|Noted Subjects: |
Literature, Music, Science
|Current Collegiate Team||Harvard (inactive)|
|Past Collegiate Teams||VCU (dual enrolled, 2009-2011); Virginia (2011-2015)|
|High School Team||Maggie Walker (2007-2011)|
|Middle School Team||None|
Thomas "Tommy" Casalaspi attends graduate school at Harvard. He won the 2012, 2014, and 2015 ICTs, as well as the 2014 ACF Nationals playing alongside Matt Bollinger at UVA, and led Maggie Walker to victory at the 2010 HSNCT and a 2nd place finish at the 2010 NSC. Tommy's transformation into a leading science player during the 2014 season was a major factor behind UVA's title sweep.
Tommy has also gained high acclaim as an editor, particularly for his work on literature and music for the 2017 ACF Nationals.
High School Career
Tommy was known for playing well at college tournaments from an early age, including competitive finishes playing with Matt Weiner and Evan Adams at 2009 Sun N' Fun and with Guy Tabachnick at the 2009 Chicago Open Literature Doubles. While taking dual-enrollment VCU classes, Tommy played for VCU at such tournaments as 2010 ACF Nationals and 2011 ICT, where the team won the undergraduate title and came in 3rd place overall.
At the University of Virginia, Tommy was a major contributor on the Matt Bollinger-led teams that won the 2012 ICT, the 2014 ICT, and 2014 ACF Nationals. On a team with Bollinger, Eric Mukherjee, and Evan Adams, he won 2014 Chicago Open.
While in high school, Tommy wrote and edited the Tyrone Slothrop Literature Singles, freelanced for 2009 ACF Nationals, and contributed each year as a writer and editor to GSAC, Maggie Walker's annual house-written tournament. He was the head editor GSAC XVIII, for which he wrote all the questions in every category except history and geography, completely finishing the tournament three months before it was to be played.
Since he started college, Tommy has been Literature Editor at HSAPQ. He also helped organize the Gorilla Literature Singles at 2014 Chicago Open, for which he wrote a packet and reintroduced the format he created for the Tyrone Slothrop Literature Singles.