WHEELING - Hancock County pupils recently participated in the fourth annual West Virginia History Bowl at Wheeling Independence Hall.
Teams from Oak Glen Middle School, St. Joseph the Worker School and Weir Middle School participated. Bridge Street Middle School, Cameron Middle School and Moundsville Middle School also participated.
Weir Middle's team one finished third, and Oak Glen's team one finished fourth. Cameron team one finished first, and their team two finished second. The state final competition will be held April 30 at the Charleston Cultural Center.
The Weir Middle School representatives participating in the West Virginia History Bowl included, from left, front, Sydney Upright, Rick Smith, Amelia Adams, alternate Abby Wallace, Sydney Cain, alternate Jacob Halsy and teacher Melanie Donofe, and, back, Zachary Hannah, teacher Sandy D’Alesio, Cody Enrietti, Jordan Allen and Adam Cowden.
The Oak Glen Middle School representatives participating included, from left, front, Marques McHaffie, Molly Swartzmiller, teacher Ron Harris, Olivia Gosnell, Zach Flannigan and alternate MaClay Moore, and, back, Morgan Harris, alternate Jeff Coble, Autumn Owen, alternate Keen Owen, Katie Szymanski and Emma Hisrich.
The St. Joseph the Worker School representatives participating (bottom) included, from left, Gianna Antinone, alternate Isabella DeFelice, Hannah Mozingo, Lea Colantonio, Rebecca Garan, Al Bernardi, Joey DeFelice, Dustin Brown and Max Carey.
"The questions were very difficult," said Melanie Donofe, Hancock Schools gifted education teacher. "Students studied West Virginia trivia and West Virginia Quick Quizzes and were able to answer the questions easily. Quickness played a big part in 'buzzing in' to answer the questions. Teams practiced before and after school and some even during their lunch periods. I am very proud of all of the Hancock County teams. Participating in this competition helps the students with the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe test that will be given to all eighth graders."
In 2010, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History began the West Virginia History Bowl Tournament for eighth-graders. Teams of students from around the state face off in an academic bowl competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture. The West Virginia History Bowl expanded in 2011 to include regional tournaments in all eight West Virginia Regional Service Education Agency districts.
The questions for the history bowl are largely drawn from questions found in the Archives and History Quick Quizzes and Daily Trivia.
Eighth-graders in public, private and home school education programs are eligible to compete in four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional tournament winners and the runner-up team move on to the state tournament.
To learn about the West Virginia History Bowl, view the 2011 West Virginia Legacy program on the tournament from the West Virginia Library Commission Library Television Network.