1. What is the Trivia Cup?

The Trivia Cup is an annual online competition sponsored by Gallaudet University through its Youth Programs office. The competition consists of five online individual trivia events for Middle School and High School students, one in-person trivia event for High School students, and two online individual trivia events for elementary students.

2. When and why was it established?

The inaugural Trivia Cup commenced in September 2020 with the goal of fostering the pursuit of academic excellence, promoting a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship, and encourage social opportunities and collegiality among students.

3. What is the format of the Trivia Cup competition?

Due to the large number of individuals expecting to sign up for each event during the Trivia Cup competition, each event will be broken down into four stages.

The Trivia Cup Preliminary stage will consist of a 32-question Kahoot trivia event conducted via Zoom. This event will be broadcast live on Facebook, but to ensure their privacy, all participants will be assigned a pseudonym (fake name). The top 32 High School players will advance to the Ranking Test stage. The top 16 Middle School players will advance to the Finals stage.

The Trivia Cup Ranking Test stage will consist of a 16-question Ranking Test. This Ranking Test will be conducted with Gallaudet University student ambassadors at times that fit each player’s schedule. The top 16 High School players from this stage will then advance to the Playoffs stage.

The Trivia Cup Playoffs stage will consist of a tournament bracket for the top 16 High School players from the Ranking Test stage. The participants will use their actual names, and we will show this event live on Facebook.

The Trivia Cup Finals stage will consist of a tournament bracket for the top 4 High School players from the Playoffs stage. For Middle School participants, we will show this event live on Facebook. For High School participants, the Finals will take place at Gallaudet University in person if conditions permit us to do so.

4. Who can participate?

 

The Trivia Cup is open to individual High School, Middle School, and Elementary deaf and hard of hearing students enrolled in any K-12 school in the world. Individuals may come from residential schools, day schools, mainstream programs, homeschooling programs, or any other type of educational program having High School, Middle School, or Elementary-aged deaf or hard of hearing students.

5. How many participants are allowed to participate in the Trivia Cup competition?

We are accepting an unlimited number of participants for the Trivia Cup.

 

6. Is there any expense for participating in the Trivia Cup competition?

There is no registration fee for the Trivia Cup.

The top four high school finishers from each event who will compete at the High School Trivia Cup Finals at Gallaudet University will have all of their expenses covered, including travel, lodging, and meals.

7. Can families and visitors watch the competition?

The Preliminary stages, the High School Playoffs, and the Middle School Finals will be live-streamed on Youth Programs' Facebook page. Everybody is more than welcomed to watch the live stream.

Gallaudet University is committed to following the guidelines set by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and so, as of May 2021, we will be unable to allow any spectators beyond the top four high school finishers from each event allowed to travel to Gallaudet for the Trivia Cup High School Finals. This may include school administrators, alternate players, and family members. This rule is meant to reflect current guidelines, and so is subject to change throughout the competition season.

8. Who do I contact for more information about the Trivia Cup?

Please contact our Youth Programs Specialist, Casey Johnson-Pasqua at casey.johnson-pasqua@gallaudet.edu.