By Jean A. Flanagan
It was a bit of organized chaos. Twenty-eight teams of four middle schoolers, a total of 112 students, converged on East Hardy Early Middle School on Friday, March 3, to compete in the West Virginia State History Bowl Regional Tournament.
When the dust settled, East Hardy Middle School, Team 1, remained victorious.
The team, consisting of Rayne Metzer, Jeffrey Paugh, Perry Whetzel and Connor White will be one of 24 teams to compete for the state championship.
EHEMS Team 2, consisting of Jacob Collins, Zoey Mongold, Mysteria Stotler and Dayton Miller will travel to Buckhannon-Upshur High School on Saturday, March 18 for a spot at the state championship.
EHEMS History Bowl Coach Todd Wilson thanked West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith for the opportunity to host the regional tournament.
“This is the first time in school history to either host or win our region,” Wilson said. “With 28 teams from RESA VIII, this makes our tournament one of the largest in the state.
“Our students have spent countless hours in preparing for this event. East Hardy Team 1 is extremely excited and honored to be able to represent RESA VIII in Charleston on April 25.”
A team from Moorefield Middle School also participated in the RESA VIII tournament. Those students included Leah Swift, Sean Miller, Tori Humphries and Anthony Mills.[/private]