Pen Scholar Quiz 2016

March 13th, 2016

Here we go, Pen Scholar Quiz 2016!

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is once again gearing up for its annual Scholar Quiz tournament. Just like last year, there is a fun twist: faculty and students are both allowed to compete! There are 21 teams of students and faculty who will compete to take home the title of Pen Scholar Quiz 2016 Champions. Last year’s winners were a team of seniors called the “Anti-Smelly Trees,” who will not be present to defend their titles.

Pen Scholar Quiz 2016

Last Year’s Champs

The Premise

The Pen Scholar Quiz 2016 has teams of four students or faculty members compete in Jeopardy-style rounds of questions called Lightning Rounds, Toss Up Questions, and Bonus Rounds that contain questions on a wide variety of topics. The game consists of two teams of four students or faculty each, a Reader, a Judge, and a Scorer.

How does it work?

Participants can expect questions ranging from academic subjects, like Geometry and Algebra or Chemistry to pop culture and famous quotations. When a question is posed, the first team to raise a placard is given the opportunity to answer. If they answer incorrectly, the opposing team is given an opportunity to answer the same question. A Toss Up question, which can be answered by either team, can lead to a Bonus Round if answered correctly. In Bonus Rounds, the team that answered the Toss Up question correctly is given the chance to answer four questions regarding one topic, each worth five points for a potential of twenty extra points. Teammates are allowed to work together to present their answer. During Lightning Rounds, the teams are given ten questions in quick succession, with each team being allowed to answer only once. If a question is answered incorrectly, points are deducted.

When is it?

On Monday, March 14th, the faculty teams will compete to determine which faculty team will advance to the finals. From Thursday, March 17th until Wednesday March 23rd, student teams will compete to advance to the finals. The exciting final round will be held on Friday, March 25th, pitting the winning student against the winning faculty team to determine who will be the Scholar Quiz Champions of 2016. The victorious team will be presented with a grand prize of $840!

Pen Scholar Quiz 2016

If you are looking to lend a hand, email justin@studyhut.com. He can help set you up with the right people to get involved.

Best of luck to all participating teams: may the odds be ever in your favor.

PV Scholar Quiz 2016

March 6th, 2016

Are you ready with all your random Jeopardy knowledge and facts? You’d better be ready; PV Scholar Quiz 2016: Scholars Awaken is coming to Palos Verdes High School in just one short week! To spice up this year’s tournament, students and faculty are both allowed to create teams to compete to be named the PV Scholar Quiz Champions of 2016. With 69 teams initially signed up for the Quiz, 68 have advanced to the final March Madness tournament. This year, Team Sorry will be seeking revenge for their loss to last year’s winners who graduated. Students Duncan Reid, Brian Kaufman, Matt Donahue, and Austin Rule make up the formidable Team Sorry.

How does it work?

You’ve seen the TV quiz show Jeopardy, right? Contestants answer questions in different categories, have a certain amount of time to give their answer, and win points for each correct answer? That’s the one! In the Scholar Quiz, teams of four faculty or students answer questions in three different formats: Lightning Rounds, Toss Up Questions, and Bonus Rounds. Any question asked can be on any number of different topics, no matter the format. In a single match, there are two teams of four students or faculty each, a Reader, a Judge, and a Scorer.

Contestants can expect to see both academic questions, like English or United States History, and more fun or random categories, such as famous quotations or music. Each team is given a placard to raise in order to pose an answer to a question. The first team to raise their placard has the first opportunity to answer the question. The rival team is given an opportunity to answer the same question if the first team fails to answer the question correctly. Either team can answer a Toss Up question, which will lead to a Bonus Round for the team who answers it correctly first. During the Bonus Round, this team is given an opportunity to answer four questions on one central topic, each worth five points for a bonus of up to twenty points for that team. In a Lightning Round, ten questions are given rapid fire to both teams. Each team is only allowed to answer once, but are penalized for questions answered incorrectly. Unlike Jeopardy, where individuals compete with only their own knowledge to support them, teammates are allowed to work together in the Scholar Quiz.

When is it?

PV Scholar Quiz 2016 will take place from March 7th to March 14th. Student teams will compete amongst themselves as will the faculty teams to determine the top teams in those categories. The highly anticipated final round will be held on March 14th to determine the real winners of the Scholar Quiz: students or faculty. But wait…there’s more! The winners will take home a minimum $1000 cash scholarship! Good luck to all contestants and teams – may the F = ma be with you.

PV Scholar Quiz 2016

Mira Costa High School: Scholar Quiz 2016

February 24th, 2016

Springtime is here! For those at Mira Costa, this time of year brings something possibly more exciting than opening those acceptance letters: the Scholar Quiz 2016 (MCHS).


What it is:

The Scholar Quiz is a single-elimination Jeopardy-style competition, played out over six days. This is the most treasured academic annual event at Mira Costa High School. There are 256 players total, divided into teams of four, for a total of 64 teams. The players pick their own teams, and battle it out answering questions from all academic topics.

It is exciting. It is nerdy. It is exactly what your tutor at Study Hut reminisces about from their days at MCHS.

Here’s how it goes down:

Each match involves two teams, a reader, a scorekeeper, and a flag judge. Topics from all subjects-math, history, english, you name it-are fair game, as well as pop-culture and current events. The players must pass lightening, toss-up, and bonus rounds.

Scholar Quiz Champions are recognized in an all-school assembly, and their names are forever engraved on the Mira Costa Scholar Quiz Trophy.


Do you think your student will be the winner? Is your child participating? Do you want to witness the action first-hand as a volunteer? With a whopping 256 players, this event needs over 100 volunteers. If interested, contact Study Hut MB ASAP and we will point you in the right direction.


Sign-up is competitive, and the spots are taken quickly.


When: February 24th at 6:30 a.m.

Where: Auditorium Lobby


When: March 23rd-March 30th

Where: Mira Costa High School



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We will see you guys there!