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These kids know their Bible

Revelation quizzers and coaches celebrate their first ever National Championship. Back Row: Jon Magnuson, Elisha Wright, Coach Jim Cicchese. Front Row: Asst. Coach Tim Magnuson, Asst. Coach Gabrielle Weir, Corrie Stevens, Sarah Magnuson, Ellen Weir, Liana Zook, Captain Grace Cooper. Submitted photo.

A group of seven area teen Bible quizzers brought home something last week that no Teens For Christ team has ever brought home before - a National Bible Quiz Championship trophy.

The quizzers competed in the Bible Quiz Fellowship National Tournament at the Chula Vista Resort at Wisconsin Dells for three days at the end of April, answering questions from the Bible books of Mark, Hebrews and 1 & 2 Peter. When the tournament was over, the Revelation team emerged as the new National champions.

"We are so thrilled about this," said coach and TFC director Jim Cicchese. "This was the result of a huge effort over the whole school year. Together, this team memorized a total of nearly 6,000 Bible verses, and it was great to see that hard work rewarded with a national championship."

The quizzers on Revelation come from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, and are chosen from 35 TFC regular season teams and formed into eight all-star teams in February.

Those all-star teams then compete at the Regional and National level with BQF, the organization that has been running this National tournament for thirty-two years.

The TFC quest for a National championship began thirty years ago, when TFC brought a team of all-stars to Bath, New York, to compete in the 1983 national tournament. That team finished in second place, a finish that has never been improved on, and has only been equaled twice in the intervening 30 years.

"I was a quizzer on that first team," said Cicchese, "and I don't think we understood at that time how impressive that finish was, or how rare. If we had known then that it would take 30 years to finally bring home a National Championship, I think that would have been pretty discouraging."

Still, there is no time like the present. "We consider this a great blessing from God," said Cicchese, "and patient endurance and faithfulness is one of the things we learn from Scripture that is reinforced in Bible Quizzing. Even if we had never won a National Championship, God has rewarded and will reward every quizzer who takes the time to study and know His Word."

Teens for Christ is a non-denominational youth ministry serving teens in the St. Croix Valley, Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information about BQF Bible Quizzing, you can contact Teens For Christ at 715-386-2549.