MSNCT

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The Middle School National Championship Tournament, or MSNCT, is a championship tournament run by NAQT to determine the best middle school quizbowl team in the country. It debuted in 2011, with the first winners being Kealing Middle School.

This is a two-day tournament, though there are some scrimmages held the evening before the first day. On the first day of the tournament, a Saturday, each team plays eight matches. Teams that win at least five of their eight matches advance to the Sunday matches, which are double-elimination.

The Saturday matches used pools in 2011 and 2012, but the tournament switched to power matching in 2013. The tournament format is now almost identical to that of HSNCT, but teams are guaranteed only eight matches instead of ten. The questions used are more difficult than regular NAQT Middle School sets but easier than A-sets.


Year Champion Second Third Fourth Location Field Size Full Results
2011 Kealing A Barrington Station Longfellow Kealing B Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL 35 [1]
2012 Kealing A Longfellow A Westminster A Longfellow B Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL 72 [2]
2013 Barrington Station A Kealing A Mesa Verde St. John's Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL 96 [3]
2014 Harmony Excellence-Houston St. Mark's Trickum Middle Winburn Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, GA 128 [4]