Berean A/G, Pleasant Hill, IA
Loren Plank: A former quizzer from Moberly, MO under coach Randly Lee from 1987 to 1990. He has one nationals appearance as a quizzer. This is his third trip to nationals as a coach.
Ed Sornberger: Second year as an assistant coach at nationals.
Jonathan Plank: This is his 5th year in TBQ. He has received his NMA and MMA this year.
Michaela Plank: This is her 2nd year in TBQ. She has received her NMA and MMA this year.
Jenn Maki: This is her 3rd year in TBQ. She has received her NMA this year.
Our team is advancing to Nationals for the 3rd time. In 2007 we went as a one-man team (Jonathan Plank) to Tucson and won 8 rounds (Corydon, IA). In 2008, we went as a two man team to Green Bay and ranked 2nd to last (Chariton, IA). This year we are finally bringing a full team to Nationals in Deeeeetroit.
Most exciting match this season
Our most exciting match was against Moberly, Missouri (coached by my former coach, Randy Lee) at the 2010 NC Regionals. We were 8 and 1 and trying to hang on to our 1st place ranking. On question 10 we used our last timeout and were down 85 to (-15). We ended up winning the match 120 to 70 on the last question. And yes, our teams are still on speaking terms. We went to lunch together that same day.
Favorite contest (weirdest, most clever, etc)
The question was: give the verse that mentions a haircut. The other team quoted a verse that mentions a head being shaved. We had to convince the judges that a haircut was something altogether different than a hair "shave."
Give the 19 questions in 1 Corinthians 9.
Favorite verse from Corinthians Jonathan's favorite verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Mikaela's favorite verse: 2 Corinthians 1:4; Jenn's favorite verse: 2 Corinthians 3:18
Tournaments attended this year
Berean Family Classic
Favorite non-quiz related moment this year
Jonathan quoted 1 Corinthians 15 during a Sunday evening service at Berean (approximately 200 in attendance). He quoted slow and articulate until he got to the last section, at which point he put his quoting into overdrive and therefore mostly unintelligible. He got a standing "O."
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
My wife and use Bible quiz as a ministry tool to teach and train the kids we have adopted over the years, many of whom have come from a non-church background. (ie. our 14 year old daugher Anna Plank memorized 1 Corinthians this year. We adopted her last July.)