Hunter Bontrager Nabs Second Finalist Spot in the Primary Division of the National Bible Bee Game Show

In the second semi-final of the Primary Level of the National Bible Bee Game Show, four contestants battled for one spot in the finals. With opening round questions about what Peter called Noah as a preacher and herald, and what Hebrews 11:4 has to say about the excellence of Jesus, Hudson Bontrager swept the board, on his way to edging out Mason Valentine. 

In this opening round, four 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 David 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:

Angela Kipp of Brooklyn Park, MN, likes to crochet hats, scarves, and mittens, and plays the piano, flute, and vibraharp. She uses vocal repetition to memorize Scripture, like Psalm 103. She and her family currently serve with a Minneapolis ministry called CityLifeWorks that helps provide meals to the community. 

Hudson Bontrager of Kalona, IA, uses repetition to memorize Scripture, like his verse, Isaiah 6:8. His brother, Mitchell, is his role model because he helps those in need, while Andrew is his favorite Biblical person because he brought people to Jesus. 

Chelsea Crawford of Houston, TX, uses Scripture Typer to memorize verses like his favorite set, Psalm 103. She admires Esther because she was brave. 

Mason Valentine of Seymour, TN, loves Acts 17:19-31 because it talks about the unknown God and the way the Athenians are worshipping a God they haven’t truly met yet. He admires Earl Scruggs who played the banjo well, and the blind man of John 9 because he believed before he could see Jesus.