BAKER, W.Va. – Keyser Middle School Team One, with students Billie Jo Bane, Eric Harvey, Zoe Long and Hunter Powell, won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 8 tournament for the 2018 West Virginia History Bowl on Friday, March 9, at East Hardy Middle School, Baker, Hardy County. Keyser Middle School Team Two, with students Eric “E.J.” Guy, Dmitri Shultz, Averi Smith and Alec Stanislawczyk, was the runner-up.

Region 8 is made up of students from Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties. Competitors included teams from Capon Bridge Middle School (two teams), Capon Bridge, Hampshire County; Charles Town Middle School (two teams), Charles Town, Jefferson County; East Hardy Early/Middle School (one team), Baker, Hardy County; Frankfort Middle School (two teams), Ridgeley, Mineral County; Harpers Ferry Middle School (two teams), Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County; Hedgesville Middle School (one team), Hedgesville, Berkeley County; Keyser Middle School (two teams), Keyser, Mineral County; Martinsburg North Middle School (one team), Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Martinsburg South Middle School (two teams), Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Moorefield Middle School (two teams), Moorefield, Hardy County; Mountain Ridge Middle School (one team), Gerradstown, Berkeley County; Musselman Middle School (one team), Bunker Hill, Berkeley County; Pendleton County Middle/High School (two teams), Franklin, Pendleton County; Petersburg High School (two teams), Petersburg, Grant County; Romney Middle School (two teams), Romney, Hampshire County; Shepherdstown Middle School (two teams), Shepherdstown, Jefferson County; St. Joseph School (two teams), Martinsburg, Berkeley County; and Wildwood Middle School (two teams), Shenandoah Junction, Jefferson 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 24 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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