NORWAY - A local young person will be headed to Seiverville, Tenn., on Wednesday to compete in the four-day 2012 National Bible Bee. Anna Shier excelled in Bible memorization and study to secure one of 100 top scores in the junior division from across the nation during the local Bible Bee Contest which was held recently at the Community Bible Chapel in Norway.
Anna is the daughter of Brian and Connie Shier of Gladstone. Summer support and social activities were offered by the Community Bible Chapel under the leadership of Hope Aderman of Quinnesec. Anna memorized over 100 Bible verses and studied the Bible book of II Timothy in depth over the summer, and now has another 400 Bible verses and I Timothy to study for Nationals.
The 2012 National Bible Bee Competition and Family Discipleship Celebration will take place at the Wilderness Stone Hill Lodge and Sevierville Events Center in Sevierville, Tenn. At Nationals, the 300 national qualifiers (100 from each age division) will demonstrate their diligence in Scripture knowledge and memorization through oral and written rounds.
Area youngsters took part in a recent local Bible Bee competition held in Norway. Contestants memorized a list of over 100 verses and studied the book of II Timothy. At the competition, they took a written and oral test over the material they had studied over the summer. Abigail Shier, above left, was the first place winner in the senior division (ages 15-18). Junior division (ages 11-14) winners were: first place, Anna Shier; second place, Abigail Combs; and third place, Samantha Combs. With her win, Anna will be heading to Seiverville, Tenn., on Nov. 14-17 to take part in the 2012 National Bible Bee competition.
The top winners will be awarded more than $260,000 and every contestant will be encouraged and recognized for their Biblical excellence.
The National Competition is surrounded by the family-friendly events of the Shelby Kennedy Foundation's Family Discipleship Celebration. The Foundation's Chief Executive Officer, Mark McMahan, emphasizes that everyone is welcome to attend, whether they have been previously involved in Bible Bee or not.
"This event is designed to be family-friendly, engaging and encouraging for everyone. Those who attended last year's Nationals were deeply impacted by the celebration of God's Word and the sense of community among the families, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We anticipate the same and more for this year's event." Guest speakers will include Ray Comfort.
Tickets are also available for the exciting onstage semi-final and final challenge rounds in which the top national contestants engage in a word-perfect, single-elimination Bible Memory contest that will end with the awarding of the $100,000 senior division prize.
Remote viewers can watch the events via webcast at the Bible Bee's website.
Information about attending the National Bible Bee, placing a sponsorship ad to support the local Qualifiers and about getting involved locally in 2013 is available at www.biblebee.org.
Any individual or business wishing to sponsor Shier with a donation may contact local Bible Bee committee member Wayne Funderburg at 774-7335.