The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) held the third regional tournament for the 2011 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Wayne County Middle School, Wayne, Wayne County with competitors from West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) District Two. Chapmanville Middle School, with students Nick Cyfers, Matthew Dingess, Tristan Gilman and Tristan Thompson, was the winner and Wayne County Middle School Team One, with Adrianna Browing, Megan McSweeny, Natasha Napier and Allison Riley, was the runner up.

RESA Two is made up of students from Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties. Competitors included 13 teams from Beverly Hills Middle School, Huntington, Cabell County; Buffalo Middle School (two teams), Kenova, Wayne County; Chapmanville Middle School, Chapmanville, Logan County; Crum Middle School, Crum, Wayne County; Duvall Middle School (two teams), Griffithsville, Lincoln County; Enslow Middle School, Huntington, Cabell County; St. Joseph Catholic School, Huntington, Cabell County; and Wayne County Middle School (four teams), Wayne, Wayne County.

The West Virginia History Bowl features questions about the state’s history, culture, heritage, tourism and people. Those questions are compiled by the staff of the Archives and History Section of the WVDCH.

The Archives and History staff has developed a field of more than 1,600 questions for the regional and state tournaments. Teams that are preparing for the History Bowl tournaments may use the Archives and History Daily Trivia, Quick Quizzes and Golden Horseshoe study guide 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 RESA district will then move forward to the state tournament which will take place April 26 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

For more information about the annual competition, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director of archives and history for the Division and coordinator of the tournament, at (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.