By the time you are reading this, I will have attended the Senior Bible Quizzing State Finals with my son and his team. This tournament was for all the marbles. How bible quizzing works is that the kids start learning verses as early as August. Milton usually starts learning the material in September. They learn roughly two – five verses each day. Quiz practice starts in November shortly after the bible quizzing kick-off. The kids compete at tournaments from January through May in the state where they live. In the middle of the season, many teams attend regional extravaganzas, and if their teams places either first or second at the extravaganza, the team is guaranteed a spot at the national tournament in (July for junior bible quizzers) August. The tournaments are for practice and for the opportunity to gain tournament points that go towards a team trophy at state finals. This year, our Intermediate team (Milton’s team) received enough points to earn them the second-place trophy (we didn’t attend one tournament). Our Experienced team also received the second-place trophy in their division.
This year, Milton learned 422 verses from the books of I Kings and Proverbs. What I love about my son is the fact that he always learns all his required verses. He has a determination to be a bible quizzer. He is self-motivated and does not give us a difficult time with regards to studying his material. Of course there are times when he is a normal 12-year-old boy and he wants to do other things, but he always remembers what is important and gets right back down to business. This year he wasn’t sure he was going to quiz past the first tournament because he didn’t think he would have a teammate. Because of that, he stopped learning verses for almost two months! When he finally decided that he would continue, he was about 120 verses behind where he should have been. He would have been finished learning his verses two months ago, but we got it done right before he went to church camp.
On the first day of state finals, Milton and Paul went undefeated and were guaranteed at least second place in the state. The next day, we had to play for first place. We played that game and lost. We then had to switch sides and play the same team again. It was a double-elimination tournament, so now that we each had one loss, we had to play one final game to have the winner determined. It literally came down to the last question. The opposing team’s captain hit the question and he answered incorrectly. We had told the boys to not hit the question if it were reread to them. With that, we won! We won first place and we will be representing our state as Florida 1 at the national tournament in Oklahoma City later this year! I couldn’t believe it. I felt as though I was about to pass out. All the hours and hours and HOURS of studying really paid off. And what did he do after his team won? His teammate went to play basketball because he’d been itching to go all day, and Milton alternated between playing a game on his phone and watching the experienced team play their last games.
Our experienced team also won first in the state. They played the experienced team from the same church we played to win first place. They also had to switch sides because the other team had been undefeated. The other team also hit the last question, missed it, and our experienced team also did not hit the buzzer for the reread. It was unbelievable!
This is Milton’s seventh year bible quizzing. He absolutely loves it. So do we. He has decided that he wants to quiz until he can’t quiz anymore, then he wants to coach, or become a quiz master. We attend our tournaments along with the tournaments of the younger division. It’s in our blood. We were so happy to have been blessed with the best quiz masters in the country. Everything is very organized and run extremely well.
Our National Senior Quiz Master and his family moved to our church a few months ago, and he quiz mastered state finals. It was a special treat for all the senior quizzers. I honestly cannot wait to attend the national tournament. We will also be attending the North American Youth Congress while in OKC. Again, I’ll be posting pictures and stats when that time comes.
Well, off I go to sleep. We just got home a few hours ago, and I’m exhausted. Some of the pictures are from the tournament and some are from the banquet that we had on the first night. It was truly an unforgettable weekend. Thanks for reading!
P.S. Here are a few pics of us heading to church on Sunday morning and one of Milton’s ‘trophy wall,’ minus the newest trophy from Saturday and about one hundred ribbons. He has been involved in Bible quizzing, soccer, football, karate, and school competitions. Also, he has been longing to wear his dad’s tie, so we allowed him to do so on Sunday.