Eighth-Graders Prepare for WV History Bowl

Eighth-Graders Prepare for WV History Bowl
Posted on 01/16/2020
CHARLES TOWN, WV -- Eighth-grade students from Jefferson County’s four middle schools got their first taste of what the West Virginia History Bowl will be like with a practice run on Wednesday.
   Charles Town Middle School hosted students from Harpers Ferry Middle School, Shepherdstown Middle School, and Wildwood Middle School for what organizers called a scrimmage.
    It was as real as it gets though as Randall Reid-Smith, the Governor’s Curator for the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History,  was on hand to serve as the host for the event.
He said getting students ready for the WV History Bowl was very important.
    “It’s the biggest pride builder we have for young kids,” Reid-Smith said. “It makes them realize so many things about our history.”
Reid-Smith said West Virginia has the best history of any other state in the nation.
He said that practice events like the one held in Jefferson County help get more students involved with history in and out of the classroom.
    “They go back, they get excited, and they study. They learn something every question.”
    Keith Moody, who teaches social studies at Charles Town Middle and coaches Charles Town Middle School’s West Virginia Bowl Team, said preparing for the competition is good practice for the Golden Horseshoe, and helps with understanding concepts.
    “They [students] get to test their knowledge on counties, county seats, the current government structure, the current people representing us, it’s good knowledge about local civics and state civics.”
    Reid-Smith said it is the fifth year for the event in Jefferson County but the eleventh year for the West Virginia History Bowl.
    Teams from all four middle schools will compete in the Regional History Bowl on Feb. 28, 2020, at Spring Mills High School in Berkeley County, WV.

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