&larr 2009
Nationals 2010

Cedar Park Church, Bothell, WA

Coaches
Kari Brodin: Kari has coached Teen Bible Quiz for 11 years, coaching teams to Nationals in 1983, 1985, and consecutively from 2004-present. She was also at nationals twice as a quizzer, in 1978 and 1981. In 1981 her team won nationals and she was top scorer.
Kristi Brodin: Kristi has assisted each year from 2004 on.

Quizzers
Heather Karnes has been a Teen Bible Quiz participant for 6 years, and this is her 5th consecutive Nationals. She has earned her NMA.
Flynn Spicer: has quizzed for 5 years, and this is his 3rd consecutive Nationals. He has earned his NMA.
Rachel Preston: has quizzed for 3 years, and this is her first Nationals. She has earned her NMA.
Adi Purohith: has quizzed for 2 years, and this is his first Nationals. He has earned his NMA.
Ani Purohith: has quizzed for 2 years, and this is his first Nationals. He has earned his NMA.
Anita Jaganath: has quizzed for 2 years, and this is her first Nationals. She has earned her NMA.

Team History
Cedar Park has sent at least one team to Nationals for 13 consecutive years. The highest finish was 1st place in 2005; combined with a 4th place finish in 2004 and a four-year string of 2nd place finishes from 2006-2009, that makes 6 consecutive years finishing in the trophy round. I believe Cedar Park also has the distinction of being the only church to place two teams in the top ten in the same year, with a 1st-and-10th finish in 2005. Finally, Cedar Park holds the record for the only “perfect match” recorded at Nationals: all four quizzers quizzed out positively in a single match during the first day of competition in 2008.

Most exciting match this season
At Regionals, we were down by 90 to Nyssa, OR, with five questions (three 10’s and two 20’s) remaining, needing to get all the remaining questions and a quiz-out. We got the first four, with Flynn and Heather each getting two and Heather quizzing out on the 19th, and almost pulled off the come-back, but Melissa Larson, Nyssa’s top quizzer, won the battle of speed on question 20 and we lost 160-140.

Favorite contest (weirdest, most clever, etc)
Most clever: Heather was arguing the correctness of her completion of a question and did something I had not seen a quizzer do before: she quoted a renowned New Testament scholar (Gordon Fee, whose study materials we had been using in our Sunday School sessions). Her exact line was: “And you need to realize that in chapter 4 of 1 Corinthians Paul is using a great deal of irony -- or, as Fee would say, ‘God-inspired sarcasm.’” And then she went right on…it was great! Kari later had opportunity to relate the story to Dr. Fee: he asked if she had won the contest, and when he learned she had not, said, “You should send a copy of my commentary to the judges.” =)

Least clever: Flynn was arguing the correctness of his answer on a quotation question which the judges had ruled incorrect. Unfortunately, he made the same mistake reiterating his answer as he did when he originally gave it, thereby solidifying the case against him.

Most confused: Kari was arguing the correctness of Flynn’s answer, and then of his completion of the question, but on the second issue she inadvertently reversed the facts and was actually arguing the opposing case, until Heather managed to non-verbally make her aware of it. At that point, Kari said, “On the other hand…” and completely changed her argument to the other way around! Come to find out, the judges were not concerned about his completion, anyway; the contest was accepted about his answer. =)

Favorite question
Our favorite has to be the one from which we derive our name. Kari was reading this 10-pointer at practice. It was a “blind” 10-pointer and Rachel interrupted at the right spot: “What far outweighs…” Kari thought it was a fairly straightforward interruption and was wondering why Rachel wasn’t completing it, then noticed that the other quizzers also looked confused. The explanation: while Kari had read “What far outweighs…,” the quizzers had heard “What far-out ways…”! When we discovered the offending homonyms we had a pretty good laugh, particularly as poor Rachel was very studiously trying to think if Paul had any far-out ways of doing things!

Favorite verse from Corinthians
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Tournaments attended this year
Snake River Classic
River Classic

Favorite non-quiz related moment this year
Flynn’s “head-banging” act, trying to get Ani and Adi to get 1 Corinthians 14:24 in Bible Quiz Charades. Also, a whole host of “Catch Phrase” laughs from the night after the River Classic tournament when we stayed up playing until the wee hours!

What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
Rachel has made the most of her opportunities: she was able to share Paul’s warning about bad company corrupting good character with a friend who was making some poor choices in relationships. She also was quoting to her grandmother while walking through a mall and had opportunity to share with a woman who asked what they were doing.