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Powell, Shives & Lyda place at State Social Studies Fair

Emery Shives, Elias Lyda, and Estella Powell, fourth-grade students at Warm Springs Intermediate School, returned from the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair in Charleston with high honors.

The State Social Studies Fair was held on April 14 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

This year’s fair hosted the largest number of student projects in the last 20 years with over 300 projects from more than 30 counties, said school officials.

In order to participate in the state competition, students must obtain a first-place award in their category and division in the regional competition.

All three Morgan County students placed at the state level.

Powell placed first with her anthropology project, “Escaping the Trail of Tears: How my Cherokee Ancestors Came to WV.”

Shives received a third-place award for her sociology project, “Got Game: The History and Benefits of Board Games.”

Elias Lyda won third in the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair for his project on psychology and electronics.
Emery Shives won third place at the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair for her psychology project on the benefits of board games.

Lyda also received a third-place award for his psychology project, “Electronics on the Brain.”

The competition at the state fair is very intense as students must conduct a five-minute oral presentation about their research and conclusions supported by a visual display and written abstract.