Students’ Bible studies pay off in big ways

Published 12:26 am Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The only two students participating from outside of Alabama walked away with a brand new car and $5,000 at the 10th Annual Bible Jeopardy on Saturday, July 14.

Olivia Gidrey from Naples, Fla., won the brand new car, and Jordan Holley from Detroit won $5,000.

Andalusia High School’s 2018 valedictorian Baylee Robertson came in second place to win a free trip to Africa.

The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Pauline “Teena” Cooper/Minnie Shakespeare Scholarship Award and Travelganza with “Bible Jeopardy.”

“We had a great event,” organizer Pauline Cooper said. “During the banquet we only had standing room for attendees, and during the actual Bible Jeopardy we had about 150 in attendance.”

Cooper said that Gidrey was completely stunned when she won first place.

“When we called her name she was stunned,” Cooper said. “All of the students that won were stunned. We presented the awards outside of the church because that is where the car was parked, so it came as a surprise to them. It was absolutely marvelous.”

Cooper said that all of the contestants did a great job during the contest.

“They were all quite smart,” Cooper said. “They had a while to study, but I was still very delighted by how much they knew the material.”

Robertson came in second place and won a trip to Africa. Cooper said that after they announced that Robertson was in second, she went ahead and met with the people on the board of Bible Jeopardy to have everything organized for her trip.

Cooper is already looking forward to next year’s event.

“We are already planning for next year,” Cooper said. “We have done this for so many years, but we just added the Bible Jeopardy, so we are having to plan way ahead of time.”