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 @phillyquizbowl
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 in the Philadelphia area since 2011, and has also been involved with high school outreach in both Pennsylvania and Delaware over that time. He is currently a PhD student in history at Penn State University.
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 beginning his college career at Gettysburg College in the upcoming year, where he plans to start another good-quizbowl team and work on high school outreach.