NAQT Illinois State Championship

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The NAQT Illinois State Tournament is one of three state championships held in Illinois.


Date Champion Runner-Up Third Place Attendance Host
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
2/2008 Auburn Loyola Academy Carbondale 9 UIUC
3/2009 Auburn Carbondale New Trier 12 Fenton
3/2010 Auburn Carbondale OPRF 18 Fenton
2/2011 Stevenson Auburn Loyola Academy 17 Fenton
2/2012 Auburn A IMSA A Carbondale (Ben Chametzky solo) 24 Fenton
2/2013 IMSA Auburn Belvidere North 28 Bloomington
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The following is wildly out-of-date, but has some interesting historical information.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.

William and Janet Egan Memorial Trophy

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.

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