National Quizbowl Conference

- February 27, 2021 -

1st Annual


Introducing a first-of-its-kind National Quizbowl Conference.  It's a way for those of us who love academic competition to come together, share ideas, and grow the game.  


The 2021 NQC is a free live event on Saturday, February 27.  Registered attendees will have access to the speakers and presentations after the conclusion of the conference.


The 2021 NQC will be conducted online via Zoom.  It's our intention for the National Quizbowl Conference to be an in-person event in future years.


Registration for the 2021 NQC is absolutely free.  However, participants must register in advance.  Registration for the event closes on February 22.


The National Quizbowl Conference is for coaches, players, and anyone who loves quizbowl  Among the speakers/presenters at the NQC are national championship-winning coaches, thought leaders in the quizbowl community, and some of the best players to ever sit at a buzzer. 


1st Annual

National Quizbowl Conference

- February 27, 2021 -

"Moving Quizbowl Forward"

  • Do you want to be a better coach but don't know where to start?

  • Are you a player who wants to learn how to take the next step in your game? 

  • Wondering how to strengthen your program in the midst of a pandemic?

  • Want to hear from community leaders about where quizbowl is headed?

  • Tired of getting beat to tossups? Learn how to become a subject expert!


The Sessions

BLOCK 1: 11:00am-11:50 am (ET)

Growing Your Program Into a Consistent Power

Bill Blanchong - Evergreen High School (OH)

Don’t be the Chumbawamba of Quizbowl teams!  Learn how to build a strong pipeline for your program and avoid the one-hit wonder syndrome.

Untapped Resources: Overlooked Ways to Build Your Program

Ken Romeo & Andrew Turriago - Middlesex Middle School (CT)

Learn how to find the people in your school and community who can help your program, and how to get them involved!

Using Electronic Scoresheets for Tournaments

Joshua Lian & Kevin Zhang - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (VA)

Good tournaments are all about efficiency and organization.  Learn how a tool developed by the TJHS quizbowl team can help you quickly and accurately score your events.

BLOCK 2: 12:00pm-12:50 pm (ET)

Expanding Quizbowl in Your Community:  How to do Outreach Well
Chris Chiego, Monterey (CA)

Frustrated with limited competition in your area?  Wondering how to get other schools involved in your passion?  Learn what steps you can take to grow the quizbowl world!

How to be a History Player
Adam Escandell - LASA (TX)
History is a huge category to cover.  Learn where to get started and how to approach studying this gigantic field without losing your mind!

Building a Successful High School Quizbowl Program

Amber Nasson, Ludington High School (MI)

What does a successful program look like?  What do practices look like?  What can you expect from your players?  Learn about the operation of a strong high school team.

LUNCH BREAK: 1:00pm-1:50 pm (ET)

Optional Lunch Session: Quizbowl Scholarships
Dr. Tim Rees - Erskine College (SC)
You enjoy the competition provided by Quizbowl tournaments. You are looking for college options. What if we said you could combine those two desires and turn it into a sizable scholarship (up to $30,000 per year) to attend Erskine College? Join Dr. Tim Rees to discuss more about this opportunity!


This session will be offered twice during the lunch break - once at 1:00pm ET and again at 1:30pm ET

Presented by Erskine College

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BLOCK 3: 2:00pm-2:50 pm (ET)


How to be a Literature Player

Bing Bingham - Wright State University (OH)

Want to be a literature player, but uncertain how to even begin?  Learn how to take on literature, from where to start to developing your game.

From State to Nationals: Making the Jump
Anthony Cornish, Detroit Catholic Central (MI)
You’ve become a state power, but now what?  Insights into how to take your team up to the next level of play - national tournaments!


Strive for 45: Strategies to Coach Your Team to Quizbowl Victory

Ben Kirk - Ithaca High School (NY)

Coaches aren’t just for registering teams and keeping score!  Learn more about how to make a difference in your team’s play through coaching and strategy.

BLOCK 4: 3:00pm-3:50 pm (ET)

Middle School Fine Arts 101
Lisa McClary - Columbia Independent School (MO)
Are you looking for a start in playing Fine Arts, but unsure where to begin?  Here’s the session for you!  (This presentation is targeted to middle school players and coaches.)


Rankings:  The Pros, the Cons, and How One Guy Made the Quizbowl World Angry
Fred Morlan - IQBT (KY)
How are rankings compiled?  What are they used for?  Do they really mean anything?  Learn the ins and outs of quizbowl ranking systems.


Tournament Hosting: Dos, Don’ts, and Musts
Robin Richards - Commerce High School (GA)
Tournament hosting is a backbone of fundraising for programs and important to the health and well-being of your circuit.  Learn how you can make your tournaments successes!



The Speakers

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Bing Bingham

Bingham is a Dayton, Ohio, native who received her bachelor’s degrees in English and Marketing from Wright State in 2016. She appeared on the Jeopardy! College Championship in 2016 as a Wright State senior.  After graduation, she returned to her alma mater, working with Wright State’s Office of Alumni Relations. She still has a passion for quiz bowl and works as the assistant coach of the Northmont's middle and high school quiz bowl programs.


Bill Blanchong

Bill Blanchong is in his 24th season as the coach at Evergreen High School in northwest Ohio, his alma mater.  His team competes in the Northern Buckeye Academic League (NBAL) and has qualified for the Small Schools National Championship Tournament for five consecutive years.


Chris Chiego

Chris Chiego has been a leader in quizbowl outreach efforts for over a decade.  As a player at the University of Pennsylvania, he was part of the national championship team.  He is the co-founder of Greater Pennsylvania Quizbowl and has been instrumental in building local quizbowl circuits in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and California.


Adam Escandell

Adam Escandell has been coaching quizbowl for the past ten years at Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville (formerly North Austin) from 2010-2015 and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy from 2015-present. He helped coach Texas to victory at NASAT in 2014, Harmony at SSNCT in 2015, and LASA at PACE NSC in 2016. In his college career, he played for the University of Texas. 


Ben Kirk

Ben Kirk is the coach of the Ithaca High School Quizbowl team in Ithaca, NY. Under his mentorship, the team has grown from a handful of players to a squad of 20+. Teams from Ithaca have been consistently ranked among the top in the country, and have finished tied for 5th at both the 2017 and 2019 HSNCT. 

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Joshua Lian

Joshua Lian is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), and has been a member of TJ's Quizbowl Club since his freshman year. In that time, he has been a tournament director for the TJ team for two years, helping to coordinate six tournaments to date. Outside of Quizbowl, Joshua enjoys tennis, crosswords, and a good game of Bridge or Tractor.

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Lisa McClary

Lisa McClary founded the quizbowl program at Columbia Independent School in Columbia, Missouri.  She coaches both the high school and middle school teams, and the teams have experienced significant levels of state and national success during her tenure.


Fred Morlan

Fred Morlan is the CEO of International Quiz Bowl Tournaments, LLC (IQBT), a question writing company. IQBT also hosts each year's National All-Star Academic Tournament, a high school national championship.  He has been a question editor for NAQT and twice served as the President of PACE.  From 2010-19, he ran HSQBRank, a website that statistically compared high school quizbowl teams.


Amber Nasson

Amber Nasson has been coaching quizbowl at Ludington High School in Michigan since 2008.  In 2019 the team won the Michigan State Championship and then placed 17th at the NAQT SSNCT. 


Robin Richards

Robin Richards is the quizbowl coach at Commerce High School in Commerce, Georgia and the former coach at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens.  He is the former President of the Georgia Academic Team Association and has hosted countless tournaments at the middle school, high school, college and Open levels. 


Ken Romeo

Ken Romeo is the founder and one of the head coaches of the Middlesex Middle School Quiz Bowl team.  In 2016, Middlesex was the National Champions at MSNCT and he, along with co-coach Barbara Ivey, was voted Middle School Coach of the Year.

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Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang is a senior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). He has been playing quizbowl for five years, was part of the 2019 PACE JV title team, and is the current co-captain of TJ Quizbowl. In early 2020, he co-developed a new electronic score sheet system to streamline and organize the tournament directing process. Kevin's hobbies include solving the Rubik's Cube, hiking, and counting by 17's.