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. 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 2016 MSNCT Overflow Hotel http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2016/details.jsp#overflow The official hotel of the 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament, the Hilton Atlanta, is now effectively full. NAQT has signed a contract with the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to act as an overflow hotel. The Marriott is next door to the Hilton and connected by a skybridge. 1482 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 MSNCT Field Expanded to 160 Teams http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2016/details.jsp Due to continuing high demand, NAQT has expanded the field a second time for its 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament. The cap is now 160 teams and spots in the main field are now available (as the waitlist is empty). 1479 2016 SSNCT Field is 90% Full http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=6602 The field for the 2016 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament is now 90% full (72 out of 80 spots are spoken for). NAQT encourages teams interested in attending to register as soon as they know they are able to go. After the field fills, additional interested teams will be placed on a waitlist and admitted to the field if spots open up. 1476 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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