FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. – Summersville Middle School Team One, with students Holly Belmont, Jolee Hanshaw, Clayton Lee and Brian Strickler, won the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s Region 4 tournament for the 2019 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, March 2, at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Fayette County. Summersville Middle School Team Two, with students Natalie Barr, Katie Gillespie and Anastin Hornsby, was the runner-up.

Region 4 is made up of students from Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties. Competitors included teams from Eastern Greenbrier Middle School (two teams), Ronceverte, Greenbrier County; Fayetteville High School (one team), Fayetteville, Fayette County; Midland Trail High School (one team), Hico, Fayette County; Summersville Middle School (two teams), Summersville, Nicholas County; and Webster County Middle School (two teams), Upperglade, Webster 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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