BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – South Middle School Team Two, with students Samantha Carver, Carter Herron, Ben Minor and Natalie Turner, won the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s Region 7 tournament for the 2019 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Buckhannon, Upshur County. South Middle School Team One, with students Paige Anderson, Adeline Dering, Megan Sheets and Caitlyn Standley, was the runner-up.

Region 7 is made up of students from Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties. Competitors included teams from Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (one team), Buckhannon, Upshur County; Doddridge County Middle School (two teams), West Union, Doddridge County; Elkins Middle School (one team), Elkins, Randolph County; Mountaineer Middle School (two teams), Morgantown, Monongalia County; South Middle School (two teams), Morgantown, Monongalia County; and St. Francis Central Catholic (two teams), Morgantown, Monongalia 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 department’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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