David Pentimone Wins the National Bible Bee Game Show Junior Division

“In Daniel 2, the secret dream of Nebuchadnezzar was revealed to Daniel, how?”

“In Psalm 11:4, where is the Lord?”

With these two questions, the finals of the Junior Level of the National Bible Bee Game Show began. David Pentimone answered both correctly, on his way to defeating Catherine Chen and Sonja Puhek in one of the tightest rounds audiences have seen this year as the Junior champion.

In the final round of the Junior level of the National Bible Bee Game Show, three young people challenged themselves and each other with the 183 Bible passages and 700 verses they had memorized. In front of a panel including former pro athlete and entrepreneur Jason Benham, former Bible Bee Game Show winner Hannah Leary, and Living Waters Ministries president Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, they worked to show what they had learned about the Bible in this week's episode. Initially, each of the contestants could earn points for buzzing in during Bible Knowledge Buzzer Round, choosing the correct multiple choice answer to questions before tackling memorization and trivia, as well as recitation of longer passages.

This week, the contestants were:

Catherine Chen of Villa Park, CA, enjoys teaching her siblings math, geography, and history, or dancing to the students she ministers to in Asia. Her favorite verse is I Timothy 6:12 because it reminds her to trust in God and to continue persevering. Her favorite person from the Bible is David because of the many lessons he learned through his journey.

David Pentimone of Kansas City, MO, enjoys making wooden chess sets from different time periods and biking with his sister. He fondly remembers being at previous Bible Bees and hopes to continue to glorify God with everything he does. His favorite verses are Psalm 139:1-6 because they show the truth of how God knows everything that is going on and is in control.

Sonja Puhek of Colorado Springs, CO, likes photographing and identifying varieties of birds, which she’s seen along with bear, fox, bobcats, coyotes, and great horned owls in her backyard. She has competed in the Bee since 2009, and breezed through to the finals. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13. She hopes to serve God in the United States.