Central A/G "Determined to Kill", Springfield, MO
Evelyn Oss is our head coach and has been coaching for five years. The last two years she has assistant coached at Nationals and this will be her fourth year attending. Evelyn is also the mother of Ellen and Amie Oss.
Diane Riley is our assistant coach. She has been judging for quiz for four years and has been a great help with all our practices. Brianna Riley is her daughter.
Ellen Oss (17) has been quizzing for six years and is a Junior in high school. This will be her fourth year at Nationals. Ellen has received her National Memorization Award and is the one on the far right in the picture.
Brianna Riley (16) has been quizzing for four years and is also a Junior in high school. This will be her fourth year at Nationals. Brianna has received her National Memorization Award and is the one in the center of the picture.
Amie Oss (15) has been quizzing for four years and is Freshman in high school. This will be her second year at Nationals. Amie has received her National Memorization Award and is the one on the far left in the picture.
We have been good friends since Green Bay Nationals and have gotten to know each other better and better every year. When the Oss Family moved to MO our team was an instant perfect fit. We have lots of fun and really enjoy each others company.
(Editor's Note: The two Central teams this year are teams #20 and #21 to make it to nationals. This is also the second year that Central has sent two teams to nationals).
Most exciting match this season
When we played the Brookbanks at the James River Classic. Even though it wasnt exciting in the suspenseful sense, we had a ton of fun partying and contesting (for the other team even.) They were snacking and laughing; we were scribbling notes and giggling. Much to our quizmasters chagrin we just couldnt be quiet. Jed was making the best blonde jokes right in the middle of the match, only to be met with Bris homeschooler jokes still in the middle of the match. (Not to say anything about the three blonde homeschoolers on our team.) To make it all the funnier Briannas brother fell asleep mid-match and started snoring. All of a sudden there were three cameras flashing and taking pictures and no one on either one of the teams was trying to suppress the giggles. By the end of the match everyone was practically in tears from laughing so hard. When it came down to it, it didnt even matter that we lost miserably we just had a blast goofing off with our friends.
Where to begin? We have had so many crazy contests that a lot of them stand out. One that was especially silly was at the Owasso Extreme Tournament. Basically the question was asking how the scripture was fulfilled from John chapter 17. Brianna hit the question perfectly and completed the question exactly how it was supposed to be worded. But when it came to the answer suffice it to say, Bri pretty much gave the entire essence of how Judas betrayed Jesus (including the kiss of betrayal not recorded in John), Jesus death and resurrection, the plan of salvation, all of Jesus miracles, and all the key points of Johns Gospel, gesticulating wildly the whole time. She was counted wrong, of course. But in order to win the match we needed to get this and the next question right so we contested. In an answer youre allowed to use your own words so the short version of Ellens contest was, Although Bri said absolutely nothing that you have on your page, the answer she gave answered the question. All those things are what fulfilled the scripture. It was a stretch to say the least and all the judges laughed at us, but it was worth it to see the puzzled look on the Wagners faces as they scrambled to get a rebuttal together.
Favorite Quiz Question
Our favorite question this year was written by Greg House. It was something along these lines:
For 20 points. Statement and quotation question. In one sentence John makes it sound as though Andrew is a cannibal. Quote this sentence.
It made everyone in the room go Huh?? but Ellen got it anyway. (See John 6:8-9)
Favorite Verse from John
Brianna- John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Amie- John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Ellen- John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Tournaments attended this year
Southern Fried Classic
Owasso Xtreme Tournament
Favorite non-quiz related moment(s) this year
When WE WENT AND GOT MATCHING TATTOOS!!! It was the craziest, most bonding thing weve ever done together.
JUST KIDDING! That wasnt our best non-quiz related moment.
Our *real* best non-quiz related moment was when we were invited to Silver Dollar City for the day to do a commercial photo shoot. We rode roller-coasters for free all day long and got to stop for dinner on the way home.
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
Beyond the church we have had many opportunities to use the things weve learned from Quiz. As a team we believe everyday is a new chance to show Gods love and exhibit the virtues we have learned from memorizing the word of God. For example Amie uses her knowledge of the Bible to witness and debate with kids all over the world online, as well as to connect with other kids who love the Lord. She also helps out with the three year old nursery. Along with her team mates, Amie contributes to the Womens and Royal Rangers ministries.
Brianna leads a Bible study group for kids, and ministers using her talents in the two year old nursery. She helps as a full-time nanny and babysitter, showing the love God has for us as His children. Brianna also volunteers with Convoy of Hope and Royal Rangers.
Ellen makes sure her familys Compassion child is covered in prayer and encouraged in her walk with the Lord by sending letters and keeping up close communications. She uses leadership skills that she has gained from quizzing to help guide and direct the younger generation through babysitting the neighborhood kids. Ellen also volunteers with Convoy of Hope and Royal Rangers.