LaJoie Ward is a former national quizzer. During her four years as a quizzer at nationals, she placed 5th individually in Championship, first individually and as a team in Challenger, and first in the preaching ministry two years in a row. She also received the Female Quizzer of the Year and Curtis Scholarship awards and correctly answered the infamous "60-point question" in the 2008 boys vs. girls exhibition match to win the match for the girls. She received National Memorization for 13 books of the Bible and completed the Master Memorization four times. Last year she was head coach of the Binghamton Middle School team. The past two years she has assistant coached the TBQ team at Nationals, and this year she became head coach of the TBQ team.
Henry (Hank) and Annette Ward. In 2006, when LaJoie's TBQ coach stepped down, Annette and Hank were led by the Lord to assume leadership of the TBQ ministry at First Assembly. Hank became head coach of the TBQ team that year, while Annette coached one of the church's Novice teams. Under their leadership, the Binghamton Bible Quiz ministry has discipled and coached dozens of students in the Word, focusing not only on memorization and competition, but also on Bible study, ministry, and outreach. This year, they are both assisting LaJoie in coaching the TBQ team. Quizzers
Isaac Ward has been quizzing with First Assembly for seven years. This is his fifth and final year at National Finals. This year, he received the National and Master Memorization and Discipleship Awards. He has memorized 14 books completely and two partially (during Novice), receiving the National Memorization award twice in novice and five times in TBQ, and receiving the Master Memorization five times.
Aaron Scarinzi has been quizzing with First Assembly for four years. He is a sophomore, and this will be his second time at National Finals and his second year in TBQ. Aaron placed first individually at Northeast Regional Finals during his final year in Middle School Quiz.
Binghamton First Assembly of God has competed at National Finals for the past seven years. Last year, Aaron and Isaac broke records for the highest placing of a two-man team under the current rules. The team reached sixth place, the church's highest placing in recent history.
Interesting Historical Tidbit
This team also attended nationals in 1968 and 1993.
Most exciting match this season
We won the match against Wesley Chapel during the preliminary rounds at Friendship Classic. It was a very clean match and well-played by both teams.
Favorite contest (weirdest, funniest, etc)
In a sectional meet we had a team contest that they shouldn't receive a foul because the pre-response hit was during the pause between the introductory remarks and the question. Everyone was confused during the match, and we tried to straighten it out, but it wasn't until after the match that the correct rule was found. It was pretty confusing!
Favorite question (weirdest, funniest, etc)
One of Joey's practice questions:
Statement and 3-Part Reference Question.
Modern worship songs are usually very loud, repeated endlessly, and require you to stand forever.
What is loud, what is repeated endlessly, and what stands forever?
Favorite verse from the material
2 Peter 3:16 "He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction."
Aaron and Isaac both agree that Paul's letters (and often, the question writer's questions!) contain things that are hard to understand. Still, it's important to persevere, memorize those tough verses, and stay strong to the end.
Tournaments attended this year
Favorite non-quiz related moment(s) this year
Laser tag and games after Friendship Classic with our friends from other churches!
We have lots of laughs in our practices, especially when LaJoie is reading questions. One of the funniest things that happened recently was when Isaac was trying to quote Jude 12, and he said, "…trees without roots and upfruited," completely by accident!
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
Isaac and Aaron had the incredible opportunity of competing in an exhibition match with other quizzers from their district in front of thousands of teens at the NYS AG Youth Convention. This was an awesome way to show the youth of New York how Bible Quiz actually works.
All of the Binghamton Bible Quizzers, including those who only competed up to the District level, participated in volunteering with Operation Christmas Child collection. The team also packed about a dozen boxes themselves and donated them to the outreach. This is a much-enjoyed yearly activity for our Bible Quizzers, and is one way we get to put the Word into action!