programs will receive automatic invitations to the ICT in exchange for their work. 1361 You Gotta Know These Music Theory Terms http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/music-theory-terms.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including many key terms from music theory. 1360 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 2015 MSNCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ms/msnct/2015 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for the 2015 Middle School National Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of May 9, 2015, in Dallas. 1357 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 2015 HSNCT Registration Opens http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=5700 Registration for the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament is now open. The event will be held on May 29–31, 2015, (the weekend after Memorial Day) in Chicago. 1355 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 You Gotta Know These Chinese Dynasties http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/chinese-dynasties.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten Chinese dynasties and historic periods. 1350 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 High School State Championship Host Call http://www.naqt.com/hs/state/2015/host-call.html NAQT is now accepting bids from organizations interested in hosting high school state championships in 2015. State championship questions are free, and state championships qualify extra teams for the 2015 High School National Championship Tournament. 1345 SCT Host Call http://www.naqt.com/sct/2015/host-call.html NAQT has opened its host call for schools that want to host Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) in February 2015. 1344 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 Congratulations to Harmony Excellence-Houston, 2014 MSNCT champions! http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=4999 Congratulations to the Harmony School of Excellence of Houston, Texas, for winning the 2014 Middle School National Championship Tournament! St. Mark's School of Dallas, Texas was second; Trickum Middle School of Lilburn, Georgia was third; and Winburn Middle School of Lexington, Kentucky was fourth. 128 teams attended. 1334 Hallsville Wins 2014 SSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5002 Hallsville (MO) R-IV School won the inaugural NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament by defeating Advanced Math & Science (MA) 350-275 in the second game of an advantaged final. Harmony Science North Austin (TX) claimed third place. Full team and individual statistics are now available. 1331 2013-14 Practice Questions Available http://www.naqt.com/practice-questions.jsp Invitational Series #127A through #136 and other middle school, high school, and college sets from the 2013-2014 season are now available for purchase as practice material. In addition, through the end of May, no (domestic) shipping will be charged on orders of $100 or more. Shipping will start on Wednesday, May 7. Please note that NAQT will delay shipping orders that may compromise the security of the year's remaining tournaments. 1325 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 Virginia and Harvard win ICT Titles http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5001 The University of Virginia defeated Yale University to win the Division I overall title at the 2014 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Penn claimed third place. Yale claimed the Undergraduate championship. In Division II, Harvard defeated Northwestern in the final to claim the title, with McGill finishing third. The Top Community College team was Valencia. 1312 Valencia Wins 2014 CCCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5003 Valencia College of Orlando, Florida, defeated Chipola (FL) in the finals to win the 2014 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament. Broward College (FL) took third. Valencia B finished fourth; the top four teams earned invitations to the 2014 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. 1306 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 and 2015 ICT Dates and Locations http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html The 2014 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) will be held March 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago (technically, Rosemont). The 2015 championship will be held March 27-28 at the Atlanta Hilton. 1255 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 2014, 2015, and 2016 HSNCT Dates and Locations http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html The 2014 NAQT High School Championship Tournament will be held May 30-June 1 (the weekend after Memorial Day) at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago (technically, Rosemont). The 2015 HSNCT will be May 29-31 (and also held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare). The 2016 HSNCT will return to Memorial Day weekend (with site to be decided). 1253