7th grader preps for Bible verse quiz

Give Brady Middle School seventh grader Clayton Shaw a Bible verse to study and he’ll embed it in his memory and remember it like the back of his hand. As part of a three-member team, he’s been highly active in Bible verse quiz shows for the past two years and has numerous trophies and medals to show for it. A newcomer to Brady, Clayton recently moved here from Kilgore with his parents, Joe and Pam, and his siblings, Colin, 8 and Cassidy, 4. A former pastor of the First Pentecostal Church of Kilgore, his father relocated his family to Brady and took over the position of pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church in late October 2000. Clayton began competing in Bible verse competitions two years ago with his Kilgore teammates, Jeremy and Sarah Berryhill. Already active in the quiz shows, he was allowed to complete the year with his Kilgore teammates. Teams that participate in quiz competitions are required to learn 271 verses. The quiz shows are held all across the state and beyond which allows for quite a bit of travel. This year, Clayton’s team has attended five quiz shows’four in Texas and one in Arkansas. To round out the year, Clayton’s team will travel to St. Louis, Mo. at the end of this month and will compete in the national finals July 23-27. A fifth place title assured Clayton and his teammates a spot at the state competition held earlier this year in Lufkin. Only first through seventh place teams at the Texas meet advanced to the national meet. His team will join approximately 70 other two-and-three-member teams that have advanced to the national meet. “Some states only allow one team,” explained Clayton’s father. “It depends on how many teams they have participating in their state qualifying round. They take a percentage of the total number of teams and advance a select few to nationals.” In their first year of competing in the quiz shows, Clayton’s team placed ninth at the national meet and received numerous medals, trophies and ribbons along the way. In fact, they’ve received close to 50 first and second place ribbons since they began competing.

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