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The 19th National Bible Quiz Finals took place August 12-14, 1981 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Cervantes Convention Center covering the book of Matthew. Terry Carter was the National Coordinator and Thom Loven was the official question writer.
The event was won by Renton A/G, Renton, WA after a 3-way tie for first place at the end of round-robin play. The second place team was Evangel Temple, Springfield, MO. The third place team which was tied with these teams at the end of regulation was Trinity A/G, Lanham, MD.
The team from Renton A/G, Renton, WA became the first National Champion from the Northwest Region, but it wasn't an easy victory. At the end of round-robin play, Renton was tied with Springfield and Lanham for first place. The tie-breaker, based upon point total, gave the bye to Springfield in the first playoff, but only by 5 points! In fact, those 5 points were all that separated Renton and Springfield in the standings as both teams had posted equal margins of victory. Renton went on to win two consecutive playoff matches against Lanham and Springfield and claim the victory. The next national champion from the Northwest Region was Bothell, WA in 2005.
The top quizzer at the 1981 National Finals was Kari Brodin of Renton A/G, Renton, WA with an average of just over 109 points per quiz - a record at the time. Notably, Rhett Laurens and Mark Gilmer, both of Evangel Temple, A/G, Decatur, GA each finished in the top 6 as they had done in 1979 - a record to this day. Kari would go on to coach Bothell, WA to four consecutive second place victories from 2006 to 2009.
Complete records for this event, including round by round scores and top quizzers, are available on this site. To view a larger image of the program cover, please select the image at left. A recollection of this year written by Kari Brodin can be found in the memories section.