History Bowl Puts Students’ Knowledge to the Test

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (WOAY) – Fifty students gathered at Fayetteville High School to compete in the West Virginia State History Bowl on Saturday.

“Your history is very important,” said Randall Reid-Smith, curator for the Department of Arts, Culture and History. “It’s who you are and what you will become, because if you don’t watch out, history will repeat itself.”

Winners from Saturday’s tournament will move on to the state finals at the end of April. To get this far, students had to know extensive trivia about the state and its culture.

The history bowl offered a number of reasons to compete, including trophies and scholarships adding up to $10,000. Students were also hoping to snag a spot at a once-in-a-lifetime summer camp as well.

“This is [basically] our recruiting field for West Virginia Masters’ Camp,” said Reid Smith. “We bring two kids from every county in the summer to the state capital. They are with us for a week at the University of Charleston [to] learn all about West Virginia.”

A team from Summersville took home first prize at the tournament.

Sponsored Content
Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.