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Anticipation weighed heavily on three girls from Los Alamos on Aug 28. Annija Westfall, Marija Westfall and Sarah Hutchens clutched their Build A Bear stuffed animals as they listened to the announcer call their names as contestants for the national qualifying round in the New Mexico Bible Bee, held in Los Alamos.
The girls competed in the 7-18 year old category and spent their summer memorizing and comprehending 250-800 Bible verses, Greek words and the entire Book of the Colossians.
As the girls heard others names being called, they wondered if they had done well. They also hoped they had done well enough to qualify for the nationals in November outside Chicago.
Their placements were read and Marija placed first, while Hutchens placed second and Annija placed third. They breathed a sigh of relief, but that was short lived as they faced the final round.
The trio waited, clutched their stuffed animals between rounds and recited verses. Finally, the results were announced: Hutchens, 8, won the final round and the New Mexico Bee, while Marija, 8, placed second; and Annija, 10, placed third after a tie breaker.
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