Nationals 2012 participants

Northfield Church, Gering, NE

Roger Hamilton, 2nd year coaching at Nationals, 1st year as Head Coach

Luke Hamilton, team captain, third-year quizzer, second at Nationals, MMA

Bethia Hamilton, first-year quizzer

Levi Hamilton, first-year quizzer Team History
Gering, NE, made their Regional and National debuts last year. We were blessed to be undefeated at Regionals this year.

Before any of the current team member's time, one Gering quizzer came up with the team name "Maximus Magnanimity" (intended to mean "the greatest kindness," what we should try to show to others.) When shortened to "M&Ms," it fit very well with the famed Nebraska tradition of giving out sweets after every match, so the name has stuck.

Most exciting match this season
Definitely our match with Racine, Wisconsin at Regionals! After 19 questions fraught with contests, it came down to the wire, with the captains of both teams already out. Bethia hit the 20th and got it! We could have jumped through the ceiling for joy!

Favorite contest (weirdest, most clever, etc)
At the James River tournament, our team had been having an ongoing debate as to whether or not it was in good taste to refer to the outcomes of previous contests in a contest. The argument continued until our match with the Wagners, in which they quite nonchalantly invoked a previous ruling as corraborative evidence, firmly giving victory to the "it's perfectly fine" faction :-)

Favorite quiz question (weirdest, funniest, etc)
Tyler Turnage's in the first match at Mid-Winter: "Secular scientists incorrectly hypothesize that the universe was formed by the 'Big Bang.' According to Hebrews, how was the universe formed?

Favorite verse from the material
Daniel: 2 Peter 2:22
Hannah: 1 Peter 2:9
Caroline: Hebrews 12:1

Tournaments attended this year
Mid Winter Classic
River Classic

Favorite non-quiz related moment(s) this year
Bethia's: Meeting Abby Rogers and the Wagners for the first time at James River.

Levi's: Going to the Mall of America after Regionals

Luke's: All of the van rides to and from tournaments and Regionals. Conversation more witty and hilarious is not to be found elsewhere :-)

Entire team's: Tori Beye's cookies:-)

What opportunities has your team had to use Bible quiz outside of church?
All those times we've been able to answer questions to the effect of "So what exactly is Bible Quiz?" and encourage people that memorizing scripture is first of all a possibility, and also among the most rewarding things that a person can do.