Lakeside bible quiz winners

(Pictured left to right: Harmonee Kolenda, Billy Branham, Herb Kolenda (coach), David Kolenda, and Heidee Kolenda)
The 47th annual National Bible Quiz Finals were held Saturday, July 11- Friday, July 17 2009 inSt. Louis, Missouri, with approximately 170 participating quizzers. According to Bernie Elliot, National Bible Quiz coordinator, "It was a great week in the Lord from beginning to end."

In the Challenger Division, Lakeside Assembly of Menominee, Michigan, defeated Nyssa (Oregon) Christian Fellowship in a playoff for the division title. Each team finished round-robin play with 14-5 records, with Menominee winning the playoff game by a 180-130 score. First Assembly of Montgomery, Alabama, finished third by virtue of winning a three-way tiebreaker with the "His Elect" team from Victorious Life Church in Wesley, Florida, and The Stone Church of Palos Heights, Illinois. All three teams ended up with 13-6 records, but Montgomery defeated the other two in head-to-head play.

Billy Branham of Menominee had individual honors for the division locked up after 16 rounds, and finished with 2,290 points. He quizzed out in every round except one. Hudson Kelley of Montgomery was second with 1,710 points and 14 quiz-outs, followed by Courtney Walin of The Stone Church in Palos Heights, Illinois, who scored 1,655 points and had 12 quiz-outs.