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St. Joseph pupils heading to history competition

TRIP TO CHARLESTON — A team from St. Joseph the Worker School in Weirton will be heading to the West Virginia History Bowl state competition in Charleston, April 20, after earning second place in the regional competition in Wheeling. Pictured, from left, are Antonio Aguirre, Hannah Buterbaugh, Juliana Velegol, Rylie Cottrill and St. Joseph Principal Recheal Fuscardo -- Contributed

WEIRTON — Pupils from St. Joseph the Worker School are showing they know their West Virginia history.

A group of eighth-graders — Hannah Buterbaugh, Rylie Cottrill, Juliana Velegol and Antonio Aguirre — recently earned second place in the Region VI competition of the 10th annual West Virginia History Bowl, held at Independence Hall in Wheeling. As a result, the team is advancing to the state competition, to be held April 20 in Charleston.

“There are over 2,000 difficult questions that the students are responsible for learning in order to compete in this competition,” Principal Recheal Fuscardo said. “The students are required to focuses on team participation in round one, while the second round students are required to ‘buzz in’ to answer questions that tests individual knowledge. My students have been preparing individually and as a team during their class and lunch periods as well as outside of school to make this competition successful.”

St. Joseph has had teams compete in the History Bowl for the last nine years, previously reaching the state competition in 2014 and 2016.

“I could not be more proud of my students for their hard work and dedication, it has paid off,” Fuscardo said.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History began the West Virginia History Bowl tournament in 2010.

Teams of eighth-grade students from around the state face off in an academic bowl competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture. The West Virginia History Bowl expanded in 2011 to include regional tournaments in all eight West Virginia Regional Service Education Agency districts.

The questions for the history bowl are largely drawn from questions found in the state Archives and history quick quizzes and daily trivia.

Eighth graders in public, private and homeschool education programs are eligible to compete in four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional tournament winners and the runner-up team move on to the state tournament.

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