James River A/G, "Ignorant & Unstable", Ozark, MO

Karl Dawson—has been involved with quiz for 21 years, as a quizzer, official, coach and question writer. This is his second year to coach at national finals.

Joshua George (captain, MMA, NMA, Discipleship Award, senior, 7th year)
Devon Colegrove (MMA, NMA, Discipleship Award, 6th year)
Jillian Griffith (NMA, Discipleship Award, 2nd year)

Team History
This is 18th team James River has sent to nationals. They have competed at every National Finals since 2001, sending two teams in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. One of their teams has finished in the top five in the Championship Division for the the last seven years.

Interesting Historical Tidbits
Coach Karl Dawson is a former quizzer himself, having graduated over Hebrews and Peter in 1996. Although both records have since been broken, he holds the distinct honor of having both the most backward quizouts at nationals, with 11 in 1993 AND the most forward quizouts at nationals, with 18 in 1996.

Most exciting match this season
Our most exciting match was actually an Individual Tournament game at the River Classic. Devon and Josh were both competing in the semifinal games against other very talented quizzers. Josh started strong, while Devon struggled. As the game went on, Devon had two wrong and needed four correct answers in a row to advance. He nailed the next four questions, winning a challenging contest on the last one. This left one question in the game which Josh had to get to advance. He makes the hit and gets it, but a contest renders the question invalid. Josh then gets the replacement question. The two James River quizzers emerged victorious.

Our other exciting games were losses--a playoff against Garfield for the title at Friendship, and a de facto playoff game against Owasso at the River Classic that we lost in overtime.

Favorite contest (weirdest, most clever, etc)
We successfully argued in a response that the heart wasn't a body part.

Favorite quiz question (weirdest, funniest, etc)
Any question that requires them to quote Hebrews 9:5. This allows them to purposely mispronounce the word "cherubim" in a way that can't adequately be described with words.

Favorite verse from the material
The verse from which our team name is taken is pretty good. We also like most anything from 2 Peter 2.

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. (2 Peter 3:16)

Tournaments attended this year
Missouri Classic
Southern Fried Classic
Friendship Classic
River Classic

Favorite non-quiz related moment(s) this year
We've had a pretty fun season. Here's a video that shows some of the highlights:

What opportunities has your team had to use Bible Quiz outside of the church?
This has been the most amazing part of our season. There have been several times where Bible Quiz has intersected with life in some really neat ways:

-In December, James River's quizzers partnered with our local Victory Mission to deliver Christmas baskets to underprivileged families in the community.

-While working on the Discipleship Award, Jillian e-mailed a missionary family in Africa, asking if there was anything she could pray with them about. Two days later, she received a response. The missionaries were in the midst of a politically turbulent time, and as a result were having to quickly leave the country. God's timing was excellent, allowing Jillian to be used to pray for missionaries who needed it.

-Devon recently shared this story:
"Today in the morning I was praying for an opportunity to be able to talk about God with my golf team and be bold and all that other good stuff. So we had a practice round and we had to travel about an hour and so I brought my quiz and started doing quote cards on the ride there and the kid sitting beside me asked me about them and then started asking them to me. Pretty soon the whole team got involved and started asking them to me. That was cool enough by itself and then gradually throughout the rest of the day they kept asking me questions about God and sin and stuff. It was such an awesome opportunity. God is so good. Anyway, that's my awesome story of the day."