Our Lady of the Valley hosts 33rd annual Diocesan Religion Scholars Bowl

FROM STAFF REPORTS

INDIAN SPRINGS – Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School hosted 12 area Catholic schools recently for the 33rd annual Diocesan Religion Scholars Bowl.

The RSB was started by OLV teacher Winnie Lucas Martinez more than three decades ago for students in grades 3 through 8 with the highest religion grade.

They are given oral and written tests on their knowledge of the Catholic faith taught per grade level. Teams are divided by grade level instead of by school to create a unified atmosphere.

The schools that participated in the March 7 Diocesan Religion Schools Bowl were: St. Barnabas, Holy Family, St. Francis Xavier, Our Lady of the Sorrows, Our Lady of the Valley, Prince of Peace and St. Aloysius, all from the Birmingham-metro area; and Holy Spirit, Hunstville; St. Ann’s, Decatur; Sacred Heart, Cullman; Sacred Heart, Anniston; and Saint John the Baptist, Madison.

Teams were composed of one student from each grade. Competition consisted of a 25-point matching test, which was taken in cooperative groups, as well as three oral rounds of questions.

In first place with 170 points was the seventh grade team: Zania Wilson, Enrique Ramirez, Darrian Burden, Lily Watts, Catherine Hare, Bridget Yee, Will Ferguson, Abby Wilczek, Cole Bissot, Amelia Batch, Ryan DeLucca and Grayson Norman.

In second place with 169 points was the third grade team: Zachary Simonetti, Jorge Ramirez, Von-Gretchen Stollenwerck, Ellie Tynes, Brinley Wilbourn, Hana Protz, Joseph Fuller, Natalie Rotando, Aiden Hays, Brooklynn Rudemiller, Sidney Driggers and Andrew Lee.

In third place with 163 points was the fifth grade team: Lilly Moats, Lauren Jordan, Tyniyah Wills, Kara Pope, Lucas Martinez, Petey Dodds, Andy Ferguson, Henry Trinh, Abby McBride, Bella Riffle, Alex Nguyen and Lucy Castaneda.

In fourth place with 156 points was the sixth grade team: Erick Sanchez, Amberly Flores, James Sanders, Edward Boackle, Cameron Fisher, Asia Dezenberg, Drew Beck, Gabriel Perrucce, Sofia Caceres, Emma Powell, Jeries Lutfi, Ira Sergio and Sophia Samaniego.

In fifth place with 153 points was the fourth grade team: Akil Lyons, Diego Martinez, Tristian Parker, Campbell Hendrick, James Hvizda, Brolin Cozzolino, Voiletta Rohr, Aliyah Stripling, Margaret Agnew, Jad Lufti, Allie Hedrick and Ella Wright.

In sixth place with 144 points was the eighth grade team: Amy Mendez-Cruz, Kathrine Phillips, Leandria Weary, Sarah Pope, Malik Adams, Daniel Lawrence, Rachel Stoner, Andrew Turkiewicz, Parker Donovits, Rachel Agnello, Anna Bateh, Alexandra Deichmann and Catherine Enslen.

For more information about Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School, visit OLVBirmingham.com.