MOQBA Member Biographies

Scott Allen

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

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.

Matt Chadbourne

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. Send an email to Matt

Brandon Daake

Brandon Daake graduated from Oakville High School in 2012 and currently attends Southeast Missouri State University, where he founded the school's quizbowl team.

David Dennis

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

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. Send an email to Alex

Spencer Fish

Spencer Fish graduated from Liberty High School in 2009 and attended Washington University in St. Louis.

Phillip George

Phillip George is a 2002 graduate of Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri, and was a member of Glendale's second-place team in the 2002 History Bowl held at Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University). He has attended Missouri State University from 2002 to the present, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Technical Writing in 2007 and leading a team that participated in the Region 11 College Bowl Regionals that year. As a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Writing, which he will receive in summer 2010, he played several collegiate tournaments, including ACF Nationals 2009, and served as the first President of Missouri State's Quiz Bowl Club. He has served as moderator and scorekeeper at several events, including three at Missouri State in the 2009-2010 school year.

Sam Haynes

Sam Haynes is from Jefferson City, MO, and started playing quizbowl his junior year. He organized the first Bill Currie Memorial Tournament and led Jefferson City to their first PACE NSC in 2011. Sam currently attends Washington University in St. Louis.

Jeffrey Hill

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, directed the inaugural MOQBA Fall Tournament in 2015, 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 currently working as a software engineer in the Kansas City area. Send an email to Jeffrey

Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and alumnus of Liberty High School and Truman State University. Besides the words smart, beanpole and obnoxious, Kyle can be described as a passionate person. 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 soon took priority. After writing for his high school newspaper (The Liberty Bell), Kyle became involved in Truman's campus media outlets. During his senior year, Kyle anchored election coverage as news director for campus radio station KTRM-FM. 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. He and his fiancée live in mid-Missouri and are regular fixtures at tournaments around central and northeast Missouri.

Stephanie Hull

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.

Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy is Boone County born and raised. He graduated from North Callaway (2001) and received his bachelors (2005) and masters (2008) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His first real experience with Quizbowl came in 2007 when he was appointed head coach of the Centralia High School Quizbowl team, a team that had won fourth in state the season prior. Since taking up the mantle, Centralia has advanced to MSHSAA state twice, earning second place in 2011; has won three Clarence Cannon Conference titles (2009-2011); has won two district titles (2008 & 2011); has competed at the NAQT HSNCT (2012); and has won the NAQT Missouri Qualifier Small School Championship (2011). In 2012, as part of the MOQBA Fall Regionals, Centralia hosted its first pyramidal tournament. Since then, two incarnations of the Centralia Autumn Academic Tournament have been held, each time being platinum certified by PACE.

When he is not obsessing over Quizbowl, Ryan teaches Dual Credit Language Arts classes at Centralia High School.

Jason Loy

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.

Josh Malecki

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 and only 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.

Paul Nelson

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 July 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. Send an email to Paul

Jacob O'Rourke

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. Send an email to Jacob

Sean Phillips

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.

Sam Ruesing

A resident of Pontoon Beach, IL, Sam Ruesing graduated from Marquette Catholic in Alton, IL, in 2009 after participating in scholar bowl for three years. He currently attends Missouri S&T where he studies Chemical Engineering and is a member of the quizbowl team.

Nick Rupel

Nick Rupel started played quizbowl with Parkway Central Middle School in 7th grade. In high school, Nick was a member of the Parkway Central A Team for 3 years, winning various tournaments and going to Nationals in Chicago his Junior and Senior year. Nick is now at Truman State, having finished his Freshman year as part of Truman State's A Team, and have become heavily involved in Missouri High School tournaments through moderating. Currently, he is looking forward to more college quizbowl and tournament moderation in the future.

Abdullah Shoaib

Abdullah Shoaib graduated from Eureka High School in 2009 and currently attends Saint Louis University. He started playing quiz bowl his freshman year and helped Eureka place 3rd in MSHSAA State in 2008, winning a 4th place individual award in Class 4 that year.

Alex Smith

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 is currently enrolled at Missouri S&T where he is the president of the school's ACO team. He is majoring in mathematics and computer science.

Joey Spicer

Joey Spicer is from Independence, MO. While in high school, he served two years as varsity captain of the quizbowl team and competed in Science Knowledge Bowl all three years. He graduated from Fort Osage High School in 2008. Joey attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied chemistry. In college, Joey competed in many tournaments and served as statistician, moderator, and scorekeeper at many others. He was a member of the second place Division II team at ACF Nationals in 2009 and the second place team at the 2009 Minnesota Open. In 2010, he served as co-director of the inaugural Mort Walker Invitational.

Amy Sternke

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

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

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.

Christina Whelehon

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.