BAKER, W.Va. - The Keyser Middle School West Virginia History Quiz Bowl teams were crowned the Region 8 champions and runners-up at the Region 8 W.Va. History Bowl competition held March 9 at East Hardy Middle School.

BAKER, W.Va. - The Keyser Middle School West Virginia History Quiz Bowl teams were crowned the Region 8 champions and runners-up at the Region 8 W.Va. History Bowl competition held March 9 at East Hardy Middle School.
Both teams earned a bid to the West Virginia State History Quiz Bowl tournament April 24 in Charleston.
This is the first time a school from Region 8 has qualified both teams for the state competition.
The KMS teams defeated 31 other teams from the Eastern Panhandle to earn the school’s fourth straight championship over the past four years.
This was also the fifth straight year the KMS History Quiz Bowl team was able to place a team in the top four at the regional competition.
KMS Team 1 was crowned the champions of the tournament and consisted of team members Billie Jo Bane, Eric Harvey, Hunter Powell and Zoe Long.
Keyser Team 2 was crowned the regional runner up and consisted of team members E.J. Guy, Averi Smith, Alec Stanislawczyk, and Dimitri Shultz.
The KMS WV History Quiz Bowl team is coached by KMS eighth grade West Virginia Studies teacher Tommy Nester. KMS teacher Andrew Knotts is the assistant coach for the team.
            Region 8 is made up of students from Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties. Competitors included teams from Capon Bridge Middle School (two teams), Capon Bridge, Hampshire County; Charles Town Middle School (two teams), Charles Town, Jefferson County; East Hardy Early/Middle School (one team), Baker, Hardy County; Frankfort Middle School (two teams), Ridgeley, Mineral County; Harpers Ferry Middle School (two teams), Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County; Hedgesville Middle School (one team), Hedgesville, Berkeley County; Keyser Middle School (two teams), Keyser, Mineral County; Martinsburg North Middle School (one team), Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Martinsburg South Middle School (two teams), Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Moorefield Middle School (two teams), Moorefield, Hardy County; Mountain Ridge Middle School (one team), Gerradstown, Berkeley County; Musselman Middle School (one team), Bunker Hill, Berkeley County; Pendleton County Middle/High School (two teams), Franklin, Pendleton County; Petersburg High School (two teams), Petersburg, Grant County; Romney Middle School (two teams), Romney, Hampshire County; Shepherdstown Middle School (two teams), Shepherdstown, Jefferson County; St. Joseph School (two teams), Martinsburg, Berkeley County; and Wildwood Middle School (two teams), Shenandoah Junction, Jefferson County.
            The West Virginia History Bowl features questions compiled by the staff of Archives and History about the state’s architecture, arts, culture, geography, government, history, people, literature and sports.
            The Archives and History staff has developed more than 2,000 questions for its online Quick Quizzes. Teams that are preparing for the History Bowl tournaments may use the Archives and History Daily Trivia and Quick Quizzes as helpful tools from the division’s website, www.wvculture.org/history.
            Eighth graders in public, private and homeschool education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play.