NAQT Illinois State Championship
The NAQT Illinois State Tournament is one of three state championships held in Illinois.
|2/2005||Stevenson||Wheaton North||New Trier||9||Loyola Academy|
|2/2006||Stevenson||New Trier||Loyola Academy||12||Loyola Academy|
|3/2007||New Trier||Maine South||Carbondale||8||Loyola Academy|
|2/2012||Auburn A||IMSA A||Carbondale (Ben Chametzky solo)||24||Fenton|
|2/2014||IMSA A||Stevenson||Bloomington A||40||UIUC|
|2/2015||Auburn||Hinsdale Central A||IMSA A||36||UIUC|
|2/2016||Auburn||Hinsdale Central A||IMSA A||40||UIUC|
The following is wildly out-of-date, but has some interesting historical information.
Northwestern began hosting an annual high school NAQT tournament in 1999, which was the first tournament to consistently use NAQT questions in Illinois. While the tournament started drawing as many as 41 teams in 2001 (with teams coming from Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin), the tournament has seen a significant decline in attendance since. Northwestern no longer hosts a tournament with NAQT questions, though they still host high school and middle school tournaments.
A few Illinois teams attended NAQT tournaments outside of Illinois. Perhaps, most notoriously, Loyola Academy attended and won the Iowa State Championship in 2004, a year in which it did not even advance from its own regional in the IHSA State Series.
While Illinois quizbowl questions have been gradually improving over that time, it was not until the 2004-05 season that Illinois would get its own regular state championship and qualifier for the HSNCT. This came largely at the request of Loyola Academy coach David Riley. Since this time, question quality has seen a gradual improvement. Local tournament and match formats are now largely in line with national standards.
Starting in 2015, the winner of the tournament receives the William and Janet Egan Memorial Trophy, a perpetual trophy which the winner keeps only so long as they continue winning the tournament. The trophy was donated by the family of William and Janet Egan, and largely consists of a crystal bowl that was William's retirement gift. Even though the trophy was not awarded until 2015, it records the names of the tournament champions dating to the inception of the tournament in 2005. The IHSSBCA officially oversees the trophy and its awarding.