CHARLESTON, W.Va. – South Middle School Team Two in Monongalia County won the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s (WVDACH) tenth annual West Virginia State History Bowl Championship held Tuesday, April 30, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex.
Peterstown Middle School Team One in Monroe County was the runner-up in the competition that included 24 teams of eighth graders from 14 middle schools in 12 counties across the state.
Madisen McMillion of Peterstown Middle School Team One was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The all-tournament team, made up of students who demonstrated exceptional knowledge and teamwork during the day-long tournament, included Kaylee Byrd, Peterstown Middle School Team One; Braden Chapman, Shady Spring Middle School Team Two; Carter Herron, South Middle School Team Two; Paige Messner, Sherrard Middle School Team Two; and Ben Minor, South Middle School Team Two.
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 department’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 championship team, South Middle School Team Two, included students Samantha Carver, Carter Herron, Ben Minor and Natalie Turner.
The runner-up team, Peterstown High School Team One, included students Kaylee Byrd, Shyanne Lilly, Madisen McMillion and Chloie Shires.
The third-place team, Sherrard Middle School, included students Pearl Chambers, Maria Evans, Tora McNeil and Paige Messner.
The fourth-place team, Shady Spring Middle School Team Two, included students Braden Chapman, Riley Radford, Lacie Scott and Braylie Wiseman.
For more information, contact Matt McGrew, tournament director and education coordinator for Archives and History, at (304) 558-0230.
Competitors included the following teams: