CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Moorefield Middle School in Hardy County won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s fifth annual West Virginia State History Bowl held Tuesday, April 29, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex.
Fairview Middle School in Marion County was the runner-up in the competition that included 24 teams of eighth graders from 18 middle schools in 15 counties from across the state.
The all-tournament team, made up of students who demonstrated exceptional knowledge and teamwork during the day-long tournament, included Ethan Dillon, Fairview Middle School, Fairview, Marion County; Peri Gray, Cameron High School Team One, Cameron, Marshall County; Jay Latta, Taylor County Middle School, Grafton, Taylor County; and Camryn Welch, Fairview Middle School, Fairview, Marion County.
Jeremiah Hines of Moorefield Middle School was named the Most Valuable Player.
“We are proud to host the West Virginia State History Bowl and prouder still of the eighth-grade students who put so much time into preparing for these tournaments,” said Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. “It is also a tribute to the teachers, parents and advisers who take time to help the students study for the competition and who are committed to ensuring that the students are able to study together and attend the matches. They enjoy the event as much as the students.”
During the first year, a single tournament was held at the Culture Center. Reid-Smith said interest was so strong that the division introduced eight regional competitions the second year, allowing more schools to participate. The winner and runner-up teams from each region attend the statewide tournament. The division added a play-in tournament last year that accommodated schools that were unable to compete in their regional round because of inclement weather and school closings. It also was open to all schools throughout the state that wanted a second chance.
The double-elimination tournament includes lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions about state and county history, culture, heritage, tourism, geography, government and sports prepared by the staff of the division’s Archives and History section. Eighth graders in public, private and home-school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams.
The Archives and History staff has developed more than 1,800 questions for its online Quick Quizzes. Teams preparing for the tournament were able to use the Archives and History Daily Trivia and Quick Quizzes as helpful tools from the division’s website, www.wvculture.org/history.
The championship team, Moorefield Middle School, included Eathan George, Jeremiah Hines, Austin Frederick and Jim Fuentes.
Competitors included the following teams:
For more information, contact Debra Basham, assistant director of Archives and History and coordinator of the tournament for the division, at (304) 558-0230.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, 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 www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
– 30 –