In a dramatic come-from-behind win, the North Central Ohio quiz team beat the Chesapeake team at noon Thursday to become the national quiz champions at Brethren National Youth Conference.
Ray Feather, Quiz Master, conducted the final quiz between the top two teams—North Central Ohio and Chesapeake. Chesapeake leaped into the lead with the first question, and NCO countered with the next question. The first error, by NCO, was not costly as Chesapeake was not able to capitalize.
By question number ten, Chesapeake had pulled out to a 120-60 lead. A contested incorrect answer by NCO was overruled by the judges. By question 15 the score was 80-180 in favor of Chesapeake. With only three questions left, NCO was charging hard, trailing 150-180. An incorrect answer by Chesapeake increased the drama as NCO was able to capitalize, tying the score at 170 each.
On the final question, with the win in the balance, Chesapeake won the jump, but gave an incorrect answer. NCO finished the verse correctly for a 30-point bonus to win all the marbles, 200-160. North Central Ohio emerged from the see-saw contest as the national champion quiz team for this year.
Pastor Doug Courter awarded gift certificates from Brethren Missionary Herald Co. to the second-place Chesapeake team. The first-place $1,000 per-person scholarships to Grace College were awarded to the NCO team. He also awarded Grace College scholarships to the top five quizzers. Top quizzer was Dan Knorr from the Chesapeake district. Don and Karen Adams from Bethel Brethren Church in Berne, Indiana, were named quiz coaches of the year.
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