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Applications and Nominations for PACE Membership

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is seeking applications and/or nominations for new members! The Summer 2020 Cycle is open until Sunday, July 5th, 2020.

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer alliance of advocates and organizers for the game of high school quizbowl. PACE members commit themselves to outreach projects, organization of the NSC, or both, as well as attending virtual meetings every month or so. PACE frequently collaborates with other high school and college academic competition organizations to achieve greater success in its projects. 

In our members, we are looking for a dual interest in:

  • the growth of high school quizbowl in many different aspects (listed here
  • providing an opportunity for high school quizbowl teams to compete against each other on the national stage at NSC.

If you feel that this description fits you, and you are willing to commit to being a PACE member, please fill out the application form here including a short statement about your prior contributions to quizbowl. Alternatively, if you know someone who is exceptionally qualified to contribute to these goals, you can submit a nomination statement through the same form. Current high school students are not eligible to be PACE members. 

In both application and nomination statements, PACE is looking for evidence of: 

  • sustained outreach efforts 
  • strong tournament direction skills 
  • leadership roles in local or regional quizbowl organizations 
  • steadfast commitment to projects that improve competitions or the quizbowl community in general 
  • experience in head editing question sets 
  • specialized technical skills (e.g. video editing skills, experience handling an organization’s finances, web design) 

These are not the only criteria that PACE members take into account when deciding who to invite, but these elements typically form a strong statement. Statements should be no more than 300 words. Longer statements do not affect admission – it is entirely dependent on the content. 

PACE values having a diverse set of voices amongst our membership, from all races, colors, religions, sexes, gender identities, and sexual orientations. We are especially welcoming applicants and nominees who are women or underrepresented minorities, as we recognize that an array of perspectives can significantly strengthen our organization. Often, people from these groups are hesitant about whether they are qualified to apply. If you know someone who would be a great fit but who might be reluctant to apply, please consider nominating them! If you’re just interested in learning more about what it’s like to work for PACE, feel free to email us, or take a look at a 2016 thread on the subject

We look forward to reading your applications and nominations!

2020 NSC Fee Structure

NSC Cancellation

The 2020 NSC has been cancelled due to public health concerns. We will be announcing details on the 2021 NSC soon.

The fee structure for the 2020 PACE NSC is as follows:

Base fee: $765 per team (note that this is per team, not per school)
Buzzer systems*: –$10 each per school, max 1 per team
Staffers: –$50 each per school, max 2 per school
Hosting a gold-certified tournament: –$10 each per tournament, no limit
Hosting a platinum-certified tournament: –$20 each per tournament, no limit
Early payment discount: –$15 from total fee for full payment by March 1

*In order to claim a buzzer discount, teams must provide a system with at least eight fully working buzzers (defined as having lockout capabilities and functional identifying lights). Buzzer systems will be tested at buzzer check-in and teams who provide non-working systems will be required to refund the discount. Please note that buzzer discounts will be limited to one per team.

Teams may choose to pay the full registration fee as soon as they register, or to pay a $100 down payment at registration. PACE will count the $100 down payment towards the registration fee. If your team is being paid for in full by the team’s school or school district and another group, such as the students and/or coach, fronted the down payment, PACE will reimburse your team $100.

If a registered team withdraws from the tournament:
– The down payment is fully refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 13, 2020.
– The down payment is half-refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until April 10, 2020, after which the down payment is non-refundable.
– After May 8, 2020, the full payment is non-refundable.

All registration payments, online or by mailed check, must be received by May 10, 2020. For each day your payment is not received after May 10, a $15 fee will be added to your entry fee. If your payment is not received by May 15, PACE reserves the right to drop your team from the tournament.

NSC entry fees primarily go towards writers and editors of the NSC question set, travel and lodging for NSC staffers, organization operating costs, and maintenance costs for this website and the hsquizbowl.org forums.

2020 NSC Qualifying Teams

NSC Cancellation

The 2020 NSC has been cancelled due to public health concerns. We will be announcing details on qualification for the 2021 NSC soon.

This page contains a list of teams qualified for the 2020 NSC. See this page for more details on tournament qualification.

This list is updated every few days as hosts send order-of-finish results into us. The last update was on 3/9/2020. Teams receive their NSC qualification status as soon as a tournament concludes, even if results are not yet displayed on this page. If you don’t see your team’s name here, but finished high enough to qualify for NSC at a relevant event, you MAY still register after the appropriate deadline.

“A Doll’s Team” [this is Manheim Township’s pseudonym] (Manheim Township, PA)
“Springfield Kickapoo High School “”Gold””” (Springfield, MO)
Abingdon A (Abingdon, VA)
Abingdon B (Abingdon, VA)
Acton Boxboro A (Acton, Massachusetts)
Acton-Boxborough (Acton, MA)
Advanced Math and Science Academy (Marlborogh, MA)
Allderdice A (Pittsburgh, PA)
Allen D. Nease (Porte Vedra, FL)
Alton High School A (Alton, IL)
Ames A (Ames, IA)
Ames B (Ames, IA)
Andover High School (Andover, MA)
Arcadia A (Arcadia, CA)
Arcadia A (Arcadia, CA)
Arcadia High School B (Arcadia, CA)
Auburn B (Rockford, IL)
Auburn High School (Rockford, IL)
Barrington (Barrington, IL)
Barrington A (Barrington, IL)
Barrington High School (Barrington, RI)
Barrington HS (Barrington, RI)
BASIS Ahwatukee (Phoenix, AZ)
Basis Ahwatukee A (Ahwatukee, Arizona)
BASIS McLean A (McLean, Virginia)
Beavercreek (Beavercreek, OH)
Beavercreek A (Beavercreek, OH)
Beavercreek High School (Beavercreek, OH)
Bellaire (Bellaire, TX)
Bellarmine College Prep A (San Jose, CA)
Belmont High School (Belmont, MA)
Belmont HS (Belmont, MA)
Belton High School A (Belton, Missouri)
Ben Franklin (New Orleans, LA)
Benjamin Logan HS A (Bellefontaine, OH)
Bishop Ludden A (Syracuse, NY)
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School (Spring Hill, FL)
Blacksburg A (Blacksburg, VA)
Blacksburg A (Blacksburg, VA)
Blacksburg B (Blacksburg, VA)
Boston Latin School (Boston, MA)
Boulder High School (Boulder, CO)
Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Arizona)
Buchholz A (Gainesville, FL)
Burlington A (Burlington, VT)
Burlington High School A (Burlington, VT)
Burnsville High School A (Burnsville, MN)
Burnsville High School B (Burnsville, MN)
Caddo Magnet A (Shreveport, LA)
Calvary Lutheran High School A (Jefferson City, MO)
Cambridge (Milton, GA)
Cambridge High School (Milton, GA)
Canyon Crest A (San Diego, CA)
Canyon Crest B (San Diego, CA)
Carbondale Community High School A (Carbondale, IL)
Carbondale High School A (Carbondale, IL)
Carlinville High School A (Carlinville, IL)
Carmel High School (Carmel, Indiana)
Carnegie Vanguard A (Houston, TX)
Cave Spring A (Roanoke, VA)
Centennial A (Ellicott City, MD)
Centennial High School A (Champaign, IL)
Central Catholic A (Pittsburgh, PA)
Central High School (St. Joseph, MO)
Centralia High School A (Centralia, MO)
Charleston Catholic A (Charleston, WV)
Charleston High School A (Charleston, IL)
Chattahoochee A (Johns Creek, GA)
Chattahoochee A (Johns Creek, GA)
Chattahoochee B (Johns Creek, GA)
Chelsea HS A (Chelsea, MI)
Chesterton High School (Chesterton, Indiana)
Chicago Christian (Palos Heights, IL)
Choate Rosemary Hall A(xolotl) (Wallingford, CT)
Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, SC)
Christ Church Episcopal School (Greenville, SC)
Christ School (Arden, NC)
Churchill JHS A (East Brunswick, NJ)
Cistercian A (Irving, TX)
Cistercian A (Irving, TX)
Cistercian B (Irving, TX)
Cistercian C (Irving, TX)
Clark High School (Las Vegas, NV)
Clayton High School (Clayton, MO)
Clever High School A (Clever, MO)
Clinton (Clinto, SC)
College Heights Christian School (Joplin, MO)
College Heights Christian School (Joplin, MO)
Columbian A (Tiffin, OH)
Cookeville A (Cookeville, TN)
Copley High School (Copley, OH)
Coppell (Coppell, TX)
Corona del Sol A (Tempe, AZ)
Culver Academies (, )
Culver Academies (Culver, Indiana)
Darien A (Darien, CT)
Darien A (Darien, CT)
Darien B (Darien, CT)
Darien HS (Darien, CT)
Daviess County High School (Owensboro, KY)
Davis A (Davis, CA)
DCC A (Novi, MI)
Del Norte A (San Diego, CA)
Del Norte A (San Diego, CA)
Del Norte B (San Diego, CA)
Delaware Valley A (Milford, PA)
Detroit Catholic Central A (Novi, MI)
Detroit Catholic Central A (Detroit, MI)
Detroit Catholic Central B (Detroit, MI)
Detroit Catholic Central C (Detroit, MI)
Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI)
DeWitt (DeWitt, MI)
Diamond High School (Diamond, MO)
Dorman A (Spartanburg, NC)
Dorman A (Roebuck, SC)
Douglas Southall Freeman High School A (Henrico, VA)
DuPont Manual A (Louisville, KY)
Dutch Fork A (Irmo, SC)
Dutch Fork A (Irmo, SC)
Dutch Fork B (Irmo, SC)
E. C. Glass High School (Lynchburg, VA)
Early College at Guilford (Greensboro, NC)
East Brunswick A (East Brunswick, NJ)
East Brunswick B (East Brunswick, NJ)
East Brunswick HS (East Brunswick, NJ)
East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
East Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, NC)
Eastside (Covington, GA)
Eastside (Covington, GA)
Eastside (Taylors, SC)
Ed. W Clark (Las Vegas, NV)
Eden Prairie A (Eden Prairie, MN)
Eden Prairie A (Eden Prairie, MN)
Eden Prairie A (Eden Prairie, MN)
Eden Prairie B (Eden Prairie, MN)
Edmond Memorial High School A (Edmond, OK)
Edmond North A (Edmond, OK)
Edmonson County (Brownsville, KY)
Edward W Clark NJROTC (Las Vegas, NV)
Eldon High School A (Eldon, MO)
Emmaus A (, )
Enloe A (Raleigh, NC)
Episcopal-Acadiana A (Broussard, LA)
Essex High School A (Essex Junction, VT)
Fair Grove High School White (Fair Grove, MO)
Fairport (Fairport, NY)
Faith Lutheran A (Las Vegas, NV)
Farmington Hills Mercy A (Farmington Hills, MI)
Fisher Catholic A (Lancaster, OH)
Fort Osage A (Independence, MO)
Fort Zumwalt North (O’Fallon, MO)
Forth Collins High School (Fort Collins, CO)
Francis Howell Central A (St. Charles, MO)
Fremd A (Palantine, IL)
Fremd A (Palatine, IL)
Fremd B (Palantine, IL)
Friends Select A (Philadelphia, PA)
Fulton High School A (Middleton, MI)
Gallatin High A (Gallatin, TN)
Gate City A (Gate City, VA)
Gate City A (Gate City, VA)
Geneva A (Geneva, NY)
Geneva A (Geneva, NY)
George Washington A (Charleston, WV)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV)
George Wythe (Wytheville, VA)
Georgetown Day School A (Washington, DC)
Georgetown Day School B (Washington, DC)
Glasgow A (Glasgow, KY)
Glasgow B (Glasgow, KY)
Glenwood B (Chatham, IL)
Glenwood High School A (Chatham, IL)
Grady A (Atlanta, GA)
Grady B (Atlanata, GA)
Grand Junction High School (Grand Junction, CO)
Grand Junction High School A (Grand Junction, CO)
Grand Junction High School B (Grand Junction, CO)
Grand Junction High School C (Grand Junction, CO)
Granite City JV A (Granite City, IL)
Great Valley A (Malvern, PA)
Great Valley B (Malvern, PA)
Great Valley C (Malvern, PA)
Greenhill A (Addison, TX)
Greenville Tech Charter (Greenville, SC)
Greenwood Laboratory School (Springfield, MO)
Greer High School A (Greer, SC)
Hallsville High School (Hallsville, MO)
Hallsville High School B (Hallsville, MO)
Hamilton A (Chandler, AZ)
Hamilton High School A (Chandler, Arizona)
Hanover High School A (Hanover, NH)
Harker A (San Jose, CA)
Harker B (San Jose, CA)
Helias Catholic High School A (Jefferson City, MO)
Hempfield (Lancaster, PA)
Henderson A (West Chester, PS)
Henderson A (West Chester, PA)
Henderson B (West Chester, PA)
Herrin High School (Herrin, IL)
Hidden Valley A (Roanoke, VA)
High Tech A (Lincroft, NJ)
High Tech A (Lincroft, NJ)
High Tech B (Lincroft, NJ)
Hillsboro JV A (Hillsboro, IL)
Hinsdale Central A (Hinsdale, IL)
Holt A (Wentzville, MO)
Homestead A (Cupertino, CA)
Honaker A (Honaker, VA)
Hoover High School (Hoover, AL)
Hoover High School A (Hoover, AL)
Hotchkiss A (Lakeville, Connecticut)
Hotchkiss A (Lakeville, CT)
Houghton High School (A) (Houghton, MI)
Houston A (Houston, MO)
Hunter A (New York, New York)
Hunter A (New York, NY)
Hunter B (New York, NY)
Hunter B (New York, NY)
Hunter C (New York, New York)
Ilium (Ithaca, NY)
IMSA (Aurora, IL)
Ionia (Ionia, MI)
Itawamba Agricultural A (Fulton, MS)
Ithaca A (, )
Ithaca B (, )
J.M. Tate (Cantonment, FL)
James Clemens High School (Madison, AL)
James Clemens High School (Madison, AL)
John Adams High School A (South Bend, IN)
John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, IL)
Johnson Central High School (Paintsville, KY)
Kellenberg A (Uniondale, NY)
Kellenberg Memorial High School A (Uniondale, NY)
Kickapoo Gold (Springfield, MO)
Kinkaid (Houston, TX)
Kinkaid (Houston, TX)
Kinkaid A (Houston, TX)
Kirksville High School A (Kirksville, MO)
Ladue A (St. Louis, MO)
Ladue B (St. Louis, MO)
Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)
Lakeland (Scott Township, PA)
Lakewood A (Lakewood, OH)
Lakewood HS A (Lakewood, OH)
Lakewood Ranch (Lakewood Ranch, FL)
Lambert (Suwanee, GA)
Langley (Langley, Virginia)
LASA A (Austin, TX)
Latin A (Chicago, IL)
Lexington A (Lexington, MA)
Lexington A (Lexington, MA)
Lexington HS A (Lexington, MA)
Lexington HS B (Lexington, MA)
Liberty North High School (Liberty, Missouri)
Lisgar A (Ottawa, ON)
Livingston (Baguette Guillotine Club) (Livingston, NJ)
Livingston A (Livingston, NJ)
Lusher A (New Orleans, LA)
Macomb High School A (Macomb, IL)
Madison Central A (Madison, MS)
Madison Central B (Madison, MS)
Mahomet-Seymour High School (Mahomet, IL)
Mandarin A (Jacksonville, FL)
Mandarin B (Jacksonville, FL)
Manheim Township A (Manheim Township, PA)
Mansfield A (Mansfield, MA)
Mather (Darien, Connecticut)
Mattoon High School (Mattoon, IL)
Mauldin (Greenville, SC)
McLean (McLean, Virginia)
Mechanicsburg (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Mercer County (Aledo, IL)
Merrol Hyde B (Hendersonville, TN)
Merrol Hyde Magnet School A (Hendersonville, TN)
Mexico (Mexico, MO)
Mexico High School (Mexico, MO)
Miami Valley (Dayton, OH)
Miami Valley A (Dayton, OH)
Miami Valley HS (Dayton, OH)
Middlebury Union High School A (Middlebury, VT)
Middlesboro High School (Middlesboro, KY)
Middlesex A (Darien, CT)
Millburn (Millburn, NJ)
Mira Loma (Sacramento, CA)
Mission San Jose (Fremont, CA)
Mississippi Math and Science B (Columbus, MS)
Mississippi Math and Science C (Columbus, MS)
Moberly High School A (Moberly, MO)
Moline (Moline, IL)
Montgomery Blair (Silver Spring, MD)
Montgomery Blair A (Silver Spring, MD)
Montgomery Blair B (Silver Spring, MD)
Montgomery Blair C (Siver Spring, MD)
Monticello High School (Monticello, IL)
Moravian Academy A (Bethlehem, PA 18020)
Morgantown A (Morgantown, WV)
Mounds View A (Arden Hills, MN)
NC School of Math and Science A (Durham, NC)
New Berlin B (New Berlin, IL)
Newport A (Bellevue, WA)
Norfolk Academic Guild (Norfolk, VA)
Norfolk Academic Guild A (Norfolk, VA)
Norman North B (Norman, OK)
Norman North High School A (Norman, OK)
Norman North High School B (Norman, OK)
North Kansas City High School (North Kansas City, MO)
North Kansas City High School A (North Kansas City, Missouri)
Northmont A (Clayton, OH)
O’Fallon High School A (O’Fallon, IL)
Olentangy Berlin HS A (Olentangy, OH)
Onalaska A (Onalaska, WI)
Palmyra (Palmyra, MO)
Paris High School (Paris, IL)
Parkway West High School A (Ballwin, MO)
Paul G. Blazer High School (Ashland, KY)
Paul Laurence Dunbar A (Lexington, KY)
Paul Laurence Dunbar A (Lexington, KY)
Penn Manor (Millersville, PA)
Penn Manor (Millersville, PA)
Penn Manor A (Millersville, PA)
Phillips A (Andover, MA)
Phillips Andover A (Andover, Massachusetts)
Plymouth A (Plymouth, NH)
Plymouth HS A (Plymouth, NH)
Plymouth Regional High School A (Plymouth, NH)
Poplar Bluff (Poplar Bluff, MO)
Porter-Gaud School (Charleston, SC)
Priory (St. Louis, Missouri)
Quincy High School A (Quincy, IL)
Raffles A (Singapore, Singapore)
Raleigh Charter High School (Raleigh, NC)
Red Rock A (Las Vegas, NV)
Red Rock B (, )
Richard Montgomery A (Rockville, Maryland)
Richard Montgomery A (Rockville, Maryland)
Richlands A (Richlands, VA)
Ridgewood A (Ridgewood, NJ)
Ridgewood A (Ridgewood, NJ)
Ridgewood B (Ridgewood, NJ)
Riverdale A (Mt. Blanchard, OH)
Riverdale HS A (Mount Blanchard, OH)
Rolla (Rolla, MO)
Roscommon (Roscommon, MI)
Russell (Flatwoods, KY)
Sagittarius A (San Jose, CA)
Sagittarius B (San Jose, CA)
Sagittarius B (San Jose, CA)
Saint Joseph High School (South Bend, Indiana)
Santa Monica A (Santa Monica, CA)
Santa Monica A (Santa Monica, CA)
Saratoga A (Saratoga, CA)
Saratoga B (Saratoga, CA)
Savannah High School (Savannah, MO)
Savannah High School A (Savannah, Missouri)
Seton Hall Prep School (West Orange, NJ)
Seven Lakes A (Katy, TX)
Smithville High School (Smithville, Missouri)
Solon A (Solon, OH)
Solon High School A (Solon, OH)
South Burlington A (South Burlington, VT)
South Burlington High School A (South Burlington, VT)
Southside A (Greenville, SC)
Southwestern B (Piasa, IL)
Southwestern C (Piasa, IL)
Southwestern JV A (Piasa, IL)
Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)
Spring Valley (Columbia, SC)
Spring Valley A (Columbia, SC)
Springfield Central High School B (Springfield, MO)
Springfield High School A (Springfield, IL)
St. Anselm’s (Washington, DC)
St. Charles A (Columbus, OH)
St. Charles East (St. Charles, IL)
St. Dominic Savio A (Austin, TX)
St. John’s A (Houston, TX)
St. Joseph A (South Bend, IN)
St. Louis Christian Leslie home school (St. Louis, MO)
St. Louis Patriots (St. Louis, MO)
St. Mark’s School of Texas A (Dallas, TX)
St. Stephens A (Bradenton, FL)
Stanford Online A (Cupertino, CA)
Stanford Online B (Cupertino, CA)
Stanton College Prep A (Jacksonville, FL)
Stanton College Prep B (Jacksonville, FL)
State College A (State College, PA)
State College B (State College, PA)
Stevenson B (Lincolnshire, IL)
Stevenson HS (Lincolnshire, IL)
Stillwater B (Stillwater, OK)
Stillwater B (Stillwater, OK)
Stillwater High School A (Stillwater, OK)
Strake Jesuit A (Houston, TX)
Strake Jesuit B (Houston, TX)
Sullivan A (Sullivan, MO)
Sullivan A (Sullivan, MO)
Sullivan B (Sullivan, MO)
TAG Magnet B (Dallas, TX)
Tenafly A (Tenafly, NJ)
Thayer High School A (Thayer, MO)
The Dalton School (New York, NY)
The Roeper School A (Birmingham, MI)
The Roeper School B (Birmingham, MI)
Thomas Jefferson A (Alexandria, Virginia)
Thomas Jefferson C (Alexandria, Virginia)
Thomas Jefferson Classical A (Mooresboro, NC)
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Mooresboro, NC)
Thomas Jefferson D (Alexandria, Virginia)
Tony Stark Memorial Academy (, )
Tony Stark Memorial Academy (Alexandria, VA)
Traverse City Central (Traverse City, MI)
Treasure Valley A (Boise, ID)
Troy (Troy, NY)
Troy High School NJROTC (Fullerton, CA)
Unaffiliated A (Farragut HS) (Farragut, TN)
University Lab A (Urbana, IL)
University Lab High School A (Urbana, IL)
University Lab High School B (Urbana, IL)
University Laboratory High School A (Urbana, IL)
University Laboratory High School B (Urbana, IL)
University of Toronto Schools A (Toronto, Ontario)
University School of Nashville A (Nashville, TN)
Vanguard A (Ocala, FL)
Vanguard B (Ocala, FL)
Virginia High School (Bristol, VA)
W. Tresper Clarke High School (Westbury, NY)
W.T. Clarke HS (Westbury, NY)
Washington (Washington, MO)
Waukee A (Waukee, IA)
Wayzata A (Plymouth, MN)
Wayzata A (Plymouth, MN)
Wayzata High School B (Wayzata, MN)
Weaubleau High School A (Weaubleau, MO)
Webster Groves (Webster Groves, MO)
West Des Moines Valley (West Des Moines, IA)
West Egg (Great Neck South) (Great Neck, NY)
West Egg A (Great Neck South A) (Lake Success, NY)
Westmount A (Hamilton, Ontario)
Westview A (San Diego, CA)
Westview A (Portland, OR)
Westview A (San Diego, CA)
Westview B (San Diego, CA)
Westview B (San Diego, CA)
Westview B (San Diego, CA)
Westview High Scool (San Diego, CA)
Wheelersburg A (Wheelersburg, OH)
White Cloud (White Cloud, MI)
White Station High School A (Memphis, TN)
Whitmore Laks A (Whitmore Lake, MI)
William Henry Harrison A (West Lafayette, IN)
Williamsville (Williamsville, IL)
Wilmington Charter (Wilmington, DE)
Wilton A (Wilton, CT)
Winchester Thurston A (Pittsburgh, PA)
Wise Central A (Wise, VA)
Woodford County A (Versailles, KY)
Woodford County High School (Versailles, KY)