CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Madison Middle School Team One, with students Jalynn Browning, Allison Frye, Selina Lin, Cody Nantz, won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 3 tournament for the 2018 West Virginia History Bowl on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, Kanawha County. Madison Middle School Team Two, with students Anna Burns, Kyle Matthews, Wade Setser and Will Thompson, was the runner-up.

Region 3 is made up of students from Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties. Competitors included teams from Bible Center School (two teams), Charleston, Kanawha County; George Washington Middle School (one team), Eleanor, Putnam County; Hurricane Middle School (two teams), Hurricane, Putnam County; Madison Middle School (two teams), Madison, Boone County; Poca Middle School (one team), Poca, Putnam County; Sissonville Middle School (two teams), Charleston, Kanawha County; and Winfield Middle School (two teams), Winfield, Putnam 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

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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