Paper Proposal

Prepare a half to one page paper explaining how you want to approach your paper.

Include the following:

  • your specific topic
  • 3-5 key questions you intend to answer
  • a working thesis or a hypothesis
  • an explanation of the significance of the topic. I.e., why is this essay-worthy?

Quiz Bowl Jargon

to spew multiple answers to a toss up; legal when it is a creator and his/her work, usually not
appreciated, but you have the small chance of arguing for moderators taking the first answer you said
if you say the right one and then blitz the wrong answer
buzzer block
when you neg a question that one of your teammates would have been able to answer
difficulty drop off
(aka difficulty cliff)
when two parts of a bonus are either easy or hard, and the third part is the exact opposite
mem or membowl
short for memorized; when you’ve heard a similar tossup and get it solely because you remember what the answer was
to buzz in first and get a question incorrect, resulting in point loss and/or locking out your teammates
observer effect
the perception that you know more tossups than in the rounds you aren’t playing,
to buzz in early enough in a tossup to receive extra points (not available in all formats)
points per game, from the tossups answered by a player
what a moderator says when you have given an answer that is too general or maybe
sometimes too specific
real knowledge
when you’ve actually read/studied the subject in question, usually helpful on
bonuses that ask for a component of one of the other parts
clues that come up often for a particular tossup answer that players reflex buzz based solely
on the connection
to get full points on a bonus; ex. “We thirtied that bonus on European art.”
short for vulturing; buzzing in on a tossup before the end, after the other team has negged
on it; excusable when there’s a chance the question could still be in power, inexcusable when you do it
solely to beat another member of your team, or when you get it wrong
(this is known as “the cardinal sin”)
a form of vulching where  another member of your team has claimed the tossup by holding up his/her buzzer and you buzz in and take it instead

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chadwick High School
PO Box 274
7090 St. Hwy 125 S.
Chadwick, Mo 65629

Bradleyville vs. Chadwick


The cost per team was just $60 for up to six players* and included

  • Free soda and pizza from Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. for lunch
  • Free t-shirts for players and the coach
  • Medals for top scorers
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place & consolation
  • Two-game guarantee with full matches
  • NAQT question set IS-163A
  • High-quality moderators with reading and/or quiz bowl experience

*The $60 covers one coach and up to six players. You can add extra players to your roster for $10 each. Extra sponsors, bus drivers, guests, or anyone else who would like a t-shirt and pizza can be added for $10, but we must have the headcount and money at the time of registration. (E.g., a team of six with one coach and a bus driver would be $70; a team with eight players and one coach, but no bus driver, would be $80.)\

Chowing down on 30 pizzas from Hook & Ladder!


We used the bracket below. The two teams who lost in the first round of the consolation bracket were eliminated after just two games, but everyone else played three full matches. We had three rooms going at once and there were five rounds. Seeding was determined randomly. 

Click here to watch the video of random seed selection.

The Finished Bracket

Click here for detailed results for each match.


8:30AM Check-In
9:00AM Round 1 (Red)
10:15AM Round 2 (Green)
11:30AM Lunch
12:15PM Round 3 (Orange)
1:30PM Round 4 (Blue)
3:00PM Presentations of Awards


Jim Fisher is a project manager at Hartman & Company.

David Hahn is a lead software developer for

Chase Hampton is the technology director and chess coach for the Chadwick School.

Making Quiz Bowl Great Again


Kayla Loveland
Shelby Weter
Destiny Nelson
Kayla Purdome
Kylie Purdome
Mariah Aldrich

The Timekeepers


School Mascot Enrollment
Spokane Owls 215 9-4
Bradleyville Eagles 108 2-2
Chadwick Cardinals 50 4-1
Exeter Tigers 118 ?
Greenfield Wildcats 122 12-7
Koshkonong Bluejays 113 3-5
Strafford JV Indians 387 0-0
Walnut Grove Tigers 80 0-6

Lakeland High School

Bakersfield (school-wide illnesses)


Tournament costs to the host school and the visiting schools were offset by our generous sponsors. (This tournament is not a fundraiser. We our aiming simply to provide everyone with a great experience and break even.)

Advanced Drainage Systems

Economy Tire & Muffler

Go Automotive

Kay’s Country Store

Holden Cremation & Funeral Services

Home Team Property

Hook & Ladder Pizza Co.

Humble Construction

O’Reilly & Preston

Ozark Eye Clinic

The Class of 99 Quiz Bowl Team

Town and Country Supermarket


2017 Sponsorship Information Flyer

Tournament Registration Form


Exeter – First Place

Greenfield – Second Place

Strafford JV – Third Place

Bradleyville – Consolation

Top Individual Performers

The top five overall scorers were awarded The Golden Thumb Award.

The Golden Thumb Award

Writing Center Response Paper

The college provides students with many resources. One resource that may help you be successful in this course is the Carol Jones Writing Center.  Unfortunately, many students never set foot in the writing center because they don’t make time. This assignment has two objectives: (1) familiarize you with the writing center in case you want to use it later and (2) get additional feedback on your narrative essay.

For this assignment, you will need to

  1. make an appointment at the writing center ( Do NOT just show up and expect to get worked in!)
  2. make a list of three ways in which you feel your paper needs to be improved
  3. take the list and a completed draft of your paper to the appointment
  4. let the tutors know what how they can help and listen to their feedback
  5. write 2-3 pages reflecting about the process, the advice you were given, how it impacted your writing, and whether you are likely to use the resource again

A Paragraph to Practice Quotes, Paraphrase, and Summary

“Universal law of urination found in mammals” by Jacob Aron, October 26, 2013

Patricia Yang and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta use high-speed video to study how fluids and animals interact. While filming at a local zoo, they noticed that animals of various sizes, both male and female, took a similar time to empty their bladders. According to the team’s model, an animal’s size does make a difference to urination time – but only very slightly. Their law of urination says that the time a mammal takes to empty a full bladder is proportional to the animal’s mass raised to the power of a sixth, meaning even very large changes in mass have little effect on the time.

Note: This paragraph has been adapted from the full article.

  1. Write a sentence in which you directly quote from the passage.
  2. Write a paraphrase of the second sentence.
  3. Write a summary of the entire paragraph.

Final Exam Review

Before taking the Final Exam, I recommend being familiar with the following concepts:

  • the writing process (steps in order, reason for that order, and why each is important)
  • purpose
  • audience
  • thesis statement
  • specific prewriting techniques (both for idea gathering and organization)
  • formal vs. informal tone (what influences this and how to know when to use each)
  • basic punctuation rules, especially commas, end punctuation, and quotation marks
  • sentence fragment, run-ons, and comma splices (be able to identify and correct them)
  • how to form plural words and possessives
  • how to incorporate quotes, paraphrases, summary

If you want to blow the test out of the water, I would also recommend knowing these concepts:

  • transitions AKA transitional devices
  • when and how to cite sources in MLA format

Also consider these types of questions:

  • What do you plan to do to continue improving your writing?
  • How has your writing improved?
  • What has been most beneficial to your writing this semester?
  • Would you recommend this class to other students?
  • What advice would you give a student starting this class next semester?
  • What one tip or strategy did you learn in this class that has had the greatest impact on your writing?