CEDARVILLE — The Heartland Guards, a team of three Cedarville University students competing on the American Bible Challenge, advanced to the second round after a thrilling overtime victory against the southern Michigan “We’re in Tents” team.
The second round for the Cedarville group will be June 26 at 8 p.m. on the Game Show Network.
With its opening-round victory, The Heartland Guards earned $20,000 for Make-a-Wish Foundation. The team is comprised of Ryan Beach, from Randolph, N.Y.; Quinn Brandt, from Dumfries, Va.; and Dane Barnett, from Buda, Ill. Beach and Barnett graduated in May and Brandt will be a senior in the fall.
The Heartland Guards selected the Make-a-Wish Foundation because of Barnett’s personal experience with the organization. He was born with a serious heart ailment and later was granted a wish from Make-a-Wish. With such a meaningful connection to the organization, Beach said, “It was our way of giving back since Dane had been given his wish.”
Participants competing on the show need a strong knowledge of the Bible and the ability to think well under pressure. With a solid background of biblical knowledge from growing up in the church and attending Cedarville, the team felt equipped for the competition.
“We wouldn’t have competed as well as we did without the classes in the Bible minor and our time at Cedarville,” Beach said.