IRON MOUNTAIN - Do you know the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy? Could you also define the Magisterium? Can you list the three signs or symbols of Baptism?
Students from the Diocesan Catholic schools can, and did at the annual Diocesan-wide Religion Bee, held recently at Iron Mountain's St. Mary and St. Joseph Church hall.
Students from Holy Name Catholic School (HNCS) and Father Marquette Catholic School (FMCS) were victorious at the annual Diocesan Catholic Schools Religion Bee.
First-place winners in a recent Diocesan-wide Religion Bee were Holy Name eighth-graders, Amanda Diddams, Gabe Kiewicz, Grace Newcomb, and Michael Walker. They are pictured with Holy Name principal, Joseph Carlson.
In the seventh and eighth grade division, the winning team from Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba was comprised of the following eighth graders: Savannah Barron, Luke LaFave, Janel LaPalm, and Garrett McMillan.
Taking second place in the seventh and eighth grade division were Holy Name Catholic School seventh graders Rachel Bessonen, Grace Ouwinga, Renee Perrault and David Villahermosa.
In the fifth and sixth grade division, Father Marquette School sixth graders were victorious.
Students from Father Marquette Catholic School's first place sixth grade team includes: Amanda Diddams, Gabe Kiewicz, Grace Newcomb, and Michael Walker.
Bishop Baraga Catholic School's team of fifth and sixth graders placed second in their division. Students on that team include: Erin Hanson, Arianna Morel, Ashtyn Parent, and Marli Smith.
Placing third in the seventh and eighth grade division were Bishop Baraga Catholic School students Megan Arndt, Lydia Decker, Peyton Johnson, and Hannah Wagner.
Along with students from Holy Name, Father Marquette, and Bishop Baraga, fifth through eighth grade students from the following Diocesan Catholic schools competed in this year's Religion Bee: Holy Spirit School in Norway; Menominee Catholic Central School in Menominee; and All Saints Catholic Academy in Ironwood.
Students in the Religion Bee were given over 250 questions to study, which they had been studying since early January.
The questions were compiled by Denise Foye, Faith Formation Director at the Diocese of Marquette, and Greg Gostomski, director of Youth Ministry at the Diocese of Marquette.
According to organizers, the event gives students in the Diocesan Catholic schools an opportunity to get to know each other, and have a friendly competition.
In the Diocese-wide Religion Bee, there are two separate competitions. One competition is made up of students from fifth and sixth grades, while the other competition is between teams made up of seventh and eighth graders.
According to the Religion Bee rules, each school in the competition can be represented by up to four teams, (two seventh/eighth grade teams and two fifth/sixth grade teams for a total of 16 students). However, the individual school has the choice of how many teams to bring.
The make-up of the team is up to the individual school to determine. For instance, a school can have a team with a mix of seventh and eighth graders or simply a team of all eighth graders on one team and all seventh graders on the other.
Trophies and medals were given to the top-placing teams in a ceremony following the Bee.
For more information on any of the nine Diocesan Catholic schools in the U.P., call (906) 227-9137.