Jeffrey Hill is a Kansas City native and 2005 graduate of Liberty High School, where he was a member of Liberty's 2003 and 2005 Class 4 MSHSAA state champion and 2004 runner-up teams. He led the effort to write and edit the questions for Liberty's 2004 and 2005 tournaments. Jeffrey graduated from Missouri S&T (formerly UMR) in May 2009 where he was a member of the 14th place team at the 2008 NAQT ICT.
Jeffrey is a founding member of MOQBA and has served as the organization's president since July 2010. He frequently travels to tournaments throughout the state to serve as a moderator, stat person, adviser, and/or tournament director. Jeffrey has co-directed the NAQT Missouri Qualifier since its third iteration in 2010, (co-)directed all iterations of the MOQBA Fall Championship, and frequently assists other tournament directors with logistics and scheduling.
Jeffrey is a primary developer of the Quizbowl Resource Center Database on hsquizbowl.org and also maintains the Missouri Quizbowl Message Board and the website for the Missouri Academic Coaches Association. Outside of quizbowl, he is a software engineer in the Kansas City area. Email Jeffrey
Jacob O’Rourke graduated from Pacific High School in 2010. He only played his senior year of high school, but helped to lead his school to a district championship before graduation. He graduated from Truman State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Sciences in History. Jacob played quizbowl for four years at Truman and served as the team's Vice President and Tournament Director, including directing ACF Fall in 2013 and helping to direct the 2013 and 2014 NAQT College Sectional Tournaments. His writing experiences include the 3rd and 4th Collaborative Middle School Tournament sets (including serving as outreach director/bid coordinator for CMST 4), and all HSAPQ sets since the start of the 2012-2013 season. He currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington High School and can often be seen at several St. Louis events. Jacob moderates or does statistics at several statewide tournaments and has served as MOQBA Secretary since August 2015. Email Jacob
Jason Loy began playing quiz bowl at Cutter Morning Star High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, leading the team to three state class AA state championships as well as two NAQT High School National Championship Tournament small school national championships. He played quiz bowl for four years at Harding University, leading them to a third place finish at the 2005 NAQT Division II Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, and co-founded Missouri State University's quiz bowl team while attending graduate school there. Jason currently teaches math at Tuscumbia High School and coaches Tuscumbia's high school and middle school quiz bowl teams. In addition to contributing questions to many middle school, high school, and college tournaments, Jason has directed sixteen high school and middle school tournaments in Arkansas and Missouri. Email Jason
Scott Allen is originally from Kearney, MO (home of Jesse James). After graduation from high school he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and upon graduation decided to make Boone County his home. His first teaching position was at Cooper County R-IV schools where during his third year of teaching he was asked to co-coach the Quiz Bowl team. He stayed in that role for another 5 years before taking a position as a chemistry teacher at Hallsville. During his second year at Hallsville he was given the head coaching position for the Quiz Bowl team and has continued to coach the team for 11 years. During that time, Hallsville has won 8 conference titles, 6 district championships and competed in 2 NAQT High School National Championship Tournaments along with the inaugural NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament. Scott is also the current president of the Missouri Academic Coaches Association.
Jacob Billingsley is from Holden, MO, and competed for four years on his high school team. In 2010, he traveled with Holden to the PACE National Scholastics Championship. Jacob joined the University of Missouri team in the fall of 2010 and has since competed at several college tournaments and helped to host Mizzou's high school events. Jacob served as Mizzou's club president from 2011-2013.
Peter Bonello is the coach of the St. Pius X Scholar Bowl Team. He played sophomore through senior year at Raytown South High School, where his lone highlight was defeating Josh Malecki's Raytown team at the Longview Scholar Bowl in 1995 for second place at that event. After putting his buzzer away for 11 years, he jumped at the chance to get involved with Scholar Bowl at St. Pius X when he started teaching there in 2006. After serving as Assistant Coach for two years, Peter took over as Head Coach in 2008 and picked the brain of the legendary Mary Lou Johnson on how to rebuild the program. St. Pius X qualified for and attended their first HSNCT in 2012 and has gone to either HSNCT or SSNCT every year since except 2014, with a top finish of 9th in the 2017 Open Division of SSNCT. The previous year that same team clawed their way into the Class 3 State tournament for SPX's first State appearance. Despite leaving St. Pius X in a teaching capacity, Peter continues coaching the team while teaching math at Avila University and Rockhurst University.
Audrey Brandon graduated from Moberly High School in 2017. She was a four year member of the team that was reconstituted her freshman year. Her experience was capped off in April of her senior year with an 8th place finish at SSNCT in Chicago, as well as a District and Conference championship. Audrey is currently fitting a double major in Psychology and Mathematics around her band commitments at Central Methodist University in Fayette, and plans to continue staffing tournaments in the area.
Julie Burchett teaches Experiential Learning, APUSH and also works with students in at-risk situations at Webster Groves High School. She first got involved in Scholar Bowl in 2010 when she received an invite from Lindenwood University to participate in their televised high school academic history competition. The students and Julie did not even know about such a thing as Scholar Bowl at the time but quickly found out and got involved. She has been the head coach since 2010 and her teams have actively participated in tournaments since.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing and Management from the Olin School of Business at Washington University and a Master’s degree in Teaching – Social Sciences from Webster University.
Webster Groves always has enthusiastic and involved Scholar Bowl members which makes working with them lots of fun for Julie. Webster Groves hosted their first (and hopefully annual) Statesmen Invitational Tournament in 2019.
Matt Chadbourne is a native of Viburnum, Missouri. While in high school, his team took second place in the Class 2 state tournament in his senior year of 2004, and he was the tournament's top scorer. He also led the team to conference and district championships that season and was a member of three All-Conference and All-District teams. Matt holds bachelor's and master's degrees in applied mathematics from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) where he played quizbowl on the collegiate level from 2004 to 2011 and was a member of the 14th place team at the 2008 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program in accounting at Missouri State University. Matt has directed or co-directed a total of sixteen high school tournaments, including the first six editions of the NAQT Missouri Qualifier, and also directed six more college tournaments. He has written questions for numerous tournaments, was formerly a writer for both NAQT and HSAPQ, and is also a former member of PACE. Matt is a founding member of MOQBA and was the organization's first president. Email Matt
Brandon Daake graduated from Oakville High School in 2012 and attended Southeast Missouri State University, where he founded the school's quizbowl team.
Jon Deering is from Montgomery City in East Central Missouri. He played high school quiz bowl at Montgomery County R-2 and competed in the 2003 MSHSAA class 3 state tournament, where his team placed second. After graduating from Truman State with a bachelor's in history (May, 2008) and master's in education (December, 2008), Jon began teaching history at Wellsville-Middletown, where he's been coaching quiz bowl since 2012. His W-M teams began attending pyramidal tournaments shortly thereafter and have been a fixture on the circuit ever since. Jon was named Missouri's class 1 coach of the year for the 2014-15 season by the Missouri Academic Coaches Association.
David Dennis graduated from Breckinridge Co. High School in Kentucky, in 1996. He attended Murray State University and has been teaching music and choir for the past 14 years.
Since moving to the Washington School District in 2007, he has been coaching the Brain Bowl team at the Middle School and is now also coaching the High School team, as well as a district-wide Elementary Team.
Alex Dzurick most recently served as the first MOQBA secretary (2008-2015) and vice president of MACA (2013-2015). During the 2012-13 school year, he was the head 6th grade coach and assistant middle school coach at South Callaway. Alex is from Fulton, MO, and graduated high school in 2008, also from South Callaway. His team earned 4th place in the 2006 MSHSAA state tournament. Alex was then a member, treasurer and president of the University of Missouri Quizbowl Club and directed nine tournaments at Mizzou until graduating in 2012. Alex directed the 2011 regional NAQT Sectionals tournament as well as the 2014 and 2015 NAQT Missouri Qualifiers. Alex moved to Illinois in 2015 to start a graduate program in education policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where he continues to staff tournaments. Alex is also the owner and head editor for SAGES Quizbowl Questions, writing elementary and middle school level question sets. Email Alex
Mr. Hall has been around quiz bowl activities for 14 years, but only as a reader at local tournaments. In 2014 he began coaching the Lakeland High school team and continues to do so to this date. In 2015 his varsity team consisting of a group of 6 Freshman and Sophomores won District and Sectional matches, to make to the Class 1 State Finals, finishing 6th at state. In 2016 the team expanded to 10 strong, and went again to the state finals in Class 1, achieving the rank of 2nd at state for class 1. Mr. Hall also received the Missouri Class 1 Coach of the Year award in 2016 from the Missouri Academic Coaches Association.
Kyle Hill is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and alumnus of Liberty High School and Truman State University. At Liberty, Kyle led the Blue Jays to a Class 4 state championship in 2003, earning all-state honors thrice. He also edited and helped direct Liberty's varsity and junior varsity tournaments his senior year. At Truman, Kyle competed for the Academic Competition Organization and was on the team which placed fourth in the nation at the 2005 CBI Nationals in Seattle.
Kyle had hoped to become a journalism teacher and scholar bowl coach, but his interest for journalism ended up taking priority. At Truman, he anchored election coverage as news director for campus radio station KTRM. After two stints at a radio station in Northwest Arkansas and spending time in England, Kyle joined the staff of Regional Radio in June 2013 and was named farm director the following April. Since 2014 Kyle has hosted Scholars Weekly on KRES, a 12-week series highlighting quiz bowl teams and contests around KRES' vast broadcast area. He continued hosting the show even after transferring to sister station KDKD, where he devotes his time to reporting on Missouri's biggest industry. The Missouri Department of Agriculture honored Kyle as the Ag Communicator of the Year in December 2015.
Kyle and his wife live in West Central Missouri and are regular fixtures at tournaments throughout the state, eager to help spread the word about high quality quiz bowl throughout outstate Missouri.
Stephanie Hull is a graduate student and instructor at the University of Missouri. She earned her MA from Mizzou in 2013 and is currently pursuing her PhD in philosophy. Stephanie has volunteered at quizbowl tournaments in Mid-Missouri since 2012.
Malia Jolly is from Pike County, Missouri where she graduated from Clopton High School in 1998. She attended Truman State University and graduated summa cum laude in 2002 with a BA in History and a minor in Spanish. She finished her teaching certification through Hannibal La-Grange College and accepted a position as Spanish teacher at Louisiana High School in the fall of 2003, a position she has remained in since. In 2007 she completed her Master's degree in Educational Administration through William Woods University. Malia began coaching the Quizbowl team at Louisiana in 2007.
Ginger Luetkemeyer is a Spanish and social studies instructor at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City. She helped start the Scholar Bowl team at Calvary Lutheran High School in Fall 2013, beginning with four freshmen. With the assistance of other local coaches and the supportive scholar bowl community, the CLHS program has grown to two full teams that compete around the state. Calvary has also been the host site of small local tournaments, hosting the CCAA Conference tournament for two years, moving to the NAQT two-half format in 2017. Calvary has participated in the MSHSAA District tournament every year, and were blessed to finish as Class 2A State Champions in 2016. Calvary also competed at the PACE National Tournament in Chicago in 2016.
(Ancient history: She played on Roger Stephens' first Scholar Bowl team at Richland High School.)
Josh Malecki was first introduced to Scholar Bowl by his Sophomore history teacher after failed attempts at a basketball and track career. His Raytown High School team won their Districts his junior and senior year, and finished 2nd at State his senior year to a strong NKC team. Josh played College Bowl his first two years at the University of Central Missouri, representing the History Department (UCM does not have a set team). When he was hired in 2000 at the Fort Osage School District, he assisted the coach at Osage Trail Middle School for 2 seasons, before becoming the full time coach in 2003. He coached the OTMS team for 10 seasons, winning the Eastern Jackson end-of-season middle school championship in 2009. When he transferred to Fort Osage High School in 2012, he took over a team that was led by the members of that 2009 championship team. They qualified for Nationals that season (the first time in Fort Osage history) and played at PACE Nationals in Maryland. When not coaching Scholar Bowl and hosting as many tournaments as he can, Josh teaches 9th grade Recent American History, Sociology, UMKC Dual Credit Early and Recent American History and UMKC Dual Credit Western Civilization.
Lisa grew up in central Ohio and attended Ohio University. She's been teaching Geography, Economics, History of Popular Music, and other social studies topics for over 10 years. Lisa got involved in Quiz Bowl when her son, Steven, was recruited to play on Boonville LSE's middle school team. She ended up coaching the LSE team and, when she got the job at Columbia Independent in 2015, started their 6-8 grade quiz bowl program. With the help of several coaches in this alliance, Lisa expanded CIS's program and now coaches all of the CIS teams, 6-12, with Steven helping out at practices and tournaments. The CIS Middle School team has taken 2nd in state two years in a row and has attended two NAQT Nationals tournaments, but she's perhaps most proud that Steven wants to be a history teacher--and quiz bowl coach.
Michael McDonald is the coach of the Eureka High School Quiz Bowl team, which hosted the first Eureka Kickoff Tournament in October 2016.
Paul Nelson began his quiz bowl career at Cuba High School, where he became the first player in Missouri history to be a member of four state championship teams (1995-'98) and was a perennial All-State player. As a high school player, Paul's teams made the playoffs at two national tournaments and he was a member of the 1998 Missouri team at the National Tournament of Academic Excellence at Disney World. Paul then played four years for University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T), earning a berth at the 2001 NAQT Division II ICT in St. Louis. Paul joined NAQT as a writer in 2004 and organized Missouri NAQT tournaments from 2005 to 2010, including serving as tournament director for NAQT's Region 11 Sectional tournament in 2010.
Paul served as MOQBA's second president from January to June 2010 and coached Missouri's inaugural all-star team at PACE's NASAT tournament the same year. He continues to moderate quiz bowl events across the United States. Email Paul
Angie Odom is a mathematics teacher from Kickapoo High School. She teaches many of the dual credit classes in mathematics at Kickapoo including AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and Discrete Math 2. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Drury University. Angie received her BA from Drury in Psychology and worked in Washington, DC (in politics) until realizing she wanted to go back to school to become a teacher. After returning to school and earning a degree in mathematics education and an MS in Mathematics, she received a job offer from Kickapoo in 2004.
After taking over Scholar Bowl at Kickapoo in 2014, Angie started working on building the Kickapoo Scholar Bowl team and participating in NAQT style tournaments. The first year her team was runner-up in districts, but a short four years later, Kickapoo finished third place in the MSHSAA Class 4 State Scholar Bowl Championships. Additionally, this is the first year she is the middle school Scholar Bowl Director for Springfield Public Schools.
Angie is a member of MENSA, a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, PTSA, NEA and Mathematics Association of America. Her hobbies include book club, trivia nights, the Kansas City Chiefs and spending time with her two young children and family.
Sean Phillips was born on March 24, 1982. He grew up in Boonville, Missouri, and was part of two district championship teams in 1998 and 2000, winning the MSHSAA 3A title in 2000. That year he also was the top player in the MRVC Conference, the district, and set what at that time was a record in 3A individual performance at state. Upon matriculating to Washington University in St. Louis, where while still competing in academic competitions, he began participating in trash events placing in the top 10 individually at TRASHionals in 2001. He wrote his first (and to date only) tournament in 2003 and wrote for PACE NSC in 2003 and 2004. He has co-edited and helped run every WUHSAC since 2002 and been privileged to have have been part of four national championships hosted by WUSTL where he was the team's vice-president from 2002-2004. He is a 2007 graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law.
Jason Pounds is a graduate of Houston High School, where he now teaches Social Studies. He has been the High School Scholar Bowl coach since 2013, making the state tournament in 2016. He started the Houston Middle School program in 2016. Houston hosts multiple tournaments every year.
Max Ryle is a 2018 graduate of Cuba High School, where he played quizbowl all 4 years under the legendary Gary Durbin. During his HS career, Cuba won 3 GVC titles, 2 District titles, and appeared at MSHSAA State his junior and senior year, taking 4th both times, with Max being named a state All-Star both years. He currently attends Mizzou with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. Max is currently a member of Mizzou's quizbowl club, serving as Vice-President beginning in 2019.
Alex Smith grew up in Godfrey, IL, where he graduated from Marquette Catholic High School in 2009. There he played scholar bowl for four years, and he was the captain of the varsity team his senior year when he was also acknowledged as a member of the all-state class A team. While in high school, Alex also participated in WYSE, placing third at state in chemistry division 300 in 2008 and first at state in chemistry in 2009. Alex attended Missouri S&T where he was the president of the school's ACO team and majored in mathematics and computer science.
Amy Sternke is currently the coach of Hannibal High School's Academic Team in Hannibal, Missouri. She graduated from that same high school in 1998 (where she did not play quiz bowl because sadly she didn't even know that it was a thing then). She has a degree in English from Truman State University and a master's in Education from Quincy University and now teaches all levels of French at HHS. She was a co-coach of Hannibal's Academic Team for five years with Michelle Conrad, and after taking six years off from it, she enthusiastically re-joined the team full time at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.
Kevin Stockman was first introduced to quiz bowl when he became a teacher at Orchard Farm, as there was not a quiz bowl team at his high school (St. Charles West HS 1997) nor his college (Missouri State 2001). First serving as an assistant coach in the 2010-2011 season, Kevin became head coach the following season and has since increased Orchard Farm's attendance at high quality quiz bowl tournaments, occasionally making the playoffs. In the Missouri format, his teams have won 3 conference championships, 4 district championships, and placed 4th at MSHSAA State in 2011. Under Kevin's direction, Orchard Farm began hosting its annual tournament in 2013.
Shelley Swoyer recently retired after coaching the Helias High School quizbowl team for 15 years. Her teams competed all over the state and at several state competitions. Following a six year period during which no Missouri teams attended a pyramidal national championship, Helias attended NAQT HSNCT by invitation of Paul Nelson after getting a special dispensation from MSHSAA to attend, even though the team had never seen a pyramidal question before. Life has gotten much better for quizbowl in Missouri since then, and Shelley is glad to see so many Missouri teams going to national competitions. In addition to eagerly continuing her involvement with quizbowl as part of MOQBA, Shelley's other immediate goal with all of her new freedom is to learn Spanish and travel to Cuba before you can find a McDonald's or Starbucks there.
Scott Walker graduated from Kickapoo High School in 2005 and received his Bachelor's and Master's from Missouri State University in 2009 and 2017 respectively. In 2011, he began working at Clever High School as an English and Theater Teacher having never heard of quizbowl before then. After reading some questions at some small events, Scott quickly jumped at the chance to coach the team in 2013 when the vacancy came open. Under his coaching, Clever High School began hosting an annual tournament, attending more high quality tournaments around the state, and occasionally winning some trophies to fill the case across from his room.
Christina (Carter) Whelehon is originally from Lebanon, MO. While in high school, she served two years as varsity captain of the quizbowl team and competed in Academic Quiz Bowl all four years. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 2002. Christina graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in English and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO in 2010 with a Masters of Arts In Teaching- Secondary Education. Christina is currently the coach for the Oakville High School Academic Quiz Bowl team, which she founded herself in August 2009. She has led her team to qualify for both NAQT Nationals and PACE Nationals, and her team placed third at Class 4 MSHSAA State Scholar Bowl in 2013. Christina currently teaches English at Oakville High School.
Tara Winn has been the Pilot Grove High School Scholar Bowl coach since 2013 and the elementary scholar bowl coach from 2012-2015 and 2016-2017. As of 2016, Pilot Grove's high school scholar bowl team has won their conference title 24 years in a row and attended several NAQT Small School National Championship Tournaments. Tara graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and teaches 5th and 6th grade math and science and 5th grade history.