First A/G, Binghamton, NY
Hank Ward: This is Hank's fifth consecutive year as a head coach at national finals in five total years of coaching. He is the father of former national quizzer LaJoie Ward and current national quizzer Isaac Ward
Annette Ward: Annette is Hank's wife and faithful assistant coach. She is the coordinator of the Teen Bible Quiz ministry at First Assembly.
LaJoie Ward: LaJoie is a former national quizzer, 2008 National Female Quizzer of the year, and 2009 recipient of the Curtis Scholarship. She has quizzed at National Finals for four consecutive years (2006-2009) and memorized 13 books of the Bible while in Teen Bible Quiz. This is her first year as a coach.
Victoria Myrick: This is Victoria's fourth year quizzing with First Assembly, as well as her fourth year competing at the National level. She received her NMA.
Katie Stephens: This is Katie's first full year quizzing with First Assembly, and will be her first appearance at National Finals. She received her NMA.
Isaac Ward: Isaac quizzed for two years in Novice before moving up to A League in 2008. This will be his third consecutive year at National Finals. Isaac received his NMA, MMA, and the Discipleship Award.
This is First Assembly's fifth appearance at National Finals. The team has been in Championship bracket three times, and has placed in the top 10 once. The team also placed first in Challenger in 2007.
Most exciting match this season
The match at Friendship, against Cumming that went into overtime and was won by Binghamton on the first overtime question, or the match against Garfield at Friendship, in which Justin and Isaac broke their tradition of erroring out against each other. (They have had that tradition since they were both in Novice!) They ended up with the exact same score for the match!
Favorite contest (weirdest, most clever, etc) We haven't had many crazy contests...YET! ;)
Favorite Quiz Question
"Quote the verse in which a haircut is mentioned."
Favorite verse from Corinthians 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 "We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." also 1 Corinthians 9:25 "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Tournaments attended this year
Favorite non-quiz related moment this year
We have so much fun, it's hard to put a finger on a favorite. We went to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh after Friendship Classic...that was a blast!
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
During the quote-a-thon, when the quizzers ask for sponsors, they often quote some of the scripture to the people who are considering becoming sponsors. They've quoted to friends, family, and even their dentists! Isaac and LaJoie quoted to their grandmother when she was seriously ill and in a nursing home for rehab.