Bible Bee 2011
First, good luck to all the Bible Bee contestants. We trust that this will be the start of a lifetime of committing the Bible to memory.
If you are attending, there are going to be three Memverse sessions in the computer lab. We don't have exact times but you should see them on the schedule.
We included the live event broadcast of the finals on Saturday morning in this blog post.
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Rachel, yes, it looks as though they are only broadcasting the finals.
Wow, I was looking through the list of competitors and was amazed to recognize so many names! Very exciting and I can't wait to put faces to names.
Looking forward to seeing some of you here at Nationals. I'm at "The Bridge" right now... There are some meetings of contestants; see link for details. http://quizlet.com/7768306/lets-meet-up-at-nashville-flash-cards/ Hope to see you soon!
Andy - Thanks for posting.
Hey Alex, If you read this I am praying for all of the Bible Bee contestants. Keep up the good work of spreading the word about Memverse. And if you can let me know how all of you guys are doing at nationals ! Tell me how the meetings go too if you can !
I, like Alex Watt was, am on "The Bridge" right now, using the complimentary Internet access. I'm having a great time so far! Please keep praying for all of us, as I will keep praying for all of the other contestants.
Hey, everyone!! I am at Nationals right now, typing on a complimentary computer. This is so great! I can't believe I'm finally here! I have already met Zachary Baas, Marie and Josie Morris, and Pop-tart, and have seen Matthew Minica. I hope to meet many more of you soon, and I hope you all do well! God bless!!
P.S. What is the computer lab you talked about? Many of us are trying to find where it is.
Wonderful!!!!! PLEASE keep me updated!!!!!!!!!! Remember, you're in my prayers ;)
Where is this contest that was listed on the bookmark for nationals?
I am trying to sign up for the contest for the $100,000.
:) Laughing at my daughter's post. Of course she means the contest for the book by Daniel Staddon, not the contest for the $100,000! Did not mean to scare you Andy and Phil!!! We stopped by the bridge and met a couple of people on memverse tonight, too. Our family is all on Memverse, and we would all like to sign up for a chance to win the book by Daniel S. Sincerely, Marvin morris (MWMorris), Pat MOrris (praying4ualways), Marie, ( radiantsunshine4Him), and Marie ( biblebeemarie), and Josie Morris and KayleeMorris,
Happy posting! Looking forward to meeting some of you tomorrow!
It's 7 o'clock here in Nashville, and I'm doing my daily memorization session here on "The Bridge". The Primaries and Juniors are off to their Written Test in an hour, and I'm off to do the same with the Seniors an hour after that. Please keep praying that all of us will remember what we've studied in 1 and 2 Peter!
@ Octavius, On-Christ-The-Solid-Rock-I-Stand, and InSoloChristo: I missed going and seeing you at Prayer Meeting last night! Keep praying for Nicolas and me! Thank you guys so much for helping to prepare us! (Tell Justin Nicolas says thank you to him too!)
@ChiefOfSinners: Thank you. I missed you to, and I really enjoyed quizzing you. I will keep praying, not just for you, but for all the others who have been, for the past year, memorizing God's holy word. (I do hope you and SavedByGrace win, though.) Congratulations on memorizing your 1,100th verse!
I think my family will watch the video if you guys make it to the finals! (I'll be hunting - maybe we can record it.)
God bless you,
@ChiefOfSinners: No problem. Thanks for having us over. It was really fun. I'm praying that you and Nicolas do well. (Boy, it just seems so wrong to call someone "Chief Of Sinners!')
I'll deliver that message to Justin as soon as I can. They weren't at prayer meeting last night; their car broke down.
Hope to see you guys soon!
EDIT --- Oops. I just remembered that we'll be deer hunting Sat. morning. Sorry!
How's it going? :)
@ ISC: It'd be great if you guys can watch! But even if SBG and I don't make it, it's still a very edifying experience to see the fruit of so many young people's labor, as they have committed so much time to the study of God's Word.
@ OCTSRIS: Oh, that's too bad. Hopefully Mr. Cummins/Octavius can get on Memverse and see what I wrote.
@ Rachel: Well, Nicolas described the written test as "extremely hard". I wouldn't go that far, but it was pretty difficult. Of course, he and I had different tests, so I don't know what his was like. But I know mine was definitely a challenge.
We're both in waiting now for our Oral Rounds. I think both of us are pretty confident that we'll do well in this area, but it's all in God's hands. Keep praying for all of the participants!
I can't wait to see it!!!
Nicolas and I are done with our Oral Rounds now. I let my mom sit in the judging room to watch, and she said I did really well. I got through 20 out of 25 passages in the 10-minute time frame. And I only passed on one: 2 Chronicles 20:6. I should have gotten it right, but I started it incorrectly, so I was totally messed up and just had to go on to the next one. My parents are pretty confident that I can make it to the Semi-Finals, and I am fairly confident, but I would be more so had I not passed on that one passage.
I really hope I do make it though, because there are so many longer passages that I want to recite, and it'd be fun to do it in front of an audience. But it's all in God's hands. I would still appreciate your prayers though.
P.S. My dad, mom, Nicolas, and I got to talk to Kirk Cameron for fifteen minutes while we were returning from the Oral Rounds!!!
Well said, Christian (although we are in the same room! ;) ).
Good luck guys!!! If I can watch the Finals I will!!! Keep us updated on who makes it from Memverse to the Semi-Finals and Finals. I'll be praying for you.
Just want to echo that we would be DELIGHTED whoever can graciously share the names of those who make it to the semi's!!!!!
I am very excited for all of you!! Have a fabulous time & may many be blessed through what you are doing!
Thank you SO much for all the reports!! I'm glad that you all didn't have to pass very many passages!!!! I am very anxious to know how everything goes so please keep updating us :)
BTW @Christian - that is so neat that you got to talk with Kirk Cameron!!!!
Christian and Nicolas, I will be praying for you guys tomorrow. I hope you make it to the semi-finals!
I did not see the new post until just now so I did not have a chance to respond. Sorry.
I am glad Justin and I were able to help you and Nicolas last Monday, it was a lot of fun!
To all of you on Memverse from HRBC, we have the van back again in working order! Praise God!
@ChiefOfSinners (again) Wow - talking to Kirk Cameron! That's pretty cool!
Can't wait to talk next Wednesday.
Will be praying.
Oh, I forgot!
Christian and Nicolas, wishing you both the best of luck (even though there is no such thing :-) , right?). May God grant that you perform well under such a lot of pressure.
GO MEMVERSERS! I'm praying for all of ya'll.
You can enter in the contest for The $100,000 Word here: http://www.memverse.com/BB2011.
I didn't get to watch last year, but look forward to seeing it this time around!
@ OCTSRIS: Is this Saturday really the first day of the youth deer-hunting season? Time really flies!
Bible Bee 2011 is turning out to be one of the best events of the year!
Though Christian (@ChiefofSinners) & Nicolas (@SavedByGrace) did not make it to the semi-finals in their respective divisions (a.k.a. the Final 15), it has been amazing hearing and seeing the amount of work all of the National Finalists put into getting here; so those who did make the Final 15 earned it in every way, both orally and and on the reportedly very difficult written test. Christian and Nicolas lost to the best in the country, if not the world. The Finalists who didn't make the cut have nothing about which to hang their heads low.
In addition to the phenomenal competition, we've gotten to meet Kirk Cameron (and converse with him and his daughter in the most relaxed manner, without interruption, for 15 minutes); meet and converse with Memverse's own giants: Phil Walker and Alex & Ben Watt; hear Voddie Baucham give yet another challenging presentation, this time on "Why we choose to trust in the Bible"; and we still get to look forward to watching "The Runner from Ravenshead" on the big screen here tonight and hearing Doug Phillips from Vision Forum tomorrow.
Even if you don't plan to participate in the actual Bible Bee, I cannot recommend it enough for you and your families to schedule your family vacation to be at next year's Bible Bee, no matter where it ends up being. It is more than just a competition. It is a Family-Oriented, Bible-Building, Spiritual Enrichment Conference.
There's no better place to be than around families who hold the Word of God above any and all other books, and try to live it out in their homes, churches, workplaces, and communities!
Can anyone update us on who in each division (whether they are from Memverse or not) are in the semis? That would be amazing! Thanks so much!
Bible Bee posted on their FB:
Announcing Primary Finalists:
David Jonathan Pentimone
Announcing Junior Finalists:
Seniors have not competed yet according to Bible Bee's website. http://www.biblebee.org/_hostcp/eventschedules.php
Thanks so much for posting these I know that Abigail Lehman is on Memverse. But I don't know about any of the others. Could I ask where you got this list and if I could get a list of who is in the semis for Seniors ?
God's Bondslave, I got it from Bible Bee's Facebook page. I know Everrett Chew from Quizlet, and David Pentimone is Bethany and Carissa Pentimone's brother. I believe all three of them are on Memverse. Bible Bee has not released info on any of the semis, but I have asked some people who are at Nationals, and when they respond, I will be sure to let you know. :)
So, as you heard, Nicolas and I didn't make it to the semi-finals. But I think we were both content with the outcome. We both did our best, and it was obviously God's will that we wouldn't make the cut this year. Thank you all for your prayers! If nothing else, they helped us to have confidence as we competed and peace as we heard the final outcome.
It's been fun watching the semi-finals today, despite not being in them. It's definitely much less stressful this way. :D Hopefully all of you will be able to join us in watching the finals tomorrow afternoon!
P.S. @ Mr. Cummins: One of the Larson boys, whom you've mentioned to me before, did make it to the Primary semi-finals, but he messed up one small part of a very long Ephesians 1:11-19 during the 2nd round. He was energetic and comical while he was up there though. :)
ChiefOfSinners, what are the names of the semifinalists?
YAY! CONGRATS FINALISTS!!!
thanks Sarah, praying for everybody that is there may the Lord use this for His glory.
We just got done with the Senior Semi-Finals! Here are the contestants who qualified:
and our very own Laura Hedstrom!
There was a battle throughout the entire hour-and-forty-five minutes, with only three out of fifteen contestants ever being disqualified. All the rest recited their passages word-perfect, and thus the finalists' positions were determined by their scores on the written and oral rounds on Thursday.
It was absolutely wonderful to watch, and everyone who attended was greatly blessed by all the Scripture that was recited. Congratulations to those who qualifed!
We still have a lot of half sheet mini-posters about memverse that Emeka designed for us. You can pick them up at the Scripture Memory Fellowship booth to bring home with you and hang up in Churches, Christian book stores, Christian colleges and schools and other places you can think of where people might be interested in Memverse.
Great seeing everyone at Nashville. I love the Bible Bee.
Today's the day!!!!! :D
ChiefOfSinners, too bad that the Larson boy didn't make it. That would have been fun to see!
Too bad you didn't make it either.
I heard about the car troubles you guys had - that is really too bad! :-(
Hope all the details work out fine.
God be with you.
They're all doing so good!
Ah, Abigail! You are amazing & you went farther than I could have ever dreamt of going. Praise the Lord!
Hi Rachel! I'm the host of the Kansas City Bee. We have David Pentimone. & Rebecca Horning (she is in JR finals) (David's family is on Mem .... I don't think Rebecca uses it.) Glad to watch with you :)
I wonder why BB is repeating so many verses? Saving them up for older levels?
That's wonderful Jane!!!
And Abigail...you did GREAT!!!!!
This is so wonderful!!!!! I keep hearing "correct!" :D
Do they still call it correct if "thy" is substituted for "thine"? I noticed that happen a couple times a few moments ago.
I think they finished :)
Dakota - i'm not sure :)
Bob the tomato! That was so cool!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! See you all at 2:00 (our time :D )
1. Olivia Davis, Salem, OR
2. Paul Keaton, Pikeville, KY
3. Everett Chew, CA
4. David Pentimone, Kansas City, MO
5. Abigail Lehman, IN
All so amazing! Congrats all around! I was moved to tears just listening.
Congrats Primaries! I will be watching the Juniors and the Seniors (I was out this morning and missed the Primaries)!
I was amazed by how well the Primaries did. Congratulations to ALL !
What time was the Juniors supposed to start again?
I believe at 1:00 CST (in an hour).
bob the tomato was so cool!
Dakota - did you do BB this year?
here we go!!!!!! :D
No, Rachel, I've never participated. Did you?
I love the emotion Bethany and Hannah use when reciting!
I had forgotten how stressful it is to even watch!
@Andy - yeah i know! I'm watching it too...:) it's soo cool!!
@ChiefofSinners - did a BonnieLeigh or Meggie Cruser make it to semi-finals?
Dakota - yes, this was my first year. I was a Junior Timothy. I agree !!!! The way they say it is so lovely! They mean it!
haha Andy!!!! yes! you think they might be wrong but then they are right :D
@ Jesus-Paid-It-All - Are you watching it?
BBJ11 - yes! I wouldn't miss it for anything!!!!! :D
Am I the only one rushing to BibleGateway.com after the reference is announced to follow along with them?
i am in a way Dakota :D
Rionna got it right :D
it's almost done!!!!!
now for the winners!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to all the Juniors!!
Yay!!! (I which I could have been up there :D )
@Dakota Lynch - I did that for a couple of verses but we were doing something while watching this so I didn't finish. @Rachel - I know - me too! :)
are you excited?
here go the Seniors :D
@Rachel - Yes!
That was so cool when that one girl knew the reference had to be incorrect! Amazing!
that is !!!! and that our own Laura got back into the contest!!!!!!! go laura!!!!
Congratulations to ALL the contestants that made it to Nationals!!!
Congratulations to all who participated in the Bible Bee!
Well, it's over now, and no more Bible Bee till next year!!!! :( :) CONGRATULATIONS To Laura!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can say this because she is on Memverse :D
and congrats to EVERYONE who participated in the Bible Bee :D
Congratulations to everyone who competed, to those who made it to Nationals, to those who made it to the Semifinals, to those who made it to the Finals, and to the grand prize winners of all three divisions!!! Great job!! (Looks like I need to practice quite a bit more to do nearly as well as they do. :D )
Congratulations to all!! I was SO encouraged by this! This is the 3rd time I have watched the Bible Bee online, and at the moment am ready to sign up for next year! :) What an awesome opportunity!
Go for it, Laura :)
Nationals was amazing! It was so neat meeting lots of people that I had known on-line! Although I didn't meet everyone one from Memverse who made it - Christian Alexander (I did meet Nicolas though) and Josiah DeGraaf (I did see him around a lot though). I might have commented sooner on here, if I had known that we could get connection at "The Bridge" =)
David Pentimone is my younger brother and did come in 4th place in the Primary division. My sister and I did not make it to Semi-Finals, but I was fine with that. I was hoping I would, but kind of expected not to, because I found out that I did not have enough time to quote the last four passages in my oral recitation. At first I thought I had gotten through all of them, but then found out later that I did not. The written test seemed to go A LOT easy than I thought...which was nice :)
It was an amazing week, and one that I will never forget. To God alone be the glory!
I liked watching it, I cannot believe how many verses they got correctly! Its AMAZING!
This was an altogether INCREDIBLE week, and I felt so inspired when we were done! I had never been to Nationals, and I am so glad I did! It was amazing meeting nearly everyone on Memverse who made it to Nationals, seeing Mr. Woychuk (sp?) and Mrs. Alvarez, and especially meeting Phil Walker! But I was actually surprised at how badly I did on Thursday; I'd be surprised if I made it to the top 50! But great job to everyone who did so well in their oral round and on the written test. I also will never forget this week; it has inspired me to grow in my faith and to work quite a bit harder on memorizing and retaining the verses. To God be the glory!!
P.S. I think I'll be changing my blue triangle to a picture of my face. But if I want to change it back, I've figured out a way to do it. :)
Congratulations everyone who competed at Nationals! I was there - not competing - but for my two brothers. I didn't really meet anyone but I saw people around. Good job everyone!
Man, this was AWESOME!! Definitely the best year yet--semis or no semis. I enjoyed talking to and meeting many of you--though I'm sorry if I can't remember your names! I feel like I really ought to be better at names... I mean, seriously? They can't be harder than references, right? Lol. Think again.
Now, back to reviewing....
Wow--I just got back from Nashville. What an amazing week! I was so blessed by meeting Christians who love memorizing as much as I do. And the few speakers I got to hear were amazing! I am going to remember this for a long time.
I am definitely inspired to memorize more diligently than I have been. I hope to volunteer at Nationals next year with my brother, and maybe my younger sister will make it to Nationals!
Thanks everyone for the congratulations. God is so good, and I am so blessed to have made it this far in the competition. Congratulations to every contestant who hid God's word in their heart!
Nicolas, you know how to change it back to the little blue triangle after you have switched it? Could you explain to me...since I would like to change back to my green, smiling octogon :) I would really appreciate it. I enjoyed meeting you the other day...as I did most of you all (meaning, I didn't get to meet all of you, but the ones I did meet, I enjoyed meeting. Don't take it, that I didn't enjoy meeting some of you) Sorry, if I confused you all...
Oh, and I agree completely with you Nicolas, Rachel and Laura...Nationals was amazing, awesome and incredible. I'm already looking forward to next year, assuming that someone in our family qualifies :)
Any of you think they should have an Adult Division for the Bible Bee in the future?
While most adults, especially parents, would struggle with having to memorize the amount of verses the children and adolescents have to learn, I think it would still be fun to watch and a good role-modeling opportunity for older adults to be up on that stage, in addition to still be in the practice of hiding God's Word in our hearts--but at a reduced amount of verses. It wouldn't take long for the portion of our time up on stage to end (i.e. Semis & Finals), since we would be hard-pressed to maintain the level of accuracy required for more than an hour. But you never know!
As for the written part, we adults should have the toughest test, since we're entrusted with teaching this to our children.
What do you think? Could the Bible Bee expand sometime in the future to have Parents, Grandparents, College-Age, Young Married Divisions? Wouldn't it be fun to see Phil Walker up there? Or any of our parents battling it out?
Just a thought.
Yes, that would be a good idea.
@Bethany--Well, the only reason I'm able to return to my blue triangle picture after I've changed it because I saved the picture. I think I'd be able to make it my Gravatar again because of that, but if you haven't saved the picture, then I don't think you can get it back.
Bethany - you just remove your picture from Gravater...and leave it blank, and your crazy face should show :D
Praise God for the 2011 National Bible Bee and may it bear much fruit for years to come in the lives of all who participated! Congratulations to all Bible Bee participants and the National Qualifiers and the winners! You all did very well; may God bring you closer to Him through His Word.
Sorry this comment is irrelevant to the post, but I'm having trouble with my computer.
Whenever I get to the 6th verse on the accuracy test the screen goes blank and at the top of the
screen it says 502 Bad Gateway. It has done this to me three times. Does anyone know why?
Congratulations Laura and all the other contestants! Nationals was AMAZING!!!!! It was SO encouraging to meet many young people with the same passion for memorization that I have! Please do not hesitate to sign up next year, Lord willing!
@GMV - we are having some problems with the new server. We're trying to get them resolved as quickly as possible. We're really sorry for the inconvenience.
Alex - I got your email :) I'll be replying soon ;)
Rachel - OK, that's fine. I didn't even realize you attended Nationals until I saw your entry in the book drawing for The $100,000 Word...
@Andy- Thats Ok. Thank you so much.
Hi Alex! I'm just curious, what place did you come in?
Ian - Thanks for praying for us and everyone in the Bible Bee. My brother Ben and I didn't make Semi Finals, so we won't find out our placements until the Bible Bee releases preliminary scores on their website.
I got to watch all of the finals! It was so wonderful!
Congratulations to all the contestants!!! :)
The only thing I know about my score is that I didn't come in the top 15 of Seniors :) I was very anxious to find out my score for locals, but not so much to find out my score at Nationals...anyone else feel the same way? I can easily wait till December 1st...
Thanks to everyone who prayed for us while we were at Nationals!
Alex, I think it's amazing that you were able to win your division last year and still have enough room in your memory to make nationals again. Congratulations!
CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel (Eaton) for making it to the semi-finals in the senior division and to ALL who participated in the Bible Bee - at whatever level. Keep hiding the Word of God in your hearts!
@Dakota Lynch & Grace2u - ditto!
oh Alex - I didn't attend Nationals! was the book giveaway for only National attenders?!
@Nicolas - Actually, Josiah told me that you don't have to save your "face" if you want to get it back later. All you have to do, is to delete any pictures that you have associated with your e-mail, and your "face" should appear again :)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. For His steadfast love endures forever." -Psalm 118:1
Bethany--That's interesting, because I thought at one point someone here had a default face from Memverse, changed it, and then changed back and it was another default face. Maybe I just imagined it or something...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
happy thanksgiving, SBG! (i don't know if i should call you by your real name, as the blog is visable to the whole world...)
Zachary--It doesn't really matter if you call me by my name. I don't think there's any risk to it. :) And thank you! :)
Rachel - We opened it up to everyone since Daniel Staddon is going to mail the books he donated; I think that's cool that you found out about the drawing even without getting the promotional bookmark distributed at Nationals. :)
Yes, it is! okay :) that is wonderful! the comment that you posted up a ways had the link so I entered :) thanks again ;)
Doesn't look like anyone has posted the winners of the Junior Finals yet. Guess I will do that now.
1st: Bethany Xiques
2nd: Rionna Flynn
3rd: Benjamin Smith
4th: Joshua Bontrager
5th: Hannah Leary
6th: Luke Purkey
7th: Rebecca Horning
Joshua and Hannah were accidentally unfairly disqualified in the Semi-Finals, so that is why there were seven Finalists.
Don't you love the crystal trophies?! They are beautiful!
Whew! Nationals was an amazing experience and made me anxious for June to come again! Even though the new rules will make a huge difference...
Bethany- yes, I also am not super anxious to see how I did at Nationals...having my time run out with 4 or 5 passages left is going to affect my score rather dramatically, and not for the best. :) I do want to see how well I did on the written test, though...I think I did better there.
Jesus-Paid-It-All - Yes, the trophies are nice, but I liked the 2009 ones better. Personal preference. But since I didn't get one anyways, it doesn't really matter:)
What are the new rules?!
From the rumors that I've heard, Rachel, it seems that the Bible Bee is going to dramatically lower the number of verses to memorize for Locals in an attempt to make the Bible Bee bigger. I'm not sure what to think of it - part of me wants it to happen because next year is my first Senior year, and another of me doesn't want it to happen because I want to prove to myself that I can memorize 800 verses in 12 weeks! Oh well, it is what it is, and I can't change anything. I will just have to go along with whatever happens.
The Bible Bee has been advertising two cards per week for 2012, but we do not have information about the length of verse passages. They also said at Nationals that it will still be challenging for National qualifiers. Unless Seth has some inside information, I think we're all waiting together to see what they do for next year. :)
Wow! That sounds interesting! I agree with you Matthew! It will be my first Senior year as well.
does that mean we will have more verses to memorize if we make it to Nationals? Instead of the 100, 200, and 300, will there be more?
What is the $100,000 word contest and how do you enter?
Rachel - Time will tell. :)
Matthew - "The $100,000 Word" Contest was a prize drawing that took place at Nationals this year. People entered their name in an online form on Memverse for a chance to win Daniel Staddon's book. The drawing has closed, but I'm sure Memverse will be doing other contests in the future. :)
About the 2012 Bible Bee, there will be 100 verses total that the Primarys, Juniors, and Seniors will all have to memorize for the locals. Then for the Nationals you will get a lot more verses, I am not sure exactly how many, I think you will get around 800, 500, and 250 but as far as I know the exact number is not confirmed.
I hope that is helpful.
@Ben, Alex and Rachel - I have heard that you will at least (unless they switch it around...) get the normal number of verses (250, 500 and 800), but maybe more than that. It doesn't seem like it will be very hard at first, but if Seniors have to memorize more than 800 verses before Nationals, it will be quite challenging :) Of course, they could change it...
I've heard from several places that everyone will only have 25 verse cards, to be studied at the rate of "20 minutes a day, 2 cards a week". So I dunno how that fits with still having 800, 500, and 250. But it'd be great if they kept it the way it was this year. I doubt it though.
@Christian - Oh...sorry! I forgot to put the rest of my comment - I meant to say that the extra verses will be if you make it to Nationals. Of course, things could change...
Sorry about my mistake!
This is totally confusing. I wish that the BB website would get everything strait. :) clear our doubts, worries, confusion. I was kind of surprised when I saw that you only had 25 cards, doing 2 cards a week! I showed it to mommy and she said that it was probably for families to do together, but I'm not sure. It's fun to talk about though ;)
@Alex Watt- Thanks!
@Everybody- I'm confused!
About what, Matthew? :)
I agree with Mathew and Rachel this is confusing.
Alex, yes, you could say that I have 'inside information'. I broke into their computers, ransacked their software, stole information and am now distributing it to the public....Just kidding.:) What actually happened is that I talked to Mrs. McMahan and Mr. Widdoes at Nashville and questioned them pretty thoroughly on the subject. :) Mr. Widdoes was fun to talk to. He kept hinting things, but would never say them ourtight.:) Here's basically what is happening;
1. At the LOCAL level, there will only be 100 verses to memorize. Primaries, Juniors, and Seniors will all have the SAME verses to memorize. These 100 verses will be on 25 different memory cards, so there will be an average passage length of 4 verses per card.
2. At the LOCAL level, contestants will be given a Sword Study similar to those we have received the previous years, except that they will be less in-depth, resulting in an average of about 20 minutes per study, unlike the 45-ish minutes the previous years. The Sword Studies WILL be different for the different age levels, as a 18 year old will be able to do more studying in 20 minutes than a 7 year old.
3. At the LOCAL level, There will be supplementary material for the Sword Study availible through the Bible Bee, which will basically transform your 20-minute study into the good old-fashioned 45-minute sword study. :) This may or may not cost extra, I'm not sure.
4. At the NATIONAL level, qualifiers will receive extra verses, aproximately equal to the ammount we had a locals the last two years, but likely a little less. The exact ammount has not yet been determined by the Shelby Kennedy Foundation.
5. At the NATIONAL level, qualifiers will be given an extra book to study, but will not be provided with a Sword Study for the selected book, just like last year.
They are pretty much switching around the local and National levels; instead of having a lot of verses at locals, and a little extra at Nationals, they are giving localists a small work load and bombarding the Nationalists with lots of extra study materials.:) I hope this clears up some of the confusion.
Thank you so much for this information Seth! I was very confused. My... ! This is going to be.....um.....interesting!!!! We will all be doing the Junior level Timothy track basically! Although I'm kind of disappointed that it will be switched around, I'm also glad.
Do you know if the Timothy Track will still exist, Seth? I'm curious, since they are lowering the verses so much if there will be an even lower requirement for that track, such as 25 or 50 verses. Just wondering... I am not considering going for Timothy Track next year. :)
Sarah, did you want to know the names of the semi-finalists?! I wish I had seen that sooner, because my dad made a list of the semi-finalists while they were being called up. Here they are:
Primaries: Hannah Boland, Kara Buckner, Everett Chew, Olivia Davis, Maria Griffin, Joanna Harden, Alisha Jayamohan, Paul Keaton, James Larsen, Abigail Lehman, Joyce Lu, Alex Moore, Isaac Price, David Pentimone, Rebekah Scarfenkamp (or something like that - my dad's handwriting is messy)
Juniors: Phillip Anderson, Katrina Baergen, Joshua Bontrager, Rionna Flynn, Vladic Grabot, Emily Hamilton, Jessica Hofmeister, Rebecca Horning, Hannah Leary, Febah Mathew, Luke Purkey, Morgan Schafer, Kara Schmidt, Benjamin Smith, Bethany Xiques
Seniors: Nathan Alessio, Naomi Carlton, Rachel Eaton, Kari Erickson, Rachel Gosz, Olivia Guillard, Laura Hedstrom, Christie Johnson, Rachel McCloy, Mallory Powell, Brittany Schllicter (sp?), Ryan Sinni, Matthew Staley, Timothy Troutner, Grace Ann Westfahl
@Matthew - No, I do not think that there will be Timothy Track anymore...at least, that's what I have heard.
I think I know what the last semi-finalists name was - Christie Johnson. Does that sound familiar now? Oh, one more thing - Ryan's last name is "Sinni"...I'm pretty sure it's spelled like that, but I'm not positive...
Well, we got the scores. Although I didn't do good at all, it motivates me to do better next year! I came in 76th place...
Matthew, I actually do not have a confirmed yes or no answer to your question, but I am pretty sure there will no longer be a Timothy Track.
@ALL The reason for the Timothy Track was so that people who didn't feel like they could memorize all their verses could still feel involved in the Bible Bee. However, they realized that some Timothy Trackers felt almost left out, or not as important because weren't able to do as much as the Nationalists. So Headquarters decided that they would make it easy enough so that all people could participate on equal level, and then the people who prove that they can handle more by rising to the top (aka, the national qualifiers) will be given the extra materials to study throughout the fall. I hope that makes sense.
Matthew - lol ! :D
What was Paul Keaton's version, BTW?
Seth - that is nice. Although it will be harder to get to Nationals because there will most likely be more people, it will still be fun. I wish they hadn't of switched around though, because my family will most likely be taking a trip out to Colorado in September, if I do the BB and make it to Nationals, I'll be having to study on the road in a noisy van load of family :) :| That will be difficult. Plus I'll have to lug around my Strongs and Webster's 1828 dictonary :D Oh well, we'll see about it when the time comes :)
Rachel, I know what you mean about the trip - there's a good possibility that our family may take a vacation about the same time. And I have a difficult time doing any studying in the van. :( And yes, it probably will be a little harder to get into Nationals, but I don't think it will be to much...or at least I hope not:).
@ Rachel: Paul Keaton's version was KJV. I don't think I'll ever forget his unique accent and his continual recitation of "Paul Keaton, KJV" every time he approached the microphone. :D
Thanks Christian! I wasn't sure ;) I loved his accent too! I don't think I'll forget either
Thanks Seth that cleared a few things up. :)
I didn't attend the Senior Semi-Finals, so I was a little less familiar with the names of the semi-finalists. If you say it was Christie Johnson, Bethany, then it was Christie Johnson. I was also wondering about Ryan's last name. Thanks for the input!
@Matthew - Your welcome. Oh, and one more little thing you could fix....it's Rachel McCloy :)
@Anyone who was at nationals: Did anyone else take pictures at nationals that they would be willing to share?
We took many pictures especially at the dessert reception, but in downloading them to the computer everything from Thursday night on was DELETED!!! (That is basically most of the photos except orchestra rehearsals) (computers are nice when they work)
If you have photos you would be willing to share please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all so much!
typo... there are people who attend our church sometimes whose name is McCloud, so I got mixed up. :) I will edit the comment and fix those errors now. BTW: I thought it was neat that 4 15-year-old Seniors made it to Semi-Finals. Olivia Guillard, Rachel Gosz, Brittany Schllicter, and Ryan Sinni were all Junior National qualifiers just last year!
My rank at Nationals was 32. My, that test was hard! Even Bethany Xiques missed like 25 questions on the test. I'm happy though, because finally I beat my little sister! (by two points) She was rank 34. She kept beating me at Locals and Nationals and having the highest Junior score in Texas, but finally I took that spot away from her! *happy dance* :P
@Matthew - Oh, I see. Rachel Gosz and Ryan Sinni are only 15?! Wow! I thought that they were like 16 or 17! Well, I guess I lost the opportunity of being a 15 year old and getting into Semi-finals..next year I'll be 16. You will have the opportunity though, Matthew. That's very neat that those 4 people also made it into Junior Semi-Finals last year!
Oh, and good job with your score! What was your end score...with points? I came in 76th place with an end score of 666...which isn't good at all. Anyways, good job to you and your sister, Courtney!
Matthew - wasn't Olivia Gulliard a Primary?
I am sorry. It was Olivia Davis :)
Bethany - Not good?! Just remember that you memorized over 1,000 verses this summer plus an in depth study of two books of the Bible, and no matter what your test scores are you can be sure that if you did your best and did it for God than you are surely a winner in His eyes.
Bethany, I got 666 points last year (but was ranked 92, not 76th.).:)
My score was 740 - 296 on Orals, and 444 on Written. Only 23 more points, or 8 more questions on the test, would have put me into the Semi-Finals! Oh well. I did my best, and that's all that matters. Don't feel bad, Bethany, about your 666 score - there were a few Juniors who got scores down into the 300s. You actually did pretty good.
BTW: It wasn't really the highest Junior score in Texas anyways - Alethea Carlton and Mark Tremaine both beat me. It just had been the highest score in Texas for Courtney before. :) Not wanting to mislead anybody! I guess you could say all three of us took the number 1 spot away from Courtney.
@Kaitlyn, Seth and Matthew - You three are all correct...my score doesn't really matter. Thank you for pointing that out to me. I must admit, it has been a little bit of a struggle for me not to complain about my score but to thank the Lord for this summer that He has given me to grow closer to Him. Thoughts come to my mind "Why didn't I do better?" "why did I mess up on that one verse..." thoughts which do not need to be thought about. "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord..." - Philppians 3:8 Thank you all for your encouragment.
@Kaitlyn - do you know if your mom got my e-mail that I sent her?
@Bethany - My Mom said that, yes, she did get it and she thought she replied right away, but she will send another reply after lunch. She says sorry, and thanks.
@Kaitlyn - Hmmm....that's odd, because I still haven't received anything yet.
Thank you so much, Andy!!! I can't wait to watch it :) so it will only be Saturday morning, the Finals? I won't be able to watch Semi Finals? anyway, thanks again :D