Sacred Heart was invited to participate in the North Dakota Know Your Faith State Championship at St. Mary’s School in Bismarck during the heart of Catholic Schools Week. This event pits the Catholic High Schools of Fargo Shanley, Bismarck St. Mary’s, Dickinson Trinity, Minot Bishop Ryan and East Grand Forks Sacred Heart in a Catholic trivia challenge. This was Sacred Heart’s first year participating.
At the school level, each 9-12th student took a test, and the top students from each class competed for the spot to represent SHS at the State competition. The Freshmen team, led by Lucy Bevelacqua, Bella Haas, and Ben Goetz, edged out a win at the school level (view the video of that event and victory HERE).
On Wednesday the freshmen headed to the event, themed “Welcome to the Jungle” at Bismarck St. Mary’s High School. The Know Your Faith Championship is part pep-rally, part dance, and part knowledge bowl on the topic of Catholic history and theology. The event was hosted by Bismarck St. Mary’s School, and Bismarck’s Bishop Kagan led the competition. Events were streamed live on Facebook and on the radio by Real Presence Radio.
Each team, accompanied by lasers, lights, music and epic introductions, was paraded around the gym and in front of their schools before being delivered to their competition tables by jungle themed golf carts. The competition was comprised of three rounds. Between each trivia round there were other games, including arm wrestling, music and dancing. The final round featured a question Bishop Kagan chose himself. Teams were told the subject would be on Saints and Angels and were instructed to wager first, based on their knowledge category. Then Bishop Kagan asked the final question he had chosen: “The word Angel is the English translation of a Greek word meaning what?”
As the teams were deciding on their answer, Fr. Justin Waltz, the Delegate of the Bishop for Catholic Education, and pastor of the Church of St. Leo the Great, in Minot, excitedly greeted students. “You guys are great and you are the future of the Catholic church!… People can say whatever they want about the millennial generation BUT THIS IS THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION! And knowing your faith and working together and believing in Christ and following him YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE this world back into something CHRISTIAN!” He announced that the 2018 competition would be at the newly remodeled Dickinson Trinity High School.
When the final round answers were revealed, SHS had chosen the answer “Messenger.” The answer, which was correct, and their wager, placed Sacred Heart School in second place to Dickinson Trinity.
Congratulations to Lucy Bevelacqua, Bella Haas, and Ben Goetz who carried us to a SECOND PLACE FINISH with 919 points in our first ever Know Your Faith appearance!