The KQBA Board
Meet the current Board for the KQBA
Tyler began playing quizbowl at Glasgow High School and continued playing at the University of Kentucky. He served as UK's tournament director from 2014-2017, has co-directed Glasgow's Scottie tournament since 2014, and has written for and edited the Scottie question set since 2017.
Bryan started playing quizbowl at the Russell Independent School District and continued to play at the University of Louisville until graduation in 2014. After a short stint in graduate school, he has been involved as an assistant coach at both Johnson Central High School and Russell High School. He has been a KQBA board member since 2019.
April York served as the head coach at Woodford County High School from 2016-2019, and an assistant coach beforehand. She was on the academic team at Central Hardin High School back in the very early days of quizbowl in KY, and she is currently a math teacher and Co-Coach at Central Hardin High School.
Ramapriya started his quizbowl career at DuPont Manual High School. After graduating, he attended the University of Louisville and joined the team there, turning into a key member of the team during their greatest period of success. After graduating from Louisville, Ramapriya has continued to stay active in the quizbowl community by being a founding member of the KQBA and a common reader on the state and national circuit.
Andy began playing quizbowl in fourth grade and played his entire career with the Russell Program, finishing with a Small School National Championship in 2008 and runners-up in 2009 and 2010. Andy is currently the head coach at Boyd Co. Middle School. Click the link for his full bio.
Bill Newsome began his involvement with academic competition in middle school and continued his obsession throughout high school and college. He earned his undergraduate teaching degree at the University of Pikeville (B.S. Secondary English Education, 2005), during which time he served as an assistant academic team coach at Pikeville High School. After teaching English and serving as head coach at Pikeville High School for one year, Bill pursued his Master of Arts degree in English from Morehead State University (MA, 2008). Since then, he has served as an assistant academic coach at Beaumont Middle School, Danville-Bate Midldle School, and Grayson County High School, where he is currently the head coach. Each summer, Bill looks forward to working with academic team students as an instructor at summer camps held in Kentucky and along the East Coast. In 2020, Bill was elected to the KAAC and KQBA Boards, positions in which he hopes to help advance quizbowl and academic competition throughout the state.
Jason Thompson is That Guy with the Ponytail Who Reads at Just About Every Tournament™. He grew up competing in KAA (before they added the C!) in Bullitt County, and studied music at Transylvania University (BA, 2005), Ball State University (MM, 2007), and the University of Arizona (DMA, 2010). In 2011, Jason began coaching the academic team at Samuel V. Noe Middle School; during his tenure, Noe became one of the premiere middle school programs in the country, finishing in the top ten at the NAQT MSNCT three times. Jason became an NAQT writer and editor in 2013 and a member (co-owner) of NAQT in 2019.