RIPLEY, W.Va. – Jackson Middle School Team One, with students Emily Bond, Lakyn Campbell, Rohan Malik-Hamirani and Logan Schartiger, won the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s Region 5 tournament for the 2019 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Ripley Middle School in Ripley, Jackson County. Jackson Middle School Team Two, with students Rory Essenmacher, Lillian Floyd, Josh Fruner and Amanda Go, was the runner-up.

Region 5 is made up of students from Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties. Competitors included teams from Calhoun Middle/High School (two teams), Mt. Zion, Calhoun County; Jackson Middle School (two teams), Vienna, Wood County; Ripley Middle School (one team), Ripley, Jackson County; and Ritchie County Middle School (two teams), Ellenboro, Ritchie County.

The West Virginia History Bowl features questions compiled by the staff of Archives and History about the state’s architecture, arts, culture, geography, government, history, people, literature and sports.

The Archives and History staff has developed more than 2,000 questions for its online Quick Quizzes. Teams that are preparing for the History Bowl tournaments may use the Archives and History Daily Trivia and Quick Quizzes as helpful tools from the division’s website,

Eighth graders in public, private and homeschool education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional winners and runner-up teams from each region will then advance to the state tournament, which will take place April 30 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

For more information about the annual competition, contact Matt McGrew, History Bowl coordinator, at (304) 558-0230 or

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