A Normal Wisconsin Quiz Day

Posted 11 Sep, 2011 09:08 PM by Stephen

Some general information about how our quiz days typically run:

  • We try to start by 10:00am, so please plan to arrive before then to allow time to verify that everyone came who was registered.  If anyone didn't come or extra people came, it may require some reshuffling, and possibly a change to the schedule, which slows us down.
  • There is a registration cost of $5 per quizzer each quiz, but see this separate blog post for an option that provides a discount.
  • We begin with a brief opening where I give any announcements for the day, go over the schedule, and answer any final questions.  I have also started sharing some of what I have learned in my studying.
  • We then quiz a few rounds, break for lunch, and come back to quiz several more rounds.
  • After statistics are compiled (a matter of minutes because of QuizMachine!), awards are presented, I give any final announcements, and we head home.  Everything is usually completed by 3:00 or 4:00pm, depending on how many rounds we do.
  • Lunch is often provided by the host church for a small fee ($3-$5).  This allows us to keep things moving faster since we don't have to go out somewhere, and it tends to be more affordable.
  • In the morning rounds, we usually quiz as teams; in the afternoon, we sometimes continue quizzing as teams, but other times we will split everyone up based on how well they did in the morning.  This gives the top quizzers a chance to push each other a little more, and the lower quizzers have more of an opportunity to get questions.  Other larger districts have Varsity/JV divisions like this that the quizzers quiz in all day.
  • We award the top individual a trophy, and 2nd through 5th places get medals.  The top 3 rookies (first-year quizzers, regardless of age/grade) also get medals.  Anyone who completed a section of memory work gets a certificate (see details).  And the top team has traditionally taken home a traveling plaque, but this year we'll be doing something a little...different...stay tuned!
    • At District Finals, we also award scholarships to the top 3 individuals from that day (scholarships actually presented at District Assembly):
      • $500 for first place
      • $250 for second place
      • $125 for third place
    • We also have up to 5 $125 scholarships available for seniors who have quizzed at least 2 full years.  These are also awarded at District Assembly.  For applications and full details, contact Stephen.
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