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. Middlesex Wins 2016 MSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6599 Congratulations to Middlesex Middle School of Darien, Connecticut, for winning the 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament! Longfellow Middle School of Falls Church, Virginia was second; Challenger School, Ardenwood Campus of Newark, California was third; and Chamblee Middle School of Chamblee, Georgia was fourth. 160 teams attended. 1498 MSNCT Playoff Bracket http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2016/playoff-bracket.html NAQT will be maintaining an up-to-the-minute, online playoff bracket for its 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament. 1497 MSNCT Sunday Card Assignment Anomaly http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2016/playoff-bracket.html In the last round of the 2016 MSNCT, a moderator misread a computation question; a team (St. John's A) answered the question correctly in the form it was read (and was initially counted wrong). Upon review, NAQT decided that its rules did not address the situation. In consultation with NAQT's membership, the tournament director resolved the situation by seeding the losing team (official record 5-3) as if it had finished with a record of 6-2 (because a correct answer would have flipped the outcome of the game). (The opponent, St. Mark, will continue to be seeded as per its official record, also 6-2). 1496 Follow the NAQT MSNCT on Twitter https://twitter.com/NAQTLive NAQT will be tweeting news, results, and announcements from its 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament using the @NAQTLive account. Players, coaches, and staff tweeting about the tournament should use the hashtag #msnct. Remember: Do not include question content! 1495 Live Stats from the 2016 NAQT MSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6599 NAQT will be posting round-by-round stats from its sixth Middle School National Championship Tournament. The first round's stats should be available at approximately 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time. 1494 Updated Scorekeeper Training http://goo.gl/forms/72TFgkJ89R NAQT has recently updated its Scorekeeper Training module. If you are interested in staffing any of NAQT's national championship tournaments, please complete the course and contact naqt@naqt.com. 1493 You Gotta Know These Chemical Elements http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/chemical-elements.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including ten chemical elements. 1492 Advanced Math & Science Wins 2016 SSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6602 The Advanced Math & Science Academy of Marlborough, Massachusetts won the 2016 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament by defeating Macomb (IL) High School 575-220 in the championship. Lehigh Valley Academy (PA) claimed third place. Full team and individual statistics are now available. 1491 2016 End-of-Year Practice Question Sale http://www.naqt.com/articles/2016-end-of-year-sale.jsp NAQT's 2015-16 tournament sets are now available for purchase as practice material. Orders over $100 will receive free domestic shipping. Orders will begin shipping on May 13 (but may be delayed if the purchased sets are scheduled for tournament use in the purchaser's area). 1487 Chicago and Berkeley Win ICT Titles http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6601 The University of Chicago defeated Stanford University and the University of Michigan to win the Division I Overall title at the 2016 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Chicago's Division II team defeated the University of Virginia and the University of Oklahoma to win the Division II championship. The University of California, Berkeley, defeated Harvard University for the Division I Undergraduate title. Congratulations to all of these teams and the 58 others who represented the finest in collegiate quiz bowl! 1486 You Gotta Know These Shakespearean Villains http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/shakespearean-villains.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including thirteen villains from Shakespeare's plays. 1483 HSNCT Field Expanded to 272 Teams http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=6600 The field for the 2016 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament has been expanded to 272 teams to accommodate more schools. As of the posting of this article, there is no waitlist and one spot in the main field is available for the first (qualified) team to register. 1481 2015 SSNCT Podcasts http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/2015/podcasts.html Podcasts are now available of selected matches from NAQT's 2015 Small School National Championship Tournament. 1473 You Gotta Know These European Royal Families http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/european-royal-families.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, including European royal houses. 1469 Jefferson (KY) Wins 2016 CCCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6603 Jefferson Community & Technical College (Louisville, KY) defeated State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 225-185 in the finals to win the 2016 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament. Chipola A (FL) took third. Faulkner State (AL) finished fourth; the top four teams earned invitations to the 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. 1468 2016 ICT Invitations http://www.naqt.com/registration/invitations.jsp?tournament_id=6601 NAQT has released the initial batch of 64 invitations for its 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Invited teams have until the end of Friday, February 19, to accept, decline, or extend their invitation. Teams have also been invited by e-mail. 1465 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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