2/23/2013 6:13 PM
by Rebecca Turco
OAK HILL - A Social Studies Fair in Fayette County on Saturday displayed the work of more than 200 students.
These students from grades three through 12 voluntarily created projects for the annual fair at Oak Hill High School. More than 135 projects were judged based on research, display and presentation.
Fair Coordinator Dale Arrington said the students had freedom in creating their projects. "They choose their own topics, they research those topics, they put together their projects," he explained. "We have some great projects that are competing."
Fayette County Clerk Kelvin Holliday, who has served as a judge at the fair for several years, talked about why he likes judging. "I just like seeing the variety of topics that are chosen," he said. "There are a lot of interesting things that we get to see here at the Social Studies Fair. It's an interesting day for all involved."
Arrington said a total of 34 projects (20 individual, 14 groups) received first-places prizes. These projects will move on to a regional fair on Saturday, March 23 at Oak Hill High School. The regional fair will consist of projects from six counties: Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pochahontas and Webster.
Winners of the regional fair will advance to a state-wide competition in Charleston on April 26.