Fall semester All-Stars and Spring semester schedule announced

It’s been a great semester for quiz bowl in Louisiana.  Jesuit A placed first at three tournaments at Tulane, Chapelle, and Lusher, compiling an impressive record of 27-1.  Lusher and Ben Franklin also turned in excellent performances, as did the numerous other high schools that attended Louisiana tournaments this Fall.  Beyond the high school tournaments, there was also a middle school tournament at Chapelle, that saw a 6-0 first-place performance from Lake Castle and impressive scores from over ten other teams.

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Gulf Coast Quiz Bowl Association has been maintaining statistics from these tournaments throughout the semester.  Based on these statistics, GCQBA members have selected a team of All-Stars representing each grade from 9-12.  GCQBA is pleased to announce the All-Star teams for Fall 2013:

12th grade

Kevin Yokum (Jesuit A)
Diana Kissokson (Lusher A)
Travis Haycraft (Ben Franklin)

Ian Kuhne (St. Martin’s)

11th grade

Grant Chighizola (Pearl River)
Saul Schaffer (Lusher A)
Cameron Cinel (Lusher A)
Michael Cobar (Archbishop Rummel)

10th grade

Anthony Stoner (Jesuit B)
Maggie Earles (Archbishop Chapelle)
Cuong Tran (Archbishop Shaw)
Nicholas Brondum (Brother Martin)
 

9th grade

Betsy Hogan (Lusher B)
Jessica Davis (Mt. Carmel)
William Fine (Jesuit C)
Nick Heard (Lusher B)
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Preference was given to students who competed at multiple tournaments.  There were many other deserving students who narrowly missed out on being named to the team for their grade level.  We look forward to seeing these students compete again in the Spring!—————————————————————————————
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Louisiana tournaments during the Spring semester includes high school tournaments at Dutchtown and Louisiana Tech University, culminating in the NAQT State Championship at Tulane University on March 29th.
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As you can see, there is a pretty big gap for non-History Bee and Bowl events in Louisiana between the Dutchtown tournament on 1/25 and the Tulane tournament on 3/29, as well as after the Tulane tournament in April and May.
If your school would like to claim a date to host a tournament next semester, please email Ryan McLaren at jrynmac at gmail.com or Nick Collins at ncollins93 at gmail.com.
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These could be high school tournaments, such as the tournaments hosted by Tulane and Lusher, or middle school tournaments, such as the one hosted by Chapelle at the beginning of the semester.  There is room on the schedule for both, even after accounting for Mardi Gras, Spring Break, and exams.
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Thank you for a great semester.  Most of all, thank your students for working as hard as they do.  See you next semester!

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