For the second consecutive year, Jesse Gerlach, a sophomore communications major from Eugene, Ore., has won the Bash-Whisler Bible Reading Competition and Angela Cusano, a senior communications major from Simi Valley, Calif., was the runner-up. Katy Noel from Eugene, Ore., also a senior communications major, placed third.
Established 57 years ago, students from all major are encouraged to select two 12-verse scripture passages, one from the Old Testament, to read aloud, and another from the New Testament, that is recited from memory. Doyle Srader, Ph.D., professor of Speech & Communications at NCU is the competition coordinator.
Semifinalists were Ariana Henton, a senior majoring in Christian worship: music, from Otis, Ore.; Brianna Reay, a junior Teacher Education, early childhood & elementary major from Sheridan, Ore. and Jessica Sacker, a junior teacher education major from San Diego, Calif.
Gerlach will read or recite his Bash-Whisler passage at baccalaureate on May 10. All competitors received a cash award for their work and participation in the contest.