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. Preliminary 2016 SCT D-Values http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1038 Preliminary D-values for NAQT's 2016 Sectional Championship Tournaments have been computed and released. Teams have 24 hours to submit corrections or ask questions. Assuming that no significant problems are reported, these results will be used to formally issue invitations to the 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament on Thursday, February 11. 1464 2016 CCCT Reservations Link http://www.naqt.com/ccct/2016/details.jsp#hotel The link for making online hotel reservations for the 2016 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT) is now available. 1463 2016 HSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2016/details.jsp NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2016 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). 1462 You Gotta Know These Ancient Greek Plays http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/ancient-greek-plays.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten ancient Greek plays. 1461 2016 CCCT Invitations http://www.naqt.com/registration/invitations.jsp?tournament_id=6603 NAQT has posted the initial 24 invitations to the 2016 Community College Championship Tournament. Invited schools have until Friday, February 5, 2016, to accept or decline their berth. 1460 Preliminary 2016 CC SCT D-Values http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1039 Preliminary D-values for NAQT's 2016 Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments have been computed and released. Teams have 24 hours to submit corrections or ask questions. Assuming that no significant problems are reported, these results will be used to formally issue invitations to the 2016 Community College Championship Tournament on Thursday, January 28. 1459 NAQT Welcomes New Member Larissa Kelly http://www.naqt.com/biographies.html#kelly Larissa Kelly has accepted an offer of membership in NAQT. She will focus on subject- and set-editing across NAQT's spectrum of tournaments. 1458 2016 MSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2016/details.jsp NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2016 Middle 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). 1457 Online Registration Option For All Hosts http://www.naqt.com/registration/registration-system.jsp Starting in 2016, NAQT is making its online registration system available for use by any host running a tournament using NAQT questions. This is entirely optional and entirely free. 1456 Power Up: Focus on Italian Renaissance Painting http://www.naqt.com/study-guides/italian-renaissance-painting.html NAQT's second Power Up guide, Focus on Italian Renaissance Painting, is now available for ordering. The guide will ship starting January 18, 2016. 1455 2016 SSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/2016/details.jsp NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2016 Small 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). 1454 You Gotta Know These Works by Mozart http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/works-by-mozart.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten works and categories of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1453 2016 HSNCT Popular Culture Side Event http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2016/details.jsp#acronym There will be a popular culture tournament--a mirror of the ACRONYM set--on Sunday evening following to the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament. This is optional and will be overseen by the set's original editor. 1452 You Gotta Know These British Reform Movements http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/british-reform-movements.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including eleven reform movements in Britain. 1450 2016 ICT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ict/2016/details.jsp NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for the 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Chicago. 1449 2015 Correctness Guidelines Revisions http://www.naqt.com/correctness-guidelines.html NAQT has made a number of changes to its correctness guidelines for all levels of play. 1447 Some State Championship Bidding Deadlines Extended http://www.naqt.com/bids/ NAQT has extended the deadline to bid to host high school state championships for states with no bids. Those bids must be submitted before Saturday, November 14 (i.e., no later than Friday, November 13). State championship questions are free, and state championships qualify extra teams for the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament and 2016 Small School National Championship Tournament. 1446 You Gotta Know These Greek Mythological Monsters http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/greek-mythological-monsters.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including eleven monsters from Greek mythology. 1445 2016 MSNCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2016 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for its 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of May 6–8, 2016, in Atlanta. 1444 2016 SSNCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/2016 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for the 2016 Small School National Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of April 30, 2016, in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont. 1443 Cross-Tournament Discounts http://www.naqt.com/articles/2016-cross-tournament-discounts.html In 2016 NAQT will be making "cross-tournament discounts" available to programs that want to earn discounts on their own national-championship registration fees (ICT, MSNCT, SSNCT, HSNCT) by helping to staff earlier national championships (CCCT, ICT, MSNCT, SSNCT). Many caveats apply, so please read the linked article completely! 1442 2016 SCT Editors http://www.naqt.com/sct/2016/editing.jsp NAQT is pleased to announce that Alberta's Trevor Davis and WUSTL's Richard Yu will be serving as guest editors for the 2016 Division I Sectional Championship Tournament set. Their programs have the chance to receive automatic invitations to the ICT in exchange for their work. 1441 High School State Championship Host Call http://www.naqt.com/hs/state/2016/host-call.html NAQT is now accepting bids from organizations interested in hosting high school state championships in 2016. State championship questions are free, and state championships qualify extra teams for the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament. 1440 2016 HSNCT Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2016 NAQT has posted tentative logistical details for the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament, which will be held the weekend of May 28, 2016, in Dallas. 1439 2016 SSNCT Qualification Policy http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/qualification.html NAQT has announced the qualification policy for its 2016 Small School National Championship Tournament. 30% of the small school field will qualify from events using NAQT questions (assuming those teams won at least one game). 1438 You Gotta Know These Authors of Speculative Fiction http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/authors-of-speculative-fiction.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten authors of science fiction and other speculative works. 1436 Updated Frequency Lists Available http://www.naqt.com/study-guides/frequency-lists.html NAQT has updated its Literature, Art, Music, Nonfiction, and Military History frequency list study guides with data from its packets through August 2015. Updates are available at low prices to schools that previously purchased the lists. The updated lists will begin shipping immediately. 1434 NAQT Collegiate Novice Series http://www.naqt.com/college/collegiate-novice-series.html NAQT is introducing a Collegiate Novice Series of questions intended for use at tournaments catering to newer and more casual players. Two different packet sets will be available, each with twelve packets of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses. The first will be pitched slightly below NAQT's Division II Sectional Championship Tournament (SCT) sets, while the latter will be slightly harder than NAQT's Intramural sets. The former is targeted at players with significant high school quiz bowl experience (but less college experience), while the latter is targeted at entirely new programs and players at established programs with minimal playing experience in high school. 1433 NAQT Launches Power-Up Study Guides http://www.naqt.com/study-guides/power-up.html In September 2015, NAQT is launching a new series of Power Up study guides to help coaches fill holes in their teams' knowledge by bringing players up to speed in specific areas. Each study guide will focus on a subject like "Italian Renaissance Art" or "Organic Chemistry" and have the goal of getting a completely new player to a level of consistently scoring points on questions typical of NAQT's Regular Invitational Series. 1431 2015 CCCT and HSNCT Podcasts http://www.naqt.com/podcasts/index.html Podcasts are now available of selected matches from NAQT's 2015 Community College Championship Tournament and High School National Championship Tournament. 1430 2015 Rules Revisions http://www.naqt.com/rules.html For the 2015-16 competition year, NAQT has made a number of changes to its official rules for all levels of play. 1428 2015 HSNCT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2015-hsnct-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2015 High School National Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1425 2015 MSNCT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2015-msnct-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2015 Middle School National Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1424 2015 SSNCT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2015-ssnct-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2015 Small School National Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1423 2015-16 Contract Writer Payment Rates http://www.naqt.com/jobs.html NAQT has raised the rates it pays contract writers for the 2015-16 season. Writers may now earn between $3.35 and $6.00 per tossup and between $2.50 and $4.50 per bonus (depending on the difficulty level of the question and the writer's experience). We want to give the best writers every possible incentive to produce questions for our packets! Writers may write in any subject(s) and at any level(s) they like, from middle school through collegiate nationals, with no quotas or other restrictions. 1421 2015 ICT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2015-ict-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2015 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1419 2017 SSNCT to be held in Chicago http://www.naqt.com/articles/future-championships.html NAQT's 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago near O'Hare International Airport). The tournament will be held on the weekend of April 28-30, 2017; further logistical details will be announced later. 1020 Congratulations to Arcadia A, 2015 HSNCT Champions! http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5700 Congratulations to the A team from Arcadia High School of Arcadia, California, for winning the 2015 High School National Championship Tournament! The Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy of Austin, Texas, finished second; Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi, Michigan) was third; and Illinois Math and Science Academy (Aurora, Illinois) was fourth. 272 teams attended. 1418 HSNCT Live Blog http://tinyurl.com/2015hsnctprelims Those who couldn't make it to the 2015 NAQT High School Championship Tournament can still follow the action at the event's live blog. 1417 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 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 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 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 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 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 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