By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
Two teams of students from Fairview Middle School recently claimed first and second place honors at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 7 tournament for the West Virginia History Bowl.
Twenty-seven area teams competed at the regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Notre Dame High School, for advancement to the state competition on April 30 in Charleston.
The team of Becky Luketic, Breanna Lewis, Brett Mays and Austin Composky took first place at the regional competition, while the team of Devony Workman, Lincoln Opyoke, Tayler Pope and Eden Toothman took second place. All team members are in the eighth grade.
Angel Cannon, a social studies teacher at Fairview Middle, coaches the History Bowl teams along with English teacher Rhonda Dean. She said that sending two teams on to the state competition is something the school and county should be proud of.
“It’s fantastic to get to represent Marion County,” Cannon said.
Cannon said that students were chosen for the teams based on applications that took a look at their grade-point averages, why they wanted to participate and their ability to help fundraise for the team’s expenses as well as a trip to a Youth and Government program held in Charleston. In addition, several donations were received from the community.
“We make a big deal out of the History Bowl here because it’s just as important as a sports team,” Cannon said. “This is a way to make our academics shine.”
The students began preparing for the competition in the summer months and continued on throughout the school year. Students read chapters in their West Virginia history books and took weekly tests on the material.