October 31st, 2019 at 8:30AM in the St. John’s Historic Sanctuary
As a Lutheran church and school, we are proud of our Christian heritage and the Junior Martin Luther Competition was designed as a way for us to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther. It was his courage that laid the foundations of our faith today. Every 6th grade student that has attended St. John’s since 2008 has spent the month of October participating in a variety of classroom learning activities that have exposed them to a deeper understanding of Martin Luther’s life, his relationship with God, the condition of the early church during his lifetime, and the good news of our Salvation that is found in the New Testament.
This year’s finalists included Jack Schirrmacher, Lexi Krumes, Amanda McArthur, Trinity Laurenson – Aumua, Joshua Grack, Calista Somerville, Faith Novak, Miah Lovett and Kylie Snyder. The Alternates for the competition consisted of Emily Paul, Ella Clapper and Olivia O’Day. Their participation in class, quality responses to weekly reflection questions, results from the Reformation in Disguise scavenger hunt, knowledge and understanding of Luther’s Table Talk memoirs, memory test scores, and Luther’s Dates quiz results were just a portion of the criteria that earned them a spot in this year’s competition. This competition consisted of several rounds of questions that pertain to the important dates in Martin Luther’s life, his favorite passages from Scripture, his Table Talks memoirs, his small catechism, and much more.
This was a single elimination event. One incorrect answer removed a finalist from the competition. All correct answers were confirmed with the statement, “this is most certainly true.” After 35 minutes of intense competition, Trinity Laurenson–Aumua, from Mrs. Van Blarcom’s homeroom, won the competition! After winning the competition, Trinity proceeded to nail the 95 theses on the Castle Church door. Last year’s winner, Chanel Kruse, presented her with a Martin Luther bobble head doll along with the Luther Cup Trophy that will be displayed in her homeroom for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school year. Her picture from this event will also be displayed in the Middle School hallway on the Junior Martin Luther Legends wall of fame. Congratulations Trinity!
Nathan Mercier, 6th grade