National tournament brings out brightest Bible buffs

After a rigorous 400-question written test, the National Bible Bowl Tournament began.

Elliot Clark, Kelsie Sparks, Ross DeLong, Abby Johnson and Phoebe Mangas were in third grade when they began playing on the same team. Like most 8-year-olds, they were still defining their motor skills and according to developmental charts for third-graders, they were a typical mix of being helpful, cheerful and pleasant as well as rude, bossy and selfish.

Like most students with varied interests, among them they also participated in soccer, tennis, volleyball, theater, choirs, robotics and 4-H — but the one thing they’ve done consistently and together for the past 10 years is play Bible Bowl.

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