NAQT Missouri Qualifier
The first-ever NAQT Missouri Qualifier was held at Missouri S&T on February 16, 2008. While it was not the first Missouri tournament to qualify teams for the NAQT HSNCT, it was the first tournament expressly billed as such (a previous attempt had to be canceled due to lack of interest). It is equivalent to the NAQT State Championships held in other states, but cannot be expressly called a "state championship" due to MSHSAA regulations.
The 2009 edition was held February 21, 2009, again at Missouri S&T. On February 23, 2009, the expected date and location for the 2010 qualifier were announced. It was held on March 20, 2010 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, though it was not directed by the Missouri quizbowl team, but rather by Jeffrey Hill and Matt Chadbourne of MOQBA. This was the first tournament hosted by MOQBA as an organization, and MOQBA plans to continue hosting it each year.
The thirteenth annual NAQT Missouri Qualifier will be held on February 29, 2020 at Columbia College.
Small School Recognition
Since the tournament's inception, the top team from a school meeting NAQT's definition of a (traditional public) small school has been recognized as the small school champion. A "very small school" title was introduced in 2018, awarded to the top team from a traditional public small school in MSHSAA Classes 1 or 2 for Scholar Bowl.
* - smaller field size resulted after several teams dropped due to forecasted inclement weather