In 2015, young quiz bowl enthusiast Eshaan Vakil was in 7th grade. He was on his way from the airport to the hotel during his first National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) when a team from another state asked where the team (the Las Vegas team) was from.
When we told them we were from Las Vegas, there were snickers and laughs. Someone passed a comment about how they were surprised that "people studied in Las Vegas."
At that moment, young Eshaan decided in his mind to do something about it.
While enthusiastically preparing for his next exciting experience at NAQT, Eshaan started to work towards the idea of organizing a local non-profit. It would be dedicated to giving Middle School students from Nevada the opportunity to compete in a premier academic competition using NAQT pyramidal questions. Through his zeal and enthusiasm, Alliance for Academic Quiz Bowl (AAQB), a Nevada non-profit, was born in 2016.
Eshaan could not officially start an entity (non-profit or otherwise) in Nevada, as he isn't 18. He then approached his parents, teachers, and family friends to help him set up an non-profit so he could work towards the mission of Alliance for Academic Quiz Bowl.
Eshaan currently serves as the Webmaster, Social Media Coordinator and the Tournament Co-Director for AAQB.