2017-03-15 / School News

Middle school students compete in regional History Bowl

by Kate Evans


Warm Springs Middle School team one students that participated in the regional West Virginia History Bowl at East Hardy Middle School on March 3 are left to right, Daniel Golden, Phoebe Hogbin, SarahAnn Metzdorf and Garrett Oursler. Warm Springs Middle School team one students that participated in the regional West Virginia History Bowl at East Hardy Middle School on March 3 are left to right, Daniel Golden, Phoebe Hogbin, SarahAnn Metzdorf and Garrett Oursler. Warm Springs Middle School eighth grade teams came in third and fifth place at the March 3 RESA 8 regional West Virginia State History Bowl tournament. It was the second straight year that the middle school participated in the event. The History Bowl features questions about West Virginia culture, geography, government, history, literature, arts, architecture, people and sports.

The tournament was held at East Hardy Middle School in Hardy County. East Hardy Middle School Team 1 was the winner and Keyser Middle School Team 2 was the first runner-up.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History sponsors and coordinates the annual History Bowl tournaments and staff from their Archives and History section compiles the questions.


Middle school team two students that participated in the March 3 regional History Bowl are Carson Stotler, Lindsay Marks, Payton Rothstein and Jackson Heath. photos courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Middle school team two students that participated in the March 3 regional History Bowl are Carson Stotler, Lindsay Marks, Payton Rothstein and Jackson Heath. photos courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Winning and first runner-up teams from each regional tournament advance to the state History Bowl tournament, which will be held at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston on April 25.

The all-state Play-In Tournament will be held at Buckhannon-Upshur High School in Upshur County on March 18 for teams from all RESA districts that couldn’t participate in their RESA's competition or that didn’t win and that would like to compete again. The Play-In Tournament is a second chance to get to the state championships.

Local teams

Two teams of Warm Springs Middle School eighth graders competed against 26 other regional teams of eighth graders in the March 3 regional History Bowl.

Warm Springs Middle School social studies teacher Debra Gates worked with the teams and accompanied them to the event. Gates and the teams practiced for the History Bowl every week at school for months and students also spent hours at home studying. For the teams to be successful, each student has to memorize 500 plus facts about the state, Gates said previously.

Regional participants

Other RESA 8 schools that participated were Charles Town Middle School, East Hardy Middle School, Frankfort Middle School, Harpers Ferry Middle School, Hedgesville Middle School, Keyser Middle School, Martinsburg North and Martinsburg South Middle Schools, Moorefield Middle School, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Musselman Middle School, Pendleton County Middle/High School, Petersburg Middle/High School, Shepherdstown Middle School, Spring Mills Middle School, St. Joseph School and Wildwood Middle School.

All eighth graders from public, private and home-school education programs are eligible to compete in the History Bowl. Each school can enter two teams consisting of four members per team. Teams can use the Archives and History Daily Trivia and Quick Quizzes and Golden Horseshoe Study Guides on the Division of Culture and History website to prepare for the event.

In a press release, West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith said that the History Bowl competition “has grown exponentially with both students and teachers expressing their enjoyment and enthusiastic support. The students learn new and interesting facts about our state that they can apply to other fields of study.”

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