March, 3. 2011
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) held the fourth regional tournament for the 2011 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 26, at St. Francis Central Catholic, Morgantown, Monongalia County with competitors from West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) District Seven. St. Francis Central Catholic, with students Fred Dering, John Kolar, Matt Minard and Lily Mirfakhraie, was the winner and Fairview Middle School, with Mikala Mays, Morgan Pethtel, Mackenzie Shaw and Tiffany Workman, was the runner up.
RESA Seven is made up of students from Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties. Competitors included five teams from Fairview Middle School, Fairview, Marion County; Notre Dame High School, Clarksburg, Harrison County; St. Francis Central Catholic, Morgantown, Monongalia County; and Westwood Middle School (two teams), Morgantown, Monongalia 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 more than 1,700 questions for its on-line Quick Quizzes. 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, www.wvculture.org/history.
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 www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.