Church of the Nazarene hosts day of Team Bible Quizzing

PLATTSBURGH Team Bible Quizzing has been an important aspect of the Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene's teen program for many years. This year, the quizzing team began studying in the summer in preparation for the quizzing events that commence in September. One team quizzing event is held each month at various churches around the district, which includes upstate New York and Ottawa. The monthly events continue until April when the district finals are held. Top individuals can then continue on to a regional competition in Maryland in late April, and finally to a national competition in Chicago. Plattsburgh took its turn to host the quizzing event Jan. 12, which included providing lunch for all of the quizzing guests. Six teams were in attendance, which included the Plattsburgh team and teams from Potsdam and Lowville. Teams competed at three levels Novice, Junior and Senior. Two teams of four competed head to head in action packed competitive quiz games with 20 questions per round. Each competitor sat on an electronic pad which connected to a row of light bulbs on the Quiz Master's table. When a competitor jumped up, their light bulb lit up. The first one to light their bulb was given the opportunity to answer a Bible question and earn individual and team points. There were five rounds in the morning and five rounds after lunch. The afternoon rounds were double elimination. The event ended around 4 p.m. with team and individual recognition. This year, the members of the Plattsburgh team are Gabby D'Antonio, Dannemora; Shanika Dashnaw and Calvin Tubo, Plattsburgh; Ian and Zack Desjardins, Chazy; and Julie Withrow, Morrisonville. The team is coached by Dannemora's Geraldine D'Antonio, who became the coach in November when the former coach resigned. She is new to the coaching position, but she has seven years of involvement with the program. She became involved with Bible quizzing when her oldest daughter Katelyn joined the team at the Burlington Williston Church of the Nazarene when the family resided in Vermont. Katelyn advanced all the way to the national competition in her first year. "I love working with the kids," she commented. "It is an honor for me to work with them and help them study the Bible and get to know them." Geraldine holds practices for her team every Sunday morning and at additional scheduled times just prior to the monthly quiz competitions. She also devotes an entire Saturday each month to the quizzes which often involve a long trip to the host church. As a single, widowed homeschooling mother, her time is at a premium, but she feels the activity is well worth her time. "I want the kids to be grounded in the Bible," she said. "This is something they can do that is a good thing and honors God, and the competition is fun for them." "It was a good learning experience for them," said Geraldine, who felt the day's event was successful. Next month, the team will travel to Ottawa for their competition. To learn more about Bible quizzing visit www.upstatequizzing.com .

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