Bible Drill, a program that teaches the importance of studying and memorizing scripture, is for children, youth and high school students in grades 4-12.
The program is built on three age groups – children (grades 4-6), youth (grades 7-9) and high school (grades 10-12). The Youth Speaker’s Tournament consists of high school age students, (grades 10-12) who present a prepared speech.
Children learn 75 Bible verses over three years; the number increases as they get older. Youth learn 30 verses a year. The high school group not only learns 30 verses a year but they also learn key passages. As they get older, the youth and high school participants delve more into biblical doctrine, which is built off the Baptist Faith & Message.
This year in Bible Drill, there were 576 registered participants who represented 720 N.C. Baptist churches. The competitions begin at the church level, then move to associational and regional levels. Only youth, high school and speaker’s competitors move on to the state level. There were 18 youth drillers, 10 high school drillers and seven speakers that participated in the state finals May 11 at Abbott’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, High Point.
Youth and high school Bible Drill participants gather for a group photo after the state Bible Drill finals at Abbott’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in High Point.
The first-place winners for the youth, high school and speaker’s tournament competed in the national competition in Duluth, Ga., June 20. Though none of them placed in the top three, Deborah Robson, consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said they represented the state well.
“The amount of scripture each driller learned, not only in their minds, but their hearts, makes them the top winner,” Robson said. “… This is what sets Bible Drill apart from other Bible programs.”
2013 state winners
Youth Bible Drill
1st Place: Taylor Jacobs, Mt. Elim Baptist Church, Red Springs
2nd Place: Daniel Cooke, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte, and Destiny Demery, Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Pembroke
High School Bible Drill
1st Place: Laura Abernathy, Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, Hickory
2nd Place: Kali Strickland, Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Pembroke
3rd Place: Katie Beasley, Coats Baptist Church, Coats
Youth Speaker’s Tournament
1st Place: Audra Daniel, Burkemont Baptist Church, Morganton
2nd Place: Mark Locklear, Island Grove Baptist Church, Pembroke
3rd Place: Sydney Bryant, Abbott’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, High Point, and Madison Swift, Parkwood Baptist Church, Concord
The top scorer in each division went on to compete nationally in June.