PINEVILLE, W.Va. – Shady Spring Middle School Team One, with students Brooklyn Gibson, Austin Jamison, Joshua Lovell and David Young, III, won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 1 tournament for the 2018 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Pineville Middle School, Pineville, Wyoming County. Shady Spring Middle School Team Two, with students Deven Arrigoni, Kameron Ball, Lindsey Sweeney and Karli Workman, was the runner-up.

Region 1 is made up of students from McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties. Competitors included teams from Baileysville Middle School (one team), Brenton, Wyoming County; Glen Fork Elementary and Middle School (one team), Glen Fork, Wyoming County; Huff Consolidated Elementary and Middle School (one team), Hanover, Wyoming County; Independence Middle School (two teams), Sophia, Raleigh County; Mountain View Elementary/Middle School (two teams), Union, Monroe County; Mullens Middle School (one team), Mullens, Wyoming County; Peterstown Middle School (two teams), Peterstown, Monroe County; Pineville Middle School (two teams), Pineville, Wyoming County; Road Branch Elementary/ Middle School (one team), Cyclone, Wyoming County; Shady Spring Middle School (two teams), Shady Spring, Raleigh County; Summers Middle School (two teams), Hinton, Summers County; and Trap Hill Middle School (two teams), Glen Daniels, Raleigh 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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