One of the ways that Concordia Academy seeks to “Honor God Through Excellence” is through a unique event known as the Berean Order.
Taking its name from the Bereans, a briefly noted community in the book of Acts, the Berean Order has been a part of the Concordia ethos for the last 10 years. In short, the Berean Order is an in-house, school-wide Bible knowledge contest that culminates with a school wide assembly that pits the top 10 contestants in an oral examination of selected texts. This competition was developed to communicate the paramount importance that Biblical literacy holds to life in the Kingdom of God and to do so in a spirited, competitive manner.
While the past winners have shown commitment to study and a love for Scripture, this year’s winner is all of that, but with an extraordinary story. Yingyan Huang, known to Concordia as “Cherie,” just completed her third year at Concordia, coming to us as an international student from China. Prior to enrolling at CA, Christianity and Scripture were completely foreign to her. But when one is surrounded by water, it’s difficult to stay dry. And so, this very inquisitive, tenacious young lady began exploring Scripture and soon found an appetite for Jesus and His Word.
To make a long story short, this appetite turned into passion. A voracious reader, Cherie is always up for a challenge (just ask her about being a member of the CA trap shooting club!) and pursued Scripture and a budding faith relentlessly. It should be noted that last year, Cherie not only made it to the Berean Order finals, but she managed to finish as the runner-up, setting the stage for her triumph this spring.
While her Berean Order victory is significant, something even greater has been accomplished in her time at CA. She is now also, I am thrilled to say, a baptized fellow disciple in the Kingdom of God!