About This Site
The state of Pennsylvania- home to over 1,000 high schools- has enormous potential for producing regionally and nationally competitive quiz bowl teams. The goal of this site is to help potential players and sponsors at these schools from around the region form new teams, attend tournaments, and improve their knowledge base to be the best academic competitors that they can be. Much of the material on this site has been borrowed from SoCalQuizbowl.org, which one of the founders of this site previously built. The site founders’ experiences in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Southern California, Tennessee, and elsewhere around the world of quiz bowl all helped inform the material found here. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or leave a comment.
We are also on Twitter at @paquizbowl
Other websites about quizbowl are welcome to use the material here so long as the content is attributed to GPQB.
About the Authors
Chris Chiego has been involved with quizbowl outreach efforts in Georgia, Southern California, Western Tennessee, and Mississippi across the last decade. He is widely known and feared for running ruthlessly efficient tournaments. Previously, he played for the University of Georgia and the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, he spent one year teaching and coaching high school quizbowl at Germantown High School in Tennessee. He is currently a PhD Student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he won a Collegiate National Quizbowl championship in 2015. Since coming to Pennsylvania, he has spearheaded efforts to create a large contact database for local teams and offered his extensive logistics experience at local tournaments.
Ben Herman began his quizbowl career playing for Henderson High School in West Chester, where he successfully captained the team to a 3rd place finish at just their second pyramidal quizbowl tournament despite getting negged for conferring in the semifinal. As captain at Henderson, he won the 2011 Pennsylvania State Championship tournament. He went on to play four years of quizbowl at the University of Delaware. He has personally staffed or directed dozens of quizbowl events across both Pennsylvania and Delaware over the past several years, and has also been heavily involved with high school outreach in both states for several competition seasons. He is currently a PhD student in history at Penn State University, where he is studying Early Modern Britain and the Early American colonies.
Ryan Bilger started playing pyramidal quizbowl as a high school senior, after two years of playing solely on bad questions in the Lehigh Valley. As team captain, he led Emmaus High School to two pyramidal tournament victories in the 2014-15 school year, and rounded his high school career off by finishing as the 6th top individual scorer in the preliminary rounds at the 2015 HSNCT. He is currently a history major in the Class of 2019 at Gettysburg College, where he continues to work on building a team and spreading pyramidal quizbowl to south-central Pennsylvania.
Associate Student Contributors
Jackie Wu is a senior at Downingtown East High School in Exton. Despite first being introduced to academic competitions through various bad formats in middle school, she is now working on bringing better quizbowl practices to her own program and to the local competition. As team captain during the 2016-17 season, she increased D-East’s participation in pyramidal quizbowl and directed two high school tournaments, winning the Benjamin Cooper Young Ambassador Award from PACE. She plays at most regular high school invitationals around the southeastern Pennsylvania area and can sometimes be found staffing nearby novice and middle school events.
Connor Mayers started playing quiz bowl in seventh grade at Marticville Middle School. While there, he captained the team for two years and led it to its first ever Lancaster-Lebanon Middle School Quiz Bowl League title in 2016. Currently, he is a sophomore at Penn Manor High School in Millersville where he is the team captain. In the future, he hopes to continue playing and growing his club and pyramidal quiz bowl as a whole.