Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence
|Purpose||Promotion of quiz bowl|
The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) is a United States based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that runs the National Scholastic Championship (NSC), an end-of-year national tournament for high school quiz bowl teams. PACE was founded in 1996 by a group of quiz bowl players and coaches who were dissatisfied with the quality of high school quiz bowl at the time. The NSC has been run in the June of every year since 1998. Beyond running the NSC, PACE offers advice and staff assistance to high schools and colleges who run high school quiz bowl tournaments. PACE does not supply questions for regular season tournaments or offer a collegiate competition program, unlike NAQT, HSAPQ, or Questions Unlimited.
In addition to running a national tournament, PACE awards the Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award each year at the opening ceremony of the NSC. The award is chosen by PACE members to honor "a high school academic competition team member, advisor, or organization whose character best promotes the spirit and honor of quiz bowl competition". It is named for Ben Cooper, who, as the captain of the It's Academic quiz bowl team at Georgetown Day School, worked with the PACE founders to provide a player's perspective on the plans for the inaugural NSC. Ben Cooper died in an automobile accident just before the start of his senior year. In 2004, PACE expanded its recognition program to include a "Young Ambassador" Award to recognize individuals or recent alumni from high school or college quiz bowl programs for "valuable and significant contributions to the high school academic competition community".
National Scholastic Championship
PACE runs the National Scholastic Championship, a tournament high school quiz bowl teams. Teams qualify by placing well at a PACE-certified tournament. There are three levels of qualifier events, with higher levels allowing qualified teams to register earlier. A number of teams can also qualify via a wild card bid.
The PACE NSC takes place over two days during the weekend. On Saturday, teams are grouped into pools for preliminary rounds and play a round robin within that group. Teams are then regrouped for playoff rounds based on their win-loss record in their preliminary group. On Sunday, teams are again regrouped into "superplayoff" brackets. Usually, a final will be played between the top two teams, though specific circumstances can make a final match unnecessary. Following the final rounds, an All-Star game featuring the top individual scorers is played and the closing ceremony is held.
Each round consists of two halves of ten tossups and ten bonuses. Tossups are worth 10 points for a correct answer, though 20 points may be awarded if they are answered early. Team are not penalized points. Bouncebacks are allowed for bonuses. In the event of a tie, three tossups with bonuses are read. If the score is still tied after this, a sudden death tossup will be read.
NSC results and Cooper award recipients
|Year||Location||Champion||Runner-Up||Cooper Award||Young Ambassador Award|
|1998||Case Western Reserve University||State College Area High School||Henry Ford II High School||Sue Ikenberry, coach at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, on behalf of Ben Cooper||N/A|
|1999||University of Pennsylvania||State College Area High School (2)||Rockville High School||Joe Hermiller, coach at E.L. Bowsher High School||N/A|
|2000||Furman University||State College Area High School (3)||Eisenhower High School||Rick Barry, James Garrick, and Hodges Lewis, operators of Academic Competition Enterprises||N/A|
|2001||Bowling Green State University||State College Area High School (4)||Georgetown Day School||Robert C. Grierson, editor of Scholastic Visions, the newsletter of the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association||N/A|
|2002||The George Washington University||Richard Montgomery High School||Catholic Central High School||Douglas Tyson, coach at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, and Sue Altman, producer of It's Academic, on behalf of the entire It's Academic program||N/A|
|2003||Case Western Reserve University||Paul M. Dorman High School||Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology||Carolyn Hawkins, coach at Cookeville High School||N/A|
|2004||University of Maryland||Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies||Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology||Paul Cain, coach at Ysleta High School||Matt Weiner, Virginia Commonwealth University and David Bykowski, formerly of Furman University and University of Michigan|
|2005||Valencia Community College||Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology||State College Area High School||Sue Korosa, coach at Copley High School||Thomas Egan, coach at Maine South High School, formerly of the University of Illinois|
|2006||North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics||Raleigh Charter High School||Richard Montgomery High School||Bob Weiser, coach at Solon High School and Dr. John Barnes, coach at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies||Eric Grunden, coach at Raleigh Charter High School|
|2007||University of Michigan||Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies (2)||Martin Luther King Magnet at Pearl High School||Julie Gittings, coach at State College Area High School||Evan Silberman, It's Academic co-captain at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology|
|2008||George Mason University||Walt Whitman High School||Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology||Matt Knupp of Russell High School (Award revoked on February 25, 2009)||Lee Henry, coach at Brindlee Mountain High School, and Chris Sewell|
|2009||George Mason University||Charter School of Wilmington||State College Area High School||Eric Huff, coach for Paul M. Dorman High School||Christian Carter, player from Minneapolis South High School and webmaster of quizbowlpackets.com|
|2010||George Mason University||State College Area High School (5)||Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies [nb 1]||R. Robert Hentzel, President of National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT)||Sarah Angelo, player and tournament director at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies|
|2011||Northwestern University||State College Area High School (6)||Hunter College High School||Matt Weiner, Virginia Commonwealth University||Charlie Dees, Jeffrey Hill, Paul Nelson, and Christine Whelehon, on behalf of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance|
|2012||Washington University in Saint Louis||Hunter College High School||Bellarmine College Prep||David Riley of Loyola Academy and Linda Greene of Rockford Auburn High School||Lily Chen, player from Hunter College High School|
|2013||University of Maryland||Ladue Horton Watkins High School||Liberal Arts and Science Academy||Chris Chiego of University of California, San Diego and Dwight Wynne of University of California, Irvine||Max Schindler, player from Ladue Horton Watkins High School|
|2014||Washington, D.C.||Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School||Western Albemarle High School||Jeff Hoppes of NAQT||Matt Bollinger, player from the University of Virginia|
- Southside High School was initially the runner-up, but, after evidence of cheating by one of their players was uncovered, their place was forfeited.
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