Thank you to the YNAPP program of the City of Las Vegas for funding AAQB's events for 2018-2019!
On February 6, 2018, Eshaan Vakil (Founder), Blu Mehari (Quiz Bowl Ambassador), and Devika Bararia (Volunteer Coordinator) went to Las Vegas City Hall to receive a grant from YNAPP for AAQB's tournaments in the spring of 2019.
Eshaan Vakil, Blu Mehari, and Devika Bararia with the Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman.
Last week, youth volunteers from AAQB gave a presentation to the City of Las Vegas' Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program board as a part of their application for a YNAPP grant.
AAQB is a returning YNAPP grant recipient, having received funding for our tournaments during the previous academic year.
We eagerly await YNAPP's decision, and we are preparing for our March 16, 2019 annual middle school tournament, and for our elementary Math Bowl and "Transitioning to Middle School" event in spring 2019! We hope to see you there!
We here at AAQB are eagerly preparing for and looking forward to a new season of Las Vegas Middle and Elementary School quiz bowl!
For those who would like to participate, our schedule for the upcoming year is as follows:
March 16, 2019 - Our annual quiz bowl tournament, now an AAQB tradition, will be held at Doral High School, Red Rock Campus.
Spring 2019 (Exact date TBD) - We will continue the rollout of our QuizWise curriculum at our Math Bowl tournament, to be held at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School!
Spring 2019 (Exact date TBD) - AAQB will again be holding a "Transitioning to High School" event and seminar for interested Middle School parents and students at Hyde Park Middle School.
We hope to see you at some of our events this year!
We are very excited to announce that the QuizWise program is being expanded to schools in other states!
These events will be held by elementary school teachers in their classrooms, primarily for fifth graders. This year, we are looking to include more science, humanities, and literature questions in the QuizWise curriculum as well.
We are eagerly awaiting our first out-of-state tournaments!
On March 22nd, 2018, at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School, fifth-graders participated in the "Quizwise" Math Bowl 2018, answering questions that demonstrated their mathematical excellence. Four teams competed for prizes and bragging rights, performing admirably. The competition happened during Mabel Hoggard's annual Math and Science Night, a celebration of the school's STEM culture. The Mathematical theme was at the school's request, to tie in to the night's events. The school was a happening place that night, with food trucks, games, and playing students galore.
Being a tournament director and reader for the elementary students was a totally different ball game. We were more informal, often rereading the questions and giving the students more time on the bonuses.
Dr. Maglicco, of Mabel Hoggard Elementary, helped coordinate the event with AAQB.
Congratulations to the Team "Joe's Hotdogs," who won the tournament, made up of Michael Reynolds, Nyomi Barraza, Rayne Montgomery, and Bryce Bishaw.
They were followed by Team "Asian Squad," made up of Zander Chu, Lauren Oliver, Cameron, and Suchir Sunkara.
In third place came Team "Mathematical Big Birds," containing Ninna Wang, Joshua Palenko, Olivia Hua, and Amanda Manzano.
Finally, in fourth place came Team "Salty Crackers," with Ishitha Jayasinghe, Kirina McLeod, Carl, and Yonathan Abiy.
We were heartened by the turnout, and when we gave away prizes, the cafeteria was absolutely packed with teachers and students. In light of the interest, for next year, we're planning on making the event county-wide and allowing other elementary schools to participate, and adding science to the tournament.
Congrats to all teams who competed, and we here at AAQB are eagerly awaiting next year's "Quizwise" tournament!
Samuel Goodman, Daniyal Qazi, Austin Parkerson, and Kevin Sun shone yesterday as Hyde Park Team C. Samuel Goodman's performance was impressive, considering he had never been to a quiz bowl tournament, with a stat line of 5-17-2. He was also the top scorer of the tournament. The coach for Hyde Park MS is Ms. Janet Weinstein.
Second place was won by Doral Academy Red Rock, led by Anna Weigand, whose performance was also impressive, with a stat line of 1-16-0. She was the second scorer of the tournament. Her teammates were Joseph Steuber, James Steuber, Keean Baltazar, Zach Sideco, and Sage Koebcke. The coach for Doral Academy Red Rock is Mr. Matt Albert.
Third place was secured by Hyde Park Team B, captained by Alexander Fiore, who tied for 3rd scorer. He was well supported by Colin Jewell, Bryce Wetjen, and Lewis Hwang.
Del Webb came in fourth place with Roberto Caalim showing a strong performance and tying for 3rd scorer. He was aided by Kennedy Bitsko, Catherine James, Ella King, Eden Park, Adam Drazba, Raven Caalim, and Kayleb Longoria. Del Webb's coaches are Mr. Calvin Lin and Mr. Roy Leon.
Congratulations to Coach Matt Albert, Coach Justin Sharp, and Mr. Paul Villaluz! AAQB has recognized these coaches for their contributions to Quiz Bowl in Las Vegas, on March 3rd, which has been proclaimed "Learn Through Quiz Bowl" Day by Mayor Goodman.