Mike Cheyne

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Mike Cheyne
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Noted Subjects:
American History, The Bible, Baseball, Film
Current Collegiate Team Minnesota (2008-Present)
Past Collegiate Teams None
High School Team Kent City (1998-2002)
Middle School Team None

Mike Cheyne is a grad student at the University of Minnesota in American Studies. He will be teaching at the University of Minnesota-Morris in 2012-2013, but will still be enrolled at Minnesota and is expected to play in open tournaments. Depending on his status with the Student Activities Office at Minnesota, he will remain eligible to play tournaments for Minnesota including ACF Nationals.

Mike received a BA at Grand Valley State University and a MA at Western Michigan University, but did not play collegiate quizbowl from 2002 to 2008. He previously played high school quizbowl at Kent City High School in Michigan, where his most "notable" accomplishment is being on the team that won the first Small School Award at the 2002 HSNCT.

Mike is a humanities-based generalist, with his greatest strengths coming in American history and literature. For his first two years at Minnesota, he mainly played on the B team, achieving his greatest success in 2010 when he was the leading scorer at his ACF Regionals site and more importantly, led an ICT team into the second bracket. In 2010-2011, Mike moved up to the A team, and was the fourth scorer on the Minnesota team which placed second at both ICT and ACF Nationals.

Mike is a phenomenal trash player and has won several scoring prizes. He led a team in winning the inaugural CULT trash national championship, and his CO trash teams have had solid finishes. He has led teams in finishing second at two TRASH Regionals.

Tournaments

Writing

He has edited the 2010 T-Party, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 MUT, and the 2010 and 2011 Minnesota Open. He writes for HSAPQ and wrote a few questions for NASAT and the NSC in 2010. Mike served as an unofficial editor/advisor for the 2011 Minnesota High School Novice Tournament and frequently assists Minnesota teams with packet submissions.

He is noted for writing a number of occasionally rather silly side events, ranging from a vanity literature set at the 2009 Minnesota Open, an all-comic books event with George Berry, an all-television set that was played at various sites, and numerous shootout type packets. After teammates Eliza Grames and Melanie Keating complained that the 2012 Disney tournament contained too many questions about the parks and not enough about the movies, Mike wrote a Disney set based entirely on movies and related items.

Leadership

Although he holds no official title, Mike serves as a resource for the Minnesota team and frequently takes leadership positions. He assists with organization of nearly all tournaments and special events that the club hosts and volunteered as a Tournament Director for several tournaments in 2011-2012.