CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will hold its ninth annual State History Bowl Championship on Tuesday, April 24 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Twenty-four teams of eighth graders from 15 schools in 12 counties will vie for the championship title. Activities begin with a general assembly at 9 a.m., followed by the first round of competition at 9:30 a.m.

The double-elimination tournament includes lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions about state and county culture, geography, government, heritage, history, literature, sports and tourism prepared by the staff of the division’s Archives and History section.

The Archives and History staff developed more than 2,000 questions for its online Quick Quizzes. Teams preparing for the tournament use the Archives and History Daily Trivia and Quick Quizzes as helpful tools from the division’s website,

Eighth graders in public, private and home-school 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 district and the top eight teams from a play-in competition will compete in the tournament final.

The play-in competition was held to accommodate schools that were unable to compete in their regional round because of inclement weather and school closings. It also was open to all schools throughout the state that wanted to get a second chance in the History Bowl tournament.

For more information, contact Matt McGrew, tournament director and education coordinator for Archives and History, at (304) 558-0230 or

Competitors include the following teams:
Belington Middle School (Belington, Barbour County, Region 7)
Cameron High School Team 1 (Cameron, Marshall County, Region 6)
Cameron High School Team 2 (Cameron, Marshall County, Region 6)
Frankfort Middle School Team 1 (Ridgeley, Mineral County, Region 8)
Frankfort Middle School Team 2 (Ridgeley, Mineral County, Region 8)
Jackson Middle School Team 1 (Vienna, Wood County, Region 5)
Jackson Middle School Team 2 (Vienna, Wood County, Region 5)
Keyser Middle School Team 1 (Keyser, Mineral County, Region 8)
Keyser Middle School Team 2 (Keyser, Mineral County, Region 8)
Madison Middle School Team 1 (Madison, Boone County, Region 3)
Madison Middle School Team 2 (Madison, Boone County, Region 3)
Mountain View Elementary/ Middle School (Union, Monroe County, Region 1)
Mountaineer Middle School (Morgantown, Monongalia County, Region 7)
Peterstown Middle School (Peterstown, Monroe County, Region 1)
Shady Spring Middle School Team 1 (Shady Spring, Raleigh County, Region 1)
Shady Spring Middle School Team 2 (Shady Spring, Raleigh County, Region 1)
South Middle School Team 1 (Morgantown, Monongalia County, Region 7)
South Middle School Team 2 (Morgantown, Monongalia County, Region 7)
Summersville Middle School (Summersville, Nicholas County, Region 4)
St. Joseph Parish School Team 1 (Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Region 8)
St. Joseph Parish School Team 2 (Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Region 8)
Wayne Middle School Team 1 (Wayne, Wayne County, Region 2)
Wayne Middle School Team 2 (Wayne, Wayne County, Region 2)
Webster County High School (Upperglade, Webster County, Region 4)