|President or CEO||Alex Dzurick|
SAGES Quizbowl Questions is a question writing company, based in the Philadelphia area, for elementary and middle school level tournaments. SAGES may also refer to the elementary-level set produced by the company.
As a set, SAGES was born out of a writing effort for the March 2015 Elementary Knowledge Bowl hosted by the Show-Me Conference in Missouri. Alex Dzurick was approached to write new questions for this event and titled the tossups-only question set SAGES (Spring Academic Game for Elementary Students). During the spring of 2015, some of the questions were reformatted into a standard tossup-bonus format. This effort led to several other uses of the set across the country the following year. In the fall of 2015, Alex was asked if he would consider writing a middle school set as well, and given the expansion of effort, SAGES was founded as a company based in Champaign, Illinois, in December of 2015, and has since followed its owner to its current home base in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Early Years (2015-2017)
The first set under the SAGES banner was written by Dzurick and several other writers from Missouri. The set's inaugural use was at the March 2015 Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl in mid-Missouri. After having been re-formatted into tossup-bonus format, the set was then used for elementary tournaments in Connecticut and the San Francisco Bay area and for middle school events in Ohio and southern Missouri.
In fall 2015, while sites were still mirroring the previous year's set, Dzurick and several writers from around the country collaborated to put together another elementary set (SAGES II) as well as a new middle school set which was named PLATO (Perfectly Likeable Academic Tournament Offering). The SAGES II set was again originally used at the Show-Me Conference Elementary Knowledge Bowl, and again was reformatted into tossup-bonus for use at other elementary tournaments. PLATO's existence meant that most MS tournaments shifted to that set instead, and it was used at several quads hosted by Hallsville, several tournaments in Ohio, and a tournament in Texas.
SAGES' third year included the third iteration of the elementary set (SAGES III), primarily used only at the Show-Me event. SAGES also wrote a tossups-only novice high school set for an event in Michigan which was reformulated into a MSHSAA-format middle school set used in Missouri. Instead of producing another iteration of PLATO, the company arranged for the use of the HIGS middle school set at several quad matches in Missouri. SAGES also wrote a small number of speedcheck-style questions for a Missouri conference's middle school knowledge bowl event in spring 2017.
As the need for more high-quality middle school sets has grown, SAGES has seen an uptick in requests for sets, often in state formats (such as IESA and ASCA). With the Show-Me event no longer using SAGES questions, the 2017-2020 seasons have not had anchor sets like SAGES and PLATO from previous seasons. Rather, the company has largely written and/or reformatted questions ad hoc to supply events around the country. Major projects during this time have included two elementary tournaments at Pilot Grove (MO), the Alabama Elementary State tournament in 2018, a set for Fort Worth ISD's local event, a local Pennsylvania competition (requiring over 2,000 short tossups), and conference/dual match sets in the MSHSAA and IESA formats, among other smaller projects.