Word of Life A/G, Springfield, VA
Don York: This is Don's third year to coach a team at nationals. He has coached many other years as well.
Lori Conerly: Assistant Coach Quizzers
Santosh Mathews: Has quizzed for 3 years in the A league, has received his NMA for the last 2 years, studied and memorized GEPCP, Mark, 1/2 Corinthians.
Shaniqua Conerly: Has quizzed for 3 years in the A league, studied and memorized GEPCP, Mark, 1/2 Corinthians.
Sam York: Has quizzed for 4 years since 7th grade -- starting in Novice in 7th and moving up to A league in the 8th grade, has received his NMA for the last 3 years, studied and memorized Acts (Novice), GEPCP, Mark, 1/2 Corinthians
Abhishek Mathews: Has quizzed for 3 years since 7th grade starting in Novice, has received his NMA for the last 2 years, studied and memorized GEPCP, Mark, 1/2 Corinthians. Last year (2008-2009), he was part of the Novice team that won the Northeast Regional Finals.
The ministry at Word of Life was started in 2007 with a vision to "hide" God's Word in the hearts of our youth and to provide spiritual mentoring for both our middle and high school youth. It was a natural extension from JBQ which we started in 2006. We really want to see the next generation assume the spiritual "mantle" and have a double blessing and anointing in fulfilling the Great Commission. In our first year (GEPCP), we learned very early on that we were in over our heads. Although we were coached by a former and successful Penn-Del quizzer Beth Reynolds, it was our first year and it would be a while before our youth learned the rules and mechanics of the competition. During that same year we were joined by Don York and Sam York from Cornerstone A/G in Bowie, Md, which added a Nationals-level Coach and another strong quizzer to our team. We made it to Regionals in our first year but we lost handily to the more experienced teams at Regionals. In our second year (Mark) we made it to Regionals and finished 6th -- after a playoff match to determine the 5th place for Nationals. This, our 3rd year (1/2 Corinthians), we finished a strong 4th and qualified for Nationals for the very first time in Word of Life history. Praise to His Name!!!
Most exciting match this season
This year at Regionals we lost a round on the last question, which if we had gotten it, we would have placed 2nd instead of 4th.
Favorite verse from Corinthians There are so many favorites but here's one: 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Tournaments attended this year
Favorite non-quiz related moment this year
Returning from Friendship, we almost ran out of gas in the mountains of Pennsylvania. A check of the nearest gas station on our GPS indicated about 12 miles to go. We really prayed and we made it with just enough gas to spare!!!