BANDINA – “Not your ordinary Bible bowl,” the 10th Annual Camp Bandina event gave students and adults from all over Texas and a few from Oklahoma the opportunity to test on the gospel of John. For those who placed, the tests showed high scores, but the weekend was a win for all.
“Our students loved learning about the book of John by the use of jingles and other fun activities,” said Debbie Glasscock, a member of New Braunfels Church of Christ. “Bible Bowl is a great way to learn about God’s word, have fun, and fellowship with others,”
Samuel Hamblett and Kennedy Lewis, both high school seniors, won Texas Bible Bowl and Oklahoma Christian University scholarships. They and their families worship with West Bexar County church of Christ in San Antonio.
“I was just happy with the opportunity to be a part of Texas Bible Bowl and work on my writing with the essay,” said Hamblett. “I was very thankful, and the OC one was a big surprise. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Said Lewis, “I was never expecting a scholarship. As I wrote the essay I just allowed myself to have fun and poured my heart into the essay. I was shocked to hear part of my essay read as they announced I was one of the winners.”
These congregations were represented: Coahoma, League City, Magnolia, McDermott Road (Plano), Memorial (Houston), New Braunfels, Northwest (San Antonio), Southwest (Ada, Okla.) West Bexar (San Antonio) and West Erwin (Tyler).
The students who were testing for the first time competed in the “Inexperienced” section of their age groups. The students listed below, followed by their home churches, placed from tenth to first.
The Elementary Inexperienced students at the top include: Bree Lewis (Coahoma), Lillian Orosco (Coahoma), Margaret Reneau (Memorial), Brynlee Gordon (Coahoma), Rylan Rubio (Coahoma), Brandy Gonzales (New Braunfels), MacKenna Ballew (West Bexar), Will Locke (Coahoma), and Jackson Ballew (West Bexar). Taking second place was Landon Coats and Jaxen Kindsfather came in first, both from McDermott Road.
The top experienced students in the elementary division are: Madison Campbell (West Bexar), Callie Green (McDermott), Camila Deputy (McDermott), Noah Lokey (McDermott), Ryan Simmons (New Braunfels), River Gibson (League City), A.J. Campbell (West Bexar), Reagan Campbell (West Bexar) and Natalie Neill of Southwest. New Braunfels and McDermott had the second and first place scorers in Rylan Frech and Bethany Sanderford, respectively.
The smaller junior high inexperienced group had these winners: Jazmine Dearlove (West Bexar), Andrew Reneau (Memorial), Gabrielle Dearlove (West Bexar) and Cooper Spurlock (Memorial). Alex Reagan (Coahoma) took second place and Ethan Illert (West Bexar) had the top score.
In the Experienced Junior High groups, these students placed at the top: Deanna Georgen (McDermott), Katie Shanks (Memorial), Will Spain (Northwest), Leo Johnson (League City), Joey Georgen (League City), Elijah Gibson (League City), Gabriel Hunt (McDermott) and Abby Simmons (New Braunfels). Placing at the top were Matthew Kearney (McDermott) in second place and Malachi Drew (West Bexar) in first.
First time testers at the senior high level were led by Brance Workman (Coahoma) and Memorial’s Kyle Glover, in second and first place, respectively.
In the senior high experienced division, these students had the best scores: Coleman Sandefur (League City), Kennedy Lewis (West Bexar), Samuel Hamblett (West Bexar), Noah Shugart (Northwest), Zach Sandeford (McDermott), Ethan Eck [Southwest], Casey Lay (Northwest), Roy Duncan (Southwest), and Abigail Kirkwood of McDermott. Taking second place was Southwest’s Jacob Neill and Benjamin Johnson of League City posted the highest score.
Among the top scorers in the adult category were Jeremy Gibson (League City), Cathy Spain (Northwest), Roger Simmons (New Braunfels), Ryan Duncan (Southwest), Kathy Robeck (New Braunfels), Mary Frech (New Braunfels), Katrinka Johnson (League City), Beverly Hicks (League City), Jana Smith (New Braunfels), and Jeannie Garcia (New Braunfels). Julie Hunt (McDermott) placed second and Mark Drew (West Bexar) took first place.
“This year was our first year doing Bible Bowl in Texas and it was a wonderful experience digging into God Word as a family and competing,” said Kiesha Dearlove, a member of West Bexar County Church of Christ. Her husband, Mark, plans to give the other adult top scorers some competition in 2020.
Next year, the contest will be held on the weekend of April 3-5. Students will test on the book of 2 Samuel. The non–highlighted text of the book is available now for download in pdf and Word formats.
Other resources will be made available through the Downloads tab at Texasbiblebowl.org as the time nears.