KEYSER - The eighth grade Keyser Middle School West Virginia History Quiz Bowl teams recently participated in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's ninth annual West Virginia State History Bowl Championship held Tuesday, April 24, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex.

KEYSER - The eighth grade Keyser Middle School West Virginia History Quiz Bowl teams recently participated in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s ninth annual West Virginia State History Bowl Championship held Tuesday, April 24, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex.
The competition included 24 teams of eighth graders from 15 middle schools in 12 counties across the state. Mineral County was represented with four teams from both Keyser and Frankfort Middle School.
Keyser Middle School marked their fourth straight appearance in the state tournament this year.
KMS Team 1 claimed fourth place out of 24 teams from across the state. This marks KMS’ highest placing at the state tournament.
Team members included Billie Jo Bane, Zoe Long, Hunter Powell and Eric Harvey.
KMS Team 1 qualified for the state tournament by being crowned as the Region 8 Champions in March 2018 at East Hardy Middle School.
Keyser Middle School Team 2 also competed strongly at the state tournament, finishing in the top six out of 24 teams from across the state. This marked the first time Keyser Middle School was able to place two teams in the top six.
KMS Team 2 consisted of team members E.J. Guy, Dimitri Shultz, Alec Stanislawczyk, and Averi Smith.
KMS Team 2 qualified for the state tournament by being crowned the Region 8 Runners-Up in March 2018 at East Hardy Middle School. Rebekah Biser and Tommy Hardy served as alternates for the team.
Keyser Middle School also had two students named to the 2018 West Virginia History Bowl All-tournament team: E.J. Guy and Eric Harvey.
The all-tournament team is made up of students who demonstrated exceptional knowledge and teamwork during the day-long tournament. Both E.J. Guy and Eric Harvey served as the captains for their teams. During the trip the students were able to visit New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.
The West Virginia History Quiz Bowl was created in 2010 by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and pits teams of students from around the state in an academic competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography, and culture from the Mountain State.
The competition tests the eighth grade student’s knowledge on everything West Virginia. The double-elimination tournament includes lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions about state and county history, culture, heritage, tourism, geography, government and sports prepared by the staff of the division’s Archives and History section. Eighth graders in public, private and home-school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams.
The Keyser Middle School WV History Quiz Bowl teams are coached by eighth grade West Virginia Studies teacher Tommy Nester, while KMS teacher Andrew Knotts serves as assistant coach for the team.