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New Orleans Phase 2017


B Team Girls Outscore A Team Boys
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Here are the Champs


Left to right: Anna Zheng, Kaiya Patel, Mariasna Henriquez, Sophie Lyman


Advancing to the nine-team playoffs were four Georgia teams, two from Nebraska, one apiece from Arkansas, Kentucky & Oklahoma.Three of those teams were from one school, Atlanta Paideia. It was the first time in 35 years of national competition that a school has placed three teams in the playoffs. And all three advanced to the Final Four!


All Three Paideia Teams!

Greatest Game

The greatest game this year was the quarterfinal match between Paideia B and Mount de Sales Gold, both from Georgia. The teams set an alltime record in the second period when, between them, they swept all five bonuses: Paideia aced FRENCH, GOVERNMENT & POLITICS, and GENESIS; Mount de Sales, “U” IN SCIENCE and ANDREW JOHNSON. After a 30-point net gain in the 60 Seconds Round, Paideia led 280-200. They widened that lead to 320-200 after answering questions about Literature and Algebra. Mount de Sales erased that 120-point deficit after a hot streak during which they answered these questions:

8. He was the only inductee into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1999. He invented an arrangement of the glass harmonica that mounted the bowls on a rotating iron spindle. Who wrote to his daughter Sally, “I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country... he is a Bird of bad moral Character... like those among Men who live by Sharping and Robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The Turkey is ...a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”?

9. Solomon built his navy on the shore of this sea. The Canal of the Pharoahs was an ancient waterway cut between the Nile and this body of water. Israel, Egypt, and Jordan have specified protected areas to conserve the coral reefs of which body of water?
Ans. Red Sea

10. In math, a complex one is identical to a particular complex number, except that the sign for the imaginary part is opposite. In grammar, what verb means to inflect a verb in its various forms to signify number, person, voice, mood, and tense?
Ans. Conjugate

12. Simplify the square root of 18a4b6c2.
Ans. 3a2b3c times the square root of 2

13. It was the only South American country that sent troops to fight in the Korean War. This country ranks second in population in South America. Name this nation, a leading producer of petroleum and coal, coffee and emeralds.
Ans. Colombia

14. Langston Hughes asks “what happens to” what title item? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Give the title of the poem.
Ans. “A Dream Deferred”

After scoring on that Literature question, the game was tied at 360! Mount de Sales then took the lead on an audio question:
15. MUSIC … Listen to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and name this Gospel favorite.
Ans. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” 1254

They extended that lead after getting this Current Events question:
16. “President Trump signed a deal to sell $110 billion in American weapons to the Saudis, a move that triggered concerns among his hosts at the second stop on his trip to the Middle East. The President also came under fire for disclosing to Russian officials classified intelligence on ISIS that came from which ally?
Ans. Israel

Mount de Sales 380, Paideia 340 with only two questions to go! Those questions:
17. The chemical form of this, such as that stored in fossil fuels, is the work of the Coulomb force during rearrangement of mutual positions of electrons and nuclei in atoms and molecules. Common examples in a physics class are a roller coaster at the top of a hill or a bow, just before the arrow is released. Given the symbol U, what quantity is the product of mass, gravitational acceleration, and height above Earth?
Ans. Potential energy

18. In movies and novels, it is a final chapter that briefly tells what happens to the characters afterwards. In Renaissance plays, an actor gave a closing speech seeking approval and applause from the audience. What is this final note of a literary work called?
Ans. Epilogue

Paideia B would have to get them both right to stay in the game. And they did! A tie at the end meant Overtime!
“In days of old, what was the training level between page and knight?” Paideia B knew it was “squire,” winning in overtime. Mount de Sales Gold’s bid for the record of greatest comeback in history fell 5 points short in overtime.

New Orleans Finals

The all-female Paideia B team defeated the all-boy Paideia A squad, 445-280. This was the first time in the ten-year history of Junior Nationals that an all-girl team has made the playoffs, let alone win the day.

Paideia A


Left to right: l to r: Javier Pardo, Nikhel Krishna, Elliott Adams, Aidan Conley.

Going Out On Top

Paideia led 130-85 at the end of an uneventful Bonus Round. In the 60 Seconds Round, Lux advanced 60-10 on MATH; Paideia, 80-20 on FOUR LETTER WORDS. Each team got seven correct answers in the "Stump the Experts" round, and Paideia, by a final score of 360-305, repeated their 2014 feat by winning New Orleans,


Greg Changnon, a Class Act

New Orleans MVP

Anna Zheng was named New Orleans MVP, the first person ever so honored for two consecutive years.


Anna Zheng

DC Phase 2017


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Students on the three Chaffin teams


Advancing to the 7-team playoffs were two Arkansas teams, two Nebraska teams, two New Jersey teams, and one from Pennsylvania. Chaffin White entered the playoffs as the only undefeated team, but Chaffin Gold had the highest points per game average.

DC Finals

Gold won the day by a score of 320-235. No team from New Orleans or DC finished undefeated.

Chaffin White


Left to right: Myriam Rodas, Kenneth Clardy, Jackson Wollscheid, Jack Minnick, Ashton Bailey, Gabe Davis, Sam Hannson,Autumn Minnick

Chaffin Gold


Left to right: Tran Nguyen, Noah Risley, Vivian Apple, Haris Rana, Mahdir Anower, Seth Geoates, Lucas Teoh, Coach Amy Markham


We announced Chicago as the official venue for the inaugural Elementary National Academic Championship. Two of our nineteen elementary teams, however, elected to join us in DC, understanding that they would face some middle school teams, in addition to playing each other. Both are from Newnan, Georgia: Arbor Springs and Elm Street. When the two teams faced each, it was to a packed house of avid spectators. And it was a close match from start to finish. The game was tied at the end of the Warm Up Round. Arbor Springs had a 65-60 lead after the Bonus Round. In the 60 Seconds Round, Elm Street gained 40 to Arbor Springs’s 30 on SPELLING. Arbor Springs added 70 to Elm Street’s 10 on GEOGRAPHY, taking a 165-110 lead into the fourth quarter. In “Stump the Experts,” after Arbor Springs scored on this math problem, they led 185-130, late in the contest: “Find the minimum of the function y = x + 1/x, when x > 0.” (Ans. 2). Only these three questions remained, and to win, Elm Street would have to get them all right.

He wrote his “13 Virtues” when he was only 20 in 1726, and he died of pleurisy at the age of 84, three years after signing the US Constitution. Who was this first US Minister to Sweden and France and sixth President of Pennsylvania?
Ans. Benjamin Franklin

A second large storm was discovered on its surface in 2000, began turning red in 2005, and has been called Red Spot Junior. Name the planet.
Ans. Jupiter

Elm Street got those two right, to trail Arbor Springs 170-185. The last one was a Current Events question:
What state stands to gain more than $100 million annually in tax revenue after oil begins running through the Access Pipeline now that the protests appear to be over?
Ans. North Dakota

Elm Street got it right to win the game, stunning the vast North American viewing audience!
Elm Street went on to finish with a 3-3 record, with two wins against middle school teams.

The Elm Street Contingent


Front row left to right Reed Roberts, Sara Kate Barnes, Jack Higgins, Nathan Merritt, Mary Lois Griffis and Sam Higgins. Back row left to right Emma Brewbaker, Molly Scott, Coaches Laura Bass and Elizabeth Rance


Chaffin’s Noah Risley was named DC MVP.


Noah Risley

Chicago Phase 2016


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Danville Bate
from Kentucky

Next Generation School Wins Chicago


(l to r): Nadir Muzaffar (7th), Abhinav Sattiraju (8th), Lawrence Zhao (7th), Amalie Johnson (8th), Andy Tang (7th)

Next Generation School A from Champaign, Illinois finished 9-1, besting 35 other teams, repeating as Chicago champ in only their second time at the Junior National Academic Championship. En route to the final match, they defeated Next Generation B 395-340, St. James (KY) 405-345, and Hopkins West (MN) 500-245. Meanwhile, Danville Bate beat Albion (IL) 520-190, Quest A (IL) 410-315, and Campbell County (KY) 405-355.

Danville Bate vs. Next Generation

Next Generation led 115-85 at halftime. Danville Bate gained 40-10 on their 60 Second Round category, which stumped both teams, as they were asked to identify the states of 10 given Presidents had served as governor. Next Generation advanced 90-0 on their category, LITERARY CHARACTERS. The Illinois team took control in the “Stump the Experts” round, scoring on visual questions about the Greek flag and Bosch’s masterpiece Garden of Earthly Delights, as well as questions about Religion, American History, Government, World History, World Geography, US Geography, Geometry, and Food. Final score: Next Generation 415, Heritage Classical Academy 225.

Danville Bate (KY)


(l to r): front, Sofie Famere, Amal Gondal; back, with Coach Tony Carney: Ethan, Scott, Emma Webb, Ben Haskett


Because all Next Generation students made a significant contribution to their triumph, no Chicago MVP was named.

Declaring a National Champion

The first consideration in declaring a national champion is number of losses. For the second year in a row, Next Generation suffered a loss in the preliminary rounds to Danville Bate, winners again of this year’s Giant Killer Award, although this time the Illinois team went on to defeat them in the final match. Last year, that one loss kept Next Generation from winning it all. This year they suffered two losses, although they again finished with the highest points-per-game average, 360. Paideia and Chaffin both finished 8-1. They were very close. Chaffin is declared national champions based on the formula found here:

Method to determine National Champion in JNAC and JV NAC tournaments:

  1. The three champions from each location are considered for the title of National Champion.
  2. The three teams will first be separated by number of losses. If one team has fewer losses than the other two, they will be automatically be named National Champion.
  3. In any case where more than one team has the same number of losses and no team has been named National Champion according to number 2 above, the following tie-breaker will be utilized to determine which team is the National Champion.
  4. Each of the team's opponents, including playoff opponents, will be evaluated based on average point differential during the preliminary rounds in all games other than any games against the team under consideration, not including forfeited games. The resulting average point differentials will then be totaled.
  5. Each of the team's games will be evaluated based on point differential. For this step, point differential in playoff games will be multiplied by .86 to account for a larger number of points available during playoff rounds. The point differentials from each of the team's games will then be totaled.
  6. The totals determined in numbers 4 and 5 will then be averaged to determine the team's final value.
  7. The team with the higher final value will be named National Champion. Ties will be taken out to as many decimal points as necessary to determine a higher value. In case of an exact tie, the following tie-breakers will be used.
    1. Team with the most wins
    2. Team with the greatest average point differential based on number 5 above
    3. Coin flip

Hall of Fame

To achieve Hall of Fame status, a student must excel at Nationals at least two years, and lead his team to the top in one of those years. Anna Zheng was there when, for three times in the last four years, Paideia has won New Orleans, earning her place in the assembly of immortals which boasts only four students in ten years.

  • Jon Leidenheimer (Longfellow, VA, 2009-2011)
  • Myles Siglin (Flushing, MI, 2012-2014)
  • Brandon Fairchild (Johnson County, KY, 2013-2015)
  • Anna Zheng (Paideia, GA, 2014-2017)


  • 2008 - Bate Middle School (Danville, KY)
  • 2009 - Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church,VA)
  • 2010 - Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church,VA)
  • 2011 - Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church,VA)
  • 2012 - Trickum Middle School (Stone Mountain, GA)
  • 2013 - Flushing Middle School (Flushing, MI)
  • 2014 - Woodland Junior High School (Fayetteville, AR)
  • 2015 - Sutton Middle School (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2016 - Wooster Middle School (Wooster, OH)
  • 2017 - Chaffin Junior High School (Fort Smith, AR)

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