Nationals 2012 participants

First A/G of Greater Lansing, East Lansing, MI

Maureen Harr. Coached 17 years, this will be 8th trip to Nationals. Earned NMA over Hebrews & I & II Peter 8 years ago.

Drew Harr - 5th year quizzer; 2nd Nationals; NMA

Claire Convis - 2nd year quizzer; 1st Nationals; NMA

Mike Klein - 5th year quizzer; 1st Nationals; NMA

Nathan Andrews - 5th year quizzer; 1st Nationals; NMA

Austin Harr - 3rd year quizzer; 2nd Nationals

Team History
As a team, this is a "1st trip" to Nationals. Both Drew and Austin attended last year. Each of these quizzers have at least one older brother and/or sister who has attended past Nationals. Maureen has coached all of her TBQ age children (and has only one left to be able to say she has coached all of them) at Nationals.

Most exciting match this season
The most memorable match this season was beating our in-state rivals at Regional Finals. A couple of the quizzers planned a fruit snack (compliments of the host church - Dayspring, OH) celebration upon a victory. When they knew they had the game in hand, they began checking their pockets for the reward.

Favorite contest (weirdest, funniest, etc)
Probably the weirdest contest was one against our team at Regionals. Drew quoted several verses rather fast and rather slurry. When the QM and judges ruled him correct, we expected a contest on because of 3 or 4 goofy pronunciations, but were rather surprised when the coach of the opposing team said he counted at least 9 mistakes. He highlighted 4, we rebutted that certain words may have been pronounced strangely and pauses at strategic times could also cause difficulties, but we thought he had quoted everything correctly. We won the rebuttal.

Favorite question (weirdest, funniest, etc)
Two of our favorite questions:

From a question set of 8 years ago: Joey Bohanon prefaced this question with the disclaimer that the QM should pre-read the question so he wouldn't laugh and misread it. The question? Statement & Question. In the video game, Super Mario Brother, Mario's enemies are consumed by raging fireballs. According to Hebrews 10:27, whose enemies will be consumed by raging fire?

A question written by one of our quizzers during a weekend practice: 2 Part Reference Essence Question. Give in essence the verse that mentions hurling and the verse that mentions vomiting.

Favorite verse from the material
Drew: 1 Peter 2:12
Mike: 1 Peter 3:15
Austin: 2 Peter 3:8,9
Nathan: Hebrews 3:13
Claire: Hebrews 13:16
Coach Maureen - Hebrews 13:2

Tournaments attended this year
Friendship Classic
River Classic

Favorite non-quiz related moment(s) this year
Taking 3rd place in the trivia game at Buffalo Wild Wings at Regionals. Bowling with a partner at the same time, on the same lane, and getting a strike (both balls were needed). Playing spoons with lotion bottles instead of spoons (I will leave the results to your imagination). Talking with James Carrie.

What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
This season our team has held a lot of fundraisers (as usual) to raise money to attend tournaments, Regionals, and Nationals. This spring, however, we went door-to-door collecting pop cans to raise money to buy a Kirkman quiz set for the children of Managua, Nicaragua. A former quizzer from our church, Whitney Harr, is currently ministering with the ENGAGE group in Nicaragua, to children who live in the city dumps and nearby areas. She was asked to help start up JBQ by some other missionaries. They have one buzz box and lots of kids. Our goal is to raise enough to purchase one quiz set and extra supplies they need. We raised over $345.00 collecting cans and plan to raise the rest this summer so we can send the set back to Nicaragua with Whitney in September.