2016 Internationals - Scott Peterson
I will be one of your quizmasters at Internationals.
I grew up in Seattle, WA near the University of Washington. I had two brothers, one older, one younger. I was raised in a Christian home and was homeschooled through high school. The majority of our family activities revolved around church, academics and sports.
I began quizzing in 8th grade at North Seattle Alliance Church. I had cruised through the AWANA years, but had resisted attempts to pull me into Bible Quizzing until my good friend decided to try it together with me.
I was hooked immediately. As a very shy kid, I now had a consistent interest that gave me an easy way to make friends and connect with peers.
I was also extremely competitive. Our family played tons of card and board games and if you didn't prepare well, strategize and focus you were certainly going to lose. Those experiences set me up well for Bible Quizzing where I dove into the intricacies of the rule book, pre-quiz preparation, opponent scouting and more.
I also became that quizzer who was calculating individual standings with a calculator as the meet stats were being announced.
I quizzed for four years, advancing steadily in experience, prowess and knowledge. NSA didn't have experienced quiz coaches, so all of the nuance of bible quizzing was learned on my own and through experience. Calgary and Internationals experience was invaluable as I was able to observe the very best of C&MA quizzing, which only pushed me to work harder in future years.
After graduation I went off to college at Hope College in Holland, MI, a reformed church affiliated liberal arts school 30 min from Lake Michigan. After graduating from college I worked for about two years in Chicago before moving back to my hometown for a job opportunity.
I immediately contacted the Pacific Northwest Bible Quizzing District Coordinator and started quizmastering only months after moving back. Even after being in 300+ quizzes I was astounded how nervous I was my first quiz as quizmaster, and surprised by how I initially couldn't think of the words that started the question.
After my first year back I took over as District Coordinator of PNW, while continuing to quizmaster. It's been incredibly rewarding to work hard at providing an experience that brings about the mission of bible quizzing and encourages students to join the program.
I also met my wife as a result of bible quizzing, Incidentally, we knew each other as quizzers, but never noticed each other much until I was back with the program many years later.
As a DC, my overarching goal is to make PNW bible quizzing engaging, rewarding and fun for the students. It makes the work, the logistics, the politics easier when you remind yourself of that overarching goal.
As a quizmaster, my goal is to be invisible. Ideally, my quizmastering is so consistent, expected, fair, by the book, that quizzers and coaches alike have no reason to discuss the ways they need to account for me as a quizmaster.
That goal drives the way I write questions and prepare my quizzes; the way I record and review my quizmastering; how often I review the rule book; and more.
Information and humility are key in both roles. The majority of information should be shared widely. The free flow of information puts all program participants at ease and ensure that they feel valued in the program. Also, I constantly want information on my work as DC and quizmaster. I can always improve and always need to be improving.
As both DC and QM I often need to practice humility as I remind myself that the DC serves the individual churches and the QM serves the individual quizzers, not the other way around. That reality allows me to listen to feedback and complaints, gather requests and ideas, share responsibilities and teach whenever I can.
Bible Quizzing has been a big part of my life and I hope I can continue to make it a big part of the lives of others.
Please come chat with my about my experiences as a quizzer, as DC, as a quizmaster, as an Internationals head coach, as the question set master for GWI the past few years.....or about my love of statistics. I love talking bible quizzing!