50 Greatest Quizzers of the First 50 Years

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As Bible Quiz celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look back at the faces that made the game great. To honor the history of this outstanding program, a committee of Bible Quiz historians has selected "50 Greatest Quizzers of the First 50 Years". This list includes quizzers from every decade and highlights the greatest quizzers and programs of the last half-century. Due to the fact that so little data is available regarding other competitions, this list is related only to performances at National Finals.

The criteria for creating the list centered around three questions: "How good were they at the time?", "How good were they compared to other quizzers of their era?", and "How long were they good?"

Obviously, we started with a list much larger than 50, so there are some excellent quizzers who did not make the list. The committee was looking for impact and longevity, and to offer some balance between the various eras of Bible Quiz. To that end, we evaluated the statistics, looking strongly at all aspects of performances at National Finals, including team placement, individual scoring, and where it was available (from 1986 - current), the one-on-one/individual competition. Consideration had to be given to the era in which a quizzer competed, as the rules, qualifications, and questions have varied widely over the decades. Further, full sets of historical data for Nationals even as recently as 2003 is incomplete, and much of the statistical data before the 1980's lists only the top five to ten quizzers. Unfortunately, this lack of information could result in a couple of great quizzers being left off the list. However, this project has been active for quite some time, and every effort to contact anyone related to Bible Quiz from every decade has been made. The good news is that we do have either statistics (in part or whole), or multiple contacts from each year of national finals, whether they were officials, coaches, quizzers, or spectators who noted certain top statistics, hopefully making any exclusion rare.

Many of the aforementioned differences make it impossible to directly compare quizzers from different eras. Thus, a quizzer's dominant presence and ability to compete at a high level against the toughest available competition played a decisive role. We have not attempted to rank these quizzers due to these difficulties.

The ultimate purpose of this list is to recognize the rich history and tradition of Bible Quiz. While there is room for discussion as to who should be included, one thing is certain. Bible Quiz has seen some extraordinarily talented young people. These quizzers have demonstrated significant achievement, and their accomplishments are worthy of the utmost respect.