Signups begin for National Bible Bee |

Signups begin for National Bible Bee

For the Nevada Appeal

The Shelby Kennedy Foundation is sponsoring its second annual National Bible Bee.

The structure of the National Bible Bee is similar to the National Spelling Bee. Students all over the country compete in local contests for the opportunity to go to the national finals. However, instead of memorizing how to spell words, the students are judged on memorized passages from the Bible, as well as Bible knowledge questions. The National Bible Bee offers a total of more than $260,000 in prize money.

Last year, more than 17,000 youth competed in 349 local bees. The top 300 contestants then were invited to compete at the national contest, where the winner in the Senior division went home with $100,000.

To accommodate a more diverse demographic, families can choose from five different Bible translations.

“We want to make certain that the version your children use for their memory work is the same version that they are accustomed to hearing, seated around your table,” said Mark McMahan, CEO of the non-profit Shelby Kennedy Foundation.

The Shelby Kennedy Foundation is dedicated to promoting Bible memorization, once a staple of American spiritual life. McMahan says the verses for this year’s Bee were chosen very carefully.

“Our process in selecting verses was very deliberate. If a young person only participates in the Bible Bee for one year, we want him to have the basics of the Christian faith firmly committed to memory.”

Contestant registration can be done online at http://www.Bible

Local Bible Bee contests will take place Aug. 28. The National contest will take place in November in Schaumburg, Ill.