Eighth-grade history students have less than six months to brush up on their knowledge of all things West Virginia now that the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has set dates for the regional History Bowl competitions.

Eight regional contests that test students’ knowledge of the state’s history, literature, art and geography are scheduled between Feb. 3 and March 24.

The winning team and the runner-up team in each of the eight West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) districts will compete April 24 in the third annual state championship held at the Culture Center on the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Eighth graders in public, private and home-school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play.

During the competition, students will answer questions compiled by staff members of the Division’s Archives and History Section.

To help prepare for the competition, teams are encouraged to review the Daily Trivia, Quick Quizzes and Golden Horseshoe study guide available on the Archives and History Section’s website,

The regional tournament dates, sites and registration deadlines are:

  • RESA I: Feb. 3 at Shady Spring Middle School in Raleigh County. Register by Jan. 13.
  • RESA II: March 24 at Chapmanville Middle School in Logan County. Register by Feb. 24.
  • RESA III: Feb. 4 at Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County. Register by Jan. 13.
  • RESA IV: Feb. 24 at Summersville Middle School in Nicholas County. Register by Feb. 3.
  • RESA V: Feb. 18 at Jackson Middle School in Wood County. Register by Jan. 27.
  • RESA VI: Feb. 17 at Sherrard Middle School in Marshall County. Register by Jan. 27.
  • RESA VII: Feb. 25 at Clarksburg Notre Dame in Harrison County. Register by Feb. 3.
  • RESA VIII: Feb. 10 at Moorefield Middle School in Hardy County. Register by Jan. 20.

General information about the History Bowl, along with registration forms, can be found at or by contacting Bryan Ward, assistant director of Archives and History at or (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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.