NAQT “Buzzword” Online Game (MG/HS)
Buzzword is a new online, audio-based game of knowledge and recall from NAQT. Buzzword lets players compare their results with those of players at their level from all across Kentucky, and all around the world.
You can check it out, find answers to frequently asked questions, play free sample games, and register to compete at https://www.naqt.com/buzzword/
Cost: Each 50-question game (week) costs $5, or $35 for an eight-game season. Players can register for one, two, or all three of the available difficulty levels.
Results from each week’s games feature detailed statistics showing players how they rank overall, within their grade, within their region/state, and within each category (such as science, history, literature, and fine arts).
Players play Buzzword in the following divisions of interest to KAAC teams:
Middle School, for players who are at least 13 years old and eligible under the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules.
High School, for players who are eligible under the NAQT High School Eligibility Rules and are not eligible under the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules (i.e., middle schoolers cannot “play up”).
Open, for players who are not eligible for any of the other three divisions (in other words, coaches can play, too!).
New Buzzword games will be available regularly (weekly, for now), and results will be tracked over eight-week seasons.
ECMS Holiday Classic (MG) – 12/14/19
Where: Edmonson County Middle School 210 Wildcat Way, Brownsville KY, 42210
When: December 14, 2019
Costs: $75 for teams competing in quick recall, testing, and composition.
$100 for teams competing in quick recall, testing, composition, and FPS.
Contact: Nick Skaggs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Written Assessment Procedures
Each participating team may enter 3 students in each of the following written assessment areas: arts and humanities, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. At the time of your arrival please check with our registration desk and notify them of any changes made in your registration form. Testing numbers may be assigned at this time. Any student not registered by 8:00 will not be eligible for the first testing session. The first session of testing will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 9:20 AM. The second round of testing will begin at 9:25 and end at 10:15. A student may take two exams. No one will be allowed to compete in three written assessments.
Quick Recall Procedures —Quick recall matches will begin at 10:30 AM. Three preliminary rounds will be played to establish rankings for the championship round. The teams with the better preliminary records will meet teams with poorer records. All teams are guaranteed four rounds of quick recall. Match rules will follow Governor’s Cup guidelines. The decisions of all room officials are final.
Future Problem Solving Procedures
This year we plan to include FPS as part of our tournament. Teams competing in FPS must register before the deadline. Each school is limited to one FPS team to allow for processing and scoring of booklets. On Monday December 9, 2019, the FPS future scene will be e-mailed to all teams competing. Each school will hold a 2 hour FPS session on Monday or Tuesday. Then each school will scan and email or fax booklets to ECMS by 11:00 a.m. CST Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Our FPS coordinator will then collect the booklets, prepare them for scoring, and send booklets to three highly trained evaluators. No school will be providing an FPS evaluator.
English Composition Procedures
We will offer English composition. Any school with students entering English composition must furnish a reader/grader. On Monday December 9, 2019, the composition prompt will be e-mailed to all teams competing. Each school will hold a 90 minute session on Monday or Tuesday. Then each school will scan and email or fax the composition sheets to ECMS by 11:00 a.m. CST Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Our composition coordinator will then collect the composition sheets, prepare them for scoring, and send compositions to three highly trained evaluators. No school will be providing an English Composition evaluator.
Shamrock Quick Recall Tournament (MG) 11/16/19
1. The Shamrock middle school quick recall tournament
November 16th, 2019
Trinity High School, 4011 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40207
2. Entry fee, including any discounts
$40 for first team from a school ($70 for 2 teams)
$5 discount for an Inquisitor/KeyBuzz style buzzer set dropped off by November 15
Fee includes T-shirts for up to 10 players, all question sets copied and digitally, and a certificate for each player.
3. Format or other rules
Governor’s Cup toss-up/bonus format. 12 minute halves or 35 questions, whichever comes first.
Entry deadline is Friday, November 1.
Teams guaranteed minimum of 3 rounds of play, likely more.
Spartan Showdown (4-6) 11/16/19
South Warren High School
Berea Academic Tournament (HS) – 11/2/2019
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the first annual Berea Academic Tournament, an independently-written, KAAC style tournament. This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 2 at Berea Community High School. We are aiming for a start time of 9AM, with registration beginning at 8:30.
Our question set is a housewrite composed by Travis Blankenship (Coach, Berea), Vicki Liebeck-Owsley (Coach, Adair County), Chris Stuchell (Student, Berea College), and Shanon Gibson (Masters student, EKU). There are 60 questions per match, with five additional questions. The question format follows KAAC, and the distribution follows KAAC as well (SocStu, Sci, ELA, Math, A&H). We have added a category of misc/trash/pop culture/alternative as well, because, well, we like funny questions.
Matches will follow a modified KAAC format. Buzzing, toss-ups, and bonuses remain the same. In the interest of fairness, we intend on the rounds being read entirely. So, you’ll hear all 60 questions each round. Ties at the end of the match are broken via sudden death toss-up, until a team gets it.
Tournament format will be morning round robin with a re-bracketing during lunch for afternoon round-robin. Depending on field size, we are guaranteeing at least 6 rounds of Q.R., with the possibility for 8, depending on interest.
Fee breakdown: $70 base fee. -$5 for a qualified moderator
(up to two), -$5 for buzzer system.
Minimum fee: $55
If you have any questions, please email me. I look forward to seeing you this season and hope you’ll join us for this tournament, celebrating 50 years on Pirate Parkway!
Contact Information: Travis Blankenship