Varsity Quiz (aka Kiwanis Varsity Quiz or Clark County School District Varsity Quiz) is a form of quizbowl played in Clark County and possibly other areas of Nevada. It is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and several matches are broadcast on local PBS television station (KLVX Channel 10). Participants are eligible for the Naylor (formerly Dondero) Scholarship. A Junior Varsity Quiz, similar to Varsity Quiz, runs for area middle school teams.
Each match consists of three rounds. The first round features 25 tossup questions, of which at least one is language arts and four or five are computational math. The second round is six minutes long in tossup/bonus format with two-part related bonuses. The third round, "Speed Round", is also six minutes long, except in televised matches, where it may be longer or shorter to accommodate the TV people. As the name implies, it consists of up to forty short, speed-check tossups. It is implied that Patrick's Press writes the questions, since teams are encouraged to buy Patrick's Press questions for practice and the tossups look pretty similar to stuff in Patrick's Press books. All tossups and bonus parts are worth five points each, and there is no penalty for interrupts.
In 1969 members of the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas were persuaded by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim (California) create a quiz tournament modeled after one they had created. In 2008, Varsity Quiz winner Coronado High School received an invitation to that year's NAQT HSNCT.
Varsity Quiz Champions
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