Nationals 2013

Falls Church, Sioux Falls, SD

Coaches
The team is coached by Rob Schoon. When Rob was a junior in high school, his family began attending an Assembly of God church. He joined TBQ his senior year and concentrated on the book of James. Years later, he noticed that he was drawn over and over to the book of James, as if it was a home base for him biblically. That's when he realized the legacy that one year of TBQ had given him for the rest of his life. "I want my kids to have that experience," he decided. In 2003, he started a TBQ program when his oldest daughter was in 8th grade. He has enjoyed working with dozens of young people over the years and hopes that each will remember his theme: "What does the Bible actually say?" or "What does God actually say?"The team is coached by Rob Schoon. When Rob was a junior in high school, his family began attending an Assembly of God church. He joined TBQ his senior year and concentrated on the book of James. Years later, he noticed that he was drawn over and over to the book of James, as if it was a home base for him biblically. That's when he realized the legacy that one year of TBQ had given him for the rest of his life. "I want my kids to have that experience," he decided. In 2003, he started a TBQ program when his oldest daughter was in 8th grade. He has enjoyed working with dozens of young people over the years and hopes that each will remember his theme: "What does the Bible actually say?" or "What does God actually say?"

Quizzers
Rachel Schoon is 13 years old and just completed 7th grade through her homeschooling. Most of her life she has been affiliated with TBQ through her dad's coaching and older sisters' quizzing. She enjoys the weekly Bible study and discussions that develop there. Also, she has fun with her teammates when they travel to quiz trips. Her favorite activities are basketball, spending time with family and friends, reading adventure stories, helping out at Rodeo Bible Camp, soccer, volleyball, and hanging out with her two miniature dachshunds, Trudy and Trapp. Her favorite verse is Matthew 14:31.

Bri McKinley is a home schooled freshman. As a first year quizzer, she says, “Because I have been doing TBQ, I have learned to dissect the Bible.” Her favorite verses from Matthew are 21:22 and 24:13. She likes to bake, paint, read, and listen to Christian music. On a rainy day you can find her reading a book and eating chocolate chip cookies.

Lilly Mallett is an eighth grade homeschooler whose hobbies include ballet, gardening, Ultimate Frisbee, and piano, and she has multi-purpose hair. This is her second year quizzing. Her favorite verse is Matthew 4:4. She says, “I love how Scripture can be used to avoid temptation and how you can use Scripture to be a witness.”

Selena Rodriguez is a sophomore at her home school. She enjoys reading, drawing, painting, scrapbooking, and soccer. She cherishes the friendships she has made through TBQ and how she has learned to study the Bible, and she always looks forward to meets and road trips. This is her second year of quizzing, and this year she earned her NMA and MMA. Her favorite verses this year are Matthew 14:27 and 19:26.

Chad Schwartz is an eighth grade homeschooler and a second year quizzer. He enjoys tabletop strategy and role-playing games, reading, and playing Xbox with his friends. He says, “Bible Quiz has really helped me in life. Rob does a Bible study every practice. This study has made me a studier of the word, not just a reader. I have been able to use this and the verses I have learned in reassurance, teaching, and helping in my life.” His favorite verse is Matthew 5:9.

Team History
This is their debut at the national tournament.

Most exciting match this season
It was definitely the match against Rapid City at Regionals, and the tension was building. Both captains had quizzed out. It was the last question, a 10-pointer, and we were 10 points behind. When the question was read, we didn’t know if anyone at the table knew the answer. With perfect speed, Bri buzzed in and answered correctly. Rachel got the tie-breaking question to win the match.

Favorite contest
It was a regionals match, and the 20th question was, “Who was Caiaphas?” A young lady on the opposite team buzzed in and answered “chief priest” before saying “high priest.” She contested when she was ruled incorrect, and we decided to rebuttal in agreement. Rachel wanted to present the rebuttal, and after making the necessary points using the rulebook, she was going to explain how he was a chief priest; you had to be a chief priest to become the high priest. She was going to liken this to how in the Catholic church, you must become a cardinal before you become the pope. The last part of her rebuttal went as follows: “…so we believe what she said first was additional and irrelevant; like the Catholics,” (BEEP!)! Everyone in the room sat for a moment shocked and a bit appalled, then in unison burst into uncontrollable laughter! When everyone could speak again, the contest was accepted. Favorite question
One of George Edgerly‘s questions that we read at practice: “According to Matthew 28:8, what was the emotional state of the women?”

Tournaments attended this year
Front Range Open


Best non-quiz related moment this year
In the van on the way home from the Colorado Front Range Open, we played the Question game. One person chooses a word or phrase; then everyone else asks him/her questions. The answer to each and every question must be that word or phrase, said without a smile or laugh. Lilly was the uncontested overall winner with the phrase “Mr. Sullivan” (the Rapid City coach). You had to be there.