Chester County’s Hannah Pham to Compete in Archdiocesan Elementary School Religion Bee

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WEST CHESTER, PA — In a moment of pride for Chester County, seventh-grader Hannah Pham is set to represent the region in the highly anticipated Archdiocesan Elementary School Religion Bee. The event, hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education, will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at the Saint John Neumann Center in Philadelphia.

This year’s competition will see thirteen exceptional students from parish and regional elementary schools across the five-county region vie for the Archdiocesan championship. These students have demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of religion through local and regional bees, emerging as the top contenders among their peers.

The road to the championship has been an exciting journey for these students. Two preliminary rounds saw intense competition among 63 participants. The first round was held at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, while the second took place at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County.

The final round will include seven students from the Archbishop Ryan High School Religion Bee and six students from the Cardinal O’Hara High School Religion Bee. Among these talented finalists is Chester County’s own Hannah Pham, a seventh-grade student representing Saint Agnes Parish School in West Chester.

Hannah will be competing against students from various counties, including Montgomery County’s Megan Bell, Colin Horan, and Amanda Howard, and Delaware County’s Erin Duffy, Emily Griffin, Cecilia Kohlenberg, and Brady Sirkin. Other competitors include Isabella Malave and Akeem Twegby from Philadelphia, Grace Terzella from Bucks County, and Francesca Welty from Warminster.

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The Archdiocesan Elementary School Religion Bee is more than just a competition; it is a celebration of the deep understanding and appreciation of faith that these young students possess. Their extensive knowledge of religion and their ability to articulate it so eloquently at such a tender age is truly commendable.

The competition will be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools’ Facebook Page, allowing friends, family, and supporters from across the region to tune in and cheer for their favorite contestants.

This event underscores the importance of religious education in our schools and the remarkable dedication these students have shown toward their faith. It is a testament to their hard work, the support of their families, and the commitment of their teachers.

As the final round approaches, we wish Hannah Pham and all the other contestants the very best. Their journey thus far has already demonstrated their exceptional knowledge and understanding of their faith. Regardless of the outcome, they are all winners, having represented their schools with great pride and honor.

Chester County eagerly awaits the Religion Bee, ready to cheer on one of its own. As Hannah Pham takes the stage, she embodies not just the hopes of Saint Agnes Parish School, but the entire Chester County community. Join us in supporting Hannah as she embarks on this exciting journey.

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